Las Vegas is the member-preferred destination for TLPA’s largest meeting of the year — the Annual Convention & Trade Show — so of course, it had to be the destination of this, our 100th annual gathering.
From October 27 through 29, TLPA’s most important and exciting convention and trade show in our history will take place at Caesars Palace. We have a jam-packed schedule designed to inspire and guide our members through these most pivotal moments in our industry’s history. With high-profile speakers, hands-on educational sessions, the latest technology and services at our trade show, and numerous opportunities to network in a casual atmosphere, there is something for everyone at this historic event.
And of course, there’s always plenty to do in Las Vegas. Maybe you’ve been to Vegas before. Maybe you haven’t. But Vegas is a city that is constantly evolving. Here are a few things that have changed since the last TLPA Annual Convention & Trade Show that was held in Las Vegas in 2015.
Inspired by the TV show with famed chef Gordon Ramsey, known for his blonde hair and merciless insults, Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace is a new, popular dining experience right on the Las Vegas Strip. Serving some of the most successful items on the show, like salmon, pan-seared scallops, and lobster butternut squash risotto, this tasty experience is not to be missed.
The restaurant itself is nearly 8,000 square feet with two dining rooms, an interior bar, a showcase kitchen and retail space. It’s designed to look like the kitchen on the TV show, and it’s complete with the “HK” logo and pitchfork out front. The dining experience is similar to that of the TV show as well. For instance, you’re greeted by a holographic version of Ramsey upon entering the restaurant, and there are large-screen videos of Ramsey shouting insults at the staff. (If you haven’t seen the show, it’s just what he does.)
Let it Reign
It wouldn’t be Vegas without taking in a show. And luckily, there’s always something new to see. Right now, one of the most popular shows on the Strip is “Purple Reign, THE Prince Tribute Show.” Located at the Tropicana Theater, this performance features Jason Tenner as Prince and takes you back to the time that made Prince a superstar.
Of course, there are loads of high-profile resident entertainers to check out as well. Superstars like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, Wayne Newton, and Mariah Carey all put on a good show.
Ice in the Desert?
Up until recently, Las Vegas was a desert for professional sports teams, but that’s changing. Last year, the Golden Knights debuted as a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. The team plays in the T-Mobile Arena, located on the Las Vegas Strip. In its inaugural season, the team finished first in its division, though it ultimately lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Washington Capitals. Not bad for newbies!
The WNBA has also expanded into Vegas with the Las Vegas Aces. Though the team was originally founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, it moved to San Antonio before ultimately relocating to Las Vegas. The team is owned by MGM Resorts and plays at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Want a virtual taxi ride?
The newly upgraded, virtual-reality (in a taxi) Big Apple Roller Coaster at MGM’s New York New York Hotel and Casino opened earlier this year. Topping out at 67 mph and measuring 4,777 feet, this is the longest virtual-reality roller coaster in the world. It’s also the world’s first to feature a 180-degree heartline twist and dive. The real thrill, however, is its use of virtual-reality enhancements that take riders wearing headsets on an off-track journey through the Strip and the Nevada desert.
So what are you waiting for? Make plans today for your best trip of the year, where you can meet up with colleagues from around the world, make new friends and business contacts to grow your business, and explore all that Las Vegas has to offer. We’ll see you there!
Are you itching for a trip to Vegas? Learn more and register now for the 100th TLPA Annual Convention & Trade Show.