Let’s Go Trippin’ in Vegasland (Part 1)

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Glittering lights and gambling action await you after-hours during the Clean Show in Vegas, coming this June. (Image licensed by Ingram Publishing)

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Sure, party on the Strip in Las Vegas at night with friends, but don’t overlook all the other things to see and do. (Image licensed by Ingram Publishing)

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For a day trip, try scenic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just west of Las Vegas. (Image: Las Vegas News Bureau)

Matt Poe |

The ins and outs of getting around Clean’s host city in June

LAS VEGAS — It’s been six years since the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning — the Clean Show — has taken place in Las Vegas.

Clean ’17 takes over the “City of Lights” June 5-8 (Monday-Thursday) for its 40th anniversary.

Once again, the show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but this being Vegas, attendees will want to make the most of their time off the trade show floor.

GETTING AROUND

First off, attendees need to get from McCarran International Airport to their hotels. Clean Show management company Riddle & Associates says they can catch a taxi or a transportation shuttle. In addition, LASxpress is an airport shuttle service that can guarantee easy and fast transfer to and from your hotel and the airport.

Once on the Strip or downtown, Clean Show attendees who have been to the show in Vegas before know that it isn’t as short and easy as it seems to walk the area. (And let’s not forget that the daytime temperature in early June could exceed 90.)

On show days, the Clean Show will provide a complimentary shuttle between most official hotels and the Convention Center. The shuttle will run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes.

It will begin service at 7 a.m. opening day (7:30 a.m. on remaining show days) and run to 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, it will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

After the show closes each day, it makes sense to take advantage of the city’s transportation options to save time and wear-and-tear on the feet.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), taxis are the main form of transportation used throughout Las Vegas. There is an abundance of them all over the city and, most likely, a few waiting within a taxi line at a hotel during all hours of the day and night.

One item of importance to note: Visitors aren’t allowed to hail a taxi from the street. There are certain areas for taxi pickups at hotels. Just look for the taxi line sign, usually near valet.

Uber and Lyft are also ways to get around the city. For those unfamiliar with these options, they’re ride-sharing services where a driver will pick up riders in their personal car and transport them to their destinations.

The LVCVA recommends using ride sharing off the Strip, not while at a hotel property or looking to get to the Strip. Also, it recommends being aware of when “surge pricing” is in effect. A rider could end up paying $100 for a trip that could have cost $30 to $50.

Another option for getting around the Strip is the Las Vegas Monorail. It stops at seven locations along the Strip: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate and SLS Las Vegas.

The LVCVA says the Monorail is a good option for attendees of Clean at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Monorail also offers free shuttle rides at various off-the-Strip hotels. It has options for single rides, a day pass and passes ranging from two to seven days. However, the Monorail does not run all night.

The Deuce is the name of Las Vegas’ public transportation that’s operated by the Regional Transportation Committee, according to the LVCVA. The bus runs throughout the city, and there are two routes to take specifically for the Strip and Downtown. These are Deuce on the Strip, which will stop at about every property on the Strip, and SDX Strip & Downtown Express, which stops at about half the stops as the other route.

Check back Thursday for Part 2, featuring food and entertainment suggestions.


FOR YOUR COMFORT

Riddle & Associates has assembled the following tips to make a Clean ’17 attendee’s Las Vegas experience positive from the trade show floor to the gaming floor:

  • High temperatures and scorching sunshine are the Las Vegas norm in June. During the day, stay cool on the exhibit floor and enjoy the city lights after the sun goes down and the temperatures begin to drop a bit.

  • Be sure to bring good-quality, comfortable walking shoes and light clothing (both business and casual). Vegas is no place for high heels, especially on the trade show floor where you will do lots of walking at the Convention Center. Walking one city block might be one-half mile.

  • Bottled water is valuable during the long, hot days to stay hydrated. Avoid overpaying for water at the hotel by going to a convenience store or grocery.

  • If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, be cautious about standing or walking through the casinos. Although many restaurants do not allow smoking on the premises, smoking in casinos is allowed.

  • Casinos can be noisy with bells and whistles on each machine and shouts from lucky winners. If you prefer a quieter gaming experience, the card tables are a bit quieter than slot machines.

DAY-TRIP EXPERIENCES

Since a trip to Las Vegas may be a rare occurrence for some Clean Show attendees, maybe they’ll come early or stay a day longer. Riddle & Associates has identified several day-trip options that range from seeing the sights to exhilarating adventures.

Adventurous types or nature enthusiasts will find many options near Las Vegas. Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park and the Mojave National Preserve are just a few of the attractions close to the city lights of Vegas.

For a quick day trip, visit the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon and Death Valley.

Popular cities to visit within a few hours’ drive are Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palm Springs.

About the author

Matt Poe

American Trade Magazines

Editor

Matt Poe is editor of American Laundry News. He can be reached at mpoe@atmags.com or 866-942-5694.

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