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Ian P. Murphy |

On The Cusp of An Economic Recovery, The Clean Show Returns to Its Most Popular Site—The Adult Playground Where Everyone Is A High Roller
Las Vegas “is the only town in the world whose skyline is made up neither of buildings, like New York, nor of trees... but signs,” Tom Wolfe once wrote. Over the years, each new megaresort has lifted Las Vegas’ skyline to new, more citified heights, but the signs are bigger and brighter than ever. And every hotel and every advertisement is built with the same goal in mind: To help the traveler decide to spend a few hours of his or her trip (and a few dollars of his or her budget) there.
Competition is stiff among those seeking attention; one-upsmanship is the result.  But the benefactor of all that screaming neon is you, the traveler. The more competition there is for your time, attention and wallet, the more options you’ll have when the show floor closes for the night. Whatever your pleasure, Las Vegas is there to entertain. You are the boss, and you can take advantage of that fact to create a great trip.
You’ll need to eat, of course, after a long day on the show floor. Once home to many variations on a suspicious 99-cent shrimp cocktail and the $1.99 buffet, Las Vegas now has the nation’s most comprehensive selection of restaurants, boasting outposts of many celebrity chefs’ five-star showplaces and most of the nation’s sommeliers.
Like to shop? Las Vegas has everything from posh boutiques to outlet malls. Need to relax? Hit one of the many spas, hike to a desert hot spring, or grab a book and head to the pool—here, it might have fake sand and artificial waves. Golf? In spades. Want to see a show? You can pick from hundreds, including Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, illusionists, comedians and burlesques.
Click here for listings of a few of the options open to those hitting Glitter Gulch for Clean ’11 this June. It’s impossible to list everything, but this section should give showgoers a taste of what lies beyond the show floor that can help blend business and pleasure. We’ll include high-profile places alongside local favorites, including several “only-in-Vegas” experiences. Let Clean light the way for your business; let the neon light your path through the night.GETTING TO CLEAN
Clean ’11 has negotiated airfare, hotel and car-rental discounts for show attendees. Call Globetrotter Travel to make reservations, or refer to the codes below when booking independently.
Globetrotter travel: 800-322-7032
Local: 301-570-0800, *1
Fax: 301-570-9514
Web: www.globetrottermgmt.com/cleanshowAIRLINES
American Airlines: 800-433-1790
Meeting Desk, Discount Code A1661AV
Air Tran Airways: 866-683-8368
Discount Code LAS060611
Continental Airlines: 800-468-7022
Z code ZJG2, Agreement #121583
Delta Airlines: 800-241-6760
File #NM64D HOTELS
Clean ’11 has negotiated discount rates at 11 hotels—Bally’s (CLA headquarters only), Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Las Vegas Hilton (TCATA & TRSA headquarters), Mirage, Paris Las Vegas (DLI headquarters), Planet Hollywood (ALM Headquarters), Riviera and Wynn Las Vegas. All room reservations should be made through the Clean Housing Bureau; to reserve rooms in an association block, indicate your affiliation when reserving online or by phone. 
Clean Housing Bureau: : 800-479-6336
Local: 702-386-0777
Fax: 702-386-7818
Web: www.cleanshow.com
E-mail: housing@lvcva.comCAR RENTAL
Avis Rent A Car: 800-331-1600
AWD #J945616
 

About the author

Ian P. Murphy

American Drycleaner

Ian P. Murphy is a freelance writer based in Chicago, and was the editor of American Drycleaner from 1999 to 2011.

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