There are probably a lot of reasons out there to criticize Las Vegas, but one thing it is great for is that it is perhaps the best and least expensive place in the country for a small business like mine to put on a national managers meeting.
We bring 60 managers in from all over the country. We held our event at a hotel/casino a mile or two off the strip called the Orleans, where two years running we have gotten nice clean rooms and great service. Beyond the good service and more-than-acceptable rooms, we get:
- $60 room rates for mini-suites
- Two days of lunches, breakfasts, snacks, coffee, an open bar with appetizers, and a meeting room all for less than $100 per person
- Bar none, the best airline connections of any destination city except maybe Chicago, and they are all cheap (lots of America West and Southwest flights)
On top of all this, my people love it there. Anyone running a national meeting on a budget should definitely consider it.