Many horror stories have come from Las Vegas over the years of hugely embarrassing and stupid mistakes made in Sin City. Everyone repeats, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but that’s just not true, is it? Since most attendees of CONEXPO are there on business and not personal time, a code of behavior is probably already in place, so here are some tips we found useful to remember when not at CONEXPO.
- Don’t get Long-Hauled
-A tricky maneuver by some taxi cab drivers is to take tourists on a much longer ride than necessary via the airport tunnel. This happens in Vegas frequently, and is punishable by the Nevada Taxicab Authority. To avoid getting fleeced, ask your cabbie to take you to Swenson Street and not the airport tunnel, or use the shuttle bus provided by the hotel you’re staying at.
- Don’t use ATMs in the Casinos
-ATMs are strategically placed in casinos to be convenient for gamblers who need some
quick cash to continue gambling. Do yourself a favor though, and don’t get drawn in by the proximity and ease of access the ATM in your hotel casino may have. Casino ATMs come with some of the highest fees anywhere, with as much as $10 added for a single transaction. To avoid getting gouged, find a non-casino ATM (you can use the handy ATM Hunter app) or try to use the cash you have when in 'cash only' places.
- Don’t Jaywalk
-Crossing the street illegally in Vegas will get you a big old citation. According to Transportation for America, Las Vegas is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians—hence the hefty fines for merely stepping outside of the painted crosswalk lines. Tickets can reach up to several hundred dollars, so our advice is to stay in the lines!
- Don’t Buy Bottled Water on the Street
-You may be thirsty walking down the strip after a long day at CONEXPO, but do not buy a bottle of water. The first reason not to purchase water from shady vendors is that it’s illegal. Peddlers are banned from selling water and other wares unless they have a business license to do so. Another reason is that they’re refilling already used bottles with tap water and selling it to tourists. You may just want to keep a bottle of water handy.
- Don’t Wear Painful Shoes
-We’ve already suggested this for your days at CONEXPO, but it’s important enough to mention twice. Wear comfortable shoes when walking on the Strip as well as at CONEXPO! Both CONEXPO and Vegas are open for exploration; don’t let your CONEXPO week be ruined by blisters and sore feet!
- Don’t Hail a Cab on the Strip
-It is illegal to hail a cab on the Las Vegas Strip, with its congested traffic and drivers zipping by at high speeds. Designated taxi stands, generally pickup areas at the entrances to casinos and restaurants, are where cabs are instructed to pick up fares from. They will only pick up cabs from those locations. If you’re trying to get to the Las Vegas Convention Center for CONEXPO, we suggest taking the free shuttle service provided by CONEXPO to official show hotels.
The most important thing to remember in all of this is to have fun while keeping in mind that you’re still in Vegas for business. Don’t get dragged in to the lie of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Enjoy your time at CONEXPO, and remember you’re representing your company and you are a professional. Make sure to stop by booth #10,610 in the North Hall at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014!!
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