Hundreds of thousands of people travel to Las Vegas every year to attend conventions. I can’t count the number of times that I have heard about people that have gotten in trouble (including being terminated) for their actions, or lack of action, while attending a convention in Las Vegas. There are certain tips that one needs to keep in mind while attending a convention in Las Vegas.
I usually suggest that if you are able to make extra accommodations with your company and the hotel, take advantage of it. I think that it is best to get to Las Vegas the day before you are required, and to stay a day after the convention is over with. This allows you to have some personal time before the convention to relax. This also gives you an extra day before you will need to go back to work from the convention.
Find out from your itinerary, or your supervisor, if there is required dress for any of the events during the Las Vegas convention that you are going to be attending. Often, companies will have at least one formal dinner where you will be required in respectable dress. I suggest that you take two of these outfits with you to make sure that you have one if the other is damaged or soiled.
Make sure that you have clothing for one extra day of the convention. This is not in case of an extension of the Las Vegas convention, it is in case of something happening to one of your outfits (just like in the previous example). I have had times in which something was spilled on an outfit, and I had to rush to my room to change. I don’t like wearing the same clothes twice in the same week.
Usually, an itinerary for the convention will be sent out before everyone has even had a chance to book the flight. This itinerary will list all of the events of the convention along with times and locations. You need to keep a copy of this with you at all times from the time that you get on the plane until the convention is over with. The reason why you need to do this is so that you have a constant reminder on you at all times of where you are supposed to be, and when you are supposed to be there.
I was once on a convention trip with a coworker who never had his itinerary with him. He left it up to me to tell him where we had to be. At one point, we split up, so I was unable to remind him of the event that we were supposed to attend. He was an hour late for it, and ended up being sent home as a disciplinary action.
When you sign in for the convention, double check the new itinerary that you are given with your materials. There is a chance that it might have changed from the one that you were originally given. If the new itinerary is a single sheet of paper, make sure that you replace your old one with this. If it attached to a booklet, do not tear it out. Your bosses did not make a booklet for the Las Vegas convention to have you tear it apart. Go to the front desk at the hotel and ask that they make a copy of it for you.
Most hotels will give badges to all of the people attending conventions in Las Vegas. Make sure that this tag is on you at all times. Even if you are done with convention events for the day, make sure that you keep your badge in your pocket. I remember an issue a few years ago at one of the prominent Las Vegas hotel that fired workers who were stealing convention badges out of rooms and selling them to people that wanted the free swag.
Once you are done with your convention events for the day, if you want, then you can start pounding the drink. I have seen too many times in which people got drunk during a Las Vegas convention and lowered their chances of advancement in a company. Even if everyone else is doing it, remember that a good impression at a convention can go a long way to ensuring your future with your company.
The next time you find yourself attending a convention in Las Vegas, think of these tips. They can go a long way towards making your convention more enjoyable, and help you leave more of a lasting impression on those above you in the company.