Ask: Whats being Built behind The Linq?

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New construction coming!  As we like to say, Las Vegas is always reinventing itself.  As Caesars comes out of their bankruptcy with money and land to spare, they decided to take that large parking lot behind the Linq Promenade / High Roller Observation Wheel for what is to be called Caesars Forum.  A new 500,000 square foot convention space and meeting center.  They plan to break ground later this year and to have it open and operating by 2020.

Caesars Forum Design


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CAESARS FORUM will offer:

  • 300,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, including two pillarless 108,000 sq. ft. ballrooms, two 40,000 sq. ft. ballrooms and state-of-the-art boardrooms
  • Conference space able to accommodate more than 10,000 attendees
  • A 100,000 sq. ft. outdoor plaza, which can be used as flexible space for cocktail receptions, wellness breaks, or breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Direct access to the LINQ Promenade with dining, live entertainment venues, shopping, and the High Roller observation wheel
  • Direct access to Harrah’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel and Flamingo Las Vegas hotels, totaling more than 8,500 hotel rooms
  • Accessibility to approximately 20,000 rooms at Caesars Entertainment’s nine Las Vegas properties
  • The latest in technology and modern design

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CES Has Arrived!

The largest convention in Las Vegas opens its doors first thing Wednesday morning.  The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes over Las Vegas for the next 4 days and will fill up just about every hotel room and occupy most, if not all the available hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip plus some downtown. Over 160,000 people are expected to be in Las Vegas for this annual event dedicated to all things electronics.

What is CES?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is our first major convention of the new year.  It’s also our largest annual convention we host and it is closed to the general public. Only those who work in the consumer electronics industry/marketplace can get credentials to attend.  It is where the newest in consumer electronics technology is shown off to potential buyers and to those who want to use the technology for future development. Everything from Bluetooth toothbrushes to self-driving cars to drones as well as bendable televisions, virtual reality sunglasses, embedded smartphones and everything else electronic. If it was on the original Star Trek show, I am pretty sure its here!

Not only is this the place to “geek out” its also a place where major brands will get together and have workshops, training sessions and sales events.  Where people int he trade come to hear speakers talk about the technology they will be dealing with, selling and installing.  It’s where we can learn what makes it all tick and what futuristic tools and technology is on the horizon.

If you ever want to learn how to put on a convention, how to move people and make it all come together, this is the best testing grounds.  I have seen meeting planners and transportation operators go psycho after the first 24 hours of the show because of the logistics and the coordination is so huge and has to fluctuate rapidly because of all the people, the traffic and the changing demands of the show operators and the vendors.

CES attendees will fill up a majority of the hotel rooms, causing prices to rise and crowds to be everywhere.  The one thing that has changed almost as much as the technology is the demographics of the attendees. It used to be just computer jockeys.  Nerds who did not gamble or see the shows.  CES was always mixed or confused with another tech show that was held here called Comdex that Sheldon Adelson used to own. He owns the Venetian.  That show closed several years ago as the computer chip and its technology became mainstream.

Today, the CES crowd is a mix of “geeks” as well as three-piece suited businessmen and home based entrepreneurs who has a high-tech startup, dressed in flip-flops and t-shirts.  The international market is huge here as well. Both as attendees and as exhibitors.  European markets are now growing in the technology fields, giving Asian markets a run for their money.


The Trends

What they tell us in the media reviews, is that the big items here are the wearables and the sensory embedding.   Think of it like this: You come home usually tired and lay on the couch. Your home heating unit is already at its desired temp because your car told it you were 10 minutes away and need to turn up the heat.  As you walk into the house, the lights come on and your favorite show is on the big screen, flat, bendable 4K television and its streaming from the internet.   All things you told the individual items you liked or it got that information after a few days of “sensing” the environment.

Now you are crashed on the couch, something you don’t normally do.  So the couch senses you are in a depressed mood and suggests a better TV show or maybe some ambient music coming from your reading lamps streaming from your Bluetooth musical app on your smart phone?

Yes, that’s what’s here.  And so much more!

I will be reporting on the show for this website and my business blog  Looking for interesting technology and gadgets for the tourist as well as for the budding entrepreneur. Not to mention just really cool toys I can play with here and not have to buy!!

Always open to your comments and questions. Want to get in touch with me quickly with a question about the show, one of its exhibitors? Hashtag #askmrmark or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.



Podcast 105

I know, you have all been anxiously awaiting another podcast.  Well wait no more because here it is.  Podcast #105 MidSummer Mindless Mayhem and More.  Not the best title, but I try!

We have a new listener call in number.  A Las Vegas one finally.  (702) 723-8368 Bets are now being placed to see who will give us our very firs Drunk Dial on the new number….  Vegas Jay?  The Ringleader?  Heidi Spanksalot?  A newcomer?  Who?? Who??

In other news:

As Always, we welcome your comments and questions.
You can now Twitter Us!!  Yes, we Twit back!

22 Sex Positive, Women Friendly! Review of CES and AEE plus other Tourist tidbits

This is one of the few times we put in the Adult Advisory for our podcast!!  And for good reason:  To Protect The Children and those from California who live to be offended!

The first show of the new year and that means two of our favorite conventions: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) hits Las Vegas along with 140,000 people.  At the same time as we have CES, another popular convention is in town, The Adult Entertainment Expo/AEE.  or what the locals call “The Porn Convention” .  Didn’t know they had a convention for all those X-Rated stuff you claim you never watch, did you??  We went to both and here’s our thoughts on them! Along with other tourist Tidbits

From the Porn Convention, we met a friendly and perky vendor lady named Suki. She invented the OhMiBod. Let’s just say that this is a ladies best friend to her iPod !

The Consumer Electronic Show is the largest convention Vegas hosts every year. About 140,000 people from the electronics trade come out to see what’s new in consumer related electronic gadgets and technology.