229 Talking Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

This week’s podcast we head out to Boulder City and talk with Las Vegas Territory member Brina Marcus of Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV.

Boulder City is quickly becoming the adventure capital of Nevada and Flightlinez is in the center of it all.  At the top of historic and beautiful Bootleg Canyon, you are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Mead, the Vegas Strip, Mt. Charleston and the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.  On your adventure down the four runs, you reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour!

For Brina, the adventure started out as a tourist visiting from Chicago.  As a fitness instructor, she wanted more and found it with her first trip down the canyon.  After getting her breath back, she asked about employment, she soon got her wish and then some!

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon were also the operators of the original Zip Line on the Fremont Street Experience.

From ages 7 to 90, if you can handle a walk up a natural trail with a few switchbacks, you can experience a ride of a lifetime.  We talk about the safety and the thrill of the Zip Line.  Who, how and when to do it and about the various ways you can save a few bucks while getting out of the smokey casinos and into some nature for a day.

Hotel pickup or discount if you drive yourself.
Flightlinez offers locals discounts and even has a frequent Flightliners club

Brina likes to also promote the other wonderful businesses of Boulder City.  Who can blame her?   The little town that built a big dam, or as they like to say “A World Away for a Day” It’s a wonderful little town to spend some time in.

Show Links

 

Brina Marcus Vegas Tourist Tips

3 Things Every Vegas Tourist Should Do or See

  • visit boulder city
  • visit Fremont Street East
  • Visit Mt Charleston or Red Rock Conservation Area

Hidden Vegas Gem(s):

Favorite Vegas Show(s): Mystere/Absinth /Matt Franco / Carrot Top (Show Links)

Favorite Vegas Movie: Casino


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226 NYE, CES and The Monorail

The end of the year in Las Vegas means a lot of people and several really big events. New Year’s Eve will bring 320,000 people in town to celebrate the end of the old year and to welcome in the new year. Then after that, the big “Nerd Fest” shows up. That would be what we normally call The Consumer Electronics Show or as we are suppose to call it; CES2017.

New Year’s Eve in LAs Vegas is often called “America’s Party” and is covered by the networks.  The fireworks will be launched from 7 of the resorts along the Strip.  Plus there will be a ticketed event down at the Fremont Experience.  We will be busy and we will be partying until about 2am on January 1.  Then the cleaning crews hit the streets and by 6am, the Las Vegas Strip is clean and shiny, looking as if  as if nothing really happened the night before.

Once Vegas recovers from that party, we open the floodgates again and welcome in 140,000 attendees and exhibitors for what is Las Vegas’ largest convention.  The big “Global Consumer Electronics Trade Show”  CES!  Anyone involved in designing, manufacturing, selling or promoting anything that has anything to do with consumer electronics, will be in Las Vegas and at this show.  CES  sucks up almost all the hotel rooms, the event centers and any other place that they can hold a conference, presentation or “meet-up”.  It’s here and so are they!

 

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TVT Podcast 226 Jenifer Breed Las Vegas Monorail

Jennifer Breed – Director of Marketing at Las Vegas Monorail

 

Jennifer Breed – Director of Marketing at Las Vegas Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail first opened in July 2004.  It travels north and south from behind the Las Vegas Strip.  Starting at MGM and making seven stops ending at the SLS. It’s a great way to connect with the other transit options when you need to get from one end of the Strip to the other or to the Las Vegas Convention Station.

Being Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Monorail is not what most people would call a typical monorail system.  It’s an experience and a different way to experience the Vegas Strip.  Listen to the interview and learn what’s new with the Monorail!

Listen to the interview and learn what’s new with the Monorail!

(Vegas Locals can ride the Monorail for $1!)

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Jennifer Breed’s Vegas Tourist Tips 

3 Things Every Vegas Tourist Should Do or See

  1. See a Las Vegas Show
  2. Eat at famous restaurant
  3. Experience Vegas Strip under the lights

Hidden Gem(s): Lotus of Siam 

Favorite Show(s): MJ One

Favorite Vegas Movie: Oceans Eleven/ Hangover


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225 Talking About Adventure Side of Vegas

A Vegas Vacation was once thought of as coming into Las Vegas and spending your entire trip on the Las Vegas Strip and /or Downtown Las Vegas.  Thankfully that view of a Vegas Vacation is changing as tourists begin to realize we offer so much more than that. Like getting out and kayaking the Colorado River or hiking into the mountains.  Maybe even camping on one of the islands in Lake Mead. Adventure awaits you!!

Today’s podcast we talk with one of those people who help the Vegas tourist as well as the Vegas local get out and experience the adventure side of Las Vegas.  No matter your skill level or what equipment you may need or already have, they can make it happen.

But first… The Vegas Tourist Tidbits!

This week, we venture out to beautiful Boulder City and visit Joyce Kehoe of Kayak Las Vegas

A full-service desert adventure outfitter!  They can set you up, outfit you and give the permits, the training, and the supplies to go out and enjoy mother nature at her finest.  From Kayak training, rental and tours to camping, hiking, and multi tours, they can do it for you or with you.  Bring your own equipment or rent theirs.  Not sure how? They will train you.  Including desert safety and rescue.

 

Joyce Kehoe’s Vegas Tourist Tips 

3 Things Every Vegas Tourist Should Do or See

  1. See a Vegas show
  2. A drive thru Valley of Fire
  3. Do a Hoover Dam Tour

Hidden Vegas Gem:  Adventures below Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

Favorite Vegas Show(s): La Reve / Absinthe

Favorite Vegas Movie(s): Viva Las Vegas / Get Him to the Greek


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224 Talking About Aquarius Laughlin and other Vegas Tourist Tidbits

This week’s Podcast is talking with Las Vegas Territory member,  Julie Westley, Executive Casino host for the Aquarius Casino and Resort in that wonderful little river town just 90 minutes outside of Las Vegas, Laughlin. NV.

 

Vegas Tourist TidBits

 

Interview: Julie Westley Executive Casino Host

Where: Aquarius Casino & Resort
Laughlin, NV

Laughlin Nevada was founded in 1964 by Don Laughlin, a Minnesota native.
He was looking to establish a family friendly place along the Colorado River.

Today, Laughlin has one main street lined with 10 casinos plus entertainment and shopping opportunities!

Julie’s family came there looking for the cheap meals offered at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Casino, plus have some fun on the river.

  • American Airlines starts daily service from Phoenix to Laughlin on February 16, 2017
  • Kiss plays the Laughlin Event Center on April 22, 2017 (Tickets
  • Laughlin area offers many outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities
  • Close to the last leg of Historic Route 66 in Arizona
  • Historic Oatman, Arizona is a short drive away
  • Lake Havasu/London Bridge is a short boat trip away
  • Laughlin River Run April 26 – 29, 2017 Website

The Aquarius Casino and Resort started out as the Flamingo Hilton.

They recently had a total renovation and are known as the Aquarius Casino and Resort

  • 1900 rooms
  • 96 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites
  • All rooms have a river or mountain view
  • 57,000 sq ft of casino space
  • 30,000 feet of ballroom space
  • Aquarius Website

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223 Staying at the Tropicana

Sometimes people think the Vegas Strip hotels are only MGM or Caesars related and overlook some of the smaller, more classy and historic hotels. Today’s podcast we talk about the time Debbie and I spent a night at the Tropicana then I had an opportunity to interview their VP of Leisure Sales about working at such a classic Vegas property.

Tropicana has always been known as “The Tiffany of the Strip” Opened in 1957 and was one of the most Mobbed up casinos of the time.  Several scenes depicted in the movie “Casino” actually took place at the Trop.

Donna Marcou – VP Leisure Sales

She is original from my neck of the woods, La Crosse Wisconsin.   She worked her way westward, helped with the opening of the new Aladdin on the Vegas Strip before moving over to help rechristened the Tropicana after the new owners pumped over $200 million into renovations.

We talk about the new old Tropicana and its place on the Strip.  It is a boutique hotel, easy to find and great location.

The Las Vegas Tropicana is all new inside. All redone in the modern “South Beach” vibe. This is not the Tropicana of 5 years ago or even 20 years. It’s beautiful inside and out with a very friendly and attentive staff and a variety of amenities.

Donna Marcou’s Vegas Tourist Tips 

3 Things Every Vegas Tourist Should Do or See

  1. Take a Strip tour via helicopter
  2. Go visit Fremont Street East/Downtown
  3. Try In and Out Burger

Hidden Gem(s): Fremont East/Old Downtown off the Fremont Street Experience

Favorite Show(s): “O” at the Bellagio

Favorite Vegas Movie:  Vegas Vacation


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