Over 120,000 attendees are streaming into Las Vegas for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, held January 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Closed to the general public, the industry-only show is an annual event that premieres the latest developments in technology–the coolest and newest televisions, smart phones, computers, and other innovative devices and gadgets. Last year, the show left everyone talking about 3D televisions. This year, the early buzz is about the new tablet devices that are competing with iPad.
With exhibits getting ready to open in less than twenty-four hours, attendees are filling up Las Vegas hotels, casinos, restaurants, and shows. If you’re in Las Vegas for CES 2011, here are five last-minute tips to help you make the most of your time at the show:
1. Use your social networking savvy to meet colleagues and find things to do. CES is the world’s largest gathering of tech-lovers, and they’re online line tweeting and posting about exhibits, get-togethers, and events.
2. Wear your comfortable shoes. CES has 2,700 exhibitors spread throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center and at satellite locations at the Venetian and Hilton. If you’re using the Las Vegas Monorail or CES Shuttle, you may have some long walks from the depot/drop-off points.
3. Ask for CES discounts. The CES website lists several discounts offered at Vegas shows and restaurants. Even if no discount is advertised, it never hurts to ask.
4. Make reservations for shows or restaurants if you haven’t done so already. CES is one of Las Vegas’ largest conventions, and the further ahead you call, the more likely you are to get a ticket or a table.
5. Take time to see the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s the Strip’s newest hotel casino, and its striking interior design, boutique shops, and selection of restaurants make it worth a visit.
Photos of 2010 CES courtesy of the CES website.