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Las Vegas Travel Tips from the International CES

Las Vegas has played host to the International CES since 1978. In that time, the CES team has learned a few things about traveling to the show—from around country and around the world. Here are a few of their best travel tips.

Packing, Planning and Traveling

Be sure to pack comfortable shoes… the show floor is truly huge, and you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet.

Not checking bags? Use SpeedCheck, the nation’s first multiple-airline check-in system. Print your boarding passes up to 24 hours in advance at the Las Vegas Convention Center and McCarran Airport. Participating airlines include AirTran, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier/Midwest, JetBlue, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways.

McCarran Airport

McCarran International Airport has a wealth of services including shopping, dining and gaming. Familiarize yourself with McCarran before you arrive.

Terminal 3: In summer 2012, McCarran opened Terminal 3 which services the following domestic and international carriers. Visit for more information on both terminals at McCarran.

International Visitors

Try to allow at least three hours between your first point of entry flight in the U.S. and your transfer.

The I-94 form you receive when arriving in the U.S. is issued electronically. Visit the Customs and Border Protection site for more information.

Register for the show early so you can obtain your visa letter of invitation. Learn more about obtaining a visa.

Voltage in the U.S. is 120V, Power Frequency 60Hz. Make sure your electronic products are at the safe range of both voltage and frequency or you will need to bring a power adapter.

There are currency exchange stations at most of the casinos, but at a higher exchange rate. So it is suggested you bring enough cash and international credit cards.

Health and Hotels

Ask your hotel to bring a humidifier to your room. It will change your life. Las Vegas is very arid, meaning there isn’t much moisture in the air.

Drink plenty of water.

Use moisturizer and lip balm to soothe dry skin.

Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer wipes/gels frequently to help prevent getting sick.

Bring cold and cough medicine, stomach flu medicine and herbal teas with you. You can purchase all of those items at any hotel or local pharmacy but it gets expensive.

Know your health plan and what they will and won’t cover if you need to see a doctor while you are traveling. Oftentimes you have to call for pre-authorization before visiting a clinic or emergency room.

Entertaining in Vegas

Like hotels, Las Vegas restaurants book quickly during during the show, so place your dining reservations well in advance. Just Ask. Where® offers a complimentary dining reservation service for any of the restaurants in Las Vegas. Just Ask. Where can also help you purchase show tickets, plan golf outings and make appointments for spa services. Whether it’s a party of two or a group of 200, take advantage of this free service by visiting Just Ask. Where online.

One thing Las Vegas is definitely known for: spectacular restaurants with amazing food. Search for restaurants based on cuisine type, location, meals served, price range and more.

Use this interactive map to explore Las Vegas based on your interests or a particular region.

From spas to shopping to golfing, you’ll realize that 24 hours in a day is hardly enough time to take advantage of all the activities Las Vegas has to offer.

Whether you’re ready to dance the night away or watch A-list headliners entertain you for the evening, Vegas has you covered.

Want some more? View the Visitor’s Guide for a comprehensive look at all that glitters in Las Vegas.

Since Las Vegas is a service-based city, tipping is a big, big deal. Just ask the IRS. You may not be too sure how much to tip and when., the official Las Vegas travel site, offers a few tips.


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