by Michael J. Shapiro | February 01, 2017

Convention Centers: Las Vegas Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 2 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 144; (702) 892-0711
Mandalay Bay Convention Center; exhibit space, 1.1 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 75; (877) 632-7900

Sands Expo & Convention Center; exhibit space, 477,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 23; (702) 733-5556

Cashman Center; exhibit space, approximately 98,100 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 14; (702) 386-7100

Airport Transit: Las Vegas International Airport, about one mile west of the Las Vegas Strip and five miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $13-$26 to Las Vegas Strip properties, about $24 to downtown; by shuttle, $8-$12 to Strip hotels, $9-$13 to downtown

Taxes: On the Las Vegas Strip: room tax, 12.5%; sales tax, 8.15%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.5%. Downtown (Fremont Street Experience): room tax, 12.5%; sales tax, 8.15%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.5%. Sales tax is not applied to guest rooms nor resort fees, but it is applied to other hotel charges.

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 Group Venues: Hungry groups can feast on Beijing-style Chinese fare in the upscale, trendy Mr Chow, which opened in Caesars Palace in the spring of 2016. The specialty is Beijing Duck, complete with small crepes and plum sauce, but don't stop there -- plates are served family-style and are meant to be sampled and shared. The sea bass and quartet of exotic mushrooms are additional highlights, as is the famed Champagne Trolley. Four private dining rooms are available, each able to accommodate up to 50 guests, while a full buyout can seat 250 people. (702) 731-7778

Those looking for a meeting or event spot off the Strip should consider the appropriately named MEET Las Vegas, a 40,000-square-foot, three-story flexible venue downtown. It's a great way to see the burgeoning district while taking advantage of what the modern, high-tech facility has to offer. The venue handles everything from corporate board meetings to lavish weddings (for up to 400 seated guests or receptions for up to 1,300), with both indoor and outdoor spaces. The facility's gigabit-speed network offers wireless connectivity for more than 2,000 devices. (702) 734-6338

Acclaimed ever since its high-profile debut in 1999, chef Charlie Palmer's Aureole has reopened in the Mandalay Bay Resort following an extensive redesign. Oenophiles will appreciate the fact that the iconic 10,000-bottle, 50-foot-high wine tower remains the restaurant's focal point. In addition to the main dining area, the redesigned eatery features a bar and lounge, along with the fine-dining Fountain Terrace room. The menu, by Palmer and executive chef John Church, has been redesigned around tasting, wine pairing and sharing. (702) 632-7401

Contact: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, (702) 892-0711 or (877) 847-4858; vegasmeansbusiness.com

Destination Henderson Nevada, (702) 267-2171

Laughlin Visitor Information Center, (702) 298-3321 or (800) 452-8445