Luxury Guide to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
The annual Consumer Electronics Show, now known simply as CES, is one of the most anticipated conventions of any kind in the world. The epicenter of the Las Vegas event is the World Trade Center Las Vegas (WTCLV), a 3.2 million-square-foot facility only a short distance from the renowned Las Vegas Strip.
The Consumer Electronics Show is always the event where tech’s heavy hitters announce their latest and most innovative products. The show is fueled in part by a burgeoning U.S. consumer technology industry generating approximately $300 billion in annual revenue. Today, CES showcases the innovations and offerings of approximately 4,000 exhibitors. There are also more than 300 conference sessions. CES now attracts more than 175,000 visitors from 150 countries.
The History of the Consumer Electronics Show
The rich history of the show includes decades of technological breakthroughs. It may be hard to believe, but the event has been around since the late 1960s. At first, it was known as the International Consumer Electronics Show, later shortened to the Consumer Electronics Show and then to simply CES.
In 1970, Phillips introduced the VCR at a “bargain” price of around $900, equivalent to about $5,000 today. Home gaming arrived in 1975 with Atari’s introduction of its pong console. The camcorder arrived in 1981 followed by compact discs a decade later. By 1994, digital satellite technology was making a splash.
Fast forward to 2018, and CES now features the latest in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) developments, large-screen 4K UHD TVs, and emerging automotive technologies.
The growing influence of the automotive industry is unmistakable. Nowadays, the show essentially kickstarts the new auto season. Exhibitors at this year’s event tout developments in driverless technology, artificial intelligence, and mobile WiFi hotspots. BMW has even introduced an infotainment system that responds to gestures!
Of course, the Consumers Electronics Show is always associated with the latest gadgetry. This year, Bluetooth-enabled wine preservation systems, 3D printers that etch, and holographic toys fascinate visitors. Even robotic pets are making a splash.
Enjoying the Strip and Beyond
While you’re at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, take time to enjoy all that the Las Vegas Strip offers. For most CES attendees, there’s still time to take in the city’s diverse experiences after attending seminars and visiting with exhibitors. One of the most enjoyable pleasures of all is to cruise the strip in a high-performance car like a Ferrari, Maserati, or Porsche.
Entertainment in Las Vegas
Along the way, there are extreme adventures and sublime pleasures alike. The Stratosphere’s bungee jump a thousand feet above the valley floor is a true adrenaline rush. If you’re more interested in true R&R, sit back while your boatman guides your gondola through the waters at the Venetian.
From the best in gaming to the renowned performances of Cirque du Soleil, and from sampling world-class cuisine to clubbing into the wee hours, the Strip has it all.
Fine Dining on the Strip
After a day of strolling among the exhibits at CES, a quality meal tastes that much better. Fortunately, celebrity chefs abound in Vegas, and they stand ready to delight your palate with the tastiest, most creative dishes imaginable. Five-star ratings are ubiquitous up and down the Las Vegas Strip.
Indeed, opportunities abound if you’re ready for a gourmet dining experience rather than another trip through the buffet line. Joel Robuchon is a Forbes five-star and AAA five-diamond restaurant at the MGM Grand that’s perfect if you’re looking for an intimate, romantic evening The Gault Millau restaurant guide named Robuchon France’s “Chef of the Century.”
Mandalay Bay’s Aureole attends to the desires of both beef and seafood lovers. Order a bottle of wine to compliment your meal, and you’ll see a specially harnessed “angel” ascend the four-story wine rack to retrieve it. Twist, at the Mandarin Oriental, is a Forbes five-star restaurant located on the 23rd floor.
Some of the top casinos even offer multiple award-winning restaurants. For example, there’s Le Cirque, Picasso, and Lago at the Bellagio. Le Cirque has chalked up AAA five-star ratings 13 years in a row. Complement your selection of fine French cuisine with one of the restaurant’s 900+ wine offerings. Picasso lives up to its name by displaying multiple works by the artist of the same name, including ceramic sculptures. Lago features imaginative Italian dishes served along with wonderful lake and fountain views.
Gaming and Golfing in Las Vegas
Of course, baccarat, roulette, blackjack, poker, and the ubiquitous slots beckon visitors to try their luck at popular high-end casinos like The Cosmopolitan, Caesar’s Palace, Aria, Bellagio, The Palazzo, The Mirage, MGM Grand, and Wynn Las Vegas.
Golfers can toss their clubs in the back of a Cadillac Escalade or other luxury SUV and head out to one of the dozens of highly-rated courses scattered across the valley. The TPC Summerlin has hosted official PGA Tour events, while Las Vegas National is richly adorned with white sand bunkers and crystal blue water hazards. Feast on dramatic mountain backdrops when you tee it up at Southern Highlands or deal with the rolling fairways at Desert Pines.
For a change of pace, take off across the Las Vegas Valley and up into the Charleston Mountains to experience the amazing handling of a precisely tuned Lambo or Ferrari. Or, shift into a lower gear as you ride along the top of Hoover Dam as you enjoy Lake Mead on one side and a precipitous drop-off on the other.
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