by Matt Alderton | March 20, 2017

'Human arrows' can work well onsite. But what about transferring from one hotel to another?
The most important thing is to understand where you need to go. Many hotels are connected, and you may not know it. You can get from one hotel to another without ever walking outside. So, I always suggest speaking with the concierge. They can tell you exactly the best way to get from one hotel to another. This may be as simple as walking through the hotel, or taking the walkway. I recently had a client who needed transportation from one hotel to another. I informed them that the hotels are connected, so instead of transportation we had staff to help lead groups through one hotel and into the next. This was a quicker and cheaper method to ensure guests got to their location.

And what if the hotels aren't connected?
If you want to get your attendees from one spot to another, I recommend hiring a reputable transportation company or DMC. Your hotel is the best resource for finding one. They have relationships and they know who's easy to work with, especially for groups of a certain size. You can do a Google search on anything, but that doesn't mean you'll get somebody who has the ability to do it. If you depend on those people you already depend on for referrals, that's your best bet.

Also, the monorail is a great asset. It drops you right off at the convention center and takes you all the way down the east side of the Strip, as far down as MGM Grand. It's not free, but it's very cheap -- a couple of dollars -- and they have a program where you can pre-pay for passes for everyone in your group. It's a great resource.

How do you feel about ridesharing? Has that made transportation in Vegas easier or more difficult?
Ridesharing has been a great addition for locals living in the suburbs in Vegas. We have struggled for years with the issue of no public transportation and taxis not wanting to come out to the suburbs. However, the addition of ridesharing on the Strip has been an issue. As I mentioned before, the hotels have many rules about where certain types of vehicles can go while on property. These locations are not something you can Google. Many inexperienced drivers do not understand how to navigate the system, and attendees can't find the proper location for pickup. We're still trying to navigate that problem and haven't quite figured it out yet.

Finally, what's one more thing you want meeting planners to know about transportation in Vegas?
People always think, "Oh, we'll deal with transportation later," but this shouldn't be a last-minute decision. Because if you happen to have an event in town when there are a lot of other events, or a big conference like CES that basically takes over the whole city, it can cause havoc with your transportation. Some properties, for example, will say, "We're doing a special CES shuttle so you can't come in or go out of this area." Because of that, this should be something you plan on for budget purposes as well as communication with attendees.