Snaps From My Week in Las Vegas

How many canoes died to make this sculpture possible? Photo by J Emmons

How many canoes died to make this sculpture possible? Photo by J Emmons

I stayed next door to Bellagio at the newer (non-casino!) Vdara hotel. The sculpture outside the main entrance is eye-catching. Is this the result of a tornado on the lakes of Minnesota?

Olivia Newton-John on the big screen. My photo of her as seen from my seat doesn't hold up to enlargement. Photo by J Emmons

Olivia Newton-John on the big screen. My photo of her as seen from my seat doesn’t hold up to enlargement. Photo by J Emmons

The welcome meeting on the first day usually ends with a brief appearance by a celebrity with at least a small connection to the leisure travel world. This year we met Olivia Newton-John, the recording artist and co-founder of Gaia Retreat and Spa in Australia. (Think “Canyon Ranch Down Under.”) Olivia sang “Magic” (“You have to believe we are magic…”) and then chatted briefly with the Virtuoso CEO.

The Bellagio, staff and buildings, continue to provide top-notch service. My favorite part of the physical plant is the Chihuly glass flowers illuminated on the ceiling of the lobby.

Each 2 or 3 foot wide flower is amazing. Taken together, they dazzle. Photo by J Emmons

Each 2 or 3 foot wide flower is amazing. Taken together, they dazzle. Photo by J Emmons

The largest part of the week was the meetings between advisors and operators. We filled two large ballrooms and a handful of smaller rooms.

Hundreds of tables in three "tracks" organized our days, four minutes at a time. Photo by J Emmons

Hundreds of tables in three “tracks” organized our days, four minutes at a time. Photo by J Emmons

As we approached the end of the last meeting, noise level in the room rose noticeably. When the time ran out, instead of the usual “please move to appointment number XXX” we heard the final strain from Roy Orbison’s hit “It’s Over” and everyone cheered!

The theme for the week was the Human Connection. Our tally says we connected in a big way! Photo by J Emmons

The theme for the week was the Human Connection. Our tally says we connected in a big way! Photo by J Emmons

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

21 August 2014

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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