Spot the Vegas fakes and win a digital camera or one of 10 iTunes vouchers - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Test your knowledge in our true-or false game
Congratulations to Samantha McAtear of Travel Centre, Norwich who wins a FujiFilm JX530 14MP digital camera
Our ten runners up will each receive a £10 iTunes voucher:
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Do you know your Las Vegas from your Las Palmas? If so, you could bag yourself a fab digital camera or one of ten £10 iTunes vouchers!
Over the next two weeks, look out for new images in this group's gallery. Some will be of Las Vegas, but some will be fakes - all you need to do is leave comments telling us which is which.
>>Enter our Las Vegas photo competition
So bookmark our Las Vegas gallery page and make sure you respond to as many photos as possible. The agents who pick the most correct images will be entered into our camera prize draw, and the winners of the iTunes vouchers will be picked at random from all correct entries.
Competition closes 5pm Friday October 29 2010. Any entries after this point will not be counted. Winners will selected and notified by November 12 2010.
Win free nights to Las Vegas
In celebration of the new Virgin Atlantic direct route to Las Vegas from Manchester, Gold Medal Travel, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Virgin Atlantic are offering agents the chance to win their very own Las Vegas experience.
- Make 2 bookings | Win attendance to a Las Vegas party
- Make 3 bookings | Win 1 FREE night in Las Vegas
- Make 4 bookings | Win 2 FREE nights in Las Vegas
- Make 5 bookings | Win 3 FREE nights in Las Vegas
- Make 6 bookings | Win 4 FREE nights in Las Vegas
- Make 7 bookings | Win 4 FREE nights and 1 FREE show ticket in Las Vegas
All bookings must include three nights’ accommodation and Virgin Atlantic flights from Manchester. Register now on Gold Medal's agent site!
Welcome to Las Vegas
Here are some key facts, top tips, hotels and tours available and of course for the first time information on the Virgin Atlantic service available from Manchester Airport.
Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing cities in North America and is located in the Mojave Desert. The larger-than-life entertainment capital is famous for its bright lights, spectacular shows, dazzling casinos, supersize hotel resorts and of course wedding chapels.
At the heart of the action and home to the biggest and showiest hotels is the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, or ‘The Strip’, stretching from the Downtown/Freemont area in the north to the Mandalay Bay in the south.
- Approximately 36.7 million visitors each year including domestic visitors, only 5% of which claim they are coming to gamble
- Summer temperature's stay over 100 degrees through June, July and August
- Seventeen of the twenty biggest U.S hotels are in Vegas
- Approximately 17% are first time visitors
- Vegas celebrated its Centennial year in 2005
- The three mile strip holds more hotels rooms than any other city in the world
- Las Vegas is 8 hours behind the United Kingdom
- Average of 315 weddings per day. Marriage licence costing $35, filing for divorce costing $450
- All you can eat buffets a plenty, even if you are not on a budget the hotel buffet restaurants are great value and a great 'Vegas' experience
- Research before hand and have a rough idea of what you want to see and do, it’s very overwhelming and easy to do a lot of nothing whilst planning to do something
Las Vegas the Perfect Entertainment Ticket
Remember the choice is yours, but to help you plan what best fits your itinerary and budget here are Gold Medal’s top tips:
- Trip to the Grand Canyon
- Swoop over the bright lights of ‘The Strip’ by helicopter
- Seeing the fountain show at Bellagio
- Enjoy a flutter at one of the many casinos
- Take a trip to the top of the Stratosphere and taking a ride on their roller coaster
- Sampling the downtime Freemont Experience
A legitimate foodie destination, Las Vegas has its fair share of celebrity chefs. Multi Michelin starred Joel Robuchon, for example, has two restaurants in the MGM Grand. Make reservations in advance, particularly for the better known restaurants.
There are more than 100 different shows a day to see at Vegas’ casinos and nightspots, so you’ll never be short of entertainment. The most popular shows are shown at Caesars Palace and the Bellagio. It’s impossible to visit Vegas without taking in a show.
If you like general shop till you drop fun, this town’s for you. In addition to the massive malls, many hotels have excellent and sometimes highly theme shopping arcades many open until 11pm and beyond. The best are in Caesar’s Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Venetian.
Las Vegas is easy to get around. Buses run 24/7, cabs are plentiful and a monorail runs along the east side of The Strip every day. You’ll still cover a lot on foot, though.
>>Enter our Las Vegas photo competition