Las Vegas does everything with flash, so it's only fitting that groups are finding ways to upgrade their transportation when traveling in the city. Whether taking a stretch limo or riding on the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, getting around in this city is about much more than getting from Point A to Point B.
"This is Las Vegas, and the ordinary will just not do," says Valerie Valow- Orris, director of business development at Las Vegas--based destination management company Baskow & Associates. "Motorcycles, exotic cars, classic cars, limos with not only open tops but Jacuzzis as well -- we've done them all. We even arranged to have a pink Cadillac pick up one client, complete with Elvis waiting in the passenger's seat."
During CES, the global consumer electronics and technology trade show last January, UberChopper, an offering from rideshare company Uber and Maverick Helicopters, provided helicopter rides over the city. It was such a hit that it is being offered again at this year's show. For $99 per person, attendees can schedule a flight through their smartphones, an Uber driver picks them up, and transfers them to Maverick's terminal at the McCarran International Airport, where a helicopter takes them over the Strip.
"Uber is thrilled to be in Nevada in time to seamlessly move conference attendees, visitors, and residents throughout Las Vegas during CES," says Jason Raddison, general manager for Uber Nevada. "Our partnership with Maverick Helicopters provides riders with another great way to move safely, reliably, and affordably throughout the city, while enjoying one of the most beautiful views the Strip has to offer."
Maverick Helicopters, which operates the largest and youngest fleet of ECO-Star helicopters in the world, also provides tours and transportation throughout the year that make it a fun way to see the city and surrounding sights.
Buses with Flair
Party buses are another way to bring some excitement to group transportation. Booming sound systems, on-board entertainment, flat-screen TVs, and changing interior lights: These vehicles are a lot more fun than a cab. Another option is Double Decker Bus Company of Las Vegas, which can not only transport a group on original, restored London buses, but has a stable of 34 performers who will entertain as well. Celebrity impersonators belt out tunes and even act as the group's host during the tour. Elvis, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra are all available.
"Just today we took a group from the Wynn to the famous Las Vegas sign for a group picture, to the Fountains of Bellagio and other famous spots along the Strip," says Michael Rossetti, owner of the Double Decker Bus Company of Las Vegas.
For groups that request a teambuilding component, the company has put its own spin on the game show Cash Cab, where taxi passengers get the chance to win money by correctly answering a series of questions on their way to a destination. In this case it is called, Cash Bus.
After a day of indoor meetings, some planners want their groups to get outside. A fun way is with a pedal hopper: a bicycle built for 15. The cycle cruises at an average speed of five to eight miles an hour and creates quite a stir.
Vegas Pub Crawler offers these for groups. "Not only are they popular on the Strip but on Fremont Street as well," says Valow-Orris.
Want to wow your attendees with something exotic? Luxury vehicles like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Tesla are available for rent at McCarran International Airport in Hertz's Dream Car Lot. Bentleys, Aston Martins, Ferraris, McLarens, Corvettes, and Lamborghinis are a few of the cars that Gotham Dream Cars has available in Las Vegas for its Dream Car Tours. Attendees get to drive six different exotic sports cars on public roads, with six legs of the 15-mile journey, each one in a different car.