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Elvis, casinos, skydiving and mangia! What to do in Vegas while at HIMSS16

Elvis, casinos, skydiving and mangia! What to do in Vegas while at HIMSS16

Can you believe it? HIMSS16 is less than a month away. This year’s throng will exceed HIMSS12’s attendance by more than 5,000 people, if projections hold true. So, while planning your schedule of meetings, interviews and can’t-miss keynotes, don’t forget to book your dining and entertainment plans now, too, provided you have downtime. After all, you’ve got to eat, and don’t want to be relegated to some lackluster buffet at a run-down casino.

Luckily, there are many options to choose from.

Who Says There’s No Culture in Vegas? OK, maybe there’s no equivalent to The Metropolitan Museum of Art or Lincoln Center, but there’s plenty to see that’s fun, offbeat and educational. History buffs will thrill to The Mob Museum and the Smithsonian-affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum, which colorfully impart Las Vegas’ unique and notorious history. And, while the Liberace Museum is sadly closed, music aficionados can always check out “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience,” the stylings of an ersatz Frank, Dean and Sammy in The Rat Pack Is Back! or the Beatles-themed LOVE by Cirque du Soleil.

Thrills Galore: For those seeking to test drive some of the world’s most exotic cars, check out SPEEDVEGAS (pictured above), where taking a Lamborghini or Ferrari for a spin will set you back $89 per lap (5 lap minimum).. Or dare to try any of the thrill rides (SkyJump, Insanity: The Ride, X-Scream, Big Shot!) perched high above the Las Vegas skyline at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower.

More thrills — don’t call your stunt double: Who isn’t into combining the high life with physical activity? May as well go Vegas-style gonzo with Vegas Indoor Skydiving, the self-described “Ultimate Simulated Free Fall,” or for the more adventurous, the 10-story Slotzilla Zoomline and its less-insane cousin, the Zipline.

Mangia, Mangia! Among the better restaurants located near HIMSS16 (Venetian/Palazzo/Sands Expo Center) are Bouchon Bistro, Mario Batali’s Carne Vino, Mizumi (for sushi) and Spago. Elsewhere, there’s good buzz around Lotus of Siam (Northern Thai), Jaleo (tapas), and local faves like Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge and The Bootlegger Italian Bistro…but you can’t really go wrong in a town that boasts some of the finest restaurants in the world (from Nobu to In-N-Out Burger). Of course, the Venetian’s own Cut by Wolfgang Puck is one of the top steakhouses in the U.S.A.

Get Out Your Selfie Stick: Among the many “only in Vegas” photo backdrops, it’s worth checking out the Volcano at the Mirage, fountains at the Bellagio or the huge “High Roller” Ferris Wheel at Caesar’s Palace.  You could also do much worse than checking out the Neon Museum or Pinball Museum.

While we have our own preferences for playing games of chance, everybody’s got their own, too. We’ll let you cut your own path through the noise and bling to settle into a comfortable slots seat or blackjack table after the HIMSS workday is through. See you in Vegas!

MSLGROUP looks forward to attending HIMSS16. If you will be attending and would like to talk with us about conference planning and PR activities, or would like to meet during the show, feel free to contact Doug Russell at 781-684-0770 or

SpeedVegas cover photo credit: Jorge de la Llama on Flickr.

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Doug Russell

Doug Russell

Senior Vice President at MSLGROUP

SVP of MSLGROUP Boston and the lead for healthcare technology efforts.

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