Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, but the city also offers plenty of opportunities to get business done in unique settings. Here are five ways that business travelers in Vegas can make meetings or events with colleagues and clients stand out.
Tuck Into The World’s Best Beef
You can celebrate a business deal or entertain a potential partner with a steak dinner pretty much anywhere, but Las Vegas has a corner on perhaps the finest cut of meat available — Japanese Kobe beef, raised on specialty feed in Japan and sold only at places licensed by the Kobe Beef Association of Japan. Three of the nine restaurants nationwide that are certified to sell the special Japanese beef are in Las Vegas: SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas, José Andrés’ Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas and Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria Resort and Casino.
Build Your Teamwork Skills
If you or anyone on your team has ever driven by a construction site and fantasized about piloting one of those giant machines, Dig This has the right toys for you.
The brainchild of New Zealand native Ed Mumm, Dig This offers opportunities to create a team-building event that might include digging a hole almost as big as the Bellagio or playing a game of bulldozer “teeter-totter.”
Not to worry: Dig This provides safety training and operation instruction before turning you and your team loose on the five-acre site, which is situated a few minutes’ drive from the Strip.
Encourage Some Healthy Competition
You can rev up your next event by putting your employees or customers in the driver’s seats of some of the most expensive and rare cars in the world.
Exotics Racing fields one of the largest fleets of exotic cars around (valued at more than $12 million), and they’re available for you or your team to drive on the 1.2-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With speeds on the racetrack reaching up to 130 mph, you will have the chance to build some lively — but safety-friendly — competition among your co-workers. Exotics Racing offers day and evening events, one-on-one coaching, and group catering. All your team members need to bring are valid driver’s licenses and comfortable, close-toed shoes for track time.
Tune Up Your Golf Game With Tiger Woods’ Coach
With more than 200 days of sun per year, Las Vegas doesn’t lack for opportunities to play golf. You can up the ante on your next foursome by setting up a lesson with Butch Harmon, a former golf pro who has coached champions like Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Tiger Woods to more than 140 tour wins.
The Butch Harmon School of Golf, located 30 minutes from the Strip at the Rio Secco Golf Club, offers coaching packages that can be customized for a group or a single golfer. You can opt to work directly with Harmon or one of his staff of coaches. A one-on-one session with the man himself is a great gift for a potential business partner you’re trying to impress, while a group lesson is an excellent opportunity for team building.
Take A Swim With Dolphins — And Sharks
Swimming with sharks or dolphins isn’t something that’s likely to be forgotten come Monday when everyone goes back to the office.
At Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium, anyone who is SCUBA-certified can sign up to jump in the tank with some 30 types of sharks, including sandbar, white tip reef and sand tiger varieties. If you prefer to stay out of the water, you can opt to feed the sharks instead.
Meanwhile, at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, you can do yoga with dolphins or sign up to be a trainer for a day.
Both habitats maintain a commitment to conservation, research and education, donating a portion of revenue to charities that help big wild cats, marine animals and ocean cleanup efforts, so you can enjoy your day in and around the water with a good conscience.