February 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 2

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ASA Goes to Las Vegas!

Caesars Palace Lobby

The American Sociological Association is excited to bring the Annual Meeting to Las Vegas for the first time! Not only is Las Vegas vibrant and fascinating from a sociological perspective, but it is also easily accessible for our members around the country. In addition, Caesars Palace affords ASA the unique opportunity to have all components of its meeting—including sessions, receptions, and housing—under one roof for the first time since 1990.

One of the grandest Las Vegas hotels, Caesars Palace is famous worldwide for its beauty and impeccable service. The hotel offers 26 restaurants and cafes, sprawling gardens and pools, a world-class spa, and the renowned Coliseum spotlighting world-class stars, in addition to a 129,000 square foot casino.

Las Vegas continues to build upon its reputation as a vibrant showcase for the extraordinary. The city attracts more than 36 million visitors a year by offering grand hotels, some of the biggest stars in entertainment, a high caliber of award-winning chefs and master sommeliers, a premium world-class shopping experience, bright lights, and, of course, some gambling too.

Conveniently located McCarran International Airport is a short drive (one mile) from the Las Vegas Strip, 3.5 miles from the Las Vegas Convention Center, and 5 miles from Downtown Las Vegas. Taxi and limousine services abound, while tour companies offer sightseeing trips to the surrounding areas such as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Canyon.

ASA Group Rate

Hotel Room

Attendees will find this location makes for a very affordable meeting. ASA attendees booking in our block receive the rate of $149 per night (not including the 12% county tax). In addition, ASA guests may pay a one-time resort fee of $15, which will cover Internet access in their hotel room and fitness center access for the duration of their stay. Caesars Palace is a massive complex with many dining options to meet any price point.

ASA has negotiated this special rate and resort fee contingent on attendees booking rooms within the block. Please help up keep overall meeting costs low and avoid paying penalty fees to the property, by only booking rooms in our block. ASA Housing opens on our website in mid-February.

UPDATE: Hotel rates for ASA guests have been reduced; the new pricing is below.

Dates

Single/Double

Triple/Quad

August 17 & 18

$99/$99

$129/$149

August 19 & 20

$139/$139

$169/$189

August 21-24

$99/$99

$129/$149

This reduction in rates occurred after this issue was published. It does not appear in the print edition.

What Happens in Vegas (Besides Gambling)

Whether you are dancing under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas or strolling the shops at Monte Lago Village at Lake Las Vegas, you are never far from a golf course. The 50-plus golf courses in Las Vegas have put Vegas on the map for golf connoisseurs. Each course is within a one-hour radius of the city, offering challenging play and beautiful desertscapes, flowing waterfalls, rolling greens and mountain views.

No longer the domain of women, the spa experience can take the stress out of presenting while in Vegas. Las Vegas resorts offer the most luxurious and varied spa experiences anywhere.

There are many reasons why Las Vegas claims the title as "The Entertainment Capital of the World." Some of the world’s most exciting and versatile entertainers perform here including Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Garth Brooks, and so many more. Also, there are Broadway hits such as "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular," "Jersey Boys," and "Tony & Tina’s Wedding." Other entertainment options include A-list comedians, such as Brad Garrett, Ray Romano, and Kevin James; as well as six resident Cirque du Soleil productions, comedy clubs, classic Las Vegas showgirl revues, and more.

When planning an evening of entertainment, attendees can look to the growing roster of gourmet restaurants and wine and food adventures in Las Vegas. A host of fine dining and lifestyle magazines—including Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Robb Report and Esquire—have honored the city for its fantastic fare and hailed individual restaurants for their exquisite cuisine.

The city famous for having "something for everyone" furthers the proof to its claim when the sun goes down. After dinner, you can experience a variety of night spots, from elaborately themed clubs to the upscale "ultra lounges." With hip surroundings, signature drinks and an "anything goes" attitude, ultra lounges have redesigned Vegas nightlife, providing a new way to party on the Strip. logosmall

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