Vegas image from Bigstock
get an email from Rick Schwartz this
morning with a message he released soon after on
After a three year hiatus the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
conference will be returning to Las
Vegas next year. Better yet, the show will be
staged at the fabulous five-star Bellagio
Hotel for the first time. Though the
exact dates were not announced, Rick said it would
begin right after Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day falls on May 27 in 2013,
so, I would reserve May 28, 2013 through
Saturday, June 1, 2013 on your calendar if you
want to attend what promises to be a memorable
and fellow T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Howard
Neu were content to schedule just one
annual show in Florida in 2010, 2011 and
2012 (the 2012 show will be held October 7-10
at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Fort
Lauderdale Beach, a marvelous oceanfront
venue that also hosted the 2011
show). They would have been content
to retain that schedule but T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
regulars (including me) have been urging them to
take the pioneering conference back to Las
Vegas - a city whose many attractions have
made it wildly popular with show goers. The
stage shows, quality hotels and restaurants and
sky high 24/7 energy level make Las Vegas a fun
place to visit, even for non-gamblers like
Bellagio show will be T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s first
visit to Las Vegas since January 2010 when Rick
Latona, under a licensing arrangement with
Rick and Howard, staged one at
the Hard Rock Hotel. On the night
that show closed I joined Howard, Barbara and
Ray Neu on a self-guided city tour that
was a blast. As it happens, we wound up at the
Bellagio because the beautiful hotel has so much
to offer, including its world famous dancing
fountains - the best free show in
Las Vegas. To get both a good view of the
fountain show and an excellent late night snack,
we grabbed an outdoor table at the Paris
Hotel cafe right across the street from the
Bellagio where I snapped the photo below.
Co-Founder Howard Neu and his wife Barbara
Paris Hotel's outdoor cafe with the Bellagio
Hotel behind them (January 2010).
of the most memorable moments in T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
history for me came at the 2007
Las Vegas show that drew a record
breaking crowd of over 600. I'll never
forget walking into the ballroom on the first
day and having my jaw drop when I saw the crowd.
That's when I knew that our industry had arrived
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then and I can't wait to go back in 2013.
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