Las Vegas conference
gets underway today under blue skies at the
beautiful Bellagio Hotel. Diana and I
were among many who got into town a day early to
get settled in and enjoy the many pre-show
networking opportunities. I also wanted to get
some advance photos so I could set the stage for
you before the curtain goes up on the highly
anticipated event that will run through Saturday
pre-show activity at the Bellagio was centered
around the hotel's four fabulous swimming
pools, seen in this view from our room on
the 14th floor. At ground level, directly below
us, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. welcomed early arrivers at
their cool and comfortable cabanas (seen
below) that look out on the spectacular pools
bulk of the the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. crowd will arrive
this afternoon and will spend their day visiting
old friends and making new ones in and around
the cabanas. The conference twill then get into
full swing with the Opening Night Cocktail
Party this evening (running from
the shot below show hostess with mostest Barbara
Neu (lower left) was, as always, on hand to
extend a warm welcome to guests who
dropped by the cabanas Tuesday to get a jump
start on the big week ahead.
the photo below - inside one of the
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. cabanas, show co-founders Rick
Schwartz (at left) and Howard Neu (at
right) visited with Australia's Michael
Gilmour from ParkLogic.com
(2nd from left) and DNForum.com owner Adam
Dicker (2nd from right). Michael and Adam
will both be among the speakers featured this
week (you can see the full
show schedule here).
Bellagio Hotel is actually an eye popping city
within a city with its own great
restaurants, shops and attractions at every
turn. As the sun began to set Tuesday evening
Diana and I joined Rick, Howard and their wives
for dinner at the Bellagio's Olives
ladies Barbara Neu, Alina Schwartz
and Diana Jackson at dinner Tuesday
dinner we, we walked over to the new Hyde
nightclub (also located inside the Bellagio)
that offered a perfect place to view the best
free show in Las Vegas - the Bellagio's world
famous dancing fountains. Every 15
minutes, the fountains erupt in a joyous choreographed
dance perfectly timed to a classic song. Every
song and dance is different and the water often
flies as high as the Bellagio's towering
group watching and photographing the dancing
founatins at the Bellagio Tuesday night.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas registration desk
will open today at 12 noon local time.
You will find it under the Registration 4
sign in the Spa Tower at the Bellagio.
Co-Founder Howard Neu and hs wife Barbara
at the registration desk
where they will start handing out T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
badges this afternoon.
Bellagio provides a stunningly beautiful
conference backdrop and everything is in very close
proximity to the registrant's rooms. After
dinner last night I walked through the
facilities tat show goers will be enjoying this
gorgeous room above is where tonight's T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Opening Night Cocktail Party will be held.
Below you see the main meeting room where
registrants will sit in on talks and panel
sessions featuring many domain industry
leaders. The show's expansive dining room is
located right next to this conference hall.
forecast is calling for perfect weather
in Las Vegas this week and with the industry's
best and brightest gathered in one phenomenally
attractive place, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas 2013
in poised to give its guests a perfect
conference experience. Tomorrow morning I'll
have all of the opening day (and night) photos
and highlights for you in this column.