ABOUT LAS VEGAS
Located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, the City of Las Vegas is notorious for its 24-hour casinos, electrifying nightlife, and diverse entertainment offering. Originally founded by ranchers and railroad workers, this desert metropolis has great all-round assets that goes far beyond its casinos. It is a leading financial, commercial, and cultural crossroad where business leaders from around the world meet, and exchange ideas. Indeed, Las Vegas is the perfect place for the World Congress of Compounding to hold its first event.
- Las Vegas has a wide array of gourmet restaurants and theme cafes; its dining options appeal to all tastes, from fine cuisine to casual dining.
- The average Las Vegas temperature in October has a high of 82°F (28°C) and a low of 54°F (12°C) with an average of 0.25 inches in precipitation.
- With nearly 50 courses sprinkled throughout the greater metro area, Las Vegas will satisfy all golf enthusiasts with courses like the Shadow Creek, the Cascata or the Wynn Golf Club.
- Las Vegas is home to some of the most spectacular shopping in the world. The Shops at Crystals, The Forum Shops at Caesars or The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/The Palazzo are just some of the endless options available to you.
- Whether you are looking for a tour over the city or over the desert mountains and canyons, you can enjoy unforgettable views by taking spectacular helicopter rides.
HISTORY OF VEGAS
In 1905 the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake railroad arrived in Las Vegas, connecting the city with the Pacific and the country’s main rail networks. In 1911, the City of Las Vegas was incorporated and in 1931 construction began on the massive Boulder Dam (later renamed the Hoover Dam), drawing thousands of workers to a site just East of the city. Casinos venues opened up on Fremont Street, the town’s sole paved road, to attract the project’s workers.
During the 1940’s, money from Wall Street banks, union pension funds, the Mormon Church and the Princeton University, combined with money from organized crime, helped develop the region. Tourists flocked to the resorts, 8 million a year by 1954, drawn by performers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley, and by rows of slot machines and gaming tables.
In 1989, mega-resorts begun to emerge. Over the next two decades, the Strip was transformed yet again: old casinos were dynamited to make room for massive complexes taking their aesthetic cues from ancient Rome and Egypt, Paris, Venice, New York and other glamorous escapes.
Today, casinos and entertainment remains Las Vegas’ major employer. The city receives over 40 million visitors per year.