Luxury Coach & Transportation

January 2014

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2014 INTERNATIONAL LCT SHOW / NETWORKING ILLUSTRATION / KEVIN HAEGELE, LCT ART DIRECTOR How To Plan Your First Time At ILCT Preparing in advance can provide opportunities that set you apart from competitors, whether you are a newbie or a repeat show goer. A By Jim A. Luf, LCT contributing editor ttending the 30th anniversary International LCT Show in Las Vegas will be as exciting for me as my very frst show 20 years ago. I have never missed one since nor ever forgotten the frst. Whether you are heading to our Show for the frst time or been coming for years, let me share with you my mistakes, misgivings and misconceptions as a peer operator and help you plan your daily strategy for taking it all in. Checking In All the action is at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Feb. 16-18, 2014. I made the mistake of staying in another hotel once; it is worth the extra money to stay in the hotel hosting the show. The convenience of being able to go to your room and drop off bags of gifts, product samples and "swag" you will pick up is worth it. You also may fnd you need a quick nap between events. When you arrive at the International LCT registration booth, you will receive 22 a bag of stuff including a show guide, brochures and trinkets from the show sponsors. The bag itself is cool and I have kept everyone of mine over the years. You also will get a name badge. This is important as you can't get into anything without it. It also will contain lunch tickets for each day of the show that you will need to exchange for food. Your nametag and tickets will all be together in plastic. I suggest you keep them there until asked for them. You also will have a ribbon attached to your LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR JANUARY 2014 badge that identifes you as a "First Timer." I ripped mine off as I didn't want to be known as the freshman or novice. This was a big mistake! The industry icons are sensitive to newbies and will come up and introduce themselves to you. Magazine staff members will reach out to you to make sure you are comfortable and answer any questions you might have. You just might be invited to dine with an industry icon who could become your role model or mentor. If you are an NLA member, you will also have a ribbon indicating that. Attire The most frequent question I get from frst timers is, "What should I wear?" My standard answer is business casual. While many people wear suits, you will not be there to meet with clients, so there is not a need to dress to impress. In fact, I would stress you wear comfortable shoes each day. At the MGM, the hotel rooms are a long walk from the convention center. However, jeans and T-shirts are too casual and likely to turn off affliate managers and executives at big companies and networks. The only true dress-up event is the annual awards show. Men should wear suits, and women should wear business suits or dresses for this event. The two evening nightclub events call for standard nightclub attire. Budgeting For Food You are on your own for food on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, unless you attend the NLA Wine Tasting Event on Saturday night, which includes heavy hors d' oeuvres. There is no food served on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday include free lunches in the exhibit hall. Tuesday night includes a full course dinner if you attend the awards show First timers at 2013 LCT Show East in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 27 got a good rundown of people to meet and ways to make the most of a trade show. WWW.LCTMAG.COM

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