96th Optimist International Convention
July 10-12, 2014

The Best of Las Vegas -- Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

From the moment you walk through the doors of Caesars Palace, you’ll understand why this iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel sets the standard for opulent details, impeccable service and lavish Las Vegas accommodations. Special touches make the difference between an ordinary visit to Vegas and a spectacular experience – and it’s all yours at Caesars Palace. With up to 15 restaurants to choose from including Restaurant Guy Savoy, the only place in America to experience the elegant cuisine of Guy Savoy, one of France’s most revered and award-winning Chefs. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been known to host performers such as World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Elton John and Celine Dion, one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history.

Agenda
Click here to find out what activities will be conducted during the 96th annual convention.

For the detailed daily activities schedule, click here.  

To view a complete listing of the Las Vegas Experience workshop selections, click here.

Youth Program
For information on youth activities, click here.
 


2013 Convention Photos


The 95th Optimist International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, was full of fun and fellowship!  To view photos from the event, click here.  If you have any photos you would like to share, please send them to convention@optimist.org.

Workshops - the Las Vegas Experience!
Bright lights, sounds of the slot machine? Well not exactly, but you have the chance to take part in a variety of workshops and training at the Las Vegas convention! Workshops and training will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 10 & 11. We believe there is something for everyone, so plan to attend! Click here for a small sampling of what is being offered.

General Information
Learn more about the details of the upcoming annual convention.

Registration
Online registration is now closed.  If you would still like to register, click here for the registration form, complete and fax to (314)735-4123 or scan and email to barbara.zurcher@optimist.org

For questions, call or email Barbara Zurcher at (800)500-8130 ext. 223 or barbara.zurcher@optimsit.org

Look who's registered for Las Vegas!

Housing Reservation Options
By Phone -- call the hotel booking center toll free at (866) 227-5944.  Be sure to mention group code SCOIN4 and that you are attending the Optimist International Convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, July 2014. Room rates start at $119 plus taxes and fees per night.

Group Name: Optimist International
Group Code: SCOIN4

Online – to reserve a hotel room online, click here.

Please note: The meeting space is located in the Palace Tower and the lowest group rate of rooms is located in the Roman Tower, just steps away from the escalator that takes you to the meeting space.

Travel Discounts
Before you book your travel and housing, please consider the days you want to come early and/or stay after the convention events. Your International Convention Committee is working on pre and post-convention events to take place on July 9 and 13. Please also refer to the local attractions section below for information on other exciting activities that Las Vegas has to offer!

Whether traveling by plane, train, or automobile, special deals are available for Optimist members for the International convention.

Airport
McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS), also known as Las Vegas Airport is the main commercial airport in Las Vegas and the entire area of Clark County, Nevada. It covers an area of 1,100 ha and has four runways. McCarran Las Vegas Airport serves as a hub for Great Lakes Airlines. It serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines. McCarran International Airport is located at 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, just two miles from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and 15 miles from downtown and is easily accessed via I-215, Tropicana Avenue, or Russell Road. For paging, general information, flight information, or parking information, call (702)261-5211.

Following are convention discounts offered by airlines, Amtrak and rental car companies:

Traveling by Air
Air Canada
Discount Code: K4CM8G31
Ticketing agent fees may apply for phone reservations.
Travel valid July 3-19, 2014

American Airlines
Discount Code: 5764DB
A $25 US ticketing fee applies if purchased by phone.
Travel valid June 28 — July 15, 2013.

Delta
When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter NMGVW on the Search Flight page.
A ticketing fee applies if purchased by phone (800) 328-1111
Travel valid June 27 — July 15, 2014


Traveling by Train
Amtrak
Reservations cannot be booked via Internet
Call 1 (800) 872-7245
Discount Code: X70Q-980
Travel valid between June 28 — July 15, 2014

Rental Car Discounts
The following rental car companies are offering discounts:

Budget
Discount Code BDC #: U160153
Call (877) 516-7275

Enterprise
Discount Code: GE1025 and code OPT
Call (800) 261-7331

Shuttle Service
LASxpress—we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with LASxpress Airport Transportation and will be offering cost-effective transportation service between McCarran International Airport and Caesars Palace.  By utilizing this service, you are eligible for $11 US one-way airport transportation service.  Other benefits include:

  • Non-Stop Xpress Service Available for $18 per person
  • 40+% Saving vs. Taxi Fare
  • Immediate Boarding
  • Airport Meet and Greet Service

Click here to receive this special rate.

Other shuttle services from McCarran International Airport include:

Airline Shuttle Corp
Bell Trans
Showtime Tours
Super Shuttle

For a less expensive airport transfer option, Optimist volunteers will be offering airport rides for a small donation between McCarran International Airport and Caesars Palace. Please keep in mind, you may have to wait (it will be hot and dry), adding additional time to your commute to and from the hotel and these rides may be shared with other Members. Please contact Joyce Filsinger at 520-260-3866, KJ at 520-576-7618 or Esther at 520-991-0100 via text or voice in advance with your arrival time and number of people in your party to set up a ride with a volunteer! Upon arrival, proceed to the passenger pick-up area of terminal one and look for the van with the Optimist International logo on the side. Danny, a volunteer Member, will be driving and can be reached at 661-808-4702. If you have any special needs and/or cannot withstand dry heat weather, please be sure to contract with the above professional transportation company for your airport transfer.

Wheelchairs and Motorized Scooters
Both standard wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available through the Bell Desk at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.  Standard wheelchairs are complimentary with a imprint of the guests’ credit card for deposit.  Motorized Scooters are available for a one-day rental of $40.00, two-day rental for $70.00, three/four-day rental for $105.00 and five or more day rental for $120.00. Arrangements for these are to be made directly with the Bell Desk at (702) 731-7260 or extension 7260 (within the hotel).

Convention Exhibitors
Make sure to visit the booths of these featured exhibitors in the House of Optimism.

Future Conventions
Optimist International has its sights set on a few great destinations over the next several years.

2015 -- New Orleans, LA
2016 -- Quebec City, QC
2017 -- To Be Determined
2018 -- Ottawa, ON






 

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