Fortunately, my trip to Las Vegas was uneventful, with all the plane passengers I saw masked. Uber’s prices were insane at the Las Vegas airport, showing $ 45 to get to the Palazzo versus $ 21 for Lyft. I ended up taking a taxi since the rate is set at $ 27, there was no waiting and I was able to see the vehicle right in front of me before choosing. I stopped Uber for other destinations from the hotel and it was always double the Lyft rate, which reminded me why I always use Lyft in Las Vegas. It’s hot outside, but who goes out during a conference held in the desert at connected venues?
Reflecting: why does HIMSS spend money buying airport signs? Do visitors to Las Vegas really register for the conference on a whim, or do those who register need to be reassured that they are in the right city?
Masking within the Venetian area is perhaps 75% at best, with many masks lowered and some people walking past the “masking required” signs with no masks in evidence. Compliance was close to 100% in HIMSS areas, offering little convenience as casinos, hotel corridors, and restaurants full of unmasked cannot be avoided. Overall, I’d say I’ve felt safe since I left home, but I often wanted to wreak havoc on someone who clearly doesn’t care about being responsible to others or who defiantly ignores clearly posted policy.
Checking in for HIMSS21 was straightforward, although the signage wasn’t perfect (perhaps because the hotel and convention center weren’t dedicated exclusively to the conference) and some of the “ask me” information didn’t seem to be completely informed when you raised questions. I don’t know how to get to the Caesar building for educational sessions, although it seems to involve going through the exhibition hall that was closed today to reach a bridge that was also closed today. I’m not sure why the previous HIMSS conferences in Las Vegas were all contained within the Sands-Venetian complex and now the much smaller HIMSS21 requires walking or transportation to the Wynn and Caesar’s Forum conference center (not to be confused with the Caesar’s hotel as they are not adjacent), but that has dampened my already minimal enthusiasm for attending educational sessions. I will probably be staying in the showroom and surrounding areas this week.
This time no badge holders were provided, just a clip lanyard that fits over the paper badge. I’m not really sure about the integrity of these. The names are also not printed in large print, so it will be difficult to recognize masked people. It was strange walking through the corridors of HIMSS21 and not being able to recognize people since you cannot see their faces. I predict that chance encounters will be greatly reduced.
I snuck into the showroom when the attention of a security guard was diverted. It has the widest aisles and cabin space you have ever seen. The exhibitor count has dropped another 20 or so since Friday to 709. The installation was still in progress, so it’s hard to say whether the layout will be thankfully spacious or embarrassingly sparse. Unlike previous conferences, it was quiet rather than risking being run over by heavy equipment being loaded onto booth components in a superhighway-like design.
That was all for my experience of HIMSS21 today, as the keynote speech and reception did not interest me. My room at the Palazzo is excellent and a good deal at $ 229 and I had an excellent and well-priced happy hour beer (the locally brewed Bonanza, which was excellent) and oysters on the half shell at their Sugarcane restaurant. I’ll probably spend the entire day tomorrow in the showroom, leaving my day fully planned, except to come up with a dinner idea that hopefully doesn’t involve the mostly overrated hotel restaurants that are kind of a food court for rubies who think celebrity chefs are. in fact in the kitchen cooking. I confess that my favorite Las Vegas restaurants from past conferences are Home Plate, Italian American Club, and Village Pub on Ellis Island, so my preference is inexpensive, off the beaten path, and no other HIMSS conference badge bearers. It may also be that the exhibitors provide enough snacks to help me anyway.
From Excitable: “Re: HIMSS21. You seem fed up with the conference. “ I think everyone who has attended more than a handful of HIMSS conferences would say that they are not so excited about the prospect of returning or assured of a return on investment for attending. Most of the jolly folks who tweet their barely contained excitement about attending are lower-level employees who don’t have much experience, and for them, I understand, but don’t share, the excitement of the travel expense reimbursement rookie, assault with others. for group selfies and vendor parties. The last thing I want to do at HIMSS is sacrifice an entire night just to get free food and drinks for the vendors or to snuggle up protectively with other newbies.
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