About Las Vegas & Guest Info
Las Vegas continues to build upon its reputation as a vibrant showcase for the extraordinary. This is the city that attracts more than 36 million visitors a year by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment, the highest caliber of award-winning chefs and master sommeliers, and, of course, the brightest.
The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is the official host hotel for UNITY ’12. It is located on the South End of the Las Vegas Strip, just a short 2 miles away from McCarran International Airport.
Shuttles are available at the airport and Mandalay Bay is usually either the very first drop off or the very last drop off. Shuttles generally cost $4-$6 per person. The other option is a taxi which costs between $16-$20, for up to 5 people and will bring you directly to Mandalay Bay.
There are many reasons why Las Vegas commands the title as "The Entertainment Capital of the World." Some of the world's most exciting and versatile entertainers perform here, with attractions representing the far corners of the globe – from the deserts in Egypt to Monte Carlo, from Paris to Venice, from the wonders of the South Seas to the skyline of New York City. This diversity goes beyond the Strip and is also represented in the rich history of Southern Nevada and its residents. In addition to the Strip, it is the dynamic multicultural lifestyle of Las Vegas, that also contributes to the uniqueness and appeal of this venue.
- Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage: Asian immigration to Southern Nevada began in the 1800s, as Chinese laborers, miners, ranchers and doctors played an integral part in the early settlements. Today, Las Vegas has benefited from the cultural influence of countries as diverse as the Philippines, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Thailand, the Pacific Islands and India. These wide-ranging influences can be experienced in the local cuisine and in retail and gaming. Asian influence is also represented in the Las Vegas entertainment scene with such shows as the Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha and the Imperial Hawaiian Luau. Asian/Pacific Islanders account for 7 percent of the Clark County population.
- Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic explorers were among the first settlers in Southern Nevada and were pioneers in many of the early industries in Nevada including mining. They also provided Las Vegas with its name - which translates into The Meadows. The influence of the early settlers on today's residents is ever present, as Latino traditions enrich the cultural landscape, influencing architecture, cuisine, art and music in Las Vegas. Today, Hispanic residents constitute 27 percent of the total Clark County population.
- Native American Heritage: The history and heritage of Native Americans, the first settlers in Southern Nevada, add texture to Las Vegas' rich cultural tapestry. Native American contributions to the region's culture are found in a variety of attractions and recreational areas in and around the region. American Indians currently account for 1 percent of the Clark County population.
Native American artifacts and petroglyphs can be explored at:
Lost City Museum - Built by the National Park Service in 1935 to exhibit artifacts that were excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada. These Anasazi Indian sites were threatened by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up behind the newly built Hoover Dam.
Red Rock Canyon - Several tribal groups have lived in the Mojave Desert within the past 2,000 years. The northern and eastern portions, for example, were occupied by the Kawaiisu, Kitanemuk, Serrano, Koso and Southern Paiute bands including the Chemehuevi.
Valley of Fire - Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire include the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. Fine examples of rock art left by these ancient people can be found at several sites within the park.
African American Influences: Once known as the "Black Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas showcased many of the most popular African-American entertainers of the time. Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Nat "King" Cole, Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne graced the stages of the Las Vegas Strip. Today, Las Vegas continues to host some of the top African- American performers in music, comedy and sports.
Many people of African descent from all regions of the globe have enhanced the culture of Las Vegas. Their influence can be seen in shops and boutiques featuring wares from Africa, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. Culinary delights from Ethiopia and the Caribbean, as well as American "soul" food, are among an ever-broadening range of cuisines featured throughout the valley. Blacks/African-Americans currently account for 9 percent of the Clark County population.
The city famous for having "something for everyone" furthers the proof to its claim when the sun goes down. After sessions, in addition to UNITY ’12 sponsored events, experience a variety of night spots with personalities as varied as their own. From elaborately themed clubs to the new wave of upscale "ultra lounges.”