Las Vegas

'SIN CITY' might seem like a leisure-orientated destination but it’s an important venue for business meetings and events too, and ranks as one of the top convention cities in the United States. This trend is only set to continue with the opening of new facilities such as the T-Mobile Arena. Those who don't enjoy hot weather may want to avoid June, July and August when temperatures average more than 38°C.

When it comes to hotels, they like them big with the city accounting for 12 of the 20 largest properties in the world based on guestroom numbers. The big daddy is the MGM Grand with 6,852 rooms. More 'intimate' options include the Mandarin Oriental with just 392 rooms. The W Las Vegas, due to open this year, will have 289 rooms in the SLS complex on the Las Vegas Boulevard.

The range of dining options is huge in every major Vegas hotel and there has been a distinct move upmarket with more fine dining restaurants replacing 'all you can eat' buffets. The Venetian and Palazzo complex offers more than 38 restaurants, featuring global and specialist cuisines. New openings include the Japanese Sake Rok at The Park next to the T-Mobile Arena.

There’s a vast range of stylish bars and lounges across the city’s hotels and casinos. For one of the city's best views head to the Skyfall Lounge on the 64th floor of the Delano tower. If you're gambling, it’s worth remembering drinks are free when you’re playing. Remember to carry your photo ID as staff will check it

Getting there
Virgin Atlantic offers daily direct flights from Gatwick to Las Vegas’ McCarran airport, while British Airways also runs direct flights from Heathrow. Norwegian has also launched a twice-weekly service from Gatwick to Las Vegas and there are also options through major US hubs.

Getting downtown
McCarran International airport is located two miles from The Strip’s resorts. Taxis or limousines are the most popular transfer option, though shuttle buses are cheaper. A monorail links some of the big hotels on The Strip with the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Must-see sights
The Strip is a sight in itself but for a more natural wonder, the Grand Canyon is only a 30-minute helicopter ride away. The historic downtown Fremont Street area is also worth visiting and the new SPEEDVEGAS racing track gives guests the chance to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari or Lamborghini.

Carbon cost
Return flights from London Gatwick to Las Vegas cover 10,480 miles and produce 2.41 tonnes of CO2. Offset these flights with Climate Care from £18.10.