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Airlines: Airlines at McCarran International Airport include Air Canada, Tel 1-800-776-3000, Aloha Airlines Tel 1-800-367-5250, America West Tel 1-800-235-9292, Virgin Atlantic Tel 1-800-862-8621, American Airlines Tel 1-800-433-7300, Continental Tel 1-800-525-0280, Delta Tel 1-800-221-1212, Hawaiian Airlines Tel 1-800-367-5320, National Airlines Tel 1-888-757-5387, Northwest Tel 1-800-225-2525, Southwest Tel 1-800-435-9792, United Tel 1-800-241-6522.

Area code: The telephone area code is 702 for all numbers.

Banks and exchange: There are no banks on the Strip, the casinos will convert almost any currency and they have every conceivable ATM machine, there is a charge of about $2.00.

Conventions:  During large conventions room rates can rise dramaticly. The biggest events are the Consumer Electronic Show, in January; the Men's Apparel Guild in March; and Comdex computer show in November.

Disabled travelers:  Casinos offer designated rooms for the physically challenged and accessible gaming facilities. The Convention and Visitors Authority runs an advice line at 892-7525, to arrange for a free disabled parking permit, call 229-6431.

Emergencies:  Call 911.

Hospitals: 24-hour emergency service at the University Medical Center, 1800 W Charleston Blvd (Tel 383-2000), and at the Sunrise Hospital, 3186 Maryland Parkway (Tel 731-8000).

Laundromats:  All hotels have Laundry facilities.

Medical help:  The 24-hour Nevada Resort Medical Center is on the eighth floor of the Imperial Palace, at 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S (Tel 893-6767).

Pharmacies:  Sav-On, 1360 East Flamingo Rd (24hr; Tel 731-5373), and White Cross, north of the Stratosphere at 1700 Las Vegas Blvd S (daily 7am -1 am; Tel 382-1733).

Photography:  The Excalibur on the Strip and the Four Queens downtown are the only casinos that allow visitors to take photographs of the action on their slot machines and gaming tables.

Police:  Can be contacted at 795-3111.

Post office:  there is a post office behind the Stardust at 3100 Industrial Road (Mon - Fri 8.30 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 2 pm).

Tax:  Sales tax is 7.25%. Room tax is 9% percent on the Strip, and 11% downtown.

Time:  Pacific Standard Time, but operate daylight saving between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in Oct.

Tipping:  In restaurants or taxis - 15 - 20%, In hotels, for luggage assistance, tip $1 - $2 per bag; for valet parking, $2; for maid service, $1 - $2 per day. Tip gaming table dealers a chip or two each time you win (or place a bet on behalf of the dealer). Bar staff, waitresses delivering free drinks, expect $1 - $2 per drink.

Airports:  North Air Terminal Airport, VGT, McCarran International Airport, LAS, Henderson Sky Harbor, HSH

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McCarran International Airport, (tel 261-5211), is a three-mile drive via Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road.  Taxi service is always available and should cost between $8.00 and $12 for hotels at the southern part of the Strip; from $10 to $15 for the Central Strip, around $18 for the North Strip; and between $15 and $20 for downtown and out on the Boulder Highway.