Current dilema. Vegas is known for its casinos and conventions, but definitely not known for its anime cons. I believe this year marks AV's fifth year, and although it is getting progressively bigger each year, finding the location to hold the event is the biggest problem.
1) Holding an anime con on the strip is a bad idea. The demographic for the AV con is generally teenagers. Individuals under 21 are not allowed to linger in the casinos (for good reason), and the hotel/restaurant prices are quite pricey. Also having cosplay all over the place might make security uncomfortable. We had a toy convention (no, not that kinds of toys) a couple years back, and a security guard saw someone walk into an elevator with a rifle. It could have been an airsoft toy, but they locked down the whole casino to find the guy. I can only imagine what would happen with the cosplays that people show up in.
2) This year, they will be using Cashmen Center. It's not a bad place, but because the con is so small, everything that you want to do can be accomplished in one day, if that. The dealer's hall can be walked in about ten minutes. That's if you were skimming through some booths.
3) Vegas kids are... different. Some of these guys just don't understand personal space. I'm all for the glomping and random hugs, but this girl just came up to me last year:
Girl: Can I molest you?
Me: Excuse m-???
Girl grabs my chest and runs off before I could even acknowledge the question.
So in short, I was violated by a 14 year old girl. Now, the con is something that supposed to be fun and crazy things happen, so I didn't really pay any mind to it. Would have been a completely different story if it was a 50 year old man. However, I know for a fact that many people will not be attending this year because of violations of personal space.
4) Pros of AV. For those who are thinking of going and networking, you never know who you will meet. Sometimes, these cons are just surprising. I do suggest going if you are an artist, writer, filmaker, photographer, whatever. Make as many bridges as you can, especially in this industry. You just never know who you will run into. Making contacts is always a good thing.
Being a native Las Vegan-ite-ese, I will probably go for one day or a second day depending on what events will be taking place. Luckily, I don't have to worry about rooms or food. If you want something fun to do while you're in Vegas in September, go to AV. If not, you can always empty your coin purse and poke a screen for two hours.