Earlier this month Creation Entertainment announced they were moving the annual Star Trek Las Vegas convention from August to December, and from the Rio to the strip. Today they put tickets on sale for the rescheduled event and TrekMovie talked to Creation Entertainment co-founder and president Gary Berman to get the lowdown on the new Star Trek Las Vegas.
Tickets for new STLV on sale now, including Gold packages
Today Creation announced that tickets were once again on sale for the event. You can buy various weekend packages from General Admission ($330), to Copper ($439), to Captain’s Chair ($679), to Gold ($1299). Each level includes more included perks and, of course, a better seat. Gold packages were sold out before the event was postponed, but due to some fans not being able to make the new date, a few Gold seats have opened up. Gary Berman tells TrekMovie he expects those to be snapped up quickly.
Berman spoke excitedly about returning to Vegas, where Creation has been doing conventions for three decades:
It is quite an event and an endeavor that everyone mutually built in Vegas. It is known around the world. It is part of the fabric of what we are as fans and particularly here at Creation. We are really looking forward to being with everybody.
The new location brings new opportunities
This year Star Trek Las Vegas will be held December 9-13 at the brand-new Caesars Forum Conference Center, which is connected to Harrah’s, the new STLV partner hotel located at the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Even though the show is moving to a new location, Berman says all the STLV elements available at the Rio Convention Center will be replicated at the Ceasars Forum, and more:
We get this incredible new state-of-the-art space in the heart of the strip, which I have always dreamed about. And we actually have more space. We will have everything we had at the Rio, plus some surprises.
The Ceasars Forum is connected via a covered walkway to Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, which is located on the Las Vegas strip. While the location and room quality are an upgrade from the Rio, the room rates are just a bit more expensive than they were in 2019, at $85/night on Sunday and weekdays and $139 on Friday and Saturdays. There is also a daily $37 resort fee. To get the convention rate visit passkey.com, and use the code “SHTRE0.”
Berman was also excited about the opportunity to finally move the event to the strip:
The fans get this incredible place to have a party for the five days. It is pretty unheard of for a genre show to be in a facility that is going to be most-wanted by every organization in the world for a meeting in Vegas… And that whole area is filled with a myriad of shops and restaurants and bars for fans to hang out, all right there.
Almost all celebrity guests reconfirmed with new ones being added
As of now, there are 67 Star Trek celebrities confirmed for the new date, including first-time Star Trek convention guest Kelsey Grammar. There are just a handful of guests that were previously confirmed for the August event that Creation is still waiting on, with the most notable of that group being Star Trek: Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew. Gary Berman tells TrekMovie they are talking to Kate and they are still set to have a big 25th-anniversary panel for Star Trek: Voyager.
The new date has also opened up new guest opportunities as well. Berman tells TrekMovie:
We are hoping to have some really exciting news about guests. We want to do something really special for the fans. We are working on some incredible things. But this move has opened up the possibility of us getting people we couldn’t have got for [August].
The guest list includes stars from all of the classic Star Trek shows. In addition, Creation is planning to have stars from Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and other new Star Trek series, but the final schedule depends on production logistics. Berman explains:
We are waiting to see when the filming of the new shows takes place, because as soon as that is confirmed we have about twenty guests from the new series that are ready to be announced, but we have to know they are not filming.
UPDATE: Discovery and Picard stars added
On July 2nd Creation announced 10 additional guests for STLV 2020:
Our new guests include: Doug Jones (“Saru” from Discovery); Michelle Hurd (“Raffi Musiker” from Picard); Emily Coutts (“Lt. Keyla Detmer” from Discovery); Ronnie Rowe (“Lt. R.A. Bryce” from Discovery); Patrick Kwok-Choon (“Lt. Gen Rhys” from Discovery); Sara Mitich (“Airiam / Lt. Nilsson” from Discovery); Hannah Spear (“Siranna” from Discovery); Hannah Cheesman (“Lt. Cmdr. Airiam” from Discovery); Raven Dauda (“Dr. Tracy Pollard” from Discovery); David Benjamin Tomlinson (“Linus” from Discovery).
New safety protocols to make a fun and healthy STLV
Even though the event is moving from August to December, Creation is still planning on implementing new protocols to ensure the health and safety of the guests. Berman tells TrekMovie that Ceasars Forum is currently working with the national, state and local agencies to make sure the facility is safe when it opens in August. Creation will also be “adding to those protocols” to accommodate issues specific to Star Trek Las Vegas. These discussions are still ongoing, Berman explains:
We are waiting until we get a little closer to find out what we need to do and what we can do to make it a safe and fun experience. It doesn’t make sense not to present something that the fans are going to welcome and have a great time and feel safe. That’s our goal, obviously.
Berman says it’s still too early to say if masks will be considered mandatory, but the new protocols will include special social distancing rules for autograph sessions. A fan-favorite element of conventions is photo ops, where fans can get their picture taken with celebrity guests. Creation are planning to provide this at the new STLV, and will be testing out some new protocols at some other events they have planned in the fall.
Events continue to change during the pandemic, so in the event that the new STLV has to be postponed or canceled, fans will be able to get a refund. However, if the event goes ahead you will not be able to get a refund if you decide not to attend. Berman says he understands, “If you feel the potential that something is going to happen, I would give it some thought.” He expects that general admission tickets should remain available up until the show date, but packages with the better seats will likely sell out before December.
Personally, Berman can’t wait to get back to Vegas:
We love doing this. We have been doing this since 1971. I have really come to miss it. We have only run a couple of shows this year. This is the first time I was fourteen that has been the case. It’s strange. I am really looking forward to getting back and being surrounded by the whole Star Trek family.
For more information visit the official Star Trek Las Vegas site.
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