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I am heading to AWFS this year and am wondering if your spouse needs to purchase a pass to attend with you? If so, do you just sign them up as an employee at your company?
Yes, yes. That's what I have done for past shows for my wife.
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My wife is not an active part of my business, so the show was not of interest to her. She did indulge me the first year and walked part of the show floor one day. So, she at least knows what it looks like inside the convention center.
After the first year, she skipped the show entirely. She arranged to get together with some other wives and explore Vegas during the day. They used the Monorail for transportation. The cost is relatively low, and it gives a nice view of the city (it's elevated, of course). Evenings included some nice dinners and a show or two, or just spending time together.
One year we flew in a few days early, rented an SUV, and drove to the Grand Canyon. We stayed a few days there then headed back, visited the Hoover Dam on the way, turned in the rental, and used the Monorail for the rest of our time in Vegas.
If she isn't an active partner in the business, she will be immediately bored, feet will hurt, she will want to do something "interesting" meaning other than there. Good luck.
My wife went with me to a show back when they were in Anaheim. Long story short, she can walk around a mall all day long without a whimper, but 10 minutes on the show floor and her feet hurt all the way up to her neck.
As I understand it, the only cure for her pain was the Hotel pool, which is where she spent the entire 4 days (apparently she wanted to make sure she was fully healed).
Do what you think best, but my experience says it will just cost more than it would without her.
Nothing like a bored +1 for an event you are interested in...
But I'm guessing if it is plausibly the case, it is not an option to last-minute disinvite the spouse ;)
Perhaps have couple plan b's up your sleeve to have the bored entertained, and still stay at the show, in case this scenario pops up?
Well, she's coming with for-sure. Found out a friend that owns a shop is bringing his spouse also, so if they get bored, they can go to the casinos or lay by the pool while we look around the show.
Tthat'll work! Good stuff :) enjoy the show--hope I'll be there too.