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A Short Guide to Las Vegas’s Spring Concert Series

Posted On: 03/15/2017

For whatever reason you’re coming to Las Vegas, there’s no reason to not take advantage of one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Showtime has created a quick guide to this spring’s must-see shows.

Ricky Martin

Las Vegas’s biggest concert series in April is Ricky Martin, the pop icon. He’ll be performing beginning April 5th at MGM’s Park Theater at Monte Carlo. The Latin sensation’s show, directed under the acclaimed Jamie King, is sure to be a blast: ““I’m extremely excited to have my residency in Las Vegas; I have been thinking about it for years and to see it become a reality is just an unbelievable feeling. I’m inspired, and I can’t wait to show you what we have in store.”

Backstreet Boys

Las Vegas’s newest resident artists are the boy band favorite, Backstreet Boys. However, you don’t need to be a preteen to relive the early 2000s. The best selling boy band in music history begins their performances in March, but will be around Vegas for 18 shows. Starting at $39, you won’t want to miss this show.

Britney Spears

Britney is back in Vegas, opening April Fools Day at Planet Hollywood. The star of the electrifying “Britney: Piece of Me” show was voted “Best Resident Performer in Vegas”. Her show sells out quickly, so buy now for cheap tickets!

Celine Dion

Want something a bit slower? The Montreal superstar begins her residence on April 5th after a yearlong hiatus. Catch Miss Dion at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace to hear her classic hits and fan favorites.

Rod Stewart

Another classic. The British rocker is bringing his famous hair and voice to Caesars hotel through April for “The Hits” concert series. Be prepared for one hit after another with this icon.

Enjoy your time in Las Vegas, and don’t forget to book your ride to the shows with Showtime!


Casino Guide Las Vegas

The Casino Guide to Las Vegas

Posted On: 02/26/2017

When you think of Las Vegas, you think of casinos. After you take a sightseeing tour, here is a short guide to the casinos you can’t miss, and what you need to know.

Caesars Palace, one of the most iconic casinos in the world, is a great first stop. If you’re not keen to play, it’s worth a visit to take in the spectacular building or watch the gambling action. Other iconic casinos with a classic Vegas atmosphere include the Golden Nugget, the Hard Rock and the Monte Carlo. Lesser known gems include the El Cortez, Orleans casino and Silverton casino. It’s especially hard to avoid the casinos in Vegas when they are in some of the most iconic buildings.

While you can watch from the sidelines, don’t be afraid to participate, if you’re over 18. Here are some key etiquette rules:

  • Don’t be intimidated. Bright lights, security staff, and casino rules would be enough to make anyone nervous. The casinos are for your entertainment, try to enjoy and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • That being said, try to learn the rules of the games before you play. Slots, Roulette and Blackjack aren’t as complicated as they look, but save yourself time and prep yourselves on the rules beforehand. There are plenty of expert guides online, and even in the casinos themselves.
  • Tip the dealer. Tip in chips, not cash. This is basic casino etiquette.
  • Practice, practice, practice. The golden rule to any skill. The rules will take time to get used to, so don’t be surprised if you’re not a millionaire after your first game.
  • Set your limits. Know when it’s time to quit and walk away from the table.
  • Check the table minimum. Before you sit down, check out what the lowest amount of money is you can spend on each bet.
  • No phones at the table. This is generally true for all casinos. Having your phone out puts you at risk for being told off by security.
  • Snacks and drinks are free, but keep in mind that staff often work for tips. Also, although drinks are free, drink responsibly.

While these general tips should get you around without a hassle, each casino may have their own individual rules, so keep yourself well-informed during your stay. Bet responsibly, but most importantly, enjoy your time in Vegas! Make the most of your time in Vegas and book your transportation ahead of time with Showtime Tours.


Las Vegas to Do List

What to Do in Sin City

Posted On: 02/17/2017

Enjoy your time in Las Vegas!Las Vegas is world renowned for its entertainment. Beyond the casinos, shows and restaurants, the choices can be overwhelming. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, Showtime Tours has made a quick entertainment guide for you.

After taking your Showtime Tour airport shuttle to your hotel, take a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip. During day or night, the Strip has all you need to keep you entertained. See the world without ever leaving the sidewalk, including Venice’s gondolas outside the Venetian hotel, Italy’s Lake Como at the Bellagio, and Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Day or night, the Bellagio Fountain shows, which start every 15 minutes, are a must-see. The fountains shoot almost 500 feet into the air to coordinated music.

Escape the heat with one of the many unique museums Las Vegas has to offer. The Pinball Hall of Fame has over 150 pinball machines for visitors to play. The Atomic Testing Museum will teach you the history of Nevada’s use as a nuclear-weapon testing site. The Mob Museum tells the story of how the mafia built Las Vegas into what it is today. Whatever your interests may be, there is surely something for you.

The Strip, museums, restaurants, shops and casinos can be overwhelming to take in. Don’t worry about missing a thing with Showtime’s Bright Light City Tour. This 2.5-3 hour evening tour in an open air pink Jeep Wrangler is the perfect way to take it all in, Vegas-style. Is nature more your thing? Showtime also has tours to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

No matter when or why you’re in town, Vegas is sure to have enough to keep you entertained. Keep your ride to and from the airport comfortable and reliable with Showtime Tours.


Free parking in las vegas

No More Free Parking in Las Vegas

Posted On: 02/15/2017

Hotels offer parking throughout Las Vegas, however, parking your vehicle always comes with a cost. Free parking has become a thing of the past on the Las Vegas Strip. Most Las Vegas hotels now institute paid parking.

What does this mean for Las Vegas travelers?

It means parking has become a lot more expensive in Las Vegas, and you have to plan your travel accordingly. There are two types of parking in Las Vegas: self-parking and valet parking. With self-parking, you park yourself and costs $5-$7 for vehicles parked 1 to 4 hours and $8-$10 for vehicles parked over 4 hours to 24 hours. With valet parking, the hotel parks the car for you, and costs a little more than self-parking. Valet parking fees are $13 for the first 4 hours and $18 for over 4 hours to 24 hours. There is an additional valet parking fee of $18 for each day or fraction of a day the vehicle is valet parked in Las Vegas.

Free parking on the Strip was once a Las Vegas staple, but has become harder and harder to find. The end of free parking started when MGM Resorts International announced they would start charging for parking, both valet and self-parking on all properties except Circus Circus. This was quickly followed up with Caesars Entrainment, who announced it would also phase out free parking on all properties except the Rio.

A shuttle service is a great way to avoid the cost of parking on the Las Vegas Strip.


Chinese New Year Las Vegas

Chinese New Year 2017

Posted On: 01/17/2017

Las Vegas has a vibrant Chinese community and you can find some incredible Chinese New Year celebrations throughout Las Vegas. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and festivities are set to kick off on January 28. Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration, so there is plenty of time to see it all! Check out just some of the best Chinese New Year events scheduled in the Las Vegas area:

The LINQ Promenade

The LINQ Promenade is hosting a four-day Chinese New Year festival, Jan 27-30, which features parties, special events, and dragon dances on the Fountain Stage. Authentic dragon dances by a Sichuan dance troupe will be held nightly at 6 pm. The biggest feature of their "Chinese New Year in the Desert" program is the DragonFest Benefit Concert at The LINQ Theater. The DragonFest Benefit Concert showcases a variety of local performers and international Chinese troupes as well as a very special performance by J.D. Miller Middle School. All LINQ events are free and open to the public.

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

New displays at the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are always an event and Chinese New Year is no exception. The Bellagio will feature a vibrant Year of the Rooster theme January 8 - March 4, 2017. The conservatory display features tranquil ponds with live Koi fish and a 10-foot animatronic rooster to welcome visitors at the door. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are open at all times.

The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino

The Lucky Dragon is the first casino in Las Vegas that truly tries to recreate an authentic Asian gaming experience. The same can be said for their Chinese New Year festivities; this is the casino to go to for a more authentic Chinese New Year. Special events and performances include firecracker shows and dragon dances.

The Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza

The Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza is the only place to get a real traditional Chinese New Year experience as well as a taste of best authentic Asian food in Las Vegas. The Chinatown Plaza has cuisine ranging from Mandarin, Canton, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and more. Performances include lion and dragon dances, Chinese acrobats & martial artists, and Chinese folk dances. Other activities include arts & craft, calligraphy, and fortune telling. The Chinatown festival is set for February 12.

Traditional Chinese New Year Dragon Dances

Looking for traditional Chinese New Year celebrations in Las Vegas? Traditional dragon dances will be performed throughout Las Vegas:

  • Caesars Palace - Jan. 30 at 10 am.
  • Container Park - Jan. 28 at 11 am to 6 pm.
  • Fashion Show Mall - Jan. 27 at 6:30 pm.
  • LINQ Promenade - Jan. 27 at 6 to 9 pm, Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at 1:30 to 9 pm, Jan. 30 at 6 to 9 pm.
  • Palace Station - Jan. 30 at 7:15 pm.
  • Venetian - Palazzo - Jan. 28 at 3 pm.


CES 2017

Consumer Electronic Show 2017

Posted On: 12/15/2016

It’s almost 2017, and you know what that means… new tech! The Consumer Electronic Show takes places every year at the beginning of January in Las Vegas, and is the premier electronics trade show in the country. CES 2017 is taking place January 5-8 2017at the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you’re headed to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, a Showtime Tours convention shuttle is a great way to get you the convention floor or to your nearby hotel on Strip.

This year’s CES show is the place to see all the latest in tech, games, and gadgets. Some of the big technology of 2017 includes HDR and OLED TV’s, Sony’s Ultra HD Blu-Ray player, the latest smartphones, and lot’s of VR. Virtual reality is here, and the cheapest and most mobile, new VR tech will be on display at CES 2017. Companies set to exhibit at CES 2017 include BMW, HTC, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Nvidia, Panasonic, Sony, and more. More pre-show announcements will be made shortly before kickoff on January 3 - 4.

CES features keynote presentations, booths, a tech demos. 2016 was a recoding breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show and 2017 is already set to repeat. If you need a ride to the Las Convention center, Showtime Tours can provide a CES shuttle to make your trip to Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Skiing in Las Vegas

Winter Fun in Las Vegas

Posted On: 11/22/2016

Las Vegas is fun any time of year… even the winter. Despite popular belief, it’s not always sunny in Las Vegas, so it’s a good idea to look for other things to do. While temperatures in the day rarely drop below the 50’s, it does mean that lying around the pool is not an option. You can wait for the pools to open in spring, or have fun with one of Vegas’ fun winter activities. Las Vegas offers plenty to do in the winter months.

Ice Skating at the Cosmopolitan

The Boulevard pool at the Cosmopolitan transforms into an ice rink during December. The skating experience is complete with fire pits and s’mores (also, check the menu for s’more martinis).

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

You can even go skiing in Las Vegas. Mt. Charleston is just 35 miles outside of Las Vegas and become a winter wonderland every year. The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is a great destination for skiing or snowboarding with more than 400 acres of ski terrain.

The Bellagio’s Winter Displays

The Bellagio’s famed fountains have a winter twist that is sure to please even the grinchiest of hearts. Sing along to seasonal favorites like Santa Baby, Carol of the Bells, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, while the water dances in tune. Or stroll through the Bellagio's indoor Botanical Gardens and Conservatory. The Christmas display features with a 42-foot tree decorated with over 7,000 LED lights and 2,500 ornaments.

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Nobody does New Years’ Eve like Las Vegas! Clubs, bars, and casinos all across The Strip have events planned on New Year’s Eve, so you better book in advance. Bew Year’s Eve celebrations range from music events to special food and drink packages. Check out the New Year on the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel at The LINQ. It doesn’t end there though. In February, Chinese New Year celebrations being. Experience everything from dancing dragons at The Venetian to authentic cultural celebrations at the Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza.


Holiday Shuttle

Las Vegas Holiday Party Planning

Posted On: 10/28/2016

Planning a holiday party on the Strip? If your friends, family, or business is planning a holiday party in Las Vegas, it all starts with reliable transportation. You can’t start planning a Vegas Vacation if you can’t get to the party.

If you’re a business owner or office manager, you know that planning the perfect corporate holiday party is all about the preparation. Whether you’re heading to bar, private party, restaurant, convention center, or casino, Showtime Tours can help get the party started right! If you want your company’s holiday party to go off without a hitch, book a corporate shuttle for your holiday party in Las Vegas!

Your Vegas Holiday Party Check List

Get the party started in Las Vegas with a few helpful holiday party tips:

Plan Early – Almost every casino, club, and bar have holiday events planned throughout November and December. You can find one that works for your business or start planning one of your one. If you’re trying to plan a private corporate party, you have to plan early! Event spaces will fill up fast in Las Vegas and the same can be said for holiday transportation.

Staff & Entertainment – Your corporate party is only as good as the staff. If want the best party in Las Vegas, look beyond the event space and look at the staff. Make a list of the party venues available for booking in Las Vegas and try to meet with the staff before you make your final decision. If you’re picking a holiday party thrown by a casino, make sure you get a complete list of entertainment, foods, and drinks beforehand.

Have Fun – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So have fun! Drink and don’t worry about how you’re getting back to your home or hotel by renting a corporate shuttle. We can work with holiday parties thrown throughout Las Vegas!

Contact Showtime Tours to make sure your next party is a good one! Have fun and leave the driving to us!


Red Rock Canyon

Must See Las Vegas Landmarks

Posted On: 09/19/2016

Las Vegas is so much more the glitz and glamour of the Strip. There’s also history, art, museums, and nature. Las Vegas is always a fun vacation but sometimes it’s fun to also leave the casino floor. Here are some of the best historical hotspots and landmarks around Las Vegas.

The Pioneer Saloon

310 NV-161
Goodsprings, NV 89019

Located in Goodsprings, NV (20 miles south of Las Vegas), The Pioneer Saloon is a taste of the old west today. The Pioneer Saloon is the oldest bar in Clark County at over 100 years old. Next to the Pioneer Saloon is the still operational Goodspring General Store. It’s even supposedly haunted! The Pioneer Saloon is available for bachelor parties and corporate getaways. It’s worth the trip out for any fan of the Wild West.

Spring Mountains

2525 Kyle Canyon Rd
Mt Charleston, NV 89124

West of Las Vegas, are the Spring Mountains and the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. Better know to the locals as Mount Charleston, the Spring Mountains are a can’t miss spot for anyone who wants to get away from lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The Spring Mountain National Recreation Area has become a popular destination for hiking, picnicking, and skiing.

Red Rock Canyon

3205 Nevada 159
Las Vegas, NV 89161

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was the first national conservation area set up in Las Vegas. Located 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and camping. Biking the loop road to the Red Rock visitor center has become a very popular cycling route and bicycle tours are available.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107

The Springs Preserve is a three mile trail of natural habitats, desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, and archaeological sites. Tourists are invited to explore, walk, or bike throughout this slice of Las Vegas history. The Botanical Garden has over 1200 native species of plants, trees, and desert foliage.

Neon Museum & Neon Boneyard

770 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Las Vegas’s Neon Museum is the only way to see the Las Vegas of our memories. The Neon Museum restores and maintains historical casino signage that was on the verge of being destroyed by time and the elements. The Neon Boneyard City Park, right next to the museum, showcases some of the most iconic signs of old Las Vegas including the Landmark, The Silver Slipper, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Stardust, Desert Inn, and Caesars Palace.

Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

500 E Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort buildings are the oldest non-Native American structure built in Nevada. They are open to visitors interested in exploring Las Vegas history before it was even a city. Mormon missionaries established the fort in 1855 as a mail service spot between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

Hoover Dam


The Hoover Dam is one of the top tourist designations in Las Vegas. Located on the boarder of Nevada and Arizona, it’s considered one of the greatest construction achievements of the 20th century, and has been open for tours since 1937. This is the most popular tourist attraction outside the Strip, and more than a million people visit the Hoover Dam each year. Learn more about Hoover Dam tours and shuttles.


Labor Day Pool Party

Labor Day Las Vegas 2016

Posted On: 08/17/2016

From pool parties to nightclub events, Las Vegas knows how to celebrate Labor Day. Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and nobody celebrates the end of summer like Las Vegas. Because of this Labor Day is always one of the busiest times in Las Vegas. Make your plans early, book your tickets ahead of time, and make sure you have all of your travel needs taken care of.

Whether your looking for a concert, night club party, pool party, or comedy show, Las Vegas as plenty of entertainment for your Labor Day weekend

Labor Day Weekend Activities – September 2-5

September 2

Billy Idol - House of Blues
Hartbeat Weekend Kevin Hart & Friends - The Cosmopolitan
Howie Mandel - The Mirage Hotel and Casino
EBC at Night ft. Flosstradamus - Encore Beach Club

September 3

Penn & Teller (Sept 3-4) - Penn & Teller Theater
Mariah Carey - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
Smash Mouth - Fremont Street
Bill Maher (Sept 3-4 ) - The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Major Lazer - Surrender at Encore

September 4

David Copperfield - MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Air Supply - Orleans Hotel & Casino
Calvin Harris - Hakkasan at MGM Grand
Sunday Nightswim ft. David Guetta - XS at Encore

September 5

Eddie Griffin - Rio Crown Theater
Stafford Brothers - Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay
Diplo - XS at Encore
Other Labor Day Pool parties include:

  • Palms Pool & Dayclub
  • MGM Grand's Wet Republic
  • Golden Nugget pool downtown


Las Vegas Travel Tips

6 Las Vegas Travel Tips

Posted On: 07/08/2016

If you want to make sure you have the most fun in Las Vegas, these six travel tips can help!

  1. Be Careful Where You Step

    Don’t be fooled, your hotel is further than it seems. You may be able to see it from McCarran airport or it may look close on map, but your eyes may be deceived. This isn’t a desert mirage. The Las Vegas Strip is four miles long and because buildings are so close together, they appear closer than they really are. Through in the heat and walking can be a recipe for disaster. Use walkways when possible as well as the Las Vegas Monorail or airport shuttles.

  2. Have Sunscreen, Will Travel

    Always be prepared and have water, sunscreen, and a lightweight Coat on Hand. Water and sunscreen are no brainers. Stay hydrated and sunburn free. Even in winter or fall in Las Vegas, sunscreen is always highly recommended. But why bring a lightweight jacket in the summer? Remember that has hot as it is outside, the AC is cranked up on the inside. A casino floor could be freezing, and you’ll be very glad you have a jacket on hand.

  3. Avoid Dinner Rush!

    The dinner rush is one of the busiest times in Las Vegas. Even though it’s a city that never sleeps, everyone seems to still eat dinner at the same time! If possible try to avoid dinner plans between 6-8 pm. This is particularly important if you plan on visiting one of Las Vegas’ famous buffets, as buffet lines can get crazy at peak dinner times. Try planning for meals at 5 pm or after 8 pm if possible.

  4. Explore Las Vegas

    The Strip is tons of fun, but it’s not the only thing that Las Vegas has to offer. Try getting away from Strip for a while. For anyone looking for an active adventure, you can go hiking at Mt. Charleston or kayaking on Lake Mead. For sightseers, schedule a tour of Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon.

  5. Travel on a Wednesday

    Las Vegas takes working for the weekend very seriously. By Friday night, Las Vegas is always at full swing. So, anyone flying into Las Vegas, the best idea may be to book a flight midweek. Some of the best hotel deals are also available during the week.

  6. Pack Light & Bring Your Own Everything

    These seem counterintuitive, but the best rule of thumb is to pack light, but try to bring everything you need. This may require some serious puzzle master packing skills. Try to fit everything you need into one compact bag. When traveling bring everything you’ll think you’ll need – gum, blanket, travel pillow, sweater, iPod, charging cables, and headphones.


Animal Care Expo 2016

Give me Shelter: Animal Care Expo 2016

Posted On: 04/29/2016

Animal Care Expo 2016 brings together animal experts, trainers, processionals, and animal lovers from all over the world. Taking place May 11-14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the Animal Care Expo is sure to bring out the animal lover in all of us.

Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Care Expo 2016 is expecting over 2,000 attendees at this year’s event. Whether you’re a professional or just a pet lover, the expo has something for you. Animal Care Expo is a world-class educational conference and trade show, great for anyone who works with or volunteers in animal shelters around. Workshops include strategies to find pets homes, humanely manage community cat populations, and more.

Several certificate courses are also available including those for health emergencies, shelter design, and allocating shelter resources.


Vacuum Tradeshow 2016

The Vacuum Dealers Trade Association 2016 Tradeshow

Posted On: 01/26/2016

Looking for a consumer event that sucks? This time it's a good thing! The Vacuum Dealers Trade Association 2016 Tradeshow promises to deliver! Find out the latest in vacuum and sewing technology.

VDTA annual tradeshow is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 27 - 30, 2016. The VDTA tradeshow has seminars, products exhibits, vacuum dealers, and a special charity night. The Keynote Speaker 2016 will be by Marc Wayshak, author of "Game Plan Selling" and "Breaking All Barriers."

Find the latest in technology and business innovations regarding the vacuum and sewing industries. The Vacuum Dealers Trade Association Tradeshow has over 3,000 industry professionals this year to see all the latest vacuum products from all over the world.


Showtime Tours Now Offers Discounts for Booking Online

Posted On: 01/20/2016

We all know what it’s like at the airport: waiting in lines for tickets, waiting in lines for luggage, waiting lines for food, drinks, magazines, everything! Even waiting in lines to book your airport shuttle. That’s why Showtime Tours wants to make it as easy as possible. Don’t worry about booking a shuttle at the airport anymore, book it in advance with our online reservation tool.

Showtime Tours now offers a discount for booking online. Not only is booking online the easiest and fastest way to get an airport shuttle, but it’s the cheapest way, too. Save 2 dollars for booking online today! By booking online, our McCarran to Las Vegas strip airport shuttles cost as low as $9.00

Save a lot of hassle and a little money by booking your next Las Vegas shuttle online!


Las Vegas Strip Closed

Vegas Strip will be Closed for New Year’s: Traffic Delays Expected

Posted On: 12/30/2015

Are you traveling around Las Vegas this New Year? Remember that the Strip shuts down the roads for transportation on New Year’s Eve. The Vegas Strip essentially becomes one giant block party and with over 320,000 people expected to visit in 2016, things can get intense. This is why the Nevada Department of Transportation in conjunction with the metro police and highway patrol will be shutting down the Las Vegas Strip from 5 PM on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2015) to 6 AM on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016). This means all roads leading to Las Vegas Blvd and all on and off ramps leading to I-15 will be closed.

If you’re planning for your night out on New Year’s Eve, please take any necessary travel precautions. If you’re leaving or entering Las Vegas anywhere between 5 PM New Year’s Eve and 6 AM New Year’s Day, be very prepared for traffic delays.

Check with Showtime Tours about the best time to travel and for alternative hotel pickups, as some hotels on the Strip will become inaccessible.

Have a great and fun New Year’s!


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