LAS VEGAS -- For the first time in the 20-year history of the
Governor's Conference on Tourism, which will be held Dec. 15
through 17 at Caesars Palace, delegates attending the event can
earn nationally recognized continuing education units.
Delegates can pick up a form at the conference's registration
desk and later mail it to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV)
to obtain a certificate verifying that they received their
"The new continuing education feature will enable conference
delegates to obtain useful information and also receive
college-level credit," said Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, chairwoman of
the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT), which produces the
conference. "By associating the governor's conference with UNLV, we
can provide delegates with an additional tangible benefit of
attending that makes the experience all the more worthwhile."
"Celebrating Diversity" is the theme of the conference, which
will feature a number of general sessions and eliminate the
break-out sessions that had been held in earlier years.
The event will begin with registration, a NCOT meeting and a
reception. Sessions will focus on the state's decision to diversify
its visitor attractions in order to strengthen Nevada's tourism
product and enable the hospitality and gaming industries to reach a
Besides Hunt, speakers will include Gov. Kenny Guinn and author
and motivational speaker Deepak Chopra, who will address the topic,
"The Soul of Leadership."
Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming
Association, will deliver the annual update on the state of the
gaming industry, and William Eadington, a University of Nevada-Reno
economist and authority on Indian gaming, will talk about the state
of the economy.
Delegates will hear presentations about sales training, customer
service, building a brand and hosting international visitors. In
addition, presentations will be provided for attendees by the
meetings and leisure/wholesale industries.
Claudine Williams, chairman of the board of Harrah's Las Vegas,
will be honored as a "Legend of the Industry" at a reception and
Through Nov. 1, conference registration for delegates will cost
$345; after that date, the price rises to $390.
Online registration is available at www.travelnevada.com.