Delegates can earn college credits

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 units.

"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 wider market.

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 banquet.

Through Nov. 1, conference registration for delegates will cost $345; after that date, the price rises to $390.

Online registration is available at

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