RENO, Nev. -- Although the relationship between the Atlantis Casino
Resort here and the travel agent community is good, there is always
room for improvement, according to John Farahi, the property's
chief executive officer and general manager.
That is where the
resort's $70 million expansion project comes into play. "We are
trying to grow that segment of our business with these new rooms,"
he said, noting that travel agent bookings represent about 15% of
the resort's business. "Frankly, we're anxious to establish
relationships with agents and wholesalers."
To this end, through July 30, the resort offers International
Airlines Travel Agency Network and Cruise Lines International
Association agents a free two-night stay. When booking their stay,
agents must refer to the code OFFER99. Upon check-in, agents must
present their IATAN or CLIA membership card and leave a business
Additional room nights are available at discounted rates of $39
per night midweek and $59 per night on weekends. The offer is
subject to availability and some blackout dates do apply.
"We are going to be
pushing even harder" for agents' business now that the property is
doubling in size, Farahi said. "We'll also be pushing agents for
convention business, since we're the only property located across
the street from the [Reno-Sparks] convention center."
The expansion project includes the construction of an additional
20,000 square feet of convention, meeting and special-event space,
which will bring the property's total meeting space to 35,000
square feet. Plans feature a 5,000-square-foot expansion of the
grand ballroom and the construction of 5,000 square feet of event
space and 2,500 square feet of breakout meeting space.
In the meantime, he added, the property is in all the major
reservations systems. Atlantis Casino Resort, Phone: (800) 723-6500
or (775) 825-4700; for OFFER99, contact Cali Vicknair at (775)
824-4400, Ext. 3034, Web: www.atlantiscasino.com