THE GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, in its 20th
annual rendition, is scheduled for Dec. 15 to 17 at Caesars Palace.
It will focus on Nevada's decision to diversify its visitor
attractions to enable the hospitality and gaming industry to reach
out to a wider consumer market. Speakers will include Gov. Kenny
Guinn, Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and Dr. Deepak Chopra, a noted
author, healer and motivational speaker. Frank Fahrenkopf Jr.,
president and CEO of the American Gaming Assn., will deliver his
annual update on the "State of the Gaming Industry," while William
Eadington, a University of Nevada-Reno economist and authority on
Indian gaming, will talk about the "State of the Economy." Special
presentations will be provided for attendees from the meetings,
conventions and wholesale markets. Through Nov. 1, conference
registration for delegates will cost $345; after that date, the
prices rise to $390. Online registration will be available later
this summer at www.travelnevada.com.
THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR CO.'s 100th
anniversary Ride Home will begin in Las Vegas, as the city, home to
the world's largest Harley-Davidson dealership, is one of four U.S.
cities chosen as a starting point. The ride will take Harley
enthusiasts from the four starting points--Las Vegas is the origin
for the southwest route--to Milwaukee, Wis., the location of the
company's birthplace and headquarters. A three-day celebration
starting Aug. 16 will include celebrity meet-and-greet sessions, a
celebrity ride, concerts, motorcycle stunts, and a tattoo contest.
Most activities are free. For more event information and a list of
partners, including those with special hotel rates, visit www.lvhd.com or www.lasvegasharley-davidsonmotorcycleweek.com, or call
(877) 571-7174 or (702) 431-8500.
THE NEVADA HOTEL AND LODGING ASSN. awarded its
Lifetime Achievement Award to Las Vegas hotel pioneer Jackie
Gaughan. The award recognizes those who perform a lifetime of
service, diplay exemplary leadership in hospitality and engage in
philanthropic activities. Gaughan, whose first foray into Las Vegas
gaming was an interest in The Flamingo, which he purchased in 1951,
still owns and operates four downtown properties. They are the El
Cortez, Las Vegas Club, the Plaza Hotel & Casino and the Gold
BRENDAN'S IRISH PUB at the Orleans Hotel &
Casino will host sleight-of-hand entertainer Steve Dacri in "Xtreme
Close-Up Magic" from Aug. 4 to 29. The show, which will be
performed at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, is appropriate for all
ages and features in-your-face and under-your-nose magic. The price
for tickets, which can be purchased at The Orleans box office, is
$19.95, which includes two drinks but not tax and gratuity. For
more information, contact the box office at (702) 365-7075.
ELIZABETH HERRIDGE was named managing director
of the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum at the Venetian
Resort-Hotel-Casino by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In her
new position, Herridge will supervise all museum operations as well
as assist the museum's curatorial and education teams with the
development of various programs. Herridge formerly served as a
gallery educator for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum as well as a
part-time faculty member at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.