Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter July 29, 2003

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

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 or, 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 Spike.

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.

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