RENO, Nev. — The Nevada Commission on Tourism will hold its annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism Dec. 8-10, 2008, at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki announced today.  The Peppermill’s plush new $400 million Tuscan Tower sets a new standard for elegance in the Reno area and this will be the first time the hotel has hosted the tourism conference.

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism brings together top industry leaders, Nevada legislators and travel media to present and examine new tactics and trends in the tourism industry.  The event also provides an opportunity to discuss issues and exchange ideas in order to constantly improve Nevada’s most prominent industry, while also highlighting events and attractions around the state.

“We are excited that the Peppermill will be the host of this year’s Governor’s Conference,” Krolicki, tourism commission chair, said. “This event serves as a significant analysis and planning tool for the state’s primary industry, and attendees will get to experience firsthand northern Nevada’s newest, most luxurious hotel expansion.”

Opened in December 2007, the Peppermill’s expansion includes the 600-room Tuscany Tower and the 62,000 square-foot Tuscany Ballroom convention center.  The expansion also includes two wedding chapels, a new sports book, a new parking plaza, new Terrace Lounge and new Biscotti’s Restaurant featuring innovative dishes and offering a twist on classic comfort food.  Also expected to open at the Peppermill this year is a Tuscan-themed spa and salon, nightclub, new pool and Bimini’s Caribbean Steakhouse.

“Each year, Nevada refines and upgrades the amenities and experiences we offer visitors and business travelers,” Tim Maland, state tourism director, said. “Our Governor’s Conference is designed to address key topics in tourism, spotlight Nevada’s newest attractions, offer a premier networking opportunity and attract top industry professionals.”

The conference theme will be chosen in weeks to come.  Last year’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism at Caesars Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas focused on the challenges and opportunities that growth presents, including its impact on infrastructure, domestic travel trends and the value of “green” tourism.

For more information about the Governor’s Conference on Tourism or traveling in Nevada, visit TravelNevada.com.