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What: Join Governor Brian Sandoval and Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki for the launch of Nevada’s first-ever statewide brand.  This brand will be used for marketing programs by all appropriate state agencies -- examples of how this brand will be integrated into other agency’s communications channels will be provided.

At the event, you’ll be the first to see the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s (NCOT) all-new Spring/Summer TV campaign, newly redesigned website and get a sneak peak at the mobile app.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Members of the Nevada Commission on Tourism unanimously voted for Commissioner Ryan Sheltra to be named vice chairman of the commission, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki announced today.

The commission began its March meeting with the vote, and Sheltra was quickly named to the open vice chair position. He has served on the commission since 2007.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Leaders in the tourism industry gathered at the Nevada State Legislature today to share the message that “Tourism Works for Nevada,” the theme of this year’s Tourism Day, Claudia Vecchio, director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, announced today.

The day’s theme highlights the fact that tourism is the No. 1 industry in Nevada, accounting for $2.7 billion in state and local tax revenue, or 26 percent of the state’s total tax revenue.

Nevada Commission on Tourism’s annual rural marketing conference to be held April 17-19, 2013 in Pahrump

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 23rd annual Rural Roundup will be held this year in Pahrump, as tourism leaders gather from across the state to learn about managing online reputations, international tourism markets and more. The conference will be held April 17-19 at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) awarded more than $500,000 in marketing grants to promote tourism in rural Nevada at today’s commission meeting, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki announced. In this grant cycle, NCOT funded a project to develop a mobile application for Virginia City as well as efforts to promote the new California Trail Interpretive Center near Elko and the Day Out With Thomas special event at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City, among other requests.

Annual Conference to Shine a Spotlight on Innovation

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Travelocity.com founder Terry Jones, U.S. Travel Association (USTA) President and CEO Roger Dow, and Brand USA Vice President Amir Eylon will bring their insights and experience to the annual Nevada Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Tourism Director Claudia Vecchio announced.

Explore American Indian culture, from creation stories to modern-day life, this November in Nevada.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Tourism professionals will gather to discuss industry advocacy, international visitation and collaboration at the Nevada Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Dec. 4-5 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.

CARSON CITY – Nevada Magazine, the official travel publication for the state of Nevada, raked in the awards at the annual Nevada Press Association’s 2012 “Better Business Contest,” once again earning first place in General Excellence for magazines.

'Nevada's a great place to learn about geology, paleontology and the history of the American West'

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