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Just In Case Three Days Of Wizard World Comic Con Wasn’t Enough…

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Are you getting excited for Comic Con next month? For those who are wishing that the Wizard World weekend was longer, wish no more! Crawl Reno, the producers of our oh-so-popular Zombie Crawl and Superhero Crawl are hosting a special edition Comic Con Crawl! The crawl will take place the night before Comic Con begins, November 20th. The festivities will begin at 7pm at Brew Brothers in the Eldorado and will lead crawlers through up to 10 local bars, clubs, and restaurants. The night will include drink specials, themed bars, costume contests, custom artwork, and a chance to win a VIP Norman Reedus Comic Con package! Cups are already on sale for $7 at Junkee Clothing Exchange and online, or you can purchase your cup at the start location the night of the crawl.  To make sure that everybody has a fun and safe night the Eldorado is offering a hotel discount from crawlers the night of the event, so be sure to book a room early with their discount code!

For more information on Reno’s Comic Con Crawl, visit the official website or follow them on Facebook, and be sure to keep checking back here on our blog for updates on the crawl, information on Comic Con weekend, and more fun events happening around Reno in conjunction with the Wizard World convention.

Reno Tahoe is at Snowbomb San Francisco 2014

Three bomb perks of saying hi to Reno Tahoe USA at Snowbomb San Francisco, November 1-2.

1. Visit the Reno Tahoe USA booth at Snowbomb San Francisco and meet Reno’s own 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics halfpipe gold medalist, David Wise! David will be in the Reno Tahoe booth on Saturday, November 1, from 11am-4:30pm. If you’re sharing your pic with friends, and tag #RenoTahoe in your photos!

2. In addition to meeting David Wise at the Reno Tahoe booth, you’ll be able to enter to win a 2-night getaway. Prize includes two nights at Peppermill, Silver Legacy, or Atlantis, plus 2 two-day adult lift tickets to Mt. Rose – just 25 minutes from the hotels in Reno!

3. Learn about special getaway rates for Snowbomb attendees.

PLUS: We’re giving away FREE TICKETS to the event! Seriously: Click here to get your free General Admission ticket, or discounted VIP tickets – use code renotahoe.

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Wizard World Comic Con is coming to Reno!

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Join us at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for a weekend of Comic Con stars November 21, 22, and 23.

With a star-studded lineup of actors, WWE stars, writers, animators, and authors, Reno Comic Con promises to deliver an incredible weekend. Tickets will be going fast as this event is expected to gather fans from near and far. Dress to impress, and look forward to photo ops, autographs, and discussions from your favorite icons!

Many big-name stars can be found in Reno this weekend, such as:

William Shatner

  • Emmy Award Winner actor who has starred in many popular TV shows, his most famous role being Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.. Shatner also starred on T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal throughout his acting career.

Norman Reedus

  • Reedus is an actor in popular shows such as the widely popular hit zombie series, The Walking Dead, as well Boondock Saints I & II, Blade II, Pandorum, and Charmed.

Sean Astin

  • As an Academy Award Nominee and actor, Astin is best known for his role as Sam McGee in the award-winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He can also be seen in Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies and Rudy.

Eliza Dushku

  • Dushku has starred in the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse. She can also been seen on the big screen in films like Bring It On, True Lies, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The Bella Twins

  • These WWE Divas are known for their tough-as-nails demeanor in the ring, as well as in their personal lives. The pair can be seen dominating their opponents on WWE and on their reality TV series, Total Divas.

Neal Adams

  • Adams is an Eisner Award Hall of Famer and is best known for his artistic contributions to various comics and cover art for Batman, Green Lantern, X-Men, Superman, and Avengers.

Visit the Wizard World website to see the full lineup of guests, a schedule of events, and any more information you need, and be sure to check back here on our Meetings & Conventions blog for more information as the Comic Con weekend approaches! For DISCOUNTS on general admission tickets, visit Reno’s Amazon page.

What Does Grand Sierra Resort Offer Meeting Planners? [An Infographic]

What does the Grand Sierra Resort offer meeting planners? Take a look at the infographic below to find out.

Meeting planners can find an overview of Grand Sierra Resort’s meeting rooms, directions to the venue, and more here. You can contact Grand Sierra Resort directly by going here.

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USA TEAM HANDBALL JUST ONE OF MANY LARGE NATIONAL SPORTING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN RENO TAHOE USA IN 2014

USA Team Handball Club National Championships are being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, today through Sunday, May 18!

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Some of the best Men’s and Women’s Team Handball clubs from around the nation will compete for top honors in a tournament ranging from an open format to elite competition. More than 350 athletes will play 60 matches of the Olympic sport, which is gaining momentum across the nation. Matches will be played from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m. on Sunday until the Men’s Elite Finals at 12:30 p.m. Team Handball is a popular international sport played by 19 million people in more than 180 countries, and has been an Olympic event since 1939.

For more information on USA Team Handball go to the organization’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/events/1421396778126101/) or call Maurice Godwin at (407) 929-2496. You can familiarize yourself with the sport at the USA Team Handball Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6RcTHNlxto.

USA Team Handball is one of 17 national and regional qualifying and championship tournaments being held in Reno Tahoe USA in 2014. Additional upcoming tournaments for 2014 include the Jam on It Basketball Tournament and Senior Softball USA Rock ‘n Reno Challenge Cup in May; the USA Karate National Championships; the Triple Crown Baseball 4th of July Fireworks Tournament as well as the Triple Crown Softball 10-and-Under and 12-and-Under World Series in July; the USA BMX Blackjack Nationals in August; and the first-ever World Taekwondo Federation World Deaf-Taekwondo Championships in November.

In 2014, Reno Tahoe USA has already hosted USA Boxing’s Junior and Youth Open, USA Weightlifting’s Junior Pan Am Championships, USA Judo’s Senior National Championships, Northern California Volleyball Association’s Far Western National Qualifier and Girls Power & Premier League Regionals, the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation’s National Tournament, Rocky Mountain National Wrestling’s Rumble in Reno, and the USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals.

“Reno Tahoe USA is a perfect fit for almost any large national sporting event,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “We have a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities, first-class lodging options at a fantastic value, and a wealth of outdoor beauty and recreational opportunities. Competitors appreciate the

diversity of the region, our weather, and our family friendly environment, and our sports sales team has been instrumental in convincing event producers that Reno Tahoe is the perfect location for an assortment of national tournaments.”

More than 45,000 competitors from across the country will participate in the listed tournaments, which will provide more than 61,000 room nights to Reno Tahoe hotels in 2014.

USA GOLD MEDALIST DAVID WISE TO REPRESENT RENO TAHOE USA AT TOP WASHINGTON, DC TRADE SHOW

USA Gold Medalist David Wise joins Reno Tahoe USA in Washington, DC to represent his hometown at the American Society of Association Executives Springtime Expo, May 15.

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Since he began competing as a professional in 2008, David Wise has quickly advanced to become the top Superpipe Freestyle skier in the world. Wise started skiing at Sky Tavern in Reno at the age of 3, and earned his first Superpipe victory at the 2009 World Skiing Invitational, before compiling back-to-back-to-back X Games Gold Medals, and moving on to take Gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

“David is an elite athlete, a distinguished family man and the epitome of what makes Reno Tahoe great,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “His love for the region, his willingness to represent it, and the exemplary level at which he performs both on the slopes and in his personal life should all be commended. We are proud to have David on our team as we work to bring more conventions to this magnificent region we all call ‘home.’”

Wise will meet and take pictures with potential clients as they visit the Reno Tahoe USA booth at the ASAE Springtime Expo, discussing his journey to Olympic Gold and his affection for Northern Nevada.

“It is a privilege to be able to represent the area that I love so much, and I am excited to be partnering with the RSCVA to share our region with others from across the country,” said Wise. “Skiing has taken me all over the globe, and I can say with sincerity that Northern Nevada is truly one of the best places to live and to visit.”

The ASAE Springtime Expo is the largest one-day trade show in the meetings industry. Reno Tahoe USA will be well-represented at this event, which is attended by hundreds of the top decision-makers at trade and professional associations responsible for planning meetings and conventions.

Reno, More Than You Know and Sold On Silver

These two campaigns are the perfect blend to explain how the Silver Legacy is working to acquaint the hospitality community about what we have to offer.

Reno, More than you know, is a campaign developed by our local Convention Visitors Authority. The marketing blitz focuses on how much this area has to offer as a meeting destination and why we are perfect as a location for the meetings and conventions industry.

The Silver Legacy’s Sold on Silver Familiarization Event takes this campaign one step further. Meg Kennedy, Director of Sales for the Silver Legacy, explains: “The Fam is a perfect way to learn about how Reno is so much more than people realize. Our Fam Events are designed to do more than acquaint people with the Silver Legacy’s flexible meeting space and luxury hotel rooms. We recognize how important a destination is to our clients and take the time to help everyone discover the great attractions located within our community, many within a six block radius of the Silver Legacy.”

If you are looking for a destination where quality and appeal combine with value, we encourage you to consider the Silver Legacy and Downtown Reno. Qualified Planners with an active Request for Proposal or expecting to look at a west coast rotation within the year are invited to join us for one of the following events:

July 25-27, 2014 Reno is Art Town
Join us for a weekend experience with art, music, food and fun featuring the music of James Brown presented by the Reno Jazz Orchestra. Throw in a Reno Aces Baseball game and this weekend is the perfect way to find out why Meeting Planners are Sold on Silver.

September 12-14, 2014 Air Race Weekend
This event is a favorite and space is limited. Enjoy time at the Reno Air Races, the comedy of Larry the Cable Guy and plenty of great dining experiences. After this weekend you will be saying: “Reno, more than I knew!”

Sold on Silver events are designed to showcase the area and will fill quickly; if you are interested we recommend contacting us right away. These weekends are for qualified planners with at least 350 Total Room Nights with an active RFP or expecting to send out an RFP within the year.

Your experience includes air-fare, lodging, events, activities and dining. We invite you to bring one guest and while all on-ground experiences are courtesy of the Silver Legacy, they will be asked to provide their own air-fare. Your adventure begins with arrival on Thursday and departure on Sunday. We welcome early arrival and late departures as well.
We are excited to have an opportunity to meet you and change the way you think about our destination and hotel. Please contact any one of our Sales Team Members to learn more:

Meg Kennedy, Director of Convention Sales        775-325-7346 mkennedy@silverlegacy.com
John Mourelatos, National Sales                              775-325-7378 jmourelatos@silverlegacy.com
Christopher Oliphant, National Sales 775-325-7351 coliphant@silverlegacy.com
Tanna Pearman, National Sales 775-325-7376 tpearman@silverlegacy.com

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Since 2012, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) in Reno, Nev. has undergone a $30 million transformation with renovations to a majority of the property’s more than 2,000 resort rooms, the casino floor and dining establishments. Last year, the property also introduced a brand new William Hill Race and Sports Book and luxury spa. With newly renovated guestrooms, several premier restaurants, state-of-the-art amenities and over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, GSR is among the top meeting and convention destinations in the West. By providing a combination of fun, relaxation and entertainment GSR makes it possible for guests to find everything they need without ever having to the leave the resort.

GSR is home to three delectable fine dining restaurants: Rim, a Pan-Asian bistro and sushi bar by premier restaurateur, Joe Wong; Charlie Palmer Steakhouse and Briscola, a beautiful presentation of classic Italian cuisine, each operated by renowned chef, Charlie Palmer. Guests may enjoy a full-dinner while sitting inside the steakhouse at the Charlie Palmer bar or inside the lounge where the atmosphere is also perfect for cocktails, appetizers and winding down. GSR also offers casual fare such as a full-service buffet, 24-hour café, The Cantina, and other assorted fast food venues.

Whether children are in attendance or not, there’s plenty of outdoor and indoor entertainment on the property, fit for adults and kids alike. GSR offers amenities including an 80,000 square-foot casino with the latest in new machines and gaming, an 1,800-seat Grand Theatre where top-tier artists and performances take place several times each month, a 50-lane bowling center, FunQuest family arcade, an outdoor aqua golf driving range, an outdoor pool including a full bar and the Grand Cinema. For those looking to rejuvenate, the brand new spa combines luxury with comfort and offers full hair, nail and massage services.

The assortment of nightlife venues at GSR allows guests to pick and choose what’s perfect for them. For a relaxing or romantic evening, The Reserve wine bar offers 80 high-quality wines to enjoy while winding down in its lavish armchairs; Wet Ultra Lounge features a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night and a new sports book that offers up an exciting country-themed atmosphere with a live DJ and line dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. This July, GSR will also open the doors to its unprecedented, 25,000 square-foot nightclub, LEX. This $15 million dollar investment will rival the country’s top nightlife as well as feature some of the country’s top entertainment acts. Complete with an indoor pool, 31 VIP tables and three bars, LEX is promised to provide an unforgettable night out.

When considering convention destinations, GSR in Reno, Nev. should be at the top of the list. No other resort in Reno has over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, more than 2,000 guestrooms, and top-notch restaurants and amenities that make this property so unique. GSR’s commitment to establish itself as northern Nevada’s premier destination has proven to provide an elegant escape and experience for guests that simply can’t be found elsewhere.

NATIONAL CLUB VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD AT RENO-SPARKS CONVENTION CENTER

The 2014 National Club Volleyball Federation Club Volleyball Championships continue through Saturday, April 5, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The national tournament brings both men’s and women’s teams from Division I, Division II, and Division III competition levels. A national champion will be awarded in each division.

Competition will continue through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4th, with elimination brackets beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 5th, and continue all day, with the championship matches taking place between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. For more information on the tournament, head to the NCVF website, http://www.ncvfvolleyball.org/Pages/nationals.aspx, or contact Jason Curnalia at (520) 425-6357.@willwhite

The NCVF Club Volleyball Championships kicks off a busy month for volleyball in northern Nevada. More than 1,000 additional volleyball teams will be in the area starting April 12th, when the Northern California Volleyball Association Far Western National Qualifier Tournament returns.

USA WEIGHTLIFTING HOSTING JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN RENO TAHOE

The 2014 Junior Pan American Weightlifting Championships begin today at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno. USA Weightlifting is hosting 11 other countries in this international competition of the 200 top weightlifters from 15 to 20-years-old.

What: 2014 Junior Pan American Weightlifting Championships

Where: Silver Legacy Resort Casino

When: Wednesday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 6th

View the schedule, and watch the competition streaming live, at: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/LIVEReno