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Reno Tahoe Heads to the Holiday Showcase

The Holiday Showcase in Chicago (aka “The Midwest’s No. 1 Meeting for Meetings”) is a one-day exhibition that attracts professionals from all areas of association management such as meeting planning and marketing, as well as a variety of service suppliers in the fields of hospitality and business. The Holiday Showcase is the place to make connections with other professionals in any given field, learn about new ideas and strategies, and discover business opportunities. For this year’s exhibition, held on December 16,we invited local Gold Medal Olympian David Wise to hang out at our booth and make connections with showcase attendees. Here are some pictures Wise took with fans and business professionals while in Chicago.

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Wizard World Comic Con is Almost Here!

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Wizard World Comic Con weekend is almost here, and the guest star roster keeps on growing! Here are some additions to the already impressive list of stars:

Use the code RCC20 when you purchase your Comic Con tickets and save 20% now! Offer expires 11/22/14. Go to www.wizardworld.com to buy your tickets, and join thousands of fans Friday through Sunday at Reno’s first ever comic convention!

Reno-based Marked Studios will make its first Wizard World appearance this year, and they are bringing their tattooing skills with them! Marked focuses on the theme “Tattoo Redefined”, and they will be on full display at Comic Con. Visit their booth for a high quality tattooing experience. Art will be available at a reduced rate at the event, or fans can get discount tokens that can be used on future work at the studio. Marked will be maintaining a “theme-appropriate flow” to all of the pieces at the event. Attendees can select from pre-drawn art that is available on a first come, first served basis. Check out visit Marked Studio’s website and visit their booth next weekend at Comic Con!

Karen Gillan, who is probably best known for her role as Amy Pond on Doctor Who, will be joining fans at Comic Con. Although Gillan got her first break as a model, she began making her way into acting in 2006 when she landed a role on a Scottish detective drama called Rebus. She first appeared on Doctor Who in 2008 as a Soothsayer for the episode Fires of Pompeii. Gillan began her long-term role on Doctor Who in 2010 as Amy Pond, the companion to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. She appeared in seasons six and seven of Doctor Who. Since then, Gillan has starred in the horror film Oculus, followed by her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.

ABC Family star Keegan Allen will also be joining the Comic Con guest list. Allen has gained a large following thanks to his role on ABC Family’s #1 rated series “Pretty Little Liars”. His work on the show has been rewarded with two Teen Choice Award nominations, one in 2011 and one in 2013 (the year he won). Allen attended AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) instead of going to a university. Alongside his ABC Family fame, Allen has held roles in two films directed by James Franco, Bukowski and The Sound and the Fury, as well as in Gia Coppola’s debut film Palo Alto. Allen is also an avid photographer, and his first photo book, life.love.beauty is set to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015.

Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) will be reunited in Reno. West and Ward played starred on the Batman and Robin series from 1966 to 1968, and their fame as the dynamic duo have stayed with them ever since. Ward wrote an autobiography about his time on Batman titled “Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights”, and signed copies of this autobiography will be available at Wizard World. Outside of his Batman career, Ward has appeared in Moving Targets, Homeboys in Outer Space, Alien Force, The Dwelling, Smoothtalker, and Kill Crazy.

American actor Sean Patrick Flannery has been added to the group, as well. Known for his roles in The Boondock Saints, The Dead Zone, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and The Young and the Restless, Flannery has quite an impressive resume. He also appeared in the music video for “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys in 2011.

Keep checking back on our blog for more updates on events and the growing guest list, or head over to Wizard World’s website, until Wizard World Comic Con is finally here!

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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Reno Tahoe USA Meetings and Conventions Infographic

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The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority released a new infographic intended to generate additional interest throughout the meetings and conventions industry.

Reno Tahoe USA is a conglomerate of attributes, appealing to outdoor adventurers, leisure travelers, and meetings and conventions planners, whose attention the RSCVA is hoping to attract with this new, marketing asset.

The infographic details eye-opening, meetings-friendly characteristics inherent to the Reno Tahoe area: Nine resorts with 825 to 2,000 first-class hotel rooms; Coffee for less than $40 per gallon; and, Free valet parking, as well as free airport shuttles to all major destination resorts. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport highlights more than 100 daily flights and, since October, has announced additional, international, non-stop service to London and Guadalajara.

In addition to a growing number of national “Top 10” accolades by major national media outlets, the infographic highlights recent successes, such as Reno being named the “#9 Best Place to Live in America” by Livability.com; the Truckee Riverwalk in downtown Reno, listed as “America’s Top 10 Coolest Riverwalks” by Travel + Leisure; and, Lake Tahoe, voted “America’s Best Lake” by the readers of USA TODAY.

The new Reno Tahoe USA infographic also shows the juxtaposition of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the short, 45-minute drive down through the Truckee Meadows to the valleys of the Reno and Sparks areas, and further east into the rolling, desert landscapes of historic Virginia City. Kayaking, hiking, biking, an abundance of golf and ski options, world-class spas, and much, much more, all make up the draw that is Reno Tahoe USA. These qualities also lend themselves nicely to any time that conventioneers may have before, during or after their scheduled activities.

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