Nevada is vast — it’s the seventh-largest state in the United States, in terms of land area.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has launched a website to meet the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, an increasingly lucrative and vibrant market within the travel industry.

From boat regattas to steam train rides to breathtaking fireworks, Nevada offers plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day. This summer, make the most of the holiday by attending one of the state’s many spectacular Fourth of July events.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and other Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) officials honored industry professionals from around the state Thursday, presenting the annual VolunTourism Awards for exceptional achievement at the 21st annual Rural Roundup tourism conference.

Nevada Commission on Tourism selects Bethany Drysdale to head Public Relations department

Nevada’s statewide rural tourism industry will gather in Mesquite April 6-8 for the 21st Annual Rural Roundup conference to learn the latest trends in developing new markets and attracting more visitors from places far and near, including Las Vegas.

Applicants are being sought among Nevada high school seniors for the annual $1,000 June Stannard Memorial Scholarship to pursue a college degree that will lead to a career in the tourism industry.

A panel of top hotel executives and gaming experts will address the changing hospitality industry and their strategic plans for 2011 at the Nevada Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki announced today.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) approved grants Tuesday to help rural communities attract visitors to such diverse attractions as an off-highway vehicle trail for Battle Mountain, a cowboy poetry and music festival in Genoa and a bathtub boat show in Ely.

Bethany Drysdale, media relations specialist for the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT), was honored Thursday for her professional excellence by the regional chapter of a national professional organization.