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Reno-Tahoe, Virginia City to welcome German tour operators, travel writers for tourism-promoting

Mar 15, 2010

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) and industry partners will host a Reno-Lake Tahoe German Ski Tour starting Wednesday for tour operators and travel journalists who will experience the area’s excellent skiing, dining, entertainment and hospitality, Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki announced today.

The week-long tour, March 17-24, will include five tour operators and four travel journalists for German publications and representatives from American Airlines and Aviareps, the company that promotes Nevada tourism in Germany for NCOT.

“There is no more effective way to promote Nevada as a choice ski destination than for those who influence travel choices to go skiing on Lake Tahoe’s beautiful slopes and enjoy fine dining, entertainment and lodging in exceptional resort hotels,” Krolicki, NCOT chair, said. “Tour operators and journalists will leave here much better equipped to bring in customers and inspire people to visit, which generates revenue for our tourism-driven economy.”

Lodging for thesix-night visit will be hosted by the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Atlantis Resort Spa Casino in Reno and The Ridge at Stateline, Lake Tahoe. Skiing will be provided by Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Heavenly Mountain Resort, and the group will go snowmobiling at Zephyr Cove, tour the National Automobile Museum in Reno and step back in time at Virginia City with breakfast at the Victorian-style Cobb Mansion, sightseeing, visiting shops, saloons and museums and having lunch at the Red Dog Saloon.

“Our industry partners are participating with NCOT by hosting the German visitors for skiing, lodging, meals and entertainment, and American Airlines is flying the group to Reno-Tahoe International Airport at no charge,” NCOT Director Dann Lewis said. “This successful partnership makes it possible to accomplish these tours, which produce impressive travel stories and new tours.”

During the tour, the group will taste their favorite wines at the Grand Sierra’s Reserve and will be guests for dinner at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino’s elegant Romanza; the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa’s magnificent Ciera Steak and Chophouse, winner of the prestigious 2009 AAA Four Diamond Award; and the unique Bistro Napa at the Atlantis, winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.  Hosted dining also includes dinner with spectacular Lake Tahoe views at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel Casino’s Forest Buffet and a dine-around at the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno to experience a variety of dishes at all three resorts.

Germany is among five countries where NCOT has representative offices to promote tourism to the Silver State. The others are Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and China.