Daily Archives: February 4, 2009

Arrows Fly in Las Vegas

Although not arriving inside wooden horses, archers from around the world will convene at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.  They are the hosts for the first leg of the 2009 Three-Star Tour of the National Field Archery Association archery(NFAA) on February 6 -8.  

The archery competition has an award payout of $165,000. 

Archers who participate in all three tournaments – World Archery Festival, NFAA Indoor Championship (Louisville, Kentucky) and the First Dakota Bank Archery Classic (Yankton, South Dakota) - will earn an opportunity to ‘shoot off’ for a new Pontiac Sports Coupe. 

During the three-day Las Vegas event, attendees will be able to visit the world Archery Festival Trade Show where they can learn about the latest equipment available in the archery industry.

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Nevada Tourism Industry Under Fire

tourismNevada is home to many industries ranging from agriculture and ranching to the manufacture of lawn equipment and titanium products.  In the 1930s Nevada was known as much for the divorce industry as it was for mining.  But today, Nevada’s best known industry is tourism.  And tourism is under fire at the Carson City capital building in Nevada. 

As with most states, Nevada’s balanced budget requirement means that all the dollars and cents must equal out.  So when Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons settled in to prepare the 2009 budget, declining revenue and economic downward trending made it necessary to decrease allotments for a variety of state funded agencies.   Education and health services have received the most media attention.  But in the process of allotting the evaporating funds, the Tourism Commission and the Economic Development Commission have also taken critical budget hits. 

The primary recommendation is to merge the two departments which would generate an expected savings of 58%.  Staff would be reduced from 28 to 18 and the vacant Nevada tourism director position would remain not filled.   In addition, funding would potentially be cut to current projects that support the Nevada Ballet Theatre, the Neon Museum, and the Atomic Testing Museum.

 Some of the budget cuts currently under consideration could actually result in the unintentional decrease of part of the natural revenue stream.  Because of staffing reductions and expense controls, the Tourism Commission’s Nevada magazine, would most likely become a lighter offering.  Advertisers who routinely use the magazine to promote their Las Vegas and Nevada events may be inclined to try another media format. and once they do, many may not return. 

Unless the other 49 states once again make divorce difficult to obtain, Nevada needs to ensure that tourism dollars are being spent in the best way possible to woo vacationers to stay and play the Nevada way.

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Joint Closes Iconic Chapter in Las Vegas Music History

jointThe best bands and entertainers have performed at the legendary Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.   During its near 14-year run, The Joint has hosted the biggest names in entertainment as The Eagles, the Rolling Stones, The Beastie Boys, David Bowie, The Strokes, Robert Plant, Stone Temple Pilots, Tom Petty, Metallica, The Who, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, The Deftones- way too many to list.  But come this Saturday, February 7, the doors will shutter to the 2,000-seat venue as it is prepares for a bigger 4,000-capacity new The Joint that is planned to open in April. 

Saturday’s venue-closing performance will be from none other than the iconic rock ‘n roll Motley Crue, comprised of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars.  

Be ready for action through the last beat- and, perhaps, beyond.  The last time a similar venue closed was the Aladdin Theater in 1997.  With that closing the people left the concert and many yanked up their chairs as commemorative souvenirs.   Who know what will happen this time

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