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Places — Nevada’s Eileen Carter Talks About The Real Nevada

Eileen Carter is with State of Nevada and talks with Paul about the things to do in the state, everything from the the internationally famous and now legendary Burning Man Festival to the new Neon Museum in Las Vegas. She discusses the great views that come upon you while driving like the way Lake Tahoe just suddenly appears as you round a curve on the interstate, and the sweeping views of the high desert on Highway 40. Which is a lonely road that really isn’t that lonely. And finally she discusses some great places to eat. Eileen has several ways to follow the great doings in Nevada through social media so check out the official website for Nevada.

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Nevada Uses Social Media To Build Tourism

Paul chatted with Bianca Chan, an expert in social media strategy for Nevada Tourism. They talked over afternoon coffee in the Nugget Hotel at the Nevada Governors Conference. They discuss how social media has revolutionized the world of travel in just a few short years. Bianca discusses how anyone can use social media to get great deals when traveling in Nevada and even find out of the way attractions that might appeal to those with special interests.

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Nevada Is a Cultural Wonderland

Nevada’s director of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Claudia Vecchio chats with Paul about the surprising things to do and see in the state. Although Las Vegas captures headlines and huge international attention there are fascinating small towns to visit,  museums and enough scenic wonders to fill years of adventuring. Nevada is filled with stories and Claudia shares some interesting history with Paul. Reno has a wealth of cultural events including a huge arts festival, and in another part of the state there is a unique museum where you can even learn to drive a real locomotive pulling rail cars. Check out www.travelnevada.com

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Nevada Living Legends Are In Virginia City

Sharron Land Gegenheimer, is Manager  of the Virginia City Living Legends. She is a living legend all on her own. Meet her once and you begin to see the history and wonder of what Nevada was in the boomtown days of Virginia City. She is a a huge resource of historical knowledge of the time and when she is in costume she channels the period in a way that, well, you have to visit Virginia City and she for yourself. Paul talked with her in a Virginia City Saloon where as she pointed out, whole families would gather in the city’s heyday.

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Roger Dow Speaks at Nevada Governor’s Conference On Tourism

Roger_Capitol1Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association and one of the leading tourism advocates in the US talks with Paul about the value of tourism to the economy and how encouraging travel into the United States provides huge benefits for the economy.

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John Ascuaga’s Nugget — A Family Treasure In Nevada

Stephen-AscuagaPaul talks with Stephen Ascuaga about how his father John turned a small coffee shop into one of the major family owned and operated casinos in Nevada. He talks about his father and how he and his sister grew up to continue the family tradition. He also talks about the great attractions in Reno and of course the mammoth rib cook-off which the Nugget Hotel holds over Labor Day every year in Sparks, Nevada a short distance from downtown Reno.