Photograph of the Aquarius Resort Casino in Laughlin, NV
Photograph of the Aquarius Resort Casino in Laughlin, NV
2016 Rural Roundup is April 13 through April 15.  Register Today!
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The LVCVA and the Aquarius Casino Resort welcome TravelNevada's 2016 Rural Roundup to Laughlin. Now is the time to foster networking relationships and engage in educational opportunities that will guide you in strengthening Nevada's rural tourism. Register today and join us April 13 - April 15, 2016, at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada. Enter your email below to stay up-to-date with all the Rural Roundup happenings.

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Travel Writer and Keynote Speaker
Director of Digital Experience
The Abbi Agency
Founder and Director
International Protocol Institute of California
Destination Analysts
Executive Director
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
Former Town Manager for the Town of Tonopah
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Regional Office
Red Shoe Solutions LLC
Community Development Manager, Laughlin
Clark County
Boulder City Chamber of Commerce
Public Affairs Officer
Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Wednesday, April 13
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Peacock Alley - Aquarius Pavilion and Convention Area
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Optional Activity A: Laughlin River Walk Challenge
The Cove inside Aquarius Casino
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Optional Activity B: Laughlin Academy of Art
Tropicana Laughlin - Coronado Room
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rolling on the River Welcome Reception
Splash Cabaret - Aquarius Casino Resort
Sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and RUF Strategic Solutions

Thursday, April 14
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Peacock Alley - Aquarius Pavilion and Convention Area
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Peacock Alley Exhibitor Area - Sponsored by RSCVA - Reno Tahoe USA
8:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Welcome and General Session
Pavilion A - Sponsored by Fahlgren Mortine
What the Smartest Destinations Are Doing Right
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
General Session
Pavilion A
PRESENTED BY: Dave Bratton
The Silver State and the Modern Leisure Traveler
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break and Sponsor Exhibits
Peacock Alley Exhibit Area - Sponsored by Brand USA - Miles, Certified Folder Display Service, Inc., Expedia Inc. and THS Visuals
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Concurrent Sessions
Meet Today's Digital Journalist: YOU!
PRESENTED BY: Constance Aguilar
29 Immutable Truths
PRESENTED BY: Bill Chernock
How To Recruit and Keep Volunteers
Arizona Tower - Suite 4066
PRESENTED BY: James Eason, Jill Rowland-Lagan
Heritage and Tourism Potential - A Partnership Experience
Arizona Tower - Suite 5066
PRESENTED BY: Bill Martin, Deborah Murray
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
'Reelin on the River' RR Film Fest and Lunch
Splash Cabaret - Sponsored by Madden Media
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Repeat of Concurrent Sessions
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
General Session
Pavilion A - Sponsored by Las Vegas Territory
PRESENTED BY: Marie Betts-Johnson
International Relations - Protocol is Key
3:50 PM - 4:10 PM
Refreshment Break and Sponsor Exhibits
Peacock Alley Exhibit Area - Sponsored by Brand USA - Miles, Certified Folder Display Service, Inc., Expedia Inc. and THS Visuals
4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
General Session
Pavilion A - Sponsored by Elko Convention and Visitors Authority
PRESENTED BY: Randy Morgan
Powered By Play
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wine Tasting
Splash Cabaret - Sponsored by: Sanders Family Winery
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
VolunTourism Awards Dinner
Pavilion A - Sponsored by: TBD

Friday, April 15
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet and General Session
Pavilion A
PRESENTED BY: Christie Vanover
Find Your Park


  • 1900 S. Casino Dr., Laughlin, NV 89029
  • 1.800.662.LUCK (5825)
  • Luxury Standard Room: $39.99 plus tax per night, Sunday through Thursday, and $64.99 per night, Friday and Saturday.
  • Sunset Suite: $75.00 plus tax per night, Sunday through Thursday, and $150.00 per night, Friday and Saturday.
  • Majestic Suite: $150.00 plus tax per night, Sunday through Thursday, and $250.00 per night, Friday and Saturday.
  • Conference room rates are available April 11th through April 18th.
  • Call Reservations at 1.800.662.5825. Use Group Code "C-RUR16" when booking
  • You must book by March 28, 2016 to receive these special rates
view of standard king room
view of standard king room bathroom

The Aquarius Casino Resort is the Rural Roundup Host Hotel and site of all sessions, Thursday evening reception and dinner, and the Friday breakfast.

The resort has two 18-floor towers with 1,907 rooms and suites that overlook the Colorado River. The casino, with an area of 57,070 square feet, has more than 1,200 slot machines and over 30 table games, as well as a race and sports book. The property includes a business center, fitness center, pool, and tennis courts. They have a full array of bars and restaurants to wet your whistle and satisfy any appetite.

Continue the Adventure

Why not take advantage of the Aquarius' great conference rates, hang out a few extra days, and check out some of these one-of-a-kind events / deals for Rural Roundup attendees (make sure you mention you're here for the Rural Roundup when you book / purchase):

Enjoy a 25% discount on Pot-a-Gold Adventures on the Beautiful Colorado River (

Cruise up and down the Colorado River or enjoy dinner on the water. Take $4 off a dinner cruise, or 20% off a sightseeing cruise (

Jet over to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona at London Bridge Jet Boat Tours (

Experience the Colorado River aboard a River Passage Water Taxi. Show your Rural Roundup badge and get $2.00 off your ticket each way. (

Take a step back in time as you tour a real ghost town with Laughlin Tours.

Don't miss a chance to rock out to the Steve Miller Band at the Laughlin Event Center on Saturday, April 16. Tickets start at $25.



McCarran International Airport to Laughlin

Mills Tours will offer Rural Roundup attendees a 30% discount (which comes to $70 round trip). Travelers should plan on two hours for the trip. Advanced reservations are required. Just mention “Rural Roundup” when making the reservation. The website is and the toll-free phone number to make a reservation is 877-454-3734. Mills Tours Shuttle Times are listed below:

Airport to Laughlin
8:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Laughlin to Airport
5:00 am, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

1 suitcase and 1 small carry-on permitted. Additional luggage $5 per bag and must advise at time of reservation to ensure space.

Additional Shuttle Service is available from McCarran International Airport to Laughlin. View shuttle options.

Carson City to Laughlin Motor Coach FAM

This year there will be transportation to Rural Roundup from Carson City to Laughlin via motor coach. The cost will be $100.00* per person which includes round trip transportation, lodging-dinner-breakfast in Beatty and boxed lunches both ways. Click on this link for a Bus Registration form.

*Riders may board in Beatty on Wednesday, April 13 for $25 per person which will include round trip transportation to Laughlin and a boxed lunch on the return trip.

Carson City - Laughlin

April 12
  • 11am, Carson City: Departure. Board the Amador Stage Lines motor coach at the TravelNevada headquarters building located at 401 N. Carson Street. Overnight parking available in lot directly behind the building.
  • 2pm, Hawthorne: Pick-up. 1942 USO Bldg, A.K.A. Hawthorne Convention Center (Pick up location)
  • 3:45pm, Tonopah: Pick-up. Mizpah Hotel in rear parking area (Pick up location)
  • 5pm, Beatty: Arrival. Guests will check into hotels.
  • 6pm, Beatty: Dinner at KC's. A special Beatty Cowboy's appearance will take place.
April 13
  • 8am, Beatty: Breakfast then depart for Laughlin, estimated arrival time 1:00 pm.

Laughlin - Carson City

April 15
  • 10am, Laughlin: Departure. Board motor coach at 9:45am, to transport back to Carson City. Boxed lunch will be provided while boarding the bus. Estimated arrival time to Carson City 7:00pm. Motor Coach will stop in Beatty, Tonopah and Hawthorne to drop off passengers and pit stop.


The 26th annual Rural Roundup is just around the corner. As a valued partner of Nevada tourism, we would appreciate your support of the Rural Roundup.

Tourism volunteers and professionals from all over the state of Nevada attend Rural Roundup. The conference provides delegates with insight about tourism issues in Nevada, education about what is new in the industry, and serves as a networking forum where tourism partners can exchange ideas and experiences in an effort to help them promote their attractions and attract visitors.

This year's conference will be held at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada. We anticipate approximately 250 representatives from the following tourism associations in Nevada to register for the conference:

  • Convention and visitors authorities/bureaus
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Territory Members
  • State, county and local government agencies
  • Tour companies
  • State, regional and local parks
  • Museums and cultural arts
  • Tourist attractions and destinations
  • Hoteliers

Sponsorship has its benefits. View a complete list of sponsor levels and benefits.