Guv’s tourism meet revived

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism, begun by Nevada Gov. Richard Bryan in the early 1980s and cancelled by Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2008 because of plummeting state revenues, was brought back to life this week. It was held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

From the start, the conference was greeted with suspicion. Bryan was suspected of using the event to schmooze with business leaders whose support (and campaign contributions) he would need in later elections. Others defended the usefulness of the event.

This year’s conference deals with the China market, medical tourism and branding.