Christopher Baum, CEO of Visit Reno Tahoe USA, likes to point out that Reno is only a 45-minute drive from the popular Lake Tahoe area, and that there are wild horses still roaming the surrounding landscape. “We’re really much more like a resort town,” he says, “but with big city amenities.”
Noteworthy: Nevada Museum of Art, the state’s only accredited museum, can accommodate up to 500 in its four-level, 55,000-sq.-ft. building. It also has a rooftop patio with views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
In 2013, Reno-Tahoe International Airport added three nonstop service routes to Minneapolis, Portland and Bellingham. It has more than 100 daily commercial flights and recently invested $27 million in airport upgrades.
The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, located in downtown Reno, has 2,000 rooms and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space. Local pastor Eric Moen, coordinator for Reno Outpouring, which brings top-name Christian speakers and musicians to the Reno area, took advantage of the large property for his event.
“I’ve planned about 30 to 40 of these types of events here,” explains Moen. “We like to joke that our church is annexed to the casino. But when you live in Reno, casinos are simply a fact of life.
“What most people outside the area don’t realize is that Reno literally has it all,” he continues. “Lake Tahoe is a short drive from downtown Reno, and within the city you can find hotel rooms at unbelievable rates, buffet meals that are an incredible deal and top-name entertainers. Honestly, I can’t think of a better place to hold a conference.”
Located in Reno’s city center, Circus Circus Reno has copious event space and proximity to more venues. The 22,000-sq.-ft. Mandalay Convention Center is on-site, and there are six breakout rooms in the hotel’s Sky Tower. Additionally, the 28,000-sq.-ft. Downtown Reno Ballroom is just two blocks away, and the Reno Events Center, with 56,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 14,000 square feet of pre-function space, is three blocks away.
The Reno-Sparks Convention Center is three miles from the airport. It has nearly 400,000 square feet of meeting space, including five exhibit halls; the 30,000-sq.-ft., column-free Mt. Rose Ballroom; and 53 breakout rooms.
Reno Quick Facts
Area guest rooms: 15,500 | Nearest airport: Reno-Tahoe International | Convention center: Reno-Sparks Convention Center | Meeting rooms: 53 | Total meeting space: 381,000 square feet