Safari Club International cancels convention in Reno

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Updated: 4/04/2013 9:40 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & Mynews4.com)- "It's simply a business decision," said Phil DeLone, CEO of Safari Club International.

SCI was scheduled to hold their convention at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in 2015 but they unexpectedly canceled and will now hold their convention in Las Vegas.

SCI would have made its 16th visit to Reno-Tahoe in 2015, since first bringing the convention to the region in 1989.  According to the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the annual hunters convention from 2009-2011, and in 2013, contributed an average of roughly 20,000 room nights per year, representing an estimated impact of about $20 million  each year.

DeLone says their international interest numbers are growing and Reno-Tahoe International Airport can no longer accommodate SCI. "We have seen a decline in domestic and international air service to Reno in the last five to seven years," said DeLone.

There have been other reports that SCI grew too big for the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. "Declining air service is the primary reason. Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority has been very accommodating," said DeLone.
Krys Bart, President of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority was unavailable for comment. "We had additional air service when they [SCI] needed it," said Brian Kulpin, Communications Director for the airport.

Kulpin says there has been some diminishments to air services and it is occurring at medium hub airports across the country. "We're continuing to fight that battle," said Kulpin.  Kulpin says it's up to the community and the RSCVA to fill the seats. 

Chris Baum, President and CEO of the RSCVA says they are working with the Airport Authority.  Baum says they recently launched a new marketing campaign and hired two new national sales managers.  As for replacing SCI, Baum says "Relatively few events bring 20,000 room nights.  We are currently working to bring the X-Games here in 2015, February of 2015."

Baum says in the past week the RSCVA booked 40,000 room nights spread across multiple conventions.  News 4 has requested booking sheets from the RSCVA for the next 10 years. 


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Tazemandgrin - 4/4/2013 3:03 PM
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The area around the Convention center has become very dangerous over the last dacade as well.

mobey4357 - 4/4/2013 2:02 PM
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Reno continues to be a very difficult town to live and work in.All we seem to be gaining are low paying jobs.The area has become very popular to people happy to accept minimum wage and form huge lines at the welfare office.

mobey4357 - 4/4/2013 1:55 PM
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Reno continues to be a very difficult town to live and work in.All we seem to be gaining are low paying jobs.The area has become very popular to people happy to accept minimum wage and form huge lines at the welfare office.

Kramer - 4/4/2013 1:27 PM
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but we have new shops in the terminal!! look for airport authority to try to get PostOffice to re-cancel local mail sorting so we can have overnight flights to another site(excuse cynicism). X-Games fantasy might not fly, they're all couch surfers anyway, expect they would stay at the Lake.

montoya - 4/3/2013 11:55 PM
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Instead of making and manufacturing things like we used to, in this fake economy we must rely on punters to bring in their FRN funny money from elsewhere to keep the economy afloat. If America got back to what it once did best ie actually producing real products or even performing real services that people really need (like constructing and fixing things) we would not have to live in a fantasy world relying on fantasy money in a fantasy culture. It's too bad.
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