Las Vegas, Nev., - July 01, 2016
Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison and The Nevada Division of Tourism held Nevada's first ever Commercial Airport Summit. The inaugural Summit brought together industry leaders and experts to discuss and identify issues and solutions facing Nevada's commercial aviation industry. Representatives from five of Nevada's major and rural airports attended. The Summit covered matters surrounding each region's experiences in airport infrastructure such as funding, capital projects, and maintenance, and the development of the commercial aviation industry generally throughout the state. Promoting domestic and international air services, including rural Nevada destinations, sharing successes and concerns with U.S. customs services, addressing airline risk mitigation, identifying potential partnerships, and creating a Statewide Air Service Task Force were also subjects of discussion.
"The Lieutenant Governor bringing everyone together and getting to talk about how we can all further collaborate was great," Marily Mora, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International Airport said.
"I'd like to thank the Lieutenant Governor for putting a spotlight on our industry and bringing the major players together," Mark Gibbs, Elko Regional Airport Director said.
"We are thankful to the Lieutenant Governor for bringing everyone together as airports provide such a critical piece of Nevada's economy," Chris Jones, McCarran International Airport Chief Marketing Officer said.
Following the event, Lieutenant Governor Hutchison released this statement: "I'm hopeful that Nevada's first Commercial Airport Summit will serve to increase and improve air travel to, from, and within Nevada." As Chairman of Nevada's Commission on Tourism, I know how important it is to have the airports collaborate strategically and appreciate the invaluable perspective each participant offered at the summit. Commercial aviation is a key ingredient to the health and longevity of Nevada's tourism industries."