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 March 12, 2014
Las Vegas Hosts 21st International Tourism Safety Conference

 The International Tourism Safety Association, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Las Vegas Security Chiefs Association will host the 21st International Tourism Safety Conference at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on March 31-April 4.

The International Tourism Safety Conference is a gathering for safety and security officials in the travel and tourism industry focused on providing delegates with new information, trends, equipment, strategies and best practices in keeping visitors safe.

New this year, the ISC West Exhibit Show co-locates with the International Tourism Safety Conference providing attendees more information and added insight on the latest safety strategies, technology and equipment. ISC West, the security industry's premier launching pad for new products, solutions and technologies, hosts more than 1,000 international and domestic security product manufacturing companies and more than 26,000 security professionals.

"Providing a safe and secure experience is essential in sustaining a healthy tourism industry," said Ray Suppe, president of the International Tourism Safety Association and director of security for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "This conference provides everyone in the tourism industry with the tools and information they need to ensure their destinations and attractions are taking every possible step to provide a safe and positive experience."

The conference will feature presentations addressing issues such as coordinating and securing major events, tourism safety tactics used in other countries, understanding food safety issues, safeguarding international and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors and working with the media. A Tourism Oriented Policing and Protective Services (TOPPS) certification course will also be offered.



The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.