The Safari Club International Convention will be returning to Reno, Nevada, for a three-year commitment to that destination beginning in January of 2019. According to SCI officials, efforts by the City of Reno, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the major resorts there to improve air service access was a key element in the organization’s decision to return to Reno.
“It’s great to be returning to Reno and the surrounding destination,” said Rick Parsons, CEO of Safari Club International. “The friendliness of the people in this community and their outreach has always been wonderful and the entire city welcomes hunters. Our SCI Board of Directors and other stakeholders whole-heartedly embraced the move to Northern Nevada beginning in 2019.”
“According to data supplied by the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, flights are improving in Northern Nevada and the number of available seats is increasing,” Parsons said. “In our cooperative partnership with the resorts, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and the Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA), we also have guarantees that the community will have a minimum of 9,500 air seats available for us on our Sunday departure day in January 2019. This number of airline seats is nearly double what was available to us in 2013.”
Safari Club International’s last convention held in Reno in 2013 brought in $21.6 million in economic impact from lodging, dining and other activities to the community.
“We’re very excited that Safari Club International has taken the time to reconsider coming back to Reno,” said Bob Lucey, RSCVA board chairman.” (The Safari Club Convention) is a major economic driver in our community, so this is a huge opportunity for us to gain that business back.”
Next year, the Safari Club International Convention will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 31-February 3, 2018, and the MGM Grand will be the host hotel.
SCI’s 50th anniversary will find them returning to Las Vegas in 2022.
Future convention dates and locations:
2018 – January 31 – February 3, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center
2019 – January 9-12, 2019 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center
2020 – January 15-18, 2020 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center
2021 – January 27-30, 2021 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center
2022 – January 19-22, 2022 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center