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February 4, 2015

Las Vegas to Host 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 are set to host the 22nd International Tourism Safety Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 26-29.

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.

"The safety and security of visitors and residents is a top priority for any destination’s tourism industry, so it’s imperative to be aware of the current trends and information," Ray Suppe, president of International Tourism Safety Association and senior director of security for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said in a conference. "The International Tourism Safety Conference is designed to share practical advice, the latest strategies and new technology within the industry in order to help all destinations and attractions worldwide, and particularly here in Las Vegas, provide a safe and positive experience for visitors."

The conference will include presentations addressing issues such as the state of tourism security, global terrorism, human trafficking, workplace violence, pandemic health issues, nightclub security, community policing and more. A Tourism Oriented Policing and Protective Services (TOPPS) certification course will also be offered.

Confirmed speakers at this year’s conference include Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; Attorney Steven A. Adelman, Adelman Law Group; United Kingdom Professor Mark A. Bellis, OBE, Bangor University and Public Health Wales; Master Police Officer Adam B. Coughran, Garden Grove Police Department (CA); Captain Robert H. DuVall, Financial Crimes Bureau Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Scott Lillibridge, M.D. of the Texas A & M School of Public Health; Israeli Professor Yoel Mansfeld, Ph.D., head of both the Center for Tourism, Pilgrimage & Recreation Research and the M.A. Program on Tourism, Planning & Development for the University of Haifa, Israel; Maximiliano C. Mauvecin, CEO/president of Mauvecin & Company; Todd McGhee, managing partner with Protecting the Homeland Innovations; Gwendolyn L. Pascoe, director the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force; and Peter E. Tarlow, PhD, president/CEO of Tourism & More, Inc.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.touristsafety.org.

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