The Organization

Overview

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority was established in 1959 as the Washoe County Fair and Recreation Board. The RSCVA acts as a marketing organization for the county to promote convention and tourism business.

Unlike other convention and visitor bureaus across the country, the RSCVA owns and operates several facilities designed to draw out-of-town visitors. In the following pages learn more about the RSCVA's history, mission, funding, board of directors and facilities. The Frequently Asked Questions section provides additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA) funded?
The RSCVA's revenue comes from four sources:

  • Room license tax paid by visitors when they stay in a transient rental facility in Washoe County
  • Revenue from operation of facilities owned by the RSCVA
  • Investment income
  • Marketing revenue (visitors centers/services)

What is the RSCVA's mission?
To increase overnight visitation to the Reno-Tahoe area.

How is the RSCVA offsetting the impact of tribal gaming to our economy and the competition from Las Vegas megaresorts?
The RSCVA's marketing focuses on experiencing the area's outdoor recreation with emphasis on skiing and golfing, cultural arts, and history while attracting as many conventions as possible. Conventions typically bring visitors who may not have otherwise come to the area. Research has shown once individuals experience the destination for themselves, they will return again and bring their families.

Why isn't the public allowed to bowl in the National Bowling Stadium?
The NBS was designed specifically to bring more visitors to our area and the RSCVA's primary focus is on booking tournaments. The RSCVA has and will continue to offer local residents a chance to bowl at the stadium during special events and promotions held throughout the year.

Is there an admission charge to get into the National Bowling Stadium?
The stadium remains open and free of charge, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Hours of operation are usually extended when a tournament is taking place. The public is invited and encouraged to come in and tour this impressive facility.

Why does the RSCVA charge for parking during events at the Convention Center?
Parking fees generate revenues, which helps support the on-going operations of the facility. Charging for parking is a standard practice of event facilities all around the country. Typically, event facilities charge an average of $4 - $8 for on-site parking compared to the $7 fee charged by the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Who is responsible for event/show advertising of events held at the convention center?
Show promoters are responsible for their own advertising. The RSCVA strongly urges the promoter to accurately represent their product in all forms of advertisements and/or promotions but has no control over their advertising message.

How often are RSCVA Board Meetings held and how can I find out what's on the agenda?
The RSCVA Board meetings typically take place on the 4th Thursday of every month, at 8 a.m. at the RSCVA Reno-Town Mall offices, however, special circumstances sometimes require date or time changes. RSCVA Board Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is also posted 5 working days before the meetings happen here.

Nevada's Open Meeting Law requires RSCVA meeting agendas to be available to the public; posted at the Reno Sparks Convention Center and in three other public places, four working days prior to the meeting.