Funds OK’d for tourism in Nevada’s rural areas

An abandoned Carl’s Burgers & Sandwich shop is one of many shuttered building in Caliente, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism approved $660,000 in grants to help promote tourism in the rural areas of the state during its quarterly meeting on Monday.

The commission’s meeting was the first event of the two-day Governor’s Global Summit on Tourism at the Flamingo Las Vegas, an annual event to introduce travel-business professionals from around the world to the state. The summit also gives people in the industry a chance to network.

Money for the committee grants comes from the room tax, the same source that’s paying, in part, for the Raiders stadium and the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The grants will fund 104 tourism-related projects around the state, including:

• The promotion of mountain bike trails along U.S. 50 and U.S. 93 near Carson City, Austin, Ely and Caliente.

• A video advertising the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City.

• Marketing of the Top Gun Dragstrip south of Fallon off U.S. 95.

• A study concerning the feasibility of building a training facility for the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Lander County.

• Funding Nevada Tribal Tourism Training, which helps Nevada Native American tribes to develop their tourism industries.