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February 5, 2015



Heidi Hayes

Office: 702-892-7669






Experts from Around the World Gather to

Share Best Practices in April


LAS VEGAS -The International TourismSafety Association, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Las Vegas Security Chiefs Association will host the 22nd International Tourism Safety Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center - April 26-29, 2015


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," said Ray Suppe, president of International Tourism Safety Association and senior director of security for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "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 feature 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 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; Peter E. Tarlow, PhD, president/CEO of Tourism & More, Inc. and Thomas Pasquarello, managing partner, Global  Secure Resources.







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 nearly 11 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.  For more information, go to or