Basic First Aid Training – Mon. June 12, 2017 6 PM

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild in partnership with Red Rock Search & Rescue (RRSAR) is pleased to offer an intensive Basic First Aid Training Program for LVTGG members, colleagues, family, and friends.

The training will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM, details below.

The cost is $30 per person, all of which will go directly to the 100% volunteer, not-for profit RRSAR to support the incredible and impressive work they do for our community, Southern Nevada, and Utah.  For more info on RRSAR, see www.redrocksar.org.

The training has been been organized by RRSAR Commander Donald Moore and will be led by Vice-Commander Smith, Retired Fire Department Battalion Chief. During the training, Chief Smith will focus on plans of action relevant for our tour guide members.  Moore says, “in this one 3.5 hour training, members will walk away with a 2 day class under their belts.”

This valuable, one-of-a-kind training has been coordinated exclusively for the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild, and is not offered through other CPR training workshops.

We will be learning American Heart Association CPR/AED and first aid. After completing the class and brief test, class members will receive a certification card.

This class is far more than your typical tabletop CPR training class! Guided by certified First Aid Instructors with years of practical experience, participants will have hands-on practice performing CPR and using the defibrillator, and also practice splinting and bleeding control. All medical supplies will be provided by RRSAR.

Please read the information below and:

RSVP to LVTGG President Babs Daitch at thanksbabs@gmail.com with the email heading “June 12 LVTGG Basic First Aid Training Program.”

For questions regarding the content of training, please contact Donald Moore at 702 591-4298 or by email at strummingmyguitar@gmail.com.

Please dress for comfort.  Jeans and a tee shirt are perfect.

Date:  Monday June 12th

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Location:  340 Villa Monterey Drive Las Vegas, NV 89145  Located near Buffalo & Alta

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/XnyR1u73M672

Donation for the class: $30.00 per person.

How to pay: Please have your check, or exact cash, ready when signing in to the class.  Please make checks out to Red Rock SAR.

Who can attend: LVTGG Members, tour guide and other colleagues. Please also print and post on your office bulletin boards, and invite spouses and friends who want to learn how to help themselves and others in an emergency first aid situation. However, class capacity is 30 so RSVP is mandatory.

Time for Fun & Learning! Tour Boost Improv Workshop – April 17, 2017

Tour Boost Improv Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents & Storytellers

Members and non-members are invited to attend the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild’s exceptional April continuing education event, “The Tour Boost Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents, and Storytellers,” led by “Second City” tour guide and comedian, Margaret Hicks. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2017 in the Stratosphere Tower’s 104th floor Sunrise Room. Again, this event is open to both guild members and non-members, so invite all your friends and colleagues. RSVP is required to attend, RSVP below.

Margaret has been guiding for 10 years and is the official docent of the famed Second City Improv Theater. During this two-hour interactive seminar, Margaret provides interactive Improv Games and on-your-feet training that connects guides to their emotions while boosting presentation skills. Margaret says this workshop is not about tour content but about how to be physically and mentally present, cultivate listening skills, flexibility and gratitude, and how to share information while finding the fun in your tours.

After the workshop, we will continue with a Stratoshpere Hotel-hosted tour of the upper levels of the Stratosphere Tower, and conclude with hosted appetizers and cocktails. RSVP is a must.

To RSVP: Send an email with the Subject “Tour Boost Improv Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents & Storytellers” to thanksbabs@gmail.com or call Babs for more information – 702.370.6961.

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00 pm
Location: Stratosphere Hotel – Sunrise Room 104th Floor
Cost: $10 for LVTGG members, $20 for non-members. BRING CASH
Tour Boost Seminar Time: 5pm to 7pm
Stratosphere Tower hosted tour and LVTGG gathering with beverage and snacks to follow: 7pm to 830pm
Directions: Use escalator near Roxy’s Diner, pass thrill rides security to VIP security, take elevator to 104th Floor. If asked, tell them you are attending the LVTGG event in the Sunrise Room
(there is no charge to access the 104th floor)
Parking: Free in self-park or tip to Valet

Clear your schedule for this valuable and entertaining training. Invite colleagues that you work with or other storytellers.
RSVP Today!

For more info about The Tour Boost workshop, see http://www.thetourboost.com/

The Tour Boost Workshop, by Margaret Hicks

NSM Folies Bergere exhibit opening and LVTGG member gathering

The glamour, the glitz, feathers, rhinestones, tuxes and tiaras! You are cordially invited to join us this Saturday, June 11 from 2-5 PM to mingle with Las Vegas glitterati and fellow LVTGG members, and relive the showgirl glory days at the opening reception and panel discussion of the Nevada State Museum’s new Les Folies Bergere Exhibit.

The reception begins at 2 PM and the panel discussion ends at 4 PM. Afterwards, LVTGG members will have an informal non-hosted gathering at the Springs Cafe until 5 PM.

Please RSVP to Sander Smiles via email and print this page with the flier below for entry into the museum and reception. Hope to see you there!

NSM Folies Bergere Exhibit Opening flier June 11, 2016

MGM Resorts announces paid parking policy for locals

MGM Resorts has begun to provide information about their new paid parking policy and how locals will be affected. Many members have received the following message:

MGM Resorts Parking Policy for Locals
MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International is taking steps to implement a $90 million parking strategy to expand parking availability, implement technology upgrades and reduce the hassle and frustration resulting from outdated and inefficient facilities.

In order to fund these investments—and the ongoing maintenance and capital improvements of our parking facilities—we will be instituting fees for self- and valet parking. Fees will begin to roll out at our Las Vegas hotels on June 6, 2016. These rates remain significantly below those of other highly popular tourism destinations.

As a local Nevada resident, our self-parking will continue to be complimentary to you through December 29, 2016, with the presentation of a valid Nevada driver’s license.

To extend complimentary parking beyond that date, you may choose to participate in M life Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts. Once you achieve Pearl tier status, self-parking is complimentary. Gold, Platinum and NOIR M life Rewards members also receive complimentary valet parking.

All parking is subject to availability.

The environment in Las Vegas has changed dramatically in the decades since amenities like low-quality dining, lodging and free parking were offered to attract customers. Growth in tourism and our local population—including many more cars on our local roadways—requires more parking availability, more efficient, modern parking systems and more frequent maintenance and upgrades to our aging facilities—all of which come at significant cost.

We have come to this decision with a great deal of care, particularly knowing we would be breaking with Las Vegas tradition. We know this change in strategy may be difficult in the short term, but it supports our aspirations for continuing to invest in the Las Vegas community for many years to come.

Click here for a complete overview of our parking policy.

Sincerely,

Lili Tomovich
Chief Experience Officer

M life Experience
MGM Resorts International

©2016 MGM Resorts International®. All rights reserved.

MGM Resorts International
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The new MGM paid parking policy will directly impact the work experience of professional guides and event staff who routinely work on the Strip at MGM Resorts properties. Gone are the days of easy coming and going from a job at one of MGM Resorts’ properties.

While we expect that this will not be the norm, at least one local employer of guides and event staff has announced that they will not reimburse MGM Resorts parking fees. What are your thoughts on this? Should step-on guides and event staff be expected to spend enough at MGM Resorts properties to reach the necessary M Life status to be able to avoid these fees, or are you ok with absorbing them, cutting into your income? This is an issue that we will be addressing more in the coming months.

What are your thoughts? How will this affect you? What solutions would you like to see enacted for those in our industry who routinely work at MGM Resorts properties providing professional services to their and our guests/clients?

LVCVA Rally for National Travel and Tourism Week

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Mark your calendars to join us the LVCVA and travel and tourism colleagues on

National Travel and Tourism Week Rally Day on Tuesday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m.

The LVCVA will be hosting its annual Tourism Rally

at the Toshiba Plaza adjacent to the new T-Mobile arena off of Las Vegas Blvd.

This is a great opportunity to check out the latest entertainment offerings in our great city. The rally is expected to feature special entertainment, community delegates, and you can count on Oscar Goodman and the showgirls making an appearance.

Don’t forget to wear red at the rally! The U.S. Travel Association encourages supporters nationwide to wear the color as a symbol of unity among travel and tourism supporters.

Stay tuned for more information about National Travel and Tourism Week. We look forward to seeing many of you at the rally and other surprise LVCVA events that will be announced soon!

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