Under direction of the Utah Office of Tourism, a team of volunteer geocachers have thoughtfully placed geocaches in locations of exceptional scenic, historic and cultural interest throughout the state. Groups and individuals can download an app from geocaching.com that highlights all of the stashes. Once Utah GeoTour participants find three of a county’s five Utah Geo Tour geocaches (all placed in ammo cans), they can follow the instructions on a laminated code card found within each cache to a patch pick-up location as all of Utah’s 29 counties have a unique patch designed by the Utah Office of Tourism. Once a geocacher has been awarded 10 county patches, he or she is qualified to receive an official Utah GeoCoin. If any geocacher is ambitious enough to redeem all 29 patches, an official Utah Geo Tour jacket for displaying the patches is awarded (while supplies last, otherwise another special reward is presented). 

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority has selected SMG, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue management company, to operate the RSCVA-owned Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC), state-owned Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, and Reno Events Center and National Bowling Stadium, both owned by the City of Reno. The four-year agreement began in June and also includes culinary services through SMG’s in-house food and beverage division.

 

Twenty additional historic hotels have been nominated and accepted into the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America program, which includes properties ranging in age from 52 to 246 years old. Two that fall within Mountain Meetings’ coverage area include the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, Washington and Alpenhof Lodge in Teton Village, Wyoming.

 

Forbes Travel Guide has revealed its 2018 Star Award winners. The 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas included nine U.S. Mountain West hotels that landed the prestigious Five-Stars and are located in the mountains or immediately surrounded by peaks.