People: RSCVA's Charles Harris earns 2021 Catalyst Award

Charles Harris

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Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Charles Harris was honored recently with a 2021 Catalyst Award in the “Momentum” category from meetings industry publication Smart Meetings.

Catalyst Awards recognize suppliers in the industry who help meetings/event professionals “create meaningful experiences” and also improve the perception and economy of their business and the industry, according to a Nov. 4 press release from RSCVA.

Harris was nominated “due to his response to those in need during the recent wildfires in the region and the unwavering momentum the destination has had during the pandemic,” according to the release.

“I am delighted with the success (RSCVA) has had over the past year despite the pandemic,” said Reno Tahoe President and CEO Charles Harris. “The entire (RSCVA) team has worked hard to ensure planners, groups and visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience, and it’s an honor to see this hard work recognized by such an esteemed publication.

“I am extremely proud of everything we have accomplished together and look forward to welcoming more travelers to experience and explore the changing landscapes and attractions throughout the destination.”

RSCVA reported a strong summer season. It began the 2021-2022 fiscal year with its highest month of taxable room revenue ever, when lodging and room tax statistics recorded a total of $53,859,311 for the month of July 2021, per the release.

Three of the top five revenue producing months in RSVA history occurred in 2021, with June and August also being in the top five all-time.


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