Changing faces of Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Authority |

Changing faces of Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Authority

Sally J. Taylor

In the midst of budget and marketing plan discussions, the fledgling Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday also will under go a leadership shuffle.

Board Chairman David Attaway will be leaving his TDVA seat as well as his position as general manager of Caesars Tahoe to work in Las Vegas with Aladdin Hotel as resident and chief operating officer of Aladdin Music.

TDVA Vice-Chairman Kevin Servatius, senior vice president and general manager of Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino, is expected to take the chairman’s seat of the TDVA. A new vice-chairman will be elected by the board on Wednesday.

The monthly meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Douglas County Administrative Building at 175 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline.

A successor for Caesars’ representative to the board of directors is expected to be nominated after the casino’s new general manager arrives and provides some input.

The TDVA was created in July by the Nevada Legislature to manage transient occupancy funds for tourism promotions in Douglas County. It is directed by a five-member board with representatives from the four major Stateline casinos and one county commissioner. The staff for the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance currently serves as staff for the TDVA.

Since the first meeting of the TDVA in November, the board has been mostly occupied with setting up its organizational structure while working with the bi-state Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and the Gaming Alliance to develop a marketing plan for the area.

With the basic structure in place, the board last month began work on a budget for the remainder of the 1997-98 fiscal year as well as preliminary work for the 1998-99 budget. Both budgets will be discussed during the Wednesday meeting.

Also on the agenda is the status of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority marketing plan and possible release of funds for the development of a new special event for Labor Day Weekend. The LTVA has approved Bob Anderson as coordinator for the event, which is planned to include a slot tournament, sternwheeler race and fireworks display.

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