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Nevada Division of Tourism Cowboy Country VolunTourism Awards

The Nevada Division of Tourism (TravelNevada) honors rural Nevada’s top tourism supporters at the annual VolunTourism Awards ceremonies held at TravelNevada’s yearly Rural Roundup tourism conference, which focuses on tourism efforts in rural Nevada.


2016 - Congratulations Paula Tomera!

Paula Tomera (center) receives the Cowboy Country VolunTourism Award.
She is pictured with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Swati Singh (left)
and Tom Lester, Cowboy Country Territory Chair (right)

LAUGHLIN, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Tourism (TravelNevada) honored rural Nevada’s top tourism supporters at the annual VolunTourism Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 15, 2016, at the Aquarius Casino Resort. The awards were part of TravelNevada’s yearly Rural Roundup tourism conference, which focuses on tourism efforts in rural Nevada.

Paula Tomera is an executive director of the Lander County Convention and Tourism Authority and has been promoting tourism throughout Cowboy Country and the state of Nevada for several years. She has worked various Cowboy Country consumer shows to promote the area and has been instrumental in the continued success of the World Human Powered Speed Challenge and other Battle Mountain events.


2015 - Congratulations Juli Nelson!

Juli Nelson (center) receives the Cowboy Country VolunTourism Award.
She is pictured with Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchson (left)
and Tom Lester, Cowboy Country Territory Chair.

MINDEN, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Tourism (TravelNevada) recognized outstanding members of the state’s rural tourism industry Thursday, April 16, at the VolunTourism Awards dinner at the Carson Valley Inn. The annual event was part of the state’s 25th Rural Roundup tourism conference.

Juli Nelson has been involved with tourism and Cowboy Country Territory for several years. She was instrumental in creating the original Cowboy Country ghost town brochure and now is leading the efforts to create a new version. Always willing to volunteer for Cowboy Country, Juli has created promotional postcards and worked on a reprint of the territory fun map. She also has worked such consumer shows as the International Sportsmen’s Expo, the Great Reno Balloon Race and Hot August Nights.