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Corleys honored at state tourism conference

Shannon Litz

Shannon Litz

Corley Ranch owners Paula and Jon Corley were recognized as being tourism leaders on Thursday at the 23rd annual Rural Roundup tourism conference in Pahrump.

They received one of six VolunTourism awards from Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki.

The Corleys purchased the ranch in 1997 and shifted their focus from cattle and hay to agri-toursim. Today, Corley Ranch is known for its Harvest Festival, kids programs and weddings, while remaining a working ranch.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and other officials from the Nevada Commission on Tourism recognized the state’s tourism.

“Tourism is Nevada’s No. 1 industry, and our tourism professionals and volunteers are certainly an essential component of Nevada’s world-renowned tourism infrastructure,” said Krolicki. “NCOT greatly appreciates the work of these men and women in promoting Nevada to domestic and international visitors.”

NCOT presented six VolunTourism awards, one in each of Nevada’s six tourism territories — areas of similar culture and geography — along with two statewide excellence in tourism awards and the Nevada International Award. The honors were conferred at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel Casino.

“Our tourism volunteers are fundamental to the tourism experience, particularly in rural Nevada,” Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Director Claudia Vecchio said. “These dedicated travel professionals play an important role in the success of Nevada’s tourism industry.”