Rossi Ralenkotter Appointed Chair of National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure

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Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has been named chair of the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI) by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

“It is an honor to serve as chair and an inaugural member of this prestigious national committee,” Ralenkotter said. “Tourism is reliant on safe and efficient transportation infrastructure, so our industry leaders are excited to have a role in providing our insight to the Department of Transportation and transportation agencies across the country. The travel industry has a tremendous impact on the economy and helps support hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide. I look forward to working with fellow committee members and promoting the importance of the travel and tourism industry.”

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides long-term surface transportation funding. The FAST Act facilitated the creation of the NACTTI to provide information, advice, and recommendations to develop a national strategy for ensuring U.S. transportation policies align with the needs of travelers. NACTTI is comprised of 25 members appointed by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, to serve a two‑year term.

The development of NACTTI is critical to the advancement of the travel industry in the U.S. and worldwide. Ralenkotter will be responsible for guiding the group of industry stakeholders as they navigate issues related to the transportation, travel, and tourism industries.

“Having the voice of travel leaders at the table will enable the country to better craft its infrastructure priorities for maximum benefit to both the economy and travelers,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Congratulations to Rossi and the 12 additional U.S. Travel Association members who have been appointed to the NACTTI. Our organization looks forward to continually working with government leaders to keep travelers moving.”

Ralenkotter, who was nominated for the post by the U.S. Travel Association, joins 24 other travel and tourism professionals on the inaugural committee. Additional NACTTI inaugural members include:

Vice Chair: The Honorable Mark Begich, President & CEO, Northern Compass Group, LLC
Ms. Rosemarie Andolino, President & CEO, MAG USA
Mr. Todd Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Oregon
Mr. Brad Dean, President & CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Mr. James Dubea, Deputy Executive Director, Canaveral Port Authority
The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando
Ms. Camille Ferguson, Executive Director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Mr. Sean Fitzgerald, Vice President, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Ford Fuchigami, Director, Hawaii Department of Transportation
Ms. Gladys Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, Transportation Demand Management, Inc.
Mr. Bryan Grimaldi, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, NYC & Company, Inc.
The Honorable Mitchell Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
Ms. Valarie Long, International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union
Mr. Joseph Lopano, Chief Executive Officer, Tampa International Airport
Mr. Jim Mathews, President & CEO, National Association of Railroad Passengers
Mr. Sean Menke, Exectutive Vice President, Sabre
Mr. Peter Pantuso, President & CEO, American Bus Association
Ms. Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Airlines for America
Mr. John Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Ms. Cathy Ritter, Director, Colorado Tourism Office
Mr. Jim Sayer, Executive Director, Adventure Cycling Association
Ms. Anne Taber Klenke, Tourism Director, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ms. Diana Threadgill, President & Executive Director, Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee
Mr. Charles Zelle, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Ralenkotter has worked in the travel and tourism industry for more than 40 years and served as a technical advisory committee member of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Brand USA. Ralenkotter is a former chairman of the U.S. Travel Association and has served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism and as Chair of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce where he remains on the board. He is also a member of several travel related organizations including the American Society of Travel Agents, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the American Society of Association Executives and the Hotel Sales Marketing Association.

For additional details about upcoming initiatives, visit https://www.transportation.gov/NACTTI.

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.lasvegas.com.

Hotels Break Out IVs and Oxygen Tanks in Next-Gen Wellness Trends

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Hotels are racing to help you unwind. At least, that’s what you’d be led to believe if you’ve been following the flurry of wellness news that is suddenly dominating the high-end travel industry. And that doesn’t just mean that they’re looking to make an extra buck in the spa. (Though wellness tourism is poised to become a $678.5 billion business by 2017, according to the most recent Global Wellness Tourism Economy report.)
All around the world, properties are rolling out programs that help you stick to your fitness routine, preserve your sleep schedule, or tap into local wellness traditions—some quirkier than others. Here, the trends to try (or avoid) on your next trip.   

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Las Vegas Medical Tourism Poised For Continued Growth

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In the United States, Las Vegas is one destination that has been creating a solid base for future development as a medical destination.

“Providing medical care is a serious business,” Cheryl Smith, specialty markets manager for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA), told TMR. “It requires a responsible approach, and we want it to be on par with other services the city is known for.”

Read more in Travel Market Report.

 

Waiting List Of 145 Patients Creates Demand For A Second Neurosurgeon To Join World Renowned Bonati Institute

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Waiting List of 145 Patients Creates Demand for a Second Neurosurgeon to Join World Renowned Bonati Institute

More than 100 patients have already signed up to receive the targeted precision procedures that Dr. Alfred Bonati patented and has perfected with over 50,000 procedures, delivering a patient satisfaction of over 96 percent. Equipment for the new surgery center has been ordered and the center is expected to begin treating patients by Summer.

The southwest surgery center will open under the leadership of Dr. John Grossmith who was licensed by the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners in late March. Grossmith relocated to Las Vegas from Tampa, Florida and is a board certified Neurosurgeon. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital and retired from the Navy after being Chairman of Neurosciences at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA, and Principle Investigator for the Defense Veteran Brain Injury Center. Upon retirement, Dr. Grossmith relocated to Florida to train and work with Dr. Bonati. He has been one of the lead surgeon’s of the Florida operation for many years.

“I relocated my top surgeon from Florida to Las Vegas to manage the Las Vegas operation.  Dr. Grossmith and his wife recently relocated to the Lakes area and have been overseeing the development of the Institute.  The demand for our procedure is so high that I need to get Dr. Grossmith a second set of hands.   I would prefer to hire a local surgeon and teach them our patented procedure.  Ultimately, I want to develop a fellowship program working with the university.”

For the past 31 years, the Hudson, Florida-based Bonati Spine Institute has developed and used leading-edge surgical techniques to treat back, neck and joint problems including bulging and herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc diseases, sciatica and spondylosis.

Bonati was the first surgeon to gain Food and Drug Administration approval to use a laser in spine surgery. Instead of general anesthesia, the Bonati Spine Institute’s techniques use local anesthetics, meaning patients are awake and able to communicate with the surgeon.

The institute holds seven U.S. patents on its instrumentation and techniques. It has performed more than 50,000 procedures, including some on patients with previously failed surgeries, with a success rate exceeding 96 percent.

The Bonati Procedures allow less scarring and quicker recovery. “Fusion spine surgery is an invasive procedure that could, in fact, cause you more pain than you had to begin with,” Bonati said.

Research shows that one single-level fusion has a failure rate exceeding 60 percent, he said; for three-level fusions, the failure rate exceeds 85 percent.

Also, he added, open surgery for spinal fusion, which requires big incisions and bone removal, fails 75 percent of the time, yields a 31 percent higher rate of immediate complications and has caused a 41 percent increase in the use of postoperation painkillers, particularly opiates.

The Bonati Spine Institute’s surgeries are gentle enough to be classified as outpatient procedures. They require no overnight hospitalization postsurgery, and thus cut medical costs. Also, administering the surgery in stages gives the body time to adjust to each correction. Patients can return to work and resume normal daily activities sooner.

Spinal surgeons interested in applying to learn Bonati’s techniques and join his practice should email bonati@lasvegasheals.org.

 

 

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10195 W. Twain Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89147

800-330-4262

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Meet: RESORTcierge MD: Bringing Back The House Call

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Describe your business.

We offer house call medicine with top physicians trained in hospitality, bedside manner, cross-cultural communications and other hospitality-oriented skills. By bringing treatment to the patient, we believe we provide high-quality care that contributes positively to medical tourism in Southern Nevada.

Who are your customers? 

Primarily, our clients are tourists, but we have seen a recent shift to residents who didn’t know such services existed without costly membership fees.

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Las Vegas Visitors Demand House Call Concierge Medicine 24/7/365

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No longer reserved for Celebrities or VIP’s, guests’ expectations elevate to private, luxury house call medicine rather than feeling stranded and Dr. George Constantine exceedingly delivers.

Often times, guests feel very vulnerable when traveling and a sudden illness occurs, especially if it occurs with an elderly member of the family or a child. Without hesitation, and without membership fees, RCMD will hand hold the guest request, assess whether it is a true medical emergency and either send a Physician or simply call in a prescription. RCMD then begins a series of follow up calls and measures to ensure the guests’ needs are exceeded always realizing they are an extension of the guest’s overall experience in Las Vegas. “As part of the medical tourism initiative in Las Vegas, it is our goal to ensure the guest is back on their feet, properly cared for and promptly enjoying all of the amenities of their resort and what this amazing city offers” says Tyra Bell-Holland, CEO of RCMD.

“Las Vegas is a city that thrives on innovation and excellence in customer service, helping maintain its reputation as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure aRCMD1nd business travel,” said Cheryl Smith, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Specialty Markets Manager. “Whether visiting for work or entertainment, services like RESORTcierge|MD provide another valuable
resource for travelers to receive the care they seek and achieve their ideal Las Vegas experience.”

Several more reasons why House Call Concierge Medicine by RESORTcierge|MD is the best option for travelers in Las Vegas:

  • Gone is the need to refer someone to an Emergency Room for non-life threatening emergencies that congest the space for the true emergencies or the need to book transportation coupled with an unforeseen endless wait time.
  • Personalized, one on one care immediately- Constantine George often arrives within the hour and speaks directly to the guests prior to arrival to ensure he is equipped properly and able to treat all of the most common ailments and injuries that send people to urgent care facilities including upper respiratory infections, cold/flu pneumonia, bladder infections, migraines, back pain, urinary tract infections, and more.
  • Avoid other sick patients by not being exposed or exposing others. By containing the environment, we provide a higher level of comfort for the guest.

Dr. George and his team are unparalleled when it comes to delivering 5-Star personal bedside medical diagnosis with an emphasis on cultural understanding. Travelers Insurance reimburses the guest and for those without travel insurance, the cost is considerably lower than an emergency room visit for a non-life threatening ailment. The time and money saved united with a private doctor at your beck and call is priceless.

RESORTcierge|MD (RCMD) is committed to your wellness by providing House Calls to ensure your Las Vegas stay is a success. We remain at your service 24/7/365 at 1-844-MY-CIERGE-MD (1-844-692-4374) or visit www.resortciergemd.com.

About RESORTcierge|MD
Founded by a leading Senior Executive Hotelier in Las Vegas, Tyra Bell-Holland’s career has been over 15 years in the making, building key relationships and living by the mantra “in service through friendship” introduced as a member of Les Clef’s d’Or USA in May of 2002 eventually leading to the role of President of The Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association, achieving world class recognition within the Las Vegas hospitality industry. Her executive roles at Bellagio, Venetian, Palazzo and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas paved the way to marrying her passion for hospitality and medicine- seeing a need for what was lacking in the conventional form by not referring quality care in a meaningful manner and choosing to embrace the full potential of medical tourism by being providing leading doctors dedicated to each guest, one guest at a time.

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RESORTcierge|MD Resurrects The Art Of House Call Medicine To Las Vegas

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Record number of 42 million tourists in Las Vegas drives demand for 24/7/365 Physicians direct to you on the Las Vegas Strip as our city becomes new hot spot for Medical Tourism 

LAS VEGAS Jan. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Finally a medical experience that rivals the luxury experiences which makes Las Vegas an internationally renowned luxury resort destination. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the tourism agency reported that more than 42 million people will have visited Las Vegas at the end of 2015.Tyra2.2015

“With tourism generating more than $50 billion each year, we basically are operating a city within a city, so the need for world class medical care direct to you 24/7/365 without leaving the luxury or privacy of your resort is now available at RESORTcierge|MD” says Tyra Bell-Holland, Founder of RESORTcierge|MD.

World class medical care coupled with on demand House Call medicine is what RESORTcierge|MD proudly delivers to each guest. We passionately provide comfort to all tourists who are fearful to travel without having a physician on demand; an extremely luxury service that was once only available to dignitaries, VIP’s or the rich and famous is now available on the Las Vegas Strip.

According to VEGASINC, “Las Vegas has the potential to snag a larger share of the $50 billion to $60 billion global medical-tourism sector, thanks in part to Las Vegas’ international air traffic capacity, its numerous medical conventions and the Affordable Care Act’s focus on prevention and wellness, according to a report out today by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, UNLV and industry advocate Las Vegas HEALS”. We are eager to contribute to the medical tourism initiative by providing a leading level of service not currently accessible on the Las Vegas Strip for tourists.

“Often timeRCMDs, guests (especially international guests) feel very vulnerable when traveling and a sudden illness occurs, especially if it occurs with an elderly member of the family or a child”. Without hesitation, and without membership fees, RCMD will hand hold the guest request, assess whether it is a true medical emergency and either send a Physician or simply call in a prescription. We then begin a series of follow up calls and measures to ensure the guests’ needs are exceeded. “As part of the medical tourism initiative in Las Vegas, it is our goal to ensure the guest is back on their feet, properly cared for and promptly enjoying all of the amenities of their resort and what this amazing city offers”.

“Gone is the need to refer someone to an Emergency Room for non-life threatening emergencies that congest the space for the true emergencies”. There is also no need to book transportation, expose others or be exposed and endless wait time to be seen.

RCMD is proud to announce Dr. Constantine George, MD as Medical Director. Dr. George is a Board Certified specialist in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics. He is skilled at diagnosing then treating a wide range of conditions or diseases in patients from children to adults. Practicing medicine in Las Vegas for over 14 years, Dr. George received hisRCMD1 medical degree from the University of Nevada Sc
hool of Medicine.

Dr. Constantine George and his team are able to treat all of the most common ailments and injuries that send people to urgent care facilities including upper respiratory infections, cold/flu pneumonia, bladder infections, migraines, back pain, urinary tract infections, as well as minor wounds and lacerations.

Dr. George can also assist with hydration, X-rays with trained mobile services and even assist in providing access for dental emergencies, chiropractic or holistic wellness. Dr. George and his team are unparalleled when it comes to delivering 5-Star personal bedside medical diagnosis with an emphasis on cultural understanding. Endless intangibles include no travel arrangements, immediate access to a physician 24/7/365, no long waits or risk of an illness from another patient.

Travelers Insurance reimburses the guest and for those without travel insurance, the cost is considerably lower than an emergency room visit for a non-life threatening ailment. The time and money saved coupled with the level of service is priceless.

RESORTcierge|MD (RCMD) is committed to your wellness by providing House Calls to ensure your Las Vegas stay is a success. We remain at your service 24/7/365 at 1-844-MY-CIERGE-MD (1-844-692-4374) or visit www.resortciergemd.com.

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Las Vegas Officials Get Behind Wellness Tourism Initiative

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While gambling, dining and shopping are popular reasons for visiting Las Vegas, several organizations have partnered to bolster the city’s reputation as a legitimate destination for medical and wellness tourism.  In July 2014, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas Heals and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) developed a strategic plan for medical and wellness tourism.

Read more at Travel Weekly.

 

Domestic Medical Travel – What HR Should Know

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As Las Vegas continues to position itself as the most globally recognized destination for health & wellness travel (medical tourism), it is important that the human resource community understand the benefits and value of domestic medical travel.  The Society of Human Resource Management, the largest professional association of HR professionals, recently published this article called Domestic Medical Travel – What HR Should Know.

This type of education must continue within the employer marketplace as employers are the ultimate ‘buyers’ of healthcare.  As most know, Las Vegas HEALS has been hosting a series of focus groups recently to identify all of the regional accomplishments made since we published the Las Vegas Regional Strategic Plan for Medical and Wellness Travel in July 2014.  We will publish those accomplishments by year’s end.  We have done accomplished a lot.  It is amazing what can get done when you have a plan.  And I believe we are the only destination that has successfully pulled together stakeholders (147 in total) to write a strategic plan.

 

 

MGM Resorts Leader Recognized For Wellness Tourism Efforts With Staywell Meetings

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With the change in demographics of business representatives visiting Las Vegas, has come more strategy than ever in planning, executing and dissecting meetings in the Las Vegas market. For MGM Resorts International, these efforts are led by Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, whose innovative strategies and effective tactics recently earned him recognition as one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry for 2015.

Read more at the Las Vegas Business Press.