Longtime tourism boss Rossi Ralenkotter used $17,152 in airline gift cards given to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for personal travel for himself and his family, an audit showed Wednesday.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority executives, directors and contractors responded to a Review-Journal investigation last year by downplaying questions about agency spending and the independence of its board and planning aggressive damage control, emails show.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday imposed new restrictions on gifts and travel to board members in response to a Review-Journal investigation.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board members would be allowed to accept no more than $400 in gifts and one agency-sponsored trip annually under changes proposed Monday in response to a Review-Journal investigation.
Las Vegas convention officials handed out more than $125,000 in iPads, golf clubs, Bose headphones and other pricey merchandise without noting who received the items or the business purpose of the gifts.
An external auditor will make recommendations next month on how to rein in gifts and travel at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority after a Review-Journal investigation into excessive spending.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s lawyer has received a 7.5 percent salary increase and a 25 percent bonus from the organization’s board of directors.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority hired an accounting firm Tuesday to evaluate its spending policies after a Review-Journal investigation uncovered questionable expenses.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority security officers, paid by taxpayers and charged with protecting visitors, drive CEO Rossi Ralenkotter and and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman to casinos, shops and other locations so often that staff members dubbed the dispatches “Rossi runs” and “Oscar runs” in security logs obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Excessive spending at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority highlights the need for a special agency to investigate financial abuse within state and local government, Democratic and Republican lawmakers say.