- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - One of the biggest hunting conventions in the world is returning to Reno for three years beginning in 2019.

Bob Lucey, board chairman for the Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Convention, announced the agreement Thursday with the Safari Club International Annual Hunters Convention.

Lucey said the last time the convention was held in Reno in 2013 it had a $21 million impact on the local economy. He said 20,000 conventioneers from 103 different counties are expected to attend the event in January 2019.

Reno has hosted 20 pervious gatherings of the hunting and conservation organization, including all but one during the 11 years from 2003-2013.

The club had planned to hold its 2015 in Reno, but instead went to Las Vegas, citing primarily travel costs and options.

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