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9 appointed to Tourism Marketing Board

Nine people have been named to head a new Tourism Marketing Board to promote Glenwood Springs’ main industry.Kjell Mitchell, general manager of the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool, will chair the group.The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association contracts with the city to use about $500,000 in annual revenues from a 2.5 percent lodging tax to promote tourism. The chamber recently has faced questions from the industry and the city about its handling of the fund, including how effectively it’s being used.The chamber has identified improving tourism marketing as its top goal, and recently approved forming an autonomous board overseeing tourism marketing. Among its duties will be setting of goals and policies, budget-setting, and approving and monitoring of expenditures.Mitchell said in a chamber news release, “The newly created tourism board is dedicated to ensuring our tourism funding is maximized to its fullest effectiveness. Tourism plays a major role in the vitality of Glenwood Springs. Our new group, with the help of the chamber, is now armed to effect positive changes.” Said Linda Stoltzfus, the chamber board’s lodging representative, “The chamber has made every effort to accommodate the tourism community’s recommendations. We anticipate new levels of excellence.”Stoltzfus will serve as an alternate on the new board, as will Sondra Winslow, of Whitewater Rafting. Besides Mitchell, other board members include Tom Jankovsky, of Sunlight Mountain Resort (vice chair); Steve Carver, of the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub (treasurer); Sharill Hawkins, of Four Mile Bed & Breakfast (secretary); Chuck Bawden, of Ramada Inn; Steve Beckley, of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park; Bozena Gucwa, of Frontier Lodge; Gary Hansen, of Blue Sky Adventures; and Lil Ciezczak, of Affordable Inns.The Tourism Marketing Board will meet at 4 p.m. July 14 at the Ramada Inn.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com

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