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Glenwood council, tourism board to discuss oversight of tourism promotion funds

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs City Council has a meeting scheduled with the Glenwood Springs Tourism Board to discuss several issues regarding oversight of the tourism promotion funds.

Council requested the worksession in February after a lengthy discussion between it and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association occurred regarding whether or not the city should open the tourism promotion contract to a public hearing process. A couple of councilors voiced their opinions that additional oversight is necessary regarding the distribution of tourism funds.

Agenda items for the meeting include governance, reporting and program administration of the tourism board.

According to Glenwood Mayor Bruce Christensen, the meeting’s primary focus will be to address the composition of the tourism board and the relationship between the tourism board and the Chamber board.

“That’s somewhat of a clumsy arrangement to have the vendor overseeing the board that is responsible for oversight of the contract,” Christensen said.

Other discussion items will address a 2006 resolution that split the accommodations taxes collected in one year into to different programs: 80 percent goes into the tourism promotion fund to develop and implement a marketing plan promoting Glenwood Springs, related administrative expenses and operation of a visitors center. The remaining 20 percent is allocated for tourism promotion grants.

Some councilors would like to see that process changed.

The Glenwood Chamber has already received the tourism promotion contract of $600,000 for 2010. The Chamber has the contract through 2011.

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