New tourism board proposal before Glenwood Council |

New tourism board proposal before Glenwood Council

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – An ordinance that would create a new Glenwood Springs City Council-appointed tourism board to give the city more oversight of tourism promotion is set for consideration tonight.

City Council will look at two tourism-related measures at tonight’s regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m., including an ordinance establishing a new Tourism Promotion Board.

A separate resolution will adjust the way city accommodations tax funds are distributed to the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, to account for a decrease in revenues over the past two years.

Council will also hear the quarterly tourism marketing report for this year from Lindsey Lewis, the chamber’s tourism marketing director.

The proposed new tourism board would be the city’s 13th official city board, and would replace the current chamber-appointed board.

“The board would act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, but would have authority to recommend and review contracts for tourism promotion vendors and staff to review and report [contract] performance,” according to a description of the ordinance included in the council packet for tonight’s meeting.

A majority of City Council has said it wants to create a board that oversees the city’s tourism promotion contract, and is not directly connected to the Chamber Resort Association. The chamber has received the city’s tourism promotion contract for the past 22 years.

The chamber created the current Tourism Board in 2006, as an autonomous board to provide fiscal oversight of the tourism promotion funds. The city already has some authority, in that it approves a detailed yearly marketing plan and budget, which the Tourism Board is required to abide by.

However, most councilors thought that more accountability and oversight were needed regarding the marketing contract.

If the ordinance passes, the new board would operate much like the current board, but would be cut from 12 members to nine, including two local lodging representatives, two representatives from tourism-related businesses, one representative from the chamber, and four at-large citizen members.

Also on tonight’s agenda is a proposed intergovernmental agreement with Garfield County commissioners regarding joint funding to pay for an environmental assessment of the so-called “South Bridge” project. The long-debated project would involve a new bridge across the Roaring Fork River south of Glenwood Springs.

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