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|Tourism Council Approves Budget; Less Advertising
|The Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has a budget for the 2010 fiscal year, and it seems to be right on pace with prior budgets.
The tourism council approved the budget yesterday at their meeting at the Galesburg Welcome Center and Director of Tourism Diane Bruening says there are only minor changes in next years plan.
Bruening says she expects the tourism council's operating budget to garner nearly $233,000 in revenues while spending the same amount of total expenses and liabilities with no operating gain or loss.
Some of the council was concerned with the same amount of proposed revenue, even after the council reported that room nights sold at area hotels were down eight and a half percent this year.
Orpheum Theatre President and tourism council member Kate Francis questioned a smaller budget allotted for advertising next year. She says in these current economic times she feels advertising is very important.
Bruening told the council they will have to come up with new ways to make money.
"You have to balance your budget, and you have other expenses that you've got to pay, so it's got to come out of somewhere," Bruening said. "I know, as well as you know, that advertising as the venue that gets people in here. It's something the state would say to us on occasion. You've just got to get more creative, and that's what it comes down to."
The council also voted to amend some of the grants they give out during the year. The council decided to cut the amount of grants they give, and use a sliding scale for grants, ranging from $250 to $500 instead of a consistent amount like in the past. Last year, the tourism council gifted over $3,500 in event grants.
|10 28 09 by Newsroom
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