Changes Proposed for Convention and Visitors Bureau

Changes Proposed for Convention and Visitors Bureau
November 07, 2016
The Belton City Council will consider two items at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8, related to a restructuring of its Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) services. If the items are approved, the CVB would transition from a contracted service of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce to a program managed as an in-house city function. The CVB would continue to operate out of the offices of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, according to the proposed agreement. 

“This proposed change extends to the CVB the full range of City of Belton resources including park facilities, staff, and expanded event programing, while providing a more strategic approach to tourism,” City Manager Sam Listi said. “We appreciate the support of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce in this tourism focus.”

The City’s newly updated Strategic Plan already includes a 2017 hotel/conference center assessment. If the proposal is approved, the City anticipates developing a Tourism Plan to guide future efforts.

“This is a positive way to effectively meet the needs of growth,” Belton Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mark Arrazola said. “The Chamber remains an ambassador for the City, and will continue to house the CVB office to facilitate this transition in tourism service.”

If approved, the change would be effective on Jan. 1, 2017.