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|WTIC Annual meeting minutes. 5.9.17|
Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition
June 1, 2017
Members in Attendance
Also in attendance. Kate Sollitt-Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism. Diane Shober, Britney Butler-Wyoming Office of Tourism, Chris Brown- WTIC Executive Director.
The meeting was called to order by Jenissa Meredith, WTIC President, at 2:00 pm.
Roll call was conducted and the anti-trust statement was reviewed. Those present provided summer forecasts for their communities.
The minutes from the June 1, 2016 WTIC Annual Meeting were presented for approval.
After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to approve the June 1, 2016 WTIC Annual Meeting minutes as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Chris Brown provided an update on the Strategic Alliance. The grant is a partnership with the Wyoming Office of Tourism and the contract runs for 2 years through December 2017. Monthly e-newsletters have resumed after sending out 10 weekly legislative updates throughout the session. The WTIC website is currently undergoing a full overhaul and should be done in the coming month or so. The website will include a short impact video explaining the value of membership in the WTIC. Brown reported that the private sector survey is underway and that he should have the results by the early fall. Brown has been and will continue to be on the road visiting with industry across the state to gain feedback on the alternate tourism-funding proposal.
Diane Shober and Britney Butler offered an update on the Wyoming Office of Tourism. The outlook for summer 2017 looks strong, especially with the total solar eclipse in August. Director Shober reviewed the 2016 impact numbers from Dean Runyan and also reviewed the summer campaign and their game plan for the upcoming eclipse.
Chris Brown provided a legislative update. The positions of the WTIC going into the 2017 legislative budget session to date are to support the alternate funding for the Wyoming Office of Tourism and also to oppose any changes to the local option lodging tax. The WTIC is working with the WLRA to explore the possibility of Tourism Business Improvement Districts for the future as well. Brown reported that he will be traveling the state to educate industry about the proposed tourism tax and hearing industry feedback throughout the summer months leading up to the Sept. Joint Revenue meeting where the issue will first be considered by the legislature.
There being no further business, a motion was made and seconded to adjourned the WTIC Annual Meeting at 2:37 pm. The motion passed unanimously.