Here’s a quick look at our quarrelsome city political landscape from the website of “Meeting and Conventions Magazine.” And following is yet another blistering email from Broadmoor Hotel CEO Steve Bartolin to City Council.
City Council Slashes Colorado Springs CVB Budget
by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 11, 2013
According to local news reports, the Colorado Springs City Council has cut the convention and visitor bureau’s funding from $2.7 million to $1.3 million for 2014, pending a council review of the year’s planned budget for a second time. The CVB’s money comes from the city’s Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax. “From a marketing plan standpoint and media standpoint, we’ve been planning for that (money) all along,” Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs CVB, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. ”To wait until January is very late in the game to be withholding and cutting budgets for someone who operates a business.” Price told the paper that if the cuts are permanent, he would have to reduce the annual $900,000 advertising budget and the number of trade shows that CVB representatives attend each year, which was 40 in 2013. The council plans to make a final decision in January.
“For your information,” Bartolin wrote, “I have been contacted by Meetings and Conventions Magazine, which is the leading trade publication in the United States in the meetings and convention industry. I am not sure how they got wind of this but they are flabbergasted with what our City Council is doing with tourism promotion and want my comments. This is not a good message to be sending to all the other CVB’s who compete against us and the meeting and convention customers, all of which are readers of this publication. As I stated previously, there are negative repercussions to your actions that haven’t been considered.”