By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The SPI Convention and Visitors Advisory Board (CVA) met last week for their regular monthly meeting.
CVB Director of Sales Denise Arnold addressed the board with her monthly sales report for April. According to Arnold, April was a slow month for sales due in part to the lack of a Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director. City Manager Bill DiLibero reported that two candidates from a list of 80 have been selected to come to the City for a meet and greet on Thursday June 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Convention Centre, and interviews will be conducted on Friday to fill the position. After a Director is hired, spots will likely be opened for a special events manager and convention services manager. In addition, on May 5 the sales team met for a CVB Sales Committee meeting along with hoteliers and other lodging partners. Some main objectives that will be addressed in the future are transportation options for getting visitors from hotels to the Convention Centre and vice versa as well as focusing on improving the tracking and reporting of room nights for events.
Also on the agenda was the option to re-appoint members to the Website Sub-Committee, which discusses marketing strategies and website related content. It consists of members of City staff as well as members of the CVA board. To be in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, membership needed to be readjusted so that four members of the CVA board, making an official quorum, would not be in attendance at once. Having a quorum would require posting the agenda and meeting for the public. Discussion cannot stray from agenda items, so members felt that having an agenda would inhibit their discussion of marketing strategies. The board assigned three CVA members to be a part of the committee.
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