WIUM Local
7:00 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Competition Possible for CVB Contract

Macomb, IL – A couple Macomb aldermen want to see better production out of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fourth Ward Alderman Mike Inman and Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter serve on the city's Community Development Committee. They recommend the city come up with an RFP (Request For Proposals) for the next tourism contract.

In a memo to fellow aldermen, they wrote, "This competitive process can foster and produce a more innovative, proactive, comprehensive, and productive tourism program."

During the March 22 Committee of the Whole meeting, Hinderliter said he's talked to merchants and others in town who think more should be done to promote tourism.

"We don't think we're getting the best bang we can for the tourist dollar," said Hinderliter. "This might be a way to see if there's anybody else out there willing to play."

CVB Director Katherine Walker attended the meeting but did not publicly comment on the committee's recommendation. She will allowed be to submit a proposal as part of the upcoming process.

The city's current contract with the CVB expires in September. The CVB is paid $14,218.75 per month. All of that money comes from a hotel bed tax collected by the city.