Numerous applicants for new tourism board in Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The city’s newly established Tourism Promotion Board will take on a new look of sorts compared to the former Glenwood Chamber Resort Association tourism board.Only three of the 12-member chamber board who had been charged with overseeing tourism promotion for the city applied for the new city board.City Council will consider the applications for appointment to the nine-member city tourism board when it meets Thursday night.In July, council voted to form the new city-appointed Tourism Promotion Board to replace the chamber board.The move was seen as a way to give greater autonomy to the board, since the chamber currently holds the contract to carry out tourism marketing efforts using revenues from the city’s 2.5 percent accommodations tax.The new board is to be made up of two representatives from tourism-related businesses located within the city; two Glenwood lodging representatives; one chamber representative; and four at-large city resident representatives.At least three of the citizen representatives are to have no financial interest in a lodging or tourism-related business, according to the city’s rules for the make-up of the new tourism board.Among the applicants are Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owner Steve Beckley, Summit Canyon Mountaineering owner Carl Moak, and Ian Exelbert, president of U.S. Bank in Glenwood – all members of the chamber tourism board when it was disbanded.”I am interested in serving on the board to help [ensure] that the vital tourism industry in Glenwood Springs continues,” Beckley wrote in his application form. “We are at a crossroads where we must choose wisely to promote Glenwood in the most efficient manner.”He added, “I always try to make a decision based upon the current goal of the tourism board, ‘to put heads in beds.’ Although these decisions may not be popular with the public opinion or help my business, I strive to separate myself from those and make the decision which best helps Glenwood’s tourism marketing effort.”Moak, who would serve as the chamber’s representative on the new city board, indicated in his application that his past experience could help with the transition.Applying as a citizen representative, but also having a tie to tourism, is Cindy Svatos, owner of Confetti Design and one of the founders of the Glenwood Springs Downtown Market.”I would like to offer my expertise and input to help direct funding of tourism dollars to bring more visitors, [and] to give input based on my experience,” said Svatos, who is also a former event director and office manager for the chamber resort association.Other tourism/lodging business applicants for the new tourism board include: John Bosco, CFO/assistant general manager of the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool; Trent Blizzard, president of Blizzard Internet Marketing; Ken Murphy, owner of Glenwood Adventure Co.; Rob Jankovsky, rental-retail manager at Sunlight Mountain Ski & Bike Shop; William Knapp, AGM Glenwood Suites/Quality Inn; Peter Tijm, owner of the Lavender and Thyme Bed & Breakfast; and John Zalinski, co-owner of TreadZ shoe store and sales director for Mountain Scanners.Applying to be citizen representatives on the board with no ties to tourism are: Don Gillespie, office manager/paralegal; John Duven, a self-employed construction contractor; Scott Hemmen, a land surveyor; Judith Wilson, an oncology nurse; and Darron Cloud, food and beverage manager for a local eatery.
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