RUSTON LINCOLN Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors Meeting 8:00 a.m.
RUSTON LINCOLN Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors Meeting 8:00 a.m. September 20, 2012 Ruston, LA
Members Present: Bill Hogan, Chair
Dr. Dave Guerin
Travis Napper, President/CEO
Timothy Bush, VP for Sales/Marketing
Call to Order
Mr. Hogan called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.
Mr. Bush presented the invocation.
Approval of Agenda
Action Item #1: Mrs. Bromell made a motion to approve the agenda. Mr. Garriga seconded. All present said aye. Motion passed unanimously.
Approval of Minutes
Action Item #2: Mrs. Bromell made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Mrs. Garriga seconded. All present said aye. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Napper reported that lodging tax collection for the month of July was down 20 percent. Lodging tax collection for the year is flat. He reported that after speaking with a few hotel properties August was above average, but September has been soft so far. He is not sure how September will fair as neither Grambling nor Louisiana Tech has more than one home game during the month to boost overnight stays. He also reported that with one bill still unpaid from the Jam at the Joe, the CVB should make a profit from the event.
Dr. Guerin reported that for the month of August revenue exceeded expenses by $26,133.
Action Item #3: Mr. Russell made a motion to approve the Treasurers report. Mr. Garriga seconded. All present said aye. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hogan discussed the possibility of the CVB considering refinancing the bond issue on the building by extending the bond an additional five years. By doing so, it would reduce the current debit service by $100,000, giving the CVB additional funds to go toward grants and other projects to attract more visitors to the parish.
Action Item #4: Mrs. Bromell made a motion that the CVB look into the possibility of refinancing the bond issue on the building. Mr. Russell seconded. All present said aye. Motion passed unanimously.
Action Item# 5: Mr. Garriga made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Phillips seconded. All present said aye. Motion passed unanimously.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 a.m.
Mission Statement: To create, preserve and enhance overnight stays and quality visitor experiences through the promotion and development of the tourism economy of Lincoln Parish.
1td: November 11, 2012