Tourism board reacts to proposal for more oversight from Charlottesville, Albemarle
The Daily Progress Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10 p.m.
Members of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Board of Directors said they were surprised to receive letters from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Charlottesville City Council about making the CACVB board’s role advisory.
“I’ve felt we’ve had very good communication with the city and the county, and quite honestly, this letter felt like a slap in the face,” board member Kirby Hutto, with the Sprint Pavilion, said at a CACVB board meeting Tuesday. “I’d like to understand the reasoning behind it and what the rational is for thinking that elected officials, which can change constantly, and administrative staff, who are focused on a million other details, are somehow going to better understand the needs of the tourism industry and the best way to market and accrue that tourism industry, as opposed to those of us who actually live in that world.”
According to letters sent more than a week ago by the Board of Supervisors and the council, the bodies want to create an executive committee to oversee CACVB that would be made up of a representative from each elected body, as well as Charlottesville’s city manager, Albemarle’s county executive, an economic development staff member from both the city and the county and a representative from the University of Virginia.
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