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7/28/15 Tourism Board Meeting

7/28/15 Tourism Board Meeting
July 29
10:44 2015

The City of Page Tourism Board met last night at city hall.

 

Among the items on the agenda was a financial report from tourism director Lee McMichael, in which he stated that tourism for the month of February was up 91% compared to last year’s numbers, which gave the board optimism that Page is becoming a year round destination.

 

This was also one of the last meetings to be held under the name of the Tourism Board, in the near future the board will be known as the Community and Economic Advisory Board and absorb community and economic development responsibilities on top of their normal tourism role. Kimberly Johnson, the Community Development Director, was on hand to discuss the expanded responsibilities and to gather input on what the expectation of the newly named board should be.

 

The board approved a $1,750 sponsorship of Bryan Hill and Basketcase Hot Air Balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta where a banner advertising the city of Page will fly from Bryan’s balloon over the skies of New Mexico.

 

Discussion was also held regarding fees at Horseshoe Bend. As part of the National Park Service fees are required like any other entity of the NPS, but as of now, nothing is put into place to enforce fee collection. A manned collections booth is unlikely but the National Park Service may implement a drop box, similar to those found at campgrounds and trailheads nationwide, which will be governed by the “honor system.”  The board adamantly urged that Horseshoe Bend remain a free attraction.

 

Page is also in the process of applying for a Centennial Grant through the Park Service. If approved by the NPS, the grant would partner the NPS and Page for the funding to improve the infrastructure at Horseshoe Bend. Improvements could include more manageable trails, the addition of compost toilets, shaded areas, and the expansion, lighting and paving of the parking lot. If approved by the NPS, the grant would have to gain the approval of City Council.

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