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October 15, 2013

Tourism board to meet

GREENVILLE — Multiple groups who are planning projects designed to bring visitors to Greenville will be asking local officials today for funding designed to assist in their efforts.

The Tourism and Convention Advisory Board is scheduled to meet this afternoon to hear requests from 14 organizations, each seeking a portion of the hotel/motel taxes the city collects.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

The City of Greenville charges a tax of 7 percent on each night’s stay in a local hotel or motel room and then divides the money among the various groups which have applied for the funds.

The events they sponsor must enhance and promote tourism and/or the convention and hotel industry in Greenville.

The applications are reviewed by the Tourism and Convention Advisory Board, then the board’s recommendations are presented to the City Council, which has the final say as to what is eventually included in the annual city budget.

Some of the projects seeking funding include the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, the Hunt County Fair, the Greenville Entertainment Series, the Dallas Symphony, the Park Street Historical Association, the Corporation for Cultural Diversity, and the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department.

The board is also scheduled to receive a presentation on the fiscal year 2013/2014 tourism fund budget.

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