Sept. 16, 2010
In July, the Greater Boise Auditorium District voted 3–2 to stop funding the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, and decided to use the destination marketing money in-house through the Boise Centre. The CVB brings $30 million worth of meetings and events each year to the city, according to Boise Weekly, but on September 1, the GBAD pulled the plug on $1.3 million in funding, which represents 65% of the bureau’s budget.
In August, the CVB received a $328,000 grant from the Idaho Travel Council; however, that money can only be used toward marketing the destination, not for staff salaries. In the meantime, three CVB staff members were hired to work for the Boise Centre, while 12 members of the Boise CVB staff are working pro bono to help utilize the grant money.
As of now, the CVB and the Boise Centre will both be marketing the area. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter tried to get the two sides to come together and work out an agreement, but the GBAD backed out of plans for mediation in a meeting on September 13. Although he is disappointed with this decision, the mayor is still trying to facilitate an agreement between both the GBAD and CVB.