What exactly does the Tourist Commission do?
by Bill Stevens, Tourist Commission Executive Director
Sep 14, 2011 | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
People ask the question - What is the Tourist Commission? Why is it important to our Community?

How is it organized? How is it funded? Just what do they do out there at the interstate?

Over the next few months we will provide information to our community to help explain these and other questions that you might have.

Before I get started – I would like to make a plea for information, information about activities, events, meetings, reunions, specials at your business, news that you have to share. See, we get asked everything and sometimes we don’t have the information and it’s just because someone overlooked sending it to us. So please bring it by the office, fax it to us 522-6343 or e-mail cadizky@bellsouth.net.

I thank you now for helping us have current information available to our visitors and residents.

Kentucky Revised Statute K.R.S. 91A.360 is the statute that established the procedure for appointing members to local tourist and convention commissions. The following is a summarization of this legislation that pertains to a jointly formed commission such as we have in Cadiz and Trigg County.

The Judge-Executive of Trigg County and the Mayor of the City of Cadiz will jointly appoint five members to the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist & Convention Commission.

The Commission shall be composed of seven members. Three Commission members shall represent the local hotel - motel industry. One Commissioner shall represent the local restaurant industry. One Commissioner shall be appointed from a list of three or more names submitted by the Cadiz-Trigg County Chamber of Commerce. Two Commission members shall be appointed in the following manner – one by the County Judge Executive of Trigg County and one by the Mayor of the City of Cadiz.

Appointments are for a three-year term. There are no limits on the number of terms a member may serve.

The Commission must elect a Chairman and a Treasurer from its membership. An appointment to fill the vacancy of an unexpired term runs only to the end of the unexpired term.

The Tourism Office has the challenge of providing information to visitors, potential visitors, residents, convention and meeting planners, as well as working with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism to keep updated activities and events in front of the general public.

We advertise and promote the County and its attractions, events, and facilities to encourage guests to plan on Cadiz and Trigg County to be a destination stop on their travels. Many media types are utilized to promote our area. Our web-site www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com, magazines, newspapers, radio, web-sites, direct mail, co-sponsorships, brochures, rack cards, travel shows and flyers to name a few.

Another way we communicate and inform is by the collaborative efforts of the Economic Development Commission and Chamber of Commerce Web-Sites. We are all linked together so with one click of the computer mouse you can you can check out our community for relocation and business start up information.

Last year we mailed out over 22,000 informational request’s packets on Cadiz and Trigg County as well as answering 1,000’s of e-mails and phone inquiries to people requesting direct information from us.

We will distribute over 20,000 more Cadiz-Trigg County brochures with our regional and state informational network we currently have in place.

I know every brochure may not bring a person, family or convention to us, but it will plant a seed of discovery and consideration that someday might grow to a visit to our wonderful community. We must continue to sow as many seeds as we can, wherever we can.

Our current Board Members serve without any pay but have a true desire to see the Tourism Industry continue to grow and provide jobs, tax dollars, and opportunities for others to enjoy our hospitality and beautiful City and County.

The Tourist & Convention Commission have meetings at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. We meet at the Cadiz Commerce Center Boardroom and all meetings are open to the public.

Commissioners are: Chairman Deepak Patel, Treasurer Ricky Turner, Recording Secretary Lisa Rogers, John Jordan, Gary Polete, John Bryant, and Bruce Higbee.

From the Tourist Commission is provided by Bill Stevens, executive director of the Tourist Commission.
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