Prior to Monday’s Boonville City Council meeting, another planning session was held. At the planning session last month, the council set their project priorities with the pool at No. 1. At this meeting, the council members took a look at tourism.


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Prior to Monday’s Boonville City Council meeting, another planning session was held. At the planning session last month, the council set their project priorities with the pool at No. 1.

 

At this meeting, the council members took a look at tourism.


In Tourism Director Lisa McClary’s tourism plan, she noted: City Administrator Irl Tessendorf “asked how a small town like Boonville creates a job. I would answer: Tourism creates jobs.”
She set forth several options for the city to take and recommended that the Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce become a Chamber / Convention Visitors Bureau funded by the four percent lodging tax.


“One of the options was to keep doing what we’re doing now, and what we’re doing now is somewhat confusing,” councilman Chris Hombs. “At best, we have multiple people overlapping, doing things. This looks like it will centralize things and get things, get activities coordinated.”
Boonville currently has a Tourism Commission as well as the Chamber of Commerce. Both groups have among their duties promoting tourism.


For example, while the Chamber organizes events like Heritage Days, the tourism board has worked on marketing and including Boonville in regional initiatives.