November 2019 Meeting Minutes

The BGALA November meeting was hosted by Drury Inn on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Treasurer report from Alisha Dalrymple: BGALA current account balance is $18,480. The November board meeting lunch at Rafferty’s was $100. BGALA sponsored a table at Wendell Strode’s Retirement Reception at the National Corvette Museum this month for $1,000.

ATTRACTION REPORTS:

CVB: Janet Henderson reported that she attended Destination Southeast and ConnectFaith marketplaces this month. She offered USBs with 35 leads from these shows to hotels with meeting space or anyone interested. She will have more leads to provide at the next BGALA meeting. The leads vary in size and dates for availability and will not be applicable to all hotels. Beth Noffsinger reported that 2019 holiday events rack cards are printed and ready for distribution. The CVB will be dropping them off at hotels and attractions over the next couple weeks. If you’re out of Visitors Guides or the Dining Guide, please let Beth or Marissa know. The CVB’s holiday event landing page is active and Beth encouraged social media shares of visitbgky.com/holiday. Sherry Murphy reported on the Beech Bend Road Widening ongoing project and distributed a one sheeter with details about Beech Bend’s impact on the community. Read the full document here. Depending on how the fiscal court presentation goes, Sherry may be asking BGALA members to call their local magistrates to show support of the road widening project. In 2020, the CVB is considering using the Special Tourism Projects Fund for a Jeep Excursion Course at the NCM MSP, which would target a new niche of Jeep enthusiast travelers. There is a local Jeep club that could help coordinate hosting these events. The CVB is also looking into the preliminary support of an ATV course. Janet attended an Ironman event site tour earlier this month to research potential for an ATV qualifier course. Sherry is working on researching more information to define the Bowling Green visitor and use the CVB’s advertising dollars effectively–collaborating with Longwoods International, a market research consultancy with a focus on travel and tourism. The CVB is in talks with the BG Chamber to effectively grow the “Geared for Fun” branding effort community-wide. In 2019, the CVB’s Special Tourism Project Funding was used for the Twinkle at the Track project at NCM MSP and for the Mid-South Conference Basketball Championships at Bowling Green High School’s gym (coming in March 2020). Sherry has officially been on the job at the CVB for a year as of this month.

Sloan Convention Center: no report.

Lost River Cave: no report.

Historic RailPark & Train Museum: no report.

National Corvette Museum: Katie Ellison reported. Twinkle at the Track has been advertised as opening Black Friday, but should be open by next Friday instead. The Performance & Racing Gallery at the museum will be closed thru March 2020 for a major overhaul. There’s a new 2020 exhibit based around the characters of cartoon muscle cars and the Transformers movies. NCM’s new President Sean Preston had a welcome reception today at the BG Chamber 3:30-5pm. Katie offered posters and rack cards for Twinkle at the Track and said yard signs are on the way for anyone interested.

NCM Motorsports Park: Katie Ellison reported. King of the Heap event is returning for one weekend per month in December, January and February. Cap on the event is 100 cars. Track season is closed otherwise.

Beech Bend Park: No report.

NEW BUSINESS:

Vanessa Sewell with Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth in Kentucky spoke about her request for luggage for children in the foster care system. Her Facebook post went viral after she picked up a child who was using trash bags to travel. Thousands of pieces of luggage have been donated to date–see the WBKO news story on it here. At any point, there are about 40-50 children in the foster care system in need in southern Kentucky and any donations are appreciated. It costs $35 to sponsor a child during the holidays. The independent living group of young adults who have aged out of the system are ages 18-21 and living in apartments–they could also use assistance with sheets, cookware, furniture, etc. Vanessa asked if any attractions would be willing to offer a Foster Parents Day Out event. Contact Vanessa with any questions.

The BGALA holiday party will be at Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday, December 10 at noon. Anyone wanting to participate in Dirty Santa should bring a gift, max value is $15. There will be door prizes offered this year–in an effort to continue supporting BGALA member attractions, the BGALA board agreed to purchase $100 of passes/gifts/certificates/experiences etc. each at the NCM, NCM MSP, Lost River Cave, the Historic RailPark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and Beech Bend Park. Holiday party attendees will have the chance to win these local prizes from our partners.

It’s election time. Two at-large positions on the BGALA board will be opening up for 2020. The call for nominations was made–Seth McLain, GM at Holiday Inn University Plaza; Julie Hayes, GM at Wingate; Jacob Ellis, GM at Holiday Inn Express were nominated. Voting resulted in Seth McLain and Jacob Ellis filling the two positions. President Elect nominations were requested. Byron Palmiter, GM at Hilton Garden Inn, was nominated and ran unopposed. Alisha Dalrymple, GM at Towneplace Suites, was nominated by Katie Ellison to continue serving as Treasurer for 2020. Telia Butler, DOS at Courtyard, was nominated by Katie Ellison to continue serving as Secretary for 2020.

New member announcement: the Bowling Green Hot Rods have officially joined the BGALA. Liz Anderson, the new coordinator for its Vette City Catering, attended the meeting and introduced herself. Contact Liz by email at eanderson@vettecitycatering.com.

Our host, Drury Inn, introduced its new Area Sales Manager, Chelsea Garrett. She is working the Bowling Green and Nashville Drury properties and offered site tours of the newly-renovated rooms for anyone interested.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 10, at Hilton Garden Inn.

About the Author: Telia Butler