The BGALA December meeting was hosted by Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
Treasurer report from Alisha Dalrymple: BGALA current account balance is just over $18,400. The only expense was the GoDaddy $9.99 web domain renewal.
CVB: Sherry Murphy thanked all members who attended the Beech Bend Road widening discussion at fiscal court. Beth Noffsinger thanked all who shared the CVB’s Thanksgiving dining options social media post, and she will be preparing a similar Christmas dining option post. Please share the CVB’s holiday blog. Reminder: if you need more Visitors Guides or Dining Guides, please let Beth or Marissa know. Janet Henderson reported that she’s got USBs of about 45 leads from ConnectFaith conference, along with leads from Destination Southeast. She will provide the info to any interested properties. There are lots of great things in the pipeline for 2020. Amy Cardwell thanked the hoteliers for another great year in sports. It’s holiday basketball season. Bowling Green is hosting its first USA Wrestling tournament, plus new baseball tournaments in 2020. Amy’s conference travel season is coming to a close and she’s sent 200 leads to area facilities to determine if Bowling Green can host the business. If an event is won, then she sends leads to the hotels. If you need access to her sports event calendar, please let her know.
Sloan Convention Center: Jessica Warren reported the Holly Jolly Expo is on Sunday. The Bella Moxi national dance competition is the weekend of January 24-26, January 31 is the My Girl valentine dance, and February will bring the Fur Ball and Hospice Chocolate Festival.
Lost River Cave: Reindeer Encounter was huge this year, 3,500 people attended. The next event is Snow Flurry Scurry 5K in January, last year over 300 people ran. Hotels are invited to run with teams or volunteer. The cave’s gift shop is running 60% off all Christmas decor right now.
Historic RailPark & Train Museum: Polar Express is happening now. The free Festival of Trains is coming up at the end of December. The RailPark is hosting the January BGALA meeting and will give a recap of the 2019 Save the Depot campaign. The RailPark is looking forward to announcing its 2020 campaign.
National Corvette Museum & Motorsports Park: Taylor Howard reported. More than 3600 cars have been through Twinkle at the Track to date. Taylor has passes for frontline staff. To get discounted tickets to offer in hotel packages, please contact Taylor. The MSP has booked over 200 events in 2020 already. Its Corvette Experience has nearly sold out. As of last night’s CVB board meeting, the special tourism project funding for a new 4×4 overland course is in the works.
Beech Bend Park: No report.
Eric Ward, Commissioner of Mid South Conference, announced that three new schools are joining the conference as full members, bringing the total to 12 full members and adding more teams to sports championships. The Mid South’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are coming up in March and this will be the largest Mid South Conference event held in Bowling Green to date.
Attendees had the opportunity to win doorprizes–there were ten $25 gift cards from Bowling Green local restaurants, plus extra prizes from the six BGALA member attractions (annual memberships to Lost River Cave, RailPark, and NCM; 2 season passes to Beech Bend Park; 2 holiday packs from Bowling Green Hot Rods; karting and Twinkle passes from NCM MSP). Jane Simmons read a fun take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas for members to have a fun gift exchange.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Historic RailPark.