The BGALA February meeting was hosted by Holiday Inn University Plaza on February 11, 2020.
Treasurer report from Alisha Dalrymple: BGALA current account balance is over $20,000. BGALA board lunch was $160 at Gerard’s. The holiday party at Hilton Garden Inn was $920. GoDaddy domain renewal was $9.99.
CVB: Amy Cardwell reported. To clear confusion over the two new motor sports developments: The first is the Overland Course being developed the NCM Motorsports Park. The crawl course will host two to three annual events but be open on weekends for group use. The development will cater to off road vehicles, such as Jeeps, that will literally crawl over large obstacles at a low speed. Different skill levels of courses will be offered. The second development is the Power Plex Park behind the landfill off Glen Lily Road. This course has booked one event thus far, which is part of a large series of events held in multiple states. We are hoping to be able to select a better date for Bowling Green in 2021 as the only reason we were able to get the event this year was the location in a different state fell through and they had an opening. This course will cater to dirt bikes, ATVs, & UTVs machines for high speed enjoyment and competition. Janet will be attending the World of Customs Car Show in Tupelo, MS later this month. Next month she is attending Rendezvous South, as well as, the Emerald Coast Cruise event. Again, if anyone is interesting in attending Rendezvous South as an additional delegate, please let Janet know ASAP. Janet will bring thumb drives loaded with leads from Rendezvous South to the BGALA meeting once she returns. We will begin distributing the “welcome car event” banners to the hotels that requested one for their lobby in March so be on the lookout for us next month. Many Mid-South Conference events are coming up, especially the first Basketball championships. Club Volleyball rooms are good for the busy March event right now. Kentucky USA Wrestling is coming up and Amy sent the hotel info to the organizer based on the RFP she sent in Simpleview. There are 2 new Mid-South Conference events: 1. Invitational Bowling tournament the first weekend of October–expect 60 bowling teams. 2. Individual golf tour the last week of October–expect 200 golfers for a week. Amy is making the NAIA Opening Round bid for softball. Amy says thanks for putting room pick up in her reports so she can track economic impact of sports events.
Sloan Convention Center: Jessica Warren reported. Hospice Chocolate Fest is coming February 16. The Winter Bridal Fest, Crimestoppers Breakfast, Home Expo, Penguin Plunge for Junior Achievement, Purses, Pouts & Pearls, and Hard Rock MMA fight events are all coming up through March.
Lost River Cave: Maegan Williams reported. The cave is hiring staff for the busy season. The zipline will reopen mid-March. Yoga in Cave is returning in 2020, dates TBD. There are only 5 more wedding dates available at the cave for the 2020 season.
National Corvette Museum: Debbie Eaton reported that the Rat Fink exhibit opened last week and the Discovery Channel filmed. Rat Fink is the mascot of Ed Big Daddy Roth, who envisioned outrageous characters driving outrageous cars.
NCM Motorsports Park: Kenzi Layton reported. The Kartplex reopens March 7. The fleet of C8s for laps should be arriving in February and open for bookings late March. The new MSP Driving Club is open for sign-ups. NCM MSP is hosting GridLife from April 17-19, and sold out–about 900 cars are expected for the event.
Historic RailPark: Jamie Johnson reported. Romance at the RailPark tickets are available. Magic Dinner and Bourbon tickets are available for March 13. The 3rd annual Sip n Putt Scramble is April 17, offering a daytime corporate event and night event for the first time. Join the 2020 Club and help the RailPark reach its $40,000 donation goal this year. Paige has reached out to hotels asking for silent auction items donations for these special events. The Depot property was transferred to the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Group and the staff met with Doug Gorman about it. No major changes are expected yet, but a potential new tourism business could be coming next door.
Beech Bend Park: No report.
Bowling Green Hot Rods Baseball: Hot Rods are hosting next month’s BGALA meeting. There will be 2 job fairs for Hot Rods staff, one on February 22 from 10am-12pm, and another February 25 from 5-7pm. March 14 is the FanFest with ballpark tours and free concession samples.
Sarah Gibbs, the winner of BGALA’s Fall 2019 $500 scholarship, presented. She is graduating from the WKU Hospitality Management program this year and currently works at the Holiday Inn Plaza.
Hospitality Olympics will be held May 12 at NCM MSP. The committee is Byron Palmiter, Jacob Klein, Tara White, and Seth McClain volunteered sales from Holiday Inn Plaza.
The BGALA board will be offering its non-profit members the chance to submit RFPs for donations/sponsorships/promotions. It will be similar to how the CVB awards hotel tax dollars to reinvest in tourism through its special tourism project fund.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 10, at BG Ballpark.