"...The music may have lasted 33 hours, but the Austin City Limits Music Festival's impact will be felt for months to come. With 75,000 attendees daily at the ninth ACL, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau anticipates visitors and locals dropped over $51 million into city’s coffers via hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, transportation and attractions...."
"...• Conventions a'Coming: Council is reluctant to increase the contract payment for tourism and convention promotion to the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau (from $14 million to $16 million annually, for five years, from the hotel/motel tax) ahead of the overall budget decisions. Some members are hoping to shift some of that funding elsewhere – despite pleas from ACVB staff that they have a five-year planning window and need certainty..."
"...[image-1] As a veteran judge of the previous incarnation of this event which was run by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and invited hotel mixologists to create Batini's, I must say this year's contest held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center last week was a vast improvement, my headache notwithstanding...."
"...I bring this up because everyone is feeling the pinch – including your friends at Solid Waste Services. SWS, the Austin Water Utility, Department of Aviation (overseeing the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport), the Austin Convention Center, and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau are delivering their recession-ready presentations to City Council today, as part of the 2008-09 annual budget...."
"...The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau has hosted an annual cocktail contest for the last six years. At first, bartenders from five Downtown hotels were challenged to create a drink called "the Batini," and a panel of celebrity judges chose the winner..."
"...Local business boosters trumpeted the presence of MTV's most popular reality show as a boon to tourism, a chance to really show the rest of the world that Austin is more than the home of Jenna Bush's favorite margarita bars. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, using economic formulas beloved by tourism associations, calculated the show is worth $20 million in publicity for the city, based on the idea that every half-hour episode is a free ad..."
"...Nearly a decade down the road, even hardened Center critics (like us) can concede that the big box has been a hit: more than three million attendees, including nearly a million conventioneers, attending 1,500 events, including 321 conventions. (Conventions are the big prize, of course, since they bring out-of-towners who leave behind their money, including sales and bed tax.) Projections by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the private nonprofit that markets events at the Center (which is city-owned and operated), say the expansion -- which cost nearly twice as much as the original facility -- will double not only the Center's size but its economic impact, eventually bringing in $250 million to the local economy...."
"...That's incorrect. I helped get the word out, but NAMM and Rose Reyes of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau had the idea...."
"...Just in time for Mardi Gras, the Austin heartthrob honey crooner put those satiny vocals to work and released the sweet ode, "My Southwest Louisiana Home," a song commissioned by the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau for a new video being placed across the planet to promote the warmth and whimsy of the region...."
"...Among the revelers were staff from The New York Times, the New York Post, the Associated Press, CBS, Condé Nast Traveler, the James Beard Foundation, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wine Spectator, MSNBC, Newsweek, Parade, NBC Weekend Today, and Good Morning America. The Austin contingent included Central Market, KLRU, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas Beef Council, Fall Creek Vineyards, Spicewood Vineyards, Alamosa Wine Cellars, and Becker Vineyards...."
"...If successful, that would be a huge blow to the Austin economy: Nearly all of the UIL's state championship competitions are held in the Austin area every year. (The UIL is a department of the University of Texas and headquartered here in Austin.) According to the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the events bring tens of thousands of people and tens of millions of dollars to town annually...."
"...The events bring thousands of athletes, coaches, parents, and others to the capital city, meaning hotel bookings, restaurant sales, and shopping dollars. According to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, the total economic impact of the UIL basketball tournaments each March is $19.2 million..."
"... Arts, Culture, & Entertainment: aimed at the public promotion and development of local African-American cultural activities, ranging from Convention and Visitors Bureau liaison to an African-American cultural arts district, and including the institutional city promotion of signature events (e.g., Texas Relays, Juneteenth, Heman Sweatt Symposium)..."
"...Normally, the biennial convention attracts 7,000 to 10,000 people to its host town, with an economic impact of $9 million. This year, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau expects 15,000 visitors, dropping $15.3 million into the local economy..."
"...Not only has it been a struggle getting people in the seats (or park, as the case may be), it's been an uphill battle for DiverseArts to find corporate sponsors to offset some of the festival's costs. In the past few years, the city itself has finally put some money where its slogan is, but the mostly clueless Austin Visitors & Convention Bureau has done nothing to help a festival that has never been the quagmire known as AquaFest...."
"...Ten of these neighborhoods, along with one business owners' group, have created their own plans for themselves, all of which are incorporated by reference into the document being discussed tonight. The "recommended" plan on the table tonight was approved by the Portland Planning Commission after 18 months of hearings, workshops, and testimony on the "proposed" plan, which had been drafted by the city's Planning Bureau with help from a citizen's advisory committee, a technical advisory committee, and seemingly more chances for public input than the trees have leaves, including a questionnaire sent to each of the more than 70,000 households and businesses in Outer Southeast..."
"...Ric Luber, Executive Director of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, shares his vision of Austin's future. photograph by Jana Birchum We're told that the out-of-town wallets that downtown needs in order to thrive can't fit into the Austin Convention Center..."
"..."Austin: Live Music Capital of the World" is a mantra chanted from City Council and Chamber of Commerce offices, reinforced by everything from airport signs that welcome visitors to Austin to the subhead of the website for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. "What you hear," puns the ACVB site, "is true." The mantra's embodiment has produced a massive and expanding entertainment district that may be civic gold, but also threatens to oversaturate the sensitive neighborhood ears of longtime residents...."
"...Austin's share may be higher, since we have an unusual amount of local crew talent and famous filmmaker neighbors making mostly homegrown productions. "I think [half the budget] is a very conservative estimate for Austin," says Gary Bond, director of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau's film office, "because in most places you can't hire 75% to 80% local crew, and here you can."..."