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Austin Cash Limits
Vendors see benefits of ACL
DAILY News  October 12, 2010, by Kelsey McNiel
"...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...."

Council: Visitors Welcome?
CodeNEXT, Visit Austin return to City Council
News Story  October 12, 2017, by Michael King
"...Also on the hot seat is the return of the budget and marketing plan for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, aka "Visit Austin." With some hesitation over financial disruption, Council's decision on approval of Visit Austin's budget was postponed at the Sept. 28 meeting, after the agency's staff did a few turns in Council's barrel of shame over whether the agency had been profligate (or worse) in its spending on marketing and promotion (as alleged in a KXAN report and elsewhere)..."

City Council: Zimmerman, Bond, and Budget
(And a few other things got done)
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Michael King
"...• 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..."

Official Drink of Austin Contest Names Team Qui the Winners
Holy crap, does my head hurt
DAILY Food  February 24, 2014, by Claudia Alarcón
"...[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...."

TIFs, TPIDs, and Puppy Love
City Council wrestles with Mayor Adler's Downtown Puzzle
DAILY News  October 2, 2017, by Michael King
"...Earlier in the day, Council members also took out their collective HOT angst on the staff of Visit Austin (formerly the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau), in a discussion of the agency’s FY 2018 marketing plan and budget (generated by HOT funds). The discussion followed a KXAN-TV "investigative" report suggesting that Visit Austin had spent too much money on “concert tickets, alcohol, and jewelry” (the latter being Kendra Scott promotional items given to official visitors)..."

City Hall Hustle: Gas, Water, and Trash
There could be a higher utility bill in your future
News Column  August 8, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...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 Real Austin?
The capital of Texas ... a great place to hook up and throw up
News Story  July 8, 2005, by Kevin Brass
"...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..."

Austin Cocktail Throwdown
La Condesa mixes this year's Official Drink of Austin
Food Story  October 9, 2009, by Claudia Alarcón
"...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..."

Taxing Times for Film and Music
Council looks to raid the budget intended to bring creative jobs to Austin
News Story  September 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...As the name suggests, the program's purpose is to attract visitors and investors to Austin. Still technically dubbed the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, the office includes the Austin Film Commission, the Sports Commission, and the Austin Music Office, as well as tourism marketing, and the Convention Center sales offices..."

A Bigger, Better Convention Center
News Story  May 24, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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...."

Credit NAMM and ACVB
Postmarks  July 18, 2006
"...That's incorrect. I helped get the word out, but NAMM and Rose Reyes of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau had the idea...."

Austin Film Office Web Address
Postmarks  February 25, 2004


Mardi Gras 2015: Wendy Colonna to Home and Back, Pt.1
Austinite/SWLA-native proves you can go home again – and sing about it
DAILY The Gay Place  January 30, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...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...."

Austin in the Big Apple
If Texas food can make it here, it can make it anywhere. MM Pack explains.
Food Story  February 21, 2003, by MM Pack
"...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...."

Bill Would Move UIL State Competitions Away From Austin
Events contribute millions to local economy
DAILY News  January 9, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Bill Would Rotate UIL Events Out of Austin
Father and son lawmakers call for holding high school state competitions in other areas of the state
News Story  January 16, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Point Austin: A Life of Quality
In the shadow of another tragedy, the city takes a step toward justice
News Column  July 1, 2005, by Michael King
"...• 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)..."

It's Party Time at the State Convention
There's still plenty of fun to be had …
News Story  June 6, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

10th Annual Austin Jazz & Arts Festival
Music Story  June 12, 1998
"...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...."

Why Portland Doesn't Look Like Austin
Rose (City)-Colored Glasses
News Story  December 15, 1995, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

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