The economic development business is somewhat detached from reality. OK, maybe a lot detached from reality. The latest case in point is city and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority’s attempt to host four additional events a year at Bank of America Stadium. As part of the deal that got the Carolina Panthers $87.5 million in […]
As in 176,838 people visited the place in its third year (July 1 to June 30), down 10 percent compared to the year previous, when attendance was 197,410. So reports the UPoR based upon Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority figures. Third year attendance was off nearly 100,00 from the HOF’s first year, when it drew 272,000. [...]
That really is the take away point from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority’s decision to revamp how it tracks the (alleged) economic impact of conventions that come to town. The UPoR, which questioned the CRVA’s previous methodology explains: The CRVA will move its research department from human resources – where it was seen as a [...]
The Charlotte Observer has an extremely important story out about the city’s convention business. Simply put, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has been greatly exaggerating the economic impact of convention visitors to Charlotte:...Show More Summary
That essentially is new Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority head Tom Murray’s goal. As the UPoR reports: Murray said his next goal is to improve attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which lost $1.4 million in its first year. His goal is to have the racing museum break even financially or turn a profit, he [...]
Tomorrow's editorial tonight:A hearty welcome to Tom Murray, named Monday the new chief executive of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Murray comes to Charlotte after three decades of hospitality work, mostly in hotels but most recently running a luxury cruise business. Show More Summary
Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority executive Tim Newman decided to slap around Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Charlotte on his Facebook page early Friday morning. WBT Radio's Stacey Simms first reported the posting which read: "Hey Mayor...Show More Summary
It’s time Newman & Co. got the message that they’re not God’s gift to the city.
This is not a tough one: the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority functions as the city of Charlotte’s tarted-up party girl. Of course the CRVA spreads scarce tix and good times worth thousands of dollars among the Uptown — and those the Uptown crowd wishes to influence — that is the CRVA’s job. The CRVA exists [...]
“Man up” is an obnoxious term, but a fitting one in this case...
Here’s the deal: Whatever entity “audits” the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority needs to have at least two degrees of separation from the Uptown crowd. Or I will rain holy hell down upon their heads. Actually, I’ll drop the bomb regardless.
Haven’t we seen this movie before?
I pretty much assumed this long before the official numbers were released today: last month's CIAA Tournament drew a colossal crowd. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said today that it estimates attendance for official 2011Show More Summary
Yesterday, City Council questioned NASCAR officials and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority about the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s attendance and financial problems.
One minute and 40 seconds is all it takes to show what that the Charlotte area has to offer. But there's a lot.Visit Charlotte and it's marketing division, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), have created a new video for its "Charlotte's got a lot" campaign. Show More Summary
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has sued the McDevitt Agency, self-described “boutique” real estate firm for Uptown. A CRVA spokeswoman declined to provide specifics on the litigation, but a legal notice in The Charlotte Business Journal describes the suit as involving breach of contract with monies owed by McDevitt. Short of a trip to a courthouse [...]