Businesses Seek to Create Visitor’s Bureau

The former West Virginia Penitentiary, the Grave Creek Mound and Grand Vue Park are three key tourist destinations that Marshall County officials hope city leaders will help them promote via a convention and visitors bureau.

During the Tuesday Moundsville City Council meeting, Sleep Inn & Suites manager Joni Grubler and Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White told council members the group now known as the Marshall County Tourism Committee are seeking non-profit corporation status as a convention and visitors bureau, similar to the one serving Wheeling and Ohio County.

“Oil and gas may be here for 5 years. I need tourism to fill my rooms,” Grubler said, adding the Sleep Inn serves many workers in the Marcellus and Utica shale industry.

“We are moving to become a full CVB – hope to have it done by January,” she said. “Once we become a CVB, we can apply for grants.”

As Grubler and White told council members, West Virginia code requires at least 50 percent of the revenue a city collects from its hotel/motel occupancy tax must go toward the promotion of conventions and tourism.

Other properties to which the tax applies in Moundsville include the Plaza Motel and the Terrace Motel.

“Tourism involves restaurants, stores. It involves my hotel,” Grubler added, in asking council to voluntarily give the organization 50 percent of its hotel/motel tax.

“Right now, we are driving people into Moundsville,” White added.