Our city officials want to attend South by Southwest again this year.
They tell us that when they went last year they saw between 700 and 900 people at their booth. That’s out of 75,000 people that attended.
This week’s city council agenda includes an item to authorize an inter-local government agreement between the city and the county where the county agrees to reimburse 50% of the actual expenses us to $50,000. Anything over that the city will have to pay alone.
The stated purpose is “to promote the cultural, film, tourism, convention and hotel industry, and economic opportunities available in the El Paso Region”.
The agreement specifies that airfare, transportation, lodging, and meals are separate and are not included in the agreement.
It sounds like a party to me.
We deserve better