Only in El Paso!
The city’s Destination El Paso department provided this presentation as part of the backup material for a city council agenda item on the Monday, March 18, 2019 special city council meeting.
The special city council meetings are not well attended by the public so the city likes to handle things that they don’t want us to know about during those meetings.
The topic was a presentation about the results we have been getting out of the department.
One slide showed their measurements for fiscal 2018:
Then they presented their 2019 fiscal year slide. The fiscal year starts in September. The end of February would mean that half of the fiscal year had passed.
They point out a 14.6% increase in the number of people that attended conventions and meetings in 2019 over 2018.
What they don’t point out is the 14% drop in income in 2019. Evidently getting people to meetings is important to them and the money that gets generated is not as important.
Then they tell city council what to expect for the rest of the year:
They show Sun City CRITS (“a premier cycling series”) will have 2,800 in attendance and will generate $1.1 million for the local economy.
RISE cycling symposium will have 2,500 in attendance and will generate $2.2 million. This will be their inaugural event. In other words they have never done this before and have no idea what their results will be.
Then they go on to tell us what to expect after this year:
The department did not address what the have for us in 2020 or 2021. Instead they tell us that in 2022 they think some things will happen. Add up the numbers, they aren’t very good.
Then they drop this slide on city council:
In the private sector changes would be made. This however is El Paso.
We deserve better