PTC tourism budget approved

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 1:45pm
By: The Citizen

The Peachtree City Tourism Association’s $535,000 budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved Thursday night by the city council.

This is the association’s first budget in which it will not be managing either the tennis center nor the amphitheater. The tennis center is being operated by Canongate and the amphitheater is under direct city management.

The association, operated by a volunteer board appointed by the city council, was created in 2004 in large part to assume operations of the tennis center and amphitheater. The staff mans the city’s tourism center, located adjacent to the tennis center on Planterra Way just south of Ga. Highway 54 west.

Tourism officials also assist various groups and entities that host special events in Peachtree City, in many cases providing some funding to help promote or operate the event.

The association’s funds come from hotel motel taxes, and because of the economy those revenues will be watched closely so the budget can be adjusted if necessary, said association member Kai Wolter.

The budget includes $15,000 to upgrade the association’s website, Those funds will be subject to being trimmed if revenues decrease, and just as employee furloughs were used this year, they may also be needed next year, Wolter noted.

Even if there is a revenue shortfall, the association will continue to fund all city special events in 2010 that it funded in 2009, Wolter said.

The tourism association has two full-time and one half-time positions.

Wolter noted that Peachtree City company NCR just began hosting employees at its customer care university which involves NCR workers worldwide coming to Peachtree City and staying for a week in local hotels.

In addition to the website, the association is also exploring social networking by use of Facebook and it also has an ongoing blog, Wolter said.
Though council approved the budget, it reserved the right to revisit the budget at its spring retreat meeting.

Wolter said the association’s marketing plan is “almost complete” and that he had copies for council members should they wish to review the material.

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Submitted by ahavah_lachaim on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 8:32pm.

the TOURISM department now has a half million dollar budget; 15K of which has been allotted to updating their WEBSITE.

Never mind putting that much money into a department that actually benefits citizens of the city. Let's just pour taxpayer funds into a department that actually lessened it's workload for the coming year. Let's not put money into the recreation department for upkeep of facilities outside of the sports fields. Let's not put funds into a physical project instead of a website that could probably be update for far less than 15K.

Is anyone checking these people and their decisions?


"Despite treason after treason, and sabotage after sabotage, God's empire of light never falls into total eclipse. Satan wages a futile war."

Submitted by jsmith on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 7:54am.

Sounds like someone is getting paid way to much just to

"assist various groups and entities that host special events in Peachtree City, in many cases providing some funding to help promote or operate the event."

What exactly are they doing to bring in people to Peachtree City? Attending the Ag Expo in Moutlrie, Georgia does not count...

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Submitted by Use Your Head on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 6:51am.

Maybe now they'll have some money to maintain the landscaping on Planterra Way right in front of the Tourism Center

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Sun, 09/20/2009 - 5:21pm.

Half a mil with the Tennis Center and the Fred removed from the budget? Seems like a lot. What is in this budget? I guess the Dragon Boat races, The Air Show, fireworks?
BUT $15,000 to "upgrade" the web site????
Holy smokes, some designer is doing well on that one. I can't wait to see it. SHould be quite the web site!!!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 4:43am.

If tourism means attracting people to visit PTC for a weekend getaway - even if it is in conjunction with other events, like BMX or Running Club races or something similar - that 's $10,000 per week!!!! How do we get a reasonable return on that investment? Someone think the city earns $10,000 in sales tax revenue from a BMX event or something similar? Every week of the year? By the way, they would come anyway - even if the budget were $0.

The Air Show is a pretty big event, but how does the city earn revenue? Is there a tax on tickets? No. Is there a tax on food? No. Is there a tax on the sponsorships? No.

Taking credit for the fact that NCR trainees are staying in hotels and eating in restaurants is kinda hard to swallow. They would be here with or without the $500k budget.

So what are we getting for our $10,000 per week? 2 1/2 employees - who do what exactly?

Submitted by ben dover on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 1:18pm.

Doing well is right! All going to a designer/ad agency in Savannah, friends with the tourism director... 30%+ of the budget is also going to salaries....! Good stewards of our resources....

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