Mayor Jones Establishes Tourism Commission

Mayor's Order #2011-1

WHEREAS by the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Richmond I do hereby create the Tourism Commission; and

WHEREAS under this authority, the Tourism Commission is hereby established to give my Administration advice on ways to improve and capitalize on the varied tourist opportunities that abound in the City of Richmond; and

WHEREAS the City has a wealth of tourist destinations, including our many unique cultural and historic attractions, indoor and outdoor activities, professional sports venues and events, and world-class museums and art galleries; and

WHEREAS the City of Richmond seeks to support the businesses that support the tourism market, including hospitality services, restaurants, hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts; and

WHEREAS there is much that the City could do to enhance Richmond as a tourist destination through targeted marketing and other efforts; and

WHEREAS the Richmond region attracts 5.75 million visitors every year, representing a multi-million dollar industry, and tourism is a mainstay of this area's economy; and

WHEREAS Richmond is a city of national historic importance - the final resting place of two U.S. Presidents (in Hollywood Cemetery); once known as the "Harlem of the South" in the early 1900s; and more Revolutionary and Confederate history than any other city can claim; and

WHEREAS the City of Richmond seeks to promote its myriad of tourist attractions, as an enhancement to the work already being done by regional efforts, through the Richmond Regional Convention and Visitors' Bureau, and the state's tourism and film agencies; therefore,

I, Dwight C. Jones, Mayor of the City of Richmond, do hereby set forth to develop a Tourism Commission, and do hereby order that:

The Tourism Commission will review the state of the City as a tourist destination and make recommendations that will aid my Administration in the creation of a Richmond City Tourism Plan that will include a marketing plan, strategic vision, and other types of support to our numerous attractions.

In WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Richmond to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Richmond, this tenth day of March, two thousand and eleven.

Tourism Commission Members:
Alex Nygeres (Co-Chair), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Delores McQuinn (Co-Chair), Slave Trail Commission
Maureen Egan, Travel Writer
Kathy Graziano, Richmond City Council
Christy Coleman, Historic Tredegar
Jack Berry, Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rita McClenney, Virginia Film Office
Stacy Burrs, Black History Museum
Bill Martin, Valentine Museum
Rich Conti, Science Museum of Virginia
Richard Parrison, Richmond CenterStage
John Bryant, CultureWorks
Jack Berry, Venture Richmond
Tom Lisk, Hospitality Industry Lobbyist
Lester Johnson, Mama J's
Nancy Thomas, Richmond Retail Merchants Association
Carytown Merchants Association
Hull Street Merchants Association
Anne Leigh Kerr, Troutman Sanders
Tim Butturini, Wachovia
Dolly Vogt, SMG
John Lugbill, Sportsbackers
Doug Fritz, Richmond International Raceway
Kelly O'Keeffe, O'Keeffe Brands
Janine Bell, Elegba Folklore Society
Todd Parnell, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy
Charlie Diradour, To the Bottom and Back Bus
Christina Newton, Broad Street Arts District
Matt Perry, White Water Rafting Company
Senator Donald McEachin
Jerry Williams
Richmond Childrens' Museum
National Theater