Motivated by suspicions of financial impropriety, the Greater Boise Auditorium District (GBAD) in Boise, Idaho, has voted to stop funding the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau (BCVB) effective Aug. 31, which could make Boise the only major U.S. city without a CVB, local media reported last month.
According to local TV news station KTRV, GBAD Chair Mike Wilson has accused BCVB officials of improper use of company credit cards, and of giving fringe benefits like health club memberships and gas money for personal use.
Professing ignorance of certain rules, BCVB Executive Director Bobbie Patterson said she has taken steps to correct all financial problems, and has attributed clashes between GBAD and BCVB to mere personality clashes.
"I think it's very sad," Patterson told KTRV after last month's vote. "Very sad that we'll be the only major city I know of that's not out there competing to bring in the business."
Currently, GBAD gives BCVB $1.3 million a year — approximately two-thirds of its total budget — in funding for tourism marketing, which the bureau uses to attract meetings, events and conventions. Although it's effectively shutting it down, GBAD has said it will replace the CVB with its own destination marketing team, promising a seamless transition for the city and its customers.