About 20 people whose livelihoods revolve around the tourism industry in Drumheller got together at the Badlands Community Facility on Thursday for the Annual General Meeting of Travel Drumheller.
Outgoing Chair Shelley Rymal and Executive Director Alyssa Berry led the proceedings, which included a presentation by Trevor Tessier of Strong Coffee Marketing, which is handling digital marketing for the organization.
"I think Travel Drumheller has certainly put a really good foot forward to increase everyone's awareness of us in the area," stated Rymal. "Hopefully, we'll have more stakeholders decide to join our group and look forward to the future."
The presentation also included the group's financial statement as of the June 30, 2107 year end. The destination marketing organization saw both revenues and expenses decrease to the point where it recorded net revenue of more than $97,000, some $30,000 better than last year, as it moves to become completely self sustaining.
"We certainly have a really good stronghold on the community with stakeholders across the valley, from one end to the other, and different areas from non-profit to profitable businesses as well," noted Rymal, who wished her successors on the Travel Drumheller board well.
"They just have lot of excitement to look forward to," she smiled. "I have really good thoughts moving forward that people will see us out there and join in with us to promote this valley and bring tourism to where it needs to be."
A directors election was held at the end of Thursday's meeting: Devan Daniels of Trekcetera and Sarah Newstead of the Atlas Coal Mine were elected to three year terms; Theresa Vyvey of the Canalta Ramada Hotel was elected to a two year term; the Canadian Badlands Passion Play's Vance Neudorf, whose directorship expired, was elected to a further one year term.

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