SCHENECTADY -- As the county ramps up tourism promotion efforts with the pending opening of the Rivers Casino & Resort, it has also begun advertising for the Convention and Visitors Bureau's first executive director and marketing director.
No salaries have been specified, but county spokesman Joe McQueen said the county Legislative is looking for people with experience, "and will determine salary based on experience and finding the right person."
With the casino scheduled to open Feb. 8, the county last year established the bureau, which will take over a county tourism marketing effort the county previously contracted for with Proctors. The bureau is budgeted to spend $392,000 in 2017.
"We are excited to continue to move the new County Convention and Visitors Bureau forward, as we search for an energetic team that will work with our board of community partners and position Schenectady County as a true tourism destination," said Jeff McDonald, chairman of the new bureau. McDonald is also a county legislator and the owner of The Stockade Inn.
The goal is to use the casino, Proctors and other Schenectady County cultural, entertainment and leisure attractions to draw conventions and meetings to Schenectady.
The new director will be responsible for developing a vision for the bureau, as well as building the agency from scratch. Candidates will be required to have at least five years of experience in tourism or convention marketing, including a leadership role. The director of sales and marketing will be more directly involved in day-to-day promotion, but the county is also seeking someone with at least five years of experience.
Candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter by Feb. 1 to Jeff McDonald, president of the Schenectady County CVB, c/o Ryan Gregoire at [email protected] Detailed job descriptions are available at VisitSchenectady.com or SchenectadyCounty.com/visiting.
The county Tourism and Convention Bureau is a non-profit corporation funded from the county room occupancy tax and other tourism promotion funds.
Last week, the county Legislature awarded a record $50,000 in tourism promotion funding to local non-profit organizations that organize special events or other activities that bring people into Schenectady County. The increased funding awards were spurred by an anticipated increase in room tax revenue with the opening of two new hotels near the casino.
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