Henry County Tourism Bureau to disband

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Kewanee, July 28, 2021—The Board of Directors of the Henry County Tourism Bureau (HCTB) voted to approve dissolution of the non-profit organization and to cease operations effective immediately. Dissolution of the HCTB is a result of several factors that affected eligibility for the Local Tourism and Convention Bureau (LTCB) grant […]

Kewanee, July 28, 2021—The Board of Directors of the Henry County Tourism Bureau (HCTB) voted to approve dissolution of the non-profit organization and to cease operations effective immediately. Dissolution of the HCTB is a result of several factors that affected eligibility for the Local Tourism and Convention Bureau (LTCB) grant from the Illinois Office of Tourism that HCTB relied on to fund its operation. This grant is available only to annually certified Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) organizations within Illinois. It has strict parameters for approved activities, such as requiring advertising and promotion outside of a 50-mile radius of the service area and limits on administrative and payroll expenses.

The HCTB is no longer able to meet the requirement for the organization to match 50% of the LTCB grant amount with local funding. This requirement was previously met by municipalities within Henry County providing either a lump-sum payment or sharing a percentage of their hotel tax revenue, which must be used for tourism by state law, with the HCTB. However, the City of Kewanee terminated their hotel tax sharing agreement, and the City of Geneseo will no longer provide its usual lump-sum funding support.

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