A crowd gathered at the Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti last night to voice concerns about the proposed merger of local convention and Visitors Bureaus into one county-wide entity.
The proposal will unite the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau, known as Ypsi Real, with Ann Arbor’s Vistors and Convention Bureau, as well as with all other tourism offices in Washtenaw County.
The idea is not popular with many of those involved with the arts community. At the Riverside Arts Center, some audience members were concerned that the city would be neglected after the merger in favor of Ann Arbor.
Andrew Clock is an Ypsi resident and event promoter. He says,
“If the concern was marketing then a marketing joint committee could have solved the problem. What I don’t really understand is that all of the public input has been against the merger.”
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will vote on the proposal at their next meeting on October 7.
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