St. Louis Park's new Convention and Vistors Bureau now has its first president.
John Basill, a 20-year resident of St. Louis Park who served on City Council from 2003 to 2009, will be taking the helm on July 25. He will be coming over from Advantage Management Corporation in Eagan, where he served as vice president.
“I look forward with strong optimism to promoting, marketing and developing a regional and national brand presence for St. Louis Park,” Basill said in a statement. “We want to increase the utilization of our business and community assets that contribute to the vibrancy of St. Louis Park, and we need to educate people so that they know it’s a great day to come to St. Louis Park whether it is to stay for leisure, a business meeting or to hold an event.”
The new CVB was formally established in December with the implementation of a 3 percent lodging tax. Some local hotel owners , but city leaders said the bureau will help them attract new visitors to the area.
"We have so many aspects (of the city) we can be further promoting," said St. Louis Park Economic Development Coordinator Greg Hunt in a previous interview.