Five bids have been received by the state from companies that have provided to analyze all aspects of the state’s tourism industry.
The winning bidder will be entrusting with the task of assembling a strategic plan to sustain and grow the tourism sector for the next 10 years.
Several bidders are well known in West Virginia. Examples:
* AECOM’s past work includes planning for state parks revenue enhancement, an expansion feasibility analysis for Wilson Lodge at Oglebay Park, and a master plan for Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. The company helped prepare a statewide tourism master plan in 1994.
* Market Street Services has worked with the state multiple times since 2000 and Mac Hollladay, the company’s chief executive officer — and West Virginia homeowner — is a familiar face. The company conducted a competitive assessment of West Virginia in 2008 for A Vision Shared.
An evaluation committee will review the proposals and the bidders will make oral presentations at a time yet to be determined.
Bids were received from AECOM, formerly Economics Research Associates, of Arlington, Va.; Strategic Advisory Group of Duluth, Ga.; Conventions Sports & Leisure International of Minneapolis, Minn.; Market Street Services of Atlanta, Ga.; and InterVISTAS Consulting of Bethesda, Md.
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