Travel Advisory Board Discusses Boise Centre Expansion, Boulder-White Clouds Monument

The Chamber's Travel Industry Advisory Board meeting was hosted by the Boise Centre last week, where attendees listened to a couple of proposals on separate matters affecting the Boise Valley and surrounding areas. 

Pat Rice, executive director of the Boise Centre, presented up-to-date renderings of the Boise Center City Plaza project, which is expected to reach completion in 2016. He also spoke about plans for the existing Boise Centre's expansion once the Center City Plaza project is finished. An expansion and renovation of the Centre would allow additional meeting space, enabling it to reach a higher percentage of the U.S. business and convention center market.

Following Rice's presentation, the Travel Industry Advisory Board heard from Craig Gherke, Regional Director of the Idaho office of the Wilderness Society, regarding the Boise-White Clouds National Monument. In support of the monument designation, Gherke presented information on the economic benefits of a decision to name Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument. In addition to protecting the area from mining, irresponsible recreational uses, and development, naming the area as a national monument could provide a substantial boost to the Central Idaho economy by creating between 47 and 155 jobs and generating an additional $3.7-$12.3 million for the area.

The meeting concluded with a round-table discussion of the meeting's agenda and other issues pertinent to the Board before adjourning. 

The Boise Chamber's Travel Industry Advisory Board represents a broad spectrum of interests across the travel industry and ensure channels are in place to help direct the Chamber on issues important to the industry, from local cab regulations to airport regulation. The Travel Industry advisory Board meets quarterly