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Destination El Paso Outlines Convention Strategy for City Council

Destination El Paso presented their strategy to position and promote the city as a desirable destination on October 31, 2017 to the City Council.

“The growth and number of quality convention hotel accommodations we will see in the next few years in close proximity to the El Paso Convention Center is impressive and allows us to once again attract the larger, more impactful groups and organizations to the destination.” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager for Destination El Paso.

“Currently there are only 432 hotel rooms available downtown but by the close of 2019 we will have over 1,200 rooms. This growth in new high quality inventory will position El Paso as a destination for meetings and conventions,” Crowe added.

Since the announcement of the quality of life bond projects and substantial private investments in the downtown core, the team has increased travel and participation in state and national trade shows, implemented aggressive incentive packages and increased the size of the sales team.

Additionally, significant investments have been made in both traditional and digital marketing allowing us to increase our reach and exposure with decision makers.

“At the direction of city council, the city has aggressively incentivized convention hotel development. As these projects are under construction and renovation, we are strategically increasing our effort representing El Paso as a destination for meetings and conventions. These efforts will result in increased jobs, economic impact, and increase visitor revenues.” said El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

El Paso Film Commission Announces New Film Commission Coordinator

Destination El Paso announced Friday that Drew Mayer-Oakes has been named Film Commission Coordinator for the Visit El Paso division.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Drew to the team. His experience and knowledge will be instrumental in expanding the already impressive film presence in El Paso and the surrounding area. He comes to us with valuable skills that are already beginning to make their presence felt within the local industry.” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager for Destination El Paso

In this role, Mayer-Oakes will be responsible for assisting the Film Commissioner in developing, marketing and promoting El Paso locations to attract film productions as well as assist and coordinate site visits/location scouts.

His duties also include representing the department at events, tradeshows and receptions that are directly related to the film industry.

Originally from Lubbock, TX, Mayer-Oakes earned a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and post graduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles.

He joins the Visit El Paso team with extensive film-related marketing, program implementation and management in conjunction with multiple cities/organizations such as the City of San Antonio Film Commission, Texas Film Commission, Houston Film Commission and Film Las Cruces.

Office of the Governor, City of El Paso to Host Small Business Forum

The Office of the Governor and the City of El Paso’s Economic Development Department are pleased to announce that El Paso will host a Governor’s Small Business Forum on August 10, 2017.

Governor’s Small Business Forums are designed to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with timely, relevant, actionable advice to assist them in growing their business.

The El Paso Governor’s Small Business Forum will bring local entrepreneurs and small businesses valuable tools, skills, and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. This year’s Forum will highlight business fundamentals, attracting and retaining a dynamic workforce, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, this event will provide a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers, and the regional business community. Lunch and parking will be provided.

Those wishing to register, can visit the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce website to sign up. The cost is $50 per person.

For more information on the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aimee Olivas at (915) 212-1617 or by email at

The Governor’s Small Business Forum is made possible through the joint efforts of the Office of the Governor, the City of El Paso, Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, The Borderplex Alliance, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, County of El Paso, and Destination El Paso.

WHO:           The Office of the Governor and the City of El Paso Economic Development Department

WHAT:          Governor’s Small Business Forum

WHERE:        El Paso Convention Center – 1 Civic Center Plaza

WHEN:         August 10, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mariachi Los Arrieros Closes out Music Under the Stars Sunday

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), in collaboration with El Paso Live, a division of Destination El Paso, invites the public to the final concert of Music Under the Stars as it closes out the 34th season on Sunday, July 23, with Mariachi Los Arrieros at Noche Ranchera.

Noche Ranchera, a long-time staple of Music Under the Stars, is the most anticipated night of the season.

Los Arrieros was originally established to display the young local mariachis in El Paso and create a professional group that could travel, play concerts and represent El Paso throughout the world.

The group has shared the stage with internationally known artists including Vicente Fernandez, Lucero, Marco Antonio Solis, Pepe Aguilar

For information on GECU presents Music Under the Stars, including schedule changes due to weather, follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Chamizal National Memorial.

City Appoints New Deputy City Manager

The City of El Paso is pleased to announce the promotion of Cary Westin as the new Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Tourism. Westin will take on his new role effective immediately.

Westin has been with the City of El Paso since 2014 and most recently served as the Managing Director of Economic and International Development where he was responsible for business growth, business attraction and retention.

As a deputy city manager, Westin will oversee the departments of Airport, Community and Human Development, Destination El Paso, Economic Development, International Bridges, Museums and Cultural Affairs, and Planning & Inspections.

“Mr. Westin is a proven leader who has had a major impact in the success of our City,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “I am confident that he will continue to thrive in this new role and grow the successes of the departments he oversees.”

The appointment of this key position is solidifying the City of El Paso’s executive leadership team. The City of El Paso earlier this year established the Public Works and Transportation team led by Deputy City Manager Khalil Zaied, who manages the departments of Capital Improvement, Streets and Maintenance, Environmental Services and Mass Transit – Sun Metro, and serves as the liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and utilities.

Prior to joining the City, Westin spent three years with the Borderplex Alliance and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation as Vice President of Business Development for the Defense and Clean Technology sectors, responsible for attracting new industry to the region.

Before that he worked for Aerospace Missions Corporation as Vice President for Business Development, supporting key technology research and development projects.

Westin served 25 years on active duty in the Army in a variety of critical command and staff positions. Westin’s occupational specialty was air defense operations, culminating in a four year assignment as the Director of the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate (ADATD), U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Westin earned a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2006. He also holds a BA (English) from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.

The City of El Paso will begin looking for a new Economic & International Development director in the coming weeks.

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