Despite a worldwide pandemic, Galveston has seen a healthy share of leisure travelers coming to visit the island. The same can’t be said for group business. The meetings and convention industries have seen precipitous declines in their numbers. But, the tide appears to be turning.

This September, the Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomed six groups to the island with a total attendance of more than 2,300. In September 2019, 13 groups met on the island with a total attendance of more than 3,400. In general, conference attendees are an economic boon to local businesses and restaurants. During a typical year, they generate more than $40 million of economic impact to Galveston.

Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations director for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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