Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
The Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (GICVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island, Texas as accredited by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). The GICVB is a non-profit government agency tasked with promoting Galveston’s diverse tourism offerings to travelers across the region and globe.
Along with operating the Galveston Island Visitor Information Center, the bureau employs an award-winning staff of group sales, marketing and public relations, convention services, and special event professionals to help draw the more than 5 million leisure and business travelers that visit Galveston each year. The CVB plays an integral role in developing and sustaining the Galveston tourism industry, which provides a $1 billion economic impact to the local economy annually while accounting for a third of all Galveston jobs.
The CVB operates on an annual budget of approximately $6 million, funded through a portion of the island’s hotel occupancy tax revenues. Hotel occupancy taxes are paid by visitors that stay overnight in Galveston hotel or lodging venues. These revenues support the CVB’s group sales efforts, which focus on drawing meetings, conventions, group tours and special events to the island, as well as its marketing/advertising and public relations efforts designed to generate positive exposure for the destination.
Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort
The Galveston Island Convention Center is located on Seawall Boulevard with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and offers meeting and event planners 140,000 square feet of space flexible space for any event. Click here for more information.
Galveston Island Visitor Information Center
The Galveston Island Visitor Information Center is located behind Ashton Villa in the Carriage House at 2328 Broadway Ave. The center is open 7 days a week and provides tourism information to thousands of visitors each year.