When discussing the difficulty of selecting new board members due to the qualities of all six applicants, the council emphasized the importance of “rounding out the board” with individuals of varying skill sets who occupy different niches of the community, and particularly, whose businesses are subject to being charged transient room taxes. TRT taxes, or TCCR taxes (tax on sales through hotels, car rentals and restaurants), is the primary way the Travel Council secures funds to allocate for the promotion and facilitation of tourism.
Taylor is the co-owner of Canyonlands Jeep Adventures and operations manager at both the Moab Adventure Center and Western River Adventures. He also serves as the vice chair of the Grand County Emergency Services Board.
Suter is an employee of Canyonlands National Park and also runs a nightly rental property. Both nominees are required to attend no less than 10 out of 12 meetings per year, and their positions on the board, if appointed, would last through the end of 2018 because they are filling current board vacancies. If appointed, they will have to re-apply for the board after that time if they so wish.