The Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was founded as part of the Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce in the early 1980s. Independent articles of incorporation were filed on June 22, 1995. The first board meeting as a new 501(c)6 corporation was held on June 30, 1995. The CVB has been independent ever since.
The CVB is funded by a 3% hotel occupancy tax levied by Lake Havasu City on December 9, 1981; collections began on February 1, 1982. At the request of the industry, a 1% restaurant/bar tax was levied on June 26, 1996, and collections began on September 1, 1996. The CVB receives 75% of these tax assessments; 25% of the tax collections fund the Partnership for Economic Development (PED).
On December 8, 2011, the CVB was named as one of only 135 organizations across the globe that are accredited by Destination Marketing Association International. To earn this prestigious standing, the CVB met 58 mandatory and 18 of 30 volunteer standards relating to governance, finance, management, human resources, technology, visitor services, communications, destination development, research, innovation, and stakeholder relationships. The Bureau went through this rigorous process once again four years later and earned re-accreditation on December 7, 2015 – one of just 210 organizations to be so designated worldwide.
The Lake Havasu City CVB is committed to working proactively with its partners to attract and engage visitors in order to enhance the area’s economy, and thus, its quality of life. Its vision is for the Lake Havasu region to be nationally recognized as one of the most exceptional visitor experiences in the American West, combining wide-open waters, breathtaking vistas, outstanding outdoor recreational pursuits and year ’round events with a dedication to preserving the destination for future generations.