- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - A committee is opposing the use of accommodations tax money for a new group that would rival the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (bit.ly/1qBEw9M) that a group calling itself the Hilton Head Island Visitors and Convention Bureau sought $250,000 to attract high-end business conferences to the island.

The new group says it could book twice as many business visitors at island hotels in a year as the chamber has in the past four years.

The request was denied Thursday by an advisory committee deciding how to split $500,000 in accommodations tax money.

Committee members say they don’t oppose the rival chamber. But the panel chairman says money is generally not given to new groups, but only to those with established track records.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com