Lake Havasu tourism officials say they'd rather spend their money updating their web site than on technology they describe as "outdated."
The Mohave County Economic Development Authority and several communities throughout the county, including the tribe, plan to make a new CD-ROM to promote tourism in the area, But, the Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce say they won't be participating. The CD-ROM, estimated to cost about $100,000 to produce, will include photos, videos, computer animations, voices and music. Kingman, Bullhead City, Laughlin, Nev., the tribe, Oatman, the National Park Service and Mohave County have signed on. "That kind of technology was really popular about eight or nine years ago," said Bonnie Barsness, Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau executive director. Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnon of Lake Havasu City, said his city's officials have made the wrong decision. "I would think if CD-ROMs were a thing of the past, Laughlin wouldn't be ordering over 1,000 to send out. Lake Havasu can't afford to start thinking we're the only tourism destination in the area."