After helping Jim Hinckley travel to represent Kingman at a Route 66 event in Illinois last summer, the Kingman City Council has authorized spending roughly $4,900 more in support of his trip to Germany in July. Hinckley is an accomplished author and expert on the Historic Highway and he is viewed as an asset in promoting Route 66 and the greater Kingman area to help stimulate tourism.
The council voted April 19 to authorize use of Tourism Development funds to help subsidize Hinckley’s promotional trip and attendance at the European Route 66 Festival. Council member Jen Miles is confident the expenditure will be offset by tourism that Hinckley will return to Kingman.
“I do think there’s a tangible benefit for the city,” Miles said. “Mr. Hinckley will be a great ambassador for us at this festival given the enthusiasm Europe has for Route 66.”
Mayor Richard Anderson said Kingman is getting better at taking advantage of its location on the path of the “Mother Road.”
“Isn’t it nice that we have this tremendous asset,” Anderson queried rhetorically. “We’re becoming more knowledgeable at how to exploit it and market it.”