Concerns about the economy and the stretch of bad weather throughout the country has people in the hospitality industry "holding their breath," according to the director of the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Concerns about the economy and the stretch of bad weather throughout the country has people in the hospitality industry "holding their breath," according to the director of the Pine Bluff Convention Center.


During a meeting of the center’s finance committee Tuesday, Bob Purvis said "We’re going to be very conservative and we expect to see some negatives for the next few months."


Specifically, Purvis mentioned Eureka Springs, which depends on tourist trade for much of its economy.


"They’re in the mountains and their January was wiped out," he said, adding that in bad weather, "people don’t go out to eat very much or go out to do much else."


Purvis’ comments were borne out by the center’s income and expenses statement for January, which showed that total income was $122,115, which was $3,645 less that the amount budgeted for the month.


At the same, expenses for January were $134,946, which was $8,095 below the budgeted amount, and when income was compared to expenses, the center showed a gain of $4,450.


The monthly income statement showed that the bulk of the money the center took in last month — $115,000 — came from the advertising and promotion tax, also called the hamburger tax.


Regarding expenses, the convention center’s electric bill for January was $1,925, which was $357 below the bill from January 2013, but the gas bill was $7,307 or $3,714 above the bill for the same month a year ago.