The bureau does little to track travelers and tourism patterns in the Mohawk Valley . . .but
...it was already planning to begin monitoring its own success rate and that it’s doing the best it can with a limited budget.Sure, now that it got caught unable to demonstrate any value in return for the ability to skim $$ from lodging transactions! It's amazing how when government fails, it turns the failure into an excuse to ask for more.
The bureau points to its efforts to attract visitors, including attending trade shows...Sounds like a boondoggle, no?
Mansukh Paghdal, owner of Rome’s Quality Inn, expressed anger at what he said was the bureau’s bias in favor of certain other hotels.Or maybe it's because Mr. Paghdal's accusation is true, as a comparison of the CVB descriptions of the Quality Inn and the Inn at the Beeches seems to suggest.
“They are totally no good, because they are only working for certain people,” he said.
Paghdal said he paid $25,000 a year in bed tax and didn’t feel he was getting his money’s worth. . .
Convention and Visitors Bureau President Paul Ziegler said the Quality Inn might be suffering because of a stabbing that happened in March outside the adjoining Denny’s restaurant.
Enough of government taking money from business people and using it to benefit only those who are "connected."