Corbett's budget cuts hit Erie, regional tourism
Plans to launch a geocaching program -- a GPS-enabled treasure hunt popular with tourists -- will likely be scrapped this year in Erie County.
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#1 Mar 27, 2011
Maybe if we weren't spending most of the hotel tax proceeds on convention center debt, the relatively small state revenue cut wouldn't mean anything as we would be actively promoting ourselves. It seems remarkable to me that such a small percentage of the overall budget should have such a dramatic impact on the promotional budget. Are we to take from that the money being collected locally is being spent on debt and salaries, with little left for promotions? If that is true, isn't that the concern the hoteliers had about the room tax in the first place?
#2 Mar 27, 2011
Perfectly said. 100% agree. JUst enough to pay salaries, benefits, travel, utilities. Almost zero left to promote Erie!
CLASSIC Erie BS.
Why do so many of these names seem familiar?
ECCCA Board Members
James T. Marnen, Chairperson
Thomas Doolin, Vice Chairperson
Bruce Q. Whitehair, Treasurer
Gwendolyn White, Secretary
Marlene D. Mosco
Roger W. Richards
John "Casey" Wells Executive Director
Whats the old saying: "do what you've always done, get what you've always had"."
Remind me again why Erie never grows and prospers?
How does the average Joe get on one of these boards so he/she has a say in things?
#3 Mar 27, 2011
John F. Oliver
Director of Convention Sales & Services
Joe M. Holody
Director of Tourism Development
Emily M. Beck
Director of Communications
Christine M. Pennsy
Executive Director, Erie Area Sports Commission
Ron Sertz is now being paid by taxpayers to promote sports in Erie? WTF?
John Oliver was head of tourism board in Niagara Falls NY and look how great that place has turned out?
How many conventions have we had that need a 40 hour a week director of sales AND a coordinator?
How many NEW conventions are booked for the next 3 years? If under 50, the ENTIRE staff should be fired and replaced IMMEDIATELY.
#4 Mar 27, 2011
Okay, they have spent 5 or 6 years "branding" the area as the PA Great Lakes Region? What a waste of money. Any idiot knows we are in PA and there's a Great Lake here.
By losing $32,000, that's less than 4% of their budget, they can't do anything now? Are you kidding me?
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