Letter: Tourism survey raises questions

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[From the April 6 Xpress newsletter:] “‘The mood toward tourism in Asheville may be shifting toward the positive,’ writes Xpress’ Brooke Randle in the article “Tourism Survey Reveals Changing Attitudes, Long-standing Issues.” Survey results from a random sample of 382 Asheville and Buncombe County residents were presented at the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s recent annual planning session.”

I was not one of the 382 surveyed — 382 of a city-county population of … how many?

Shame on the Tourism Development Authority for thinking we residents are so easily duped.

— Cynthia Heil


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2 thoughts on “Letter: Tourism survey raises questions

  1. MV

    Speaking of stupid: all that advertising solely to increase overnight room stays. Not to increase quality of service, quality of product, quality of water/air/environment/roads, customer or employee (or citizen) satisfaction. Imagine owning a restaurant where all you wanted to do was sell as many burgers as possible with no plans for long-term sustainability…Stupid is as stupid does…TDA almost as embarrassing as Meadows and Cawthorn.

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