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That certainly

sows confusion.

How will 2013 activity improve through the addition of an adjacent hotel on which construction has not begun? If the 2013 time frame is July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, nearly 1/4 of the time frame has expired with no construction begun and not even a serious ground breaking. If they started construction tomorrow, it likely would not be ready prior to February 1, 2013.

I may have missed something. I am in Wilmington every week. Where are these new hotels under construction? For the most part those in town now compete with reduced rates to bring business in; many of them post "Special Contractor Rates"; and the parking lots are half empty.

113 events with 67,000 people in attendance. That's an average of 593 people per event. Now 9 of those were conventions of some sort; how many of those 67,000 were convention attendees?

Is anyone on the City Council capable of asking similar questions and perhaps setting some realistic goals for attainment? And if the goals aren't met, and there has been no Cat 5 hurricane to explain poor attendance, then it may be time for a new General Manager.


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