Business travel, trade shows and conventions, all of which screeched to a halt in the depths of the pandemic, haven’t fully resumed and might be forever changed. But hotels and meeting venues across Galveston County are reporting signs of life in the hard-hit industry.

Although hotel and venue managers aren’t reporting the massive groups they once booked, they’re landing some business and it’s helping to generate revenue in the slow season when tourism wanes.

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri.

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David Hardee

Almost simultaneous to this article that quotes, Michael Woody, chief tourism officer reporting that the tourist trade is returning appears this guest article "Guest commentary: "New cultural heritage plan explores Galveston's rich history." by Alex Thomas.

Mr. Thomas, a recent employed consultant of the Park Board , says, "the park board assembled a team of local stakeholders to serve on the Cultural Heritage Development Task Force and brought me on board to facilitate several meetings. I also held one-on-one conversations with islanders to identify cultural resources for development."

What is the problem that requires Galveston to need to have it's "Cultural Heritage Development"?

If "Cultural Heritage" was effecting tourism Michael Woody, chief tourism officer did not mention that during his interview. Those with oversite of the Park Board might ask if this is a new function of the Park Board separate from tourism or beach maintenance being funded as a social engineering department.

A review of the Bylaws does not render any evidence that the "Culture and Heritage " is an existing function of the Park Board.

This inquiry is reasonable when a pseudo-bureaucracy uses public fund to venture beyond its assigned scope of activities.

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