Good Job Covering Regrettable Situation

RECEIVED Thu., April 19, 2007

Mr. Michael King,
    I am the president of the Austin Hotel and Lodging Association, and I wanted to express my thanks for your recent article on the Austin Convention Center and Bob Hodge [“Point Austin,” News, April 13]. I do think your article was the most honest representation of the situation that I have seen in any news article to date, and I appreciate your insight regarding the situation.
    Bob Hodge has always supported the tourism industry and the positive image of the city of Austin. The AHLA regrets the departure of one so committed to Austin and the tourism industry.
    The current situation is obviously regrettable, but I do have confidence in the ACC staff, Rudy Garza, and our city government to place the correct internal controls over the system to make it work better.
Sincerely,
Jim Reist
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