Don’t change what works

Tourism promotion in Montgomery County has been making good progress since the county handed the job over to the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of the year.

Among the accomplishments:

  • The publication of the first Montgomery County travel guide in 10 years.
  • The hiring of a tourism associate to focus on Montgomery County projects and tourism properties and attractions.
  • An updated two-county snowmobile map.
  • Unveiling a new tourism website for the county.
  • Raising the profile of the county on social media.

In addition, the chamber has plans in place to further improve the county’s tourism program in 2016.

Considering all these efforts and successes, we were surprised to hear some Montgomery County legislators are talking about possibly taking the promotion job away from the chamber and giving the duties back to the county Department of Economic Development and Planning.

The move would be a mistake.

Mark Kilmer, president of the chamber, noted the organization has been administering Fulton County’s tourism program for more than 20 years. The chamber has the experience and resources to make Montgomery County’s tourism program the best it can be.

The chamber appears to be doing a better job with the tourism program than the county did before the chamber was given the job. We see no good reason to change the situation.

Letting the chamber and county Department of Economic Development and Planning stay focused on their respective jobs would produce better work from both groups.

The chamber will continue to promote Fulton County’s tourism. It makes sense for the two-county chamber to handle the job for both counties.