NAACP's Hospitality Survey Lacks Respondents

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Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD

The Jacksonville branch of the NAACP wants to know how many minorities hold policy-making jobs in the area hospitality industry and how often those companies do business with black and other minority vendors.

To figure that out, the branch mailed 58 surveys in early June to various hotel and convention facilities, including city-owned properties like Alltel Stadium and the Prime Osborn Convention Center. But, no responses were received by the original deadline (June 22), so it has been extended to Monday, Aug. 7, said Dennis Wade, vice president of the NAACP branch. Two responses have come in since. This is the second time that the local NAACP branch has surveyed the Jacksonville hospitality industry. The first survey, in September 2004, received only a 10 percent return, Wade said.

Some say the poor response could be a product of the way the survey is administered.

The presidents of the Jacksonville and the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jacksonville Hotel Motel Association said they supported the NAACP's intent, but said a mail-in survey might not be the best way to get the information. …