"We didn't make this up. It was done under their auspices, and under their control," he said.
That would seem to contradict statements Greenbrier attorney Brian Helmick made to the Lottery Commission on Tuesday, when he said Greenbrier management was not aware that tour companies were promoting Greenbrier day trips as casino trips.
Arthur said Wednesday he planned to remove The Greenbrier ad from the agency's Facebook page, and does not anticipate offering Greenbrier day trips in the future.
"This is probably the last one we're going to do, because of the controversy," he said.
"This was their program," Arthur said of the casino day trip. "I kind of feel like I'm caught in the middle."
As of Wednesday, the Saturday day trip was sold out.
Continuation of the casino day trips also appears to contradict statements made Tuesday by Lottery director John Musgrave. He told the Lottery Commission that Greenbrier management had agreed to stop hosting tour bus day trips to the resort's casino.
Lottery general counsel Kathy Lawson said Wednesday that as long as the day trips are not being promoted strictly as casino outings, Lottery officials would take a hands-off position until the Lottery Commission meets on Nov. 27 to clarify the definition of "event" for purposes of obtaining access to The Greenbrier casino.
At Tuesday's meeting, commissioners -- particularly Commissioner David McCormick -- questioned whether a buffet lunch meets the definition of an event, as the Legislature intended when it passed the 2009 law authorizing a casino at The Greenbrier.
On Tuesday, McCormick said it was never the intent of the Lottery Commission to have tour buses pulling up at The Greenbrier so that those onboard could go to the casino.
Likewise, Musgrave commented Tuesday, "What we won't allow is a group of folks coming up in a van, going through the buffet line ... and then saying, 'We're here to go to the casino.' "
As originally drafted, the legislation authorizing the resort's casino restricted casino access to registered overnight guests, and to Greenbrier property owners who are members of the Greenbrier Sporting Club.
It was amended to include people registered to attend conventions/events at the resort when 400 or more hotel rooms are booked -- anticipating that there could be times when people attending large conventions or events at the resort would be unable to reserve a room at the hotel, and would be denied access to the casino granted to their fellow convention-goers.
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