Former Convention & Visitors Bureau president resigns

CLEVELAND (AP) - The former president of an area tourism organization has resigned following media reports of lavish spending on meals, trips and sports outings at the organization.
The board of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland on Thursday accepted the voluntary resignation of Dave Nolan, who had been on a leave of absence since May.
A review of the bureau's operations by an independent counsel concluded that Nolan engaged in no malicious misconduct while he was bureau president and no further action was required by the bureau, board chairman Dennis Lehman said.
"I regret the difficulties this incident caused the CVB and my family. As I move on with my own plans, I hope community attention will return to the important work of this fine organization," Nolan said.
Bureau spokesman Wayne Hill would not say Thursday why Nolan chose to resign. He said a full report would be released Friday and "that's probably the best place to try to answer that question."
The bureau spends $6 million to $8 million a year to bring tourists and conventions to town. Most of the money comes from a county tax on hotels and motels. About $600,000 comes from member dues.
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