CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State efforts to put the brakes on tour bus day trips to The Greenbrier's casino haven't stopped the practice.
Lottery Director John Musgrave told the Lottery Commission this week that the White Sulphur Springs resort has complied with an order to stop busing gamblers to the casino. He said day trips promoted by charter bus companies are beyond the scope of the state law that authorized the casino.
Abbott Trailways of Roanoke, Va., provided a trip The Greenbrier on Wednesday and has another 15 trips scheduled for the rest of the year. Travel Lovers of Lynchburg has a trip scheduled Saturday, the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/WLp1it) reported Thursday.
Representatives of both companies said the companies were advised by management at The Greenbrier that their trips would go on as scheduled.
Travel Lovers president Steve Arthur said he contacted Greenbrier management Wednesday morning after he read a media report about the Lottery Commission's Tuesday meeting.
"My understanding after talking with people at The Greenbrier this morning is that this is, in fact, an approved event, and it is still taking place as planned," Arthur told the newspaper on Wednesday.
Diane Eagle, an Abbott Trailways tour planner, said her company was told that its trips qualify as an event because they include a buffet lunch.
The Greenbrier's president, Jeff Kmiec, didn't immediately return a telephone message Thursday seeking comment.