UPDATE: THE RED HEN AFTERMATH
“Lexington-area tourism group beefs up marketing in wake of Red Hen controversy,” The Roanoke Times reports — referencing the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family in June, resulting in a “slew of negative national media coverage,” the newspaper said.
The regional tourism group has been using $5,000 from their emergency funds each month since the incident to craft new positive marketing messages and conduct consumer surveys — this after receiving thousands of complaints. Typically the money is saved. But each locality agreed the region was in desperate need of positive coverage after The Red Hen incident, The Roanoke Times said.