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  • M
    July 12, 2012 - 14:08

    By the looks of the red patches our favorite downtown panhandlers are waring it is likely we have an issue with Quebec youth/bums moving to our town for the summer. Vagrancy laws do need to be toughened up and this type of activity eliminated. It has nothing to do with income disparity. These kids can get a job in any shop they stand in front of to beg for change if they would wash up and show up.

  • David
    July 12, 2012 - 09:21

    The TV ads are effective, gorgeous, and inspriring to watch ..... they get people to come here.....once. The fact is that the ads are very deceptive, and they over-promise on what an average tourist with typical time and financial constraints can or will find when they get here. After more than a decade of uber-promotion, there remains far too little "product" here for tourists. They come, they see, they leave.....tick the box...been there, done that. Promotion has done 98% of what it could possibly ever achieve for this place....time to stop pouring the foundation and start building the house. Well, if it's not already far too late.....

    • Sandra
      July 12, 2012 - 12:45

      NL hospitality and service industry are in desperate need of training to compete successfully for the prize of the travelers $. Our government Ad / promotion is outstanding but sadly our product delivery is not. The Ad campaign will get them here once but investment in education is required to get them back. We've got he charm, not lets learn how to use it.

  • kp
    July 11, 2012 - 14:23

    @THE AKADEMIKLOFFE Sorry to hear about that disruption to your vacation. However, vagrancy and panhandlers are not a problem to be solved with legislation and policing. Rather, they are symptoms of poverty and economic disparity (not to mention our abysmal mental health system and our colonial heritage) and must therefore be addressed through social policy and wealth redistribution. Enjoy your cruise.

  • Jon Parsons
    July 11, 2012 - 12:08

    @the akademikloffe... yeah, one would expect for all the money brought in by the tourism industry that there wouldn't be so much inequality and poverty, but what is it that Adorno said: "The culture industry perpetually cheats its consumers of what it perpetually promises."

  • Jon Parsons
    July 11, 2012 - 11:41

    Just curious, but don't op-ed pieces usually include the name of the author? Also, a fun fact: the govt of NL in 2007 spent $11 million on its tourism campaign and estimated (or well, Tom Hedderson suggested) that the economy benefited to the tune of $850 million. (http://www.targetmarketing.ca/assets/Know_thyself_Progress_October_2007.pdf) Recent reports have also indicated that last year more tourists visited the province than our total population. This illustrates just how important tourism is to our province; however, the anxiety expressed in the op-ed shows just how fragile this industry is.

  • The Akademikloffe
    July 11, 2012 - 09:42

    I wish to raise as tourism matter at a local outlet and this seems the most convenient. We disembarked the Akademikloffe this morning and immediately proceeded to get coffee only to be met by a panhandler (literally, my wife joked as he was pandering with a steel kitchen bowl). We continued to a recommended breakfast spot and bakery where we encountered a more aggressive panhandler. You have a lovely city, but you need vagrancy and panhandling laws. Your tourism literature can boast about scenic beauty but the social experience this morning was far from admirable. It is the experience tourists take away, not your advertisements.