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  • Garth Staples
    May 28, 2014 - 20:26

    In 1982 a decision was made to convert Tourist Information Centres (TICs) to Visitor Information Centres(VICs) because the Dept and the Industry was 'fighting' the general public's negative attitude towards tourists. The theory was that Islanders would treat visitors to their province/homes differently from tourists. Therefore all visitors are tourists. Now we are still arguing! The problem after the bridge opened the Ghiz Govt and Tourism Industry had not properly prepared for the influx. How negligent. Garth Staples, former Deputy Minister.

  • Knows Better
    May 28, 2014 - 19:49

    LMAO........I hope these fools have a plan for next season when the numbers drop about 20%. Tourism on PEI has seen a steady decline since the Confederation Bridge was built and now they are going to have a year that still wont bring as many visitors to PEI as we had 15 years ago and they are blowing it all out of proportion. They will probably start counting the people flying over PEI as visitors next year. LMAO.

    • True
      May 29, 2014 - 06:20

      True. All I have heard from visitors I meet, or people I know who have been here the last 15 years or so, is it is so very expensive here, & the craft stores selling souvenirs way way overcharge for stuff - most of which is made elsewhere. Tourist counting is at the point if anyone even inquires about the island, they are included as having visited.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    May 28, 2014 - 13:19

    Sorry but there are differences between a delegate and a bonafide tourist. These differences do impact the tourism industry. Hotels - The tourist uses hotels and other accommodations all over the province. Many operators benefit. The delegate usually stays as close to the convention as possible and often stays at the convention's single official hotel which usually is run by a large full service hotel chain. Meals - Most conventions include some meals especially lunches but dinners are often part of the package. Minimal business for local restaurants and even less for eateries out of town. Attractions - The tourist is out sightseeing every day. The delegate might get in the equivalent of one full day's sightseeing while here for a four-five day convention. Also the tourist has nothing but free time while the delegate's time is mostly in the evening and is likely to favour establishments close to the convention site. If I were a tourist business operator located anywhere but near the convention venue I wouldn't see much value to me in the delegate visiting PEI. I'd sooner have the tourist. The latter would be potentially more lucrative to me.