Editor: This is a response to a recent letter from Mr. Steeves and his negative opinion on the province’s decision to invest in concerts. The economic impact that concerts provide is significant. There were 28,000 tickets to be sold for the Shania concert and thousands of people from away will buy. The province will receive their investment of $250,000 back in tax on the tickets alone. This is not to mention the money that visitors will spend on hotel/motels, restaurants, gas, booze, etc.
The same can be said for Cavendish as thousands flock to the area. One needs only to take a drive out there during the weekend and watch the thousands walking to and from the campgrounds and motels. They will spend enormous amounts of money on food and booze for the three days.
The same can be said for Summerside as they continue to bring world-class entertainment to little P.E.I. A lot of the tickets sold for Elton John, Bryan Adams, Sting etc. were off- Island. One needs only to ask those in the tourism industry just how important it is to host concerts.