Confederation Bridge. Photo special to The Guardian/Strait Crossing Bridge Ltd.
Convention delegates should be given taste of what P.E.I. has to offer
Editor: I just read the editorial, “Delegate vs.tourist” (May 28, 2014).
In April, I was a delegate at the CAPSLE conference held at the Delta Conference Centre and Hotel in Charlottetown. The delegates came from across Canada and, as someone who visits P.E.I. every summer, I was quite excited to show off one of the most beautiful places in Canada to my colleagues.
It was a perfect opportunity for P.E.I. tourism to celebrate not only your 150th anniversary, but to convince those who were visiting for the first time that a second visit would be an absolute “must do” in any life.
Unfortunately that opportunity was missed. The highlight of the week, Burger Fest, was fun but not enough to capture any heart.
The poor weather would have been overlooked had opportunities been arranged to experience at least some of the things the Island offers tourists.
Granted, the tourist season had not yet begun (missed the lobster season by two days), but tours to Green Gables, a trip around Basin Head or a visit to the bridge, providing a sense of what draws people each year, might have enticed some to return.
As it was, many said there was
nothing to do and they would never come back.
Those of us who do make our way down each summer “to play on your Island” know what a fantastic place it is and why everyone would fall in love with P.E.I. Perhaps in the future, a package could be developed that “delegates” could access that would guarantee they would all return one day as true tourists.