Wednesday April 16, 2014

question of the week

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Theft of our tourists



A hotel the stature of The George will be critical to the future of the lower Sunshine Coast.

For years group tours and cruise ships pass by within sight of our land, but are not encouraged to visit. Gibsons Landing, with its picturesque setting, native culture, Beachcombers history, safe, clean environment, best-tasting water, local craft beer, talented artists, friendly people and coastal music would charm their socks off.

We have Canadaís mildest winter climate. Itís wrong to assume travel stops because of weather. The warmth of our hospitality will be remembered longer than the temperature of our rain. Tourists are being redirected away because our accommodations are invisible on the Internet.

A recent survey of 15 major travel websites shocked me. Eighty per cent of the top travel websites bait and switched travellers away. After selecting Gibsons or Sechelt, the hotels offered are 30 km over water in Vancouver, Richmond, Nanaimo and Parksville. They hide the critical facts of ferry or air travel.

Itís logical when a foreign traveller seeks a hotel here and finds none they look elsewhere. The first day The George Hotel advertises on the Internet will be the last day our tourists are stolen.

Scott Davis, Area E



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