DAY TRIPPERS LOWEST SINCE '72
August 20, 2006
Our federal government seems to have a knack for clouding issues.
One of the latest examples of bureaucratic bungling is the widespread perception that Americans and Canadians need passports to cross the border.
When the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) takes effect on
At that same time, Americans traveling in
Whether that makes sense is open to debate. What matters, however, is the costly toll the proposed measure has already taken. Although the enforcement is a year away, it’s virtually impossible to convince visitors
There is even talk the plan might be further postponed so that officials in
In a weird way, one might get the impression that the
Just look at the latest Statistics Canada report, the agency that tracks foreign travel in and out of that country.
The number of American day-trippers to
“There are lots of reasons for that decline,” said John Kernahan, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission based in
He ticked off a short list: confusion over the passport rules; high gasoline prices and the difference in the currency. With the Canadian dollar worth 89 cents (
“And the whole world situation (e.g. threats of terrorism) makes many people feel a little less free to travel,” Kernahan added.
In the late 1990s, Americans comprised nearly 70 percent of the annual visitors to the Niagara Parks system. Today, that breakdown is closer to 50-50. Parks officials consider a 60-40 split (U.S.-Canada) as the “business as usual” level.
On a related issue, the Toronto Globe & Mail disclosed last week that after several years of failing to negotiate an agreement with
Derek Galpin, managing director of the Canadian Tourism Commission, said, “We can’t do direct-consumer advertising. He compared the present system as operating with one hand tied behind his back. For the record,
Apparently there are several factors for the deteriorating relations between
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Beach Boys will be center stage at 1 p.m. today in Seneca Square (the former Lackey Plaza) in front of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
The performance is expected to draw thousands of people to the South End for the afternoon.
OUT OF THE PAST: “Soldiers of the Revolution,” a special weekend feature at Old Fort Niagara, continues again today with activities from to The living history demonstrators will show how the British forces lived and worked inside the fort during the Revolutionary period.
MILESTONE: It was 50 years ago,
Contact Don Glynn
at 282-2311, Ext. 2246.