Find out what tourist do or have done in Canada first

Editor: Last week someone who represents First Nations vehemently opposed the exploration of oil and construction of a pipeline.


Last week someone who represents First Nations vehemently opposed the exploration of oil and construction of a pipeline. He added: “…it will kill B.C.’s $7 billion tourist industry.”

Having worked for over 40 years in the travel industry I had to do a double take. How could I have been so wrong?

From my humble perch I see tourists buy a loud shirt in Honolulu and like to feel the sand between their toes. In Egypt most people like to have their picture taken, riding a camel in front of the pyramids. In Paris it’s the Eiffel Tower and croissants for breakfast every morning…

Visitors to Western Canada, unless they specifically come for the Stanley Cup, a convention or the Calgary Stampede, rent a motorhome in Calgary and drive through our glorious Rockies to Vancouver.

Depending on the amount of time available the ride could include Drumheller, Buffalo-Jump-Head-Smashed-In, Prince Rupert and Port Hardy.

It also works well in reverse. But even if they do things different, it always involves driving. Lots of it! That includes those visitors from South Carolina who overnight in motels, the sports fishermen who look for salmon in Campbell River or the Seattle skier who weekends in Whistler. They have to drive, ride or fly.

We have now raised a generation of people who were made to believe that using gas is a sin and will destroy the planet. Why are we surprised that our tourism, which consists of so much driving, is tanking?

With all due respect, all those speaking on behalf of First Nations or Tourism BC concerns may wish to take a reality check.

Find out what my tourists do or have done while here.

Besides, most of us now know, thanks to Vivian Krause, how much ‘charity’ money has gone to First Nations and others to oppose the development of our natural resources.

They no longer project the clean image their sponsors had hoped to take advantage of.

Ziggy Eckardt

Burnaby, BC


Just Posted

Oil tanker ban to be reviewed by committee

Indigenous groups for and against Bill C-48 travel to Ottawa to influence the Senate’s decision

Fat tires on thick ice

Burns Lake fat bikers came out to enjoy the conditions on Kager… Continue reading

Lakes District News reporter self-introduction

For this week’s column Lakes District News readers get to read about… Continue reading

Not voting is a vote for apathy

Editor: I have just finished reading “The Regional News” mail out that… Continue reading

Ottawa neglects Alberta oil resources at its peril

Editor: When there were 2,200 jobs lost in Ontario it becomes a… Continue reading

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read