Tourism hypocrisy

Your editions of 10 November carried three articles regarding tourism:

The first, ‘Bash lacked cruise guests’ lamented the lack of advertising for the beach party planned by the Department of Tourism.

The second, ‘New Year’s music nixed’, discussed the Government’s decision to enforce the law banning live music and alcohol sales past midnight on New Year’s Eve, and the inevitable impact on tourism.

The third, ‘Tourism growth needed’, set out the DoT’s aims of doubling tourism numbers during 2006.

How the DoT thinks tourism numbers will double in the face of the Government taking steps to cripple the tourism industry on the most important night of the year and its own miserable performance is beyond me.

And let’s not forget this is an issue of more than one night – tourism accounts for approximately 70 per cent of the Islands’ GDP.

On the one hand we have the Government taking steps to cripple the tourism industry on the single most important night of the year and the DoT miserably failing to assist the tourism industry, whilst on the other hand the DoT is aiming for doubling the tourist numbers.

Alistair Weeks