Lack of response disappointing

  • May. 24, 2006 6:00 a.m.

Tourism operators on Haida Gwaii are still waiting for a promised marketing plan to be unveiled in the wake of the Queen of the North sinking over two months ago.
Three weeks agoa, the Minister of Tourism promised a plan was just around the corner, says MLA Gary Coons.
“We’re around the corner – the big summer season is starting and there’s been no action taken by this government,” he says.
Andrew Merilees, president of the Haida Gwaii Tourism Association, is disappointed as well. He said the May long weekend is now past and there is still no word as to how the government plans to help the situation or market the north coast as a viable destination.
He thinks many opportunities to advertise the new ferry schedule are already being missed as regional deadlines pass.
The marketing plan is being developed with the Council of Tourism Associations and the unveiling is long-awaited.
New Democrat Tourism critic Nicholas Simons says tourism operators are contemplating the loss of as much as 70 per cent of their business due to the sinking.

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