When we start entertaining the regional market, international tourism is bound to follow
By Mike Comstock –
Where is city hall on this? The “leadership” is reassuring us that after almost two years we will finally be hiring a general manager for economic development. Maybe he will help. Another place to look is the city’s tourism office. Just like the much needed, yet half-funded planning department, the Toronto tourism department has been reduced to a handful of people with few measly dollars. The Downtown core needs to have a positive public voice to counter the negative images in the media. “If it bleeds it leads” is the media’s mantra. Aggressive parking police, traffic chaos, shootings and people sleeping on the streets in the Financial District are current media fodder. We need to refresh the visitor’s memory on using taxis and TTC passes, etc., to party around the neighbourhoods and Downtown with ease. To shop, dine and tour several of our neighbourhoods, not just the CN Tower and the Zoo. We draw crowds with our vibrancy of life, the arts and culture we offer. We must concentrate on the regional market first. When we get that right, then the distant travelers will find a reason to visit. Find out what’s happening in town or send your VFR a link to: www.OldTownToronto1793. com.