Last year's decision by city council to essentially privatize tourism services was bold, yet not necessarily well thought out in terms of the implications. Well, I guess it's time to get down to the implications.
The city will be holding a community input session on Wednesday at the River Run Centre to see what ideas the people may have in terms of outside the box ideas to manage local tourism. To me, if you have to pay someone to do something right, are you going to find someone to do it just as well on a volunteer basis? I doubt it. So far, no one's stepped up to offer their services on a volunteer basis, which I think was kind of key to the city's plan when the idea was proposed last fall. Perhaps the people will have other ideas.
Here's the press release:
GUELPH, ON, March 18, 2013 – Tourism partners, agencies, community organizations, and individuals are invited to discuss tourism services, and innovative ways to deliver those services in Guelph.
The tourism community consultation session takes place on Wednesday, March 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph.
“Guelph is a great place to visit. Our community is filled with music, arts and culture events, history and heritage, unique shopping and dining experiences, and outstanding sports and recreation facilities,” says Colleen Clack, General Manager of Culture and Tourism. “We’re inviting the people who organize and participate in local and regional tourism activities to come together and share their ideas for promoting Guelph to visitors.”
The feedback gathered during the consultation session will be used to develop a request for proposals to determine if agencies, organizations or partners are able to deliver tourism services for the City of Guelph.
After considering all proposals, staff will report findings to City Council and make a recommendation regarding the provision of Tourism Services in Guelph.