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Why does Frank Miclash not want Kenora-Rainy River tourist outfitters to take advantage of one of the most lucrative markets in tourism?

In a recent press release, Frank ridicules the minister of natural resources for suggesting tourist operators take advantage of the burgeoning field of bird watching.

But if Frank had bothered to do any research into tourism trends before firing off a pedantic rant to the local media, he would have seen that MNR minister John Snobelen was giving sound advice.

In his book “Boom, Burst and Echo,” noted demographer David Foote makes a convincing argument that due to changing demographics, non-consumptive tourism is poised to be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. The example he gives of this tourism trend is bird watching.

Another study that supports Mr. Snobelen’s suggestions is a 1991 Ontario report that showed more than 1.4 million people made at least one-consumptive recreational trip a year. We often take our natural beauty for granted, forgetting that people in Toronto, Minneapolis, and Chicago are willing to pay good money for an experience they can’t get at home.

As our population matures, people not only have more disposable income to spend on leisure travel, they are looking for less physically intensive forms of recreation.

Bird watching is not the solution to all our problems but at least Mr. Snobelen was offering ideas on how we can diversify our economy into a potentially lucrative new industry.

Frank Miclash has no ideas. He has no ideas for attracting new tourists to our area. He has no ideas about how to increase jobs in the forestry and mining sector. And he has no ideas of how to create jobs so that our children don’t have to move down south to get work.

Frank’s idea of economic development is a steady stream of self-serving press releases.


Craig Nuttall

President, Kenora-R.R.

PC Riding Association

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