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Tourism V Cost-Cutting

March 12, 2009

This weeks news has been all about the council shutting the Tourist Information Centres in a bid to save money…

http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/news/Lincoln-shut-tourism-centres/article-757603-detail/article.html

The three main sources  of revenue now are agriculture, the university, and tourism.  Lincoln relies on tourism, as the days of big industry have long gone…Lincoln is no longer leading the world market in steam engines, tanks, and gas turbines!Flirt   Where once huge factories stood…you will find B&Q, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Comet, Next…you know the names, for one town looks much like another.

Not only are the TICs to close, but the annual Waterfront Festival has been axed as well.  Now, normal folks would say that that is rather a short-sighted attitude to take, and surely there must be alternative ways of saving money…but it seems that the powers-that-be have already made up their minds, behind closed doors, and will not budge on this issue.  (Typical!!)

OK, I admit that I’m not the brightest of people, but if tourism is a major source of revenue, then by closing the TICs and axing a major summer attraction, aren’t they going to lose money, instead…in the long run?  Many people rely on tourism for their Lincoln Minster livelihoods…hotels and B&Bs, cafes and restaurants, specialist shops, not to mention all the people employed by the major attractions in the historic sector…I could go on and on.

It has taken a lot of hard work and many years to put this town where it is in the tourism stakes…only for one bunch of short-sighted morons to destroy it all in a cost-cutting exercise that is going to save them peanuts compared to what it is going to lose in the long term.

I say we should bring back hanging!!!!!  Wink

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    March 12, 2009 2:36 pm

    It\’s the same the country over, councils will always look to make cuts to those on the front line, after all they only deal with people directly, while an army of pen pushers are secure in their work with the most obscure, politically correct and useless job titles! Hanging is a tad harsh…..deportation might suffice?!! xxx

  2. Sandi permalink
    March 12, 2009 2:56 pm

    How about the pillory…? They could erect it in Castle Square…that would draw the tourists in…!!!

  3. Princess permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:09 pm

    Yo Sandi, I agree with ur point, 4 the long term it is not the answer. My own Town is being 2 look klike a ghost town, with more empty shops than full ones, it is really sad 2 see. Hope u have a lovely evening, Luv PF XXX

  4. Bran permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:33 pm

    Public hangings now that would bring the tourists in! It used to be a big tourist draw in the old days with thousands apparently picnicking and visiting fayres at places like Tyburne in London —– now a non-PC comment it would also save money by cutting down on the prison population!

  5. Sandi permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:48 pm

    At the moment, there are not that many empty shops in Lincoln…there are a couple empty in Sincil Street/Cornhill…and I think I counted five empty units in the Waterside Shopping Centre. There are probably a few more, but it\’s not really noticable just yet.

  6. Sandi permalink
    March 12, 2009 9:04 pm

    The public hangings used to take place at Lincoln Castle up until 1868….maybe they should be revived, with the councillors whose decision it was that has condemned the Waterfront Festival and Tourist Info Centres…!!

  7. Sandi permalink
    March 13, 2009 1:29 pm

    http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/news/Tourist-centre-closure-plans-silly-misguided/article-767408-detail/article.htmlThe debate rages on…but Darren Grice is cocking a deaf \’un…!!!

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