EDITORIAL: Victoria’s wandering tourists

Cruise ship passengers could have problems finding Victoria on foot

Today, Princess Cruise Lines’ Crown Princess and Coral Princess will arrive at Ogden Point with 5,070 passengers.

The tourists will spend thousands of dollars in our region over their quick visit to the Capital City. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority says each cruise call is worth $500,000 to the region’s economy.

Yet while Victoria gets high marks from those passengers who disembark these mega ship. There is one thing missing: how they get around on foot.

The harbour authority does a good job getting passengers on shuttle buses, pedicabs and other forms of transportation, but it’s lacking resources when it comes to showing Victoria to tourists who just want to take a stroll into downtown by themselves.

Several tourists told us last week that there is a “big tent” at Ogden Point, but once you leave the safe confines of the port there is few, if any, directional signs pointing tourists to downtown or back to port.

Tourism Victoria CEO Paul Nursey has often repeated that today’s tourist wants experiential experiences (read: how the locals live).

Says Nursey: “We are introducing 500,000 people to our destination, and we need to engage the community.”

The cruise passengers would never be able to have that experience without fear of getting lost.

The entire idea could be rectified with just a few dollars being spent on extra signage.

After all, we all want cruise passengers to enjoy our city and the more they rave and are satisfied with their trip, the more likely is it that they will return.

 

 

Just Posted

Beware of geese: Nesting season may trigger aggressive behaviour

Greater Victoria residents will have to be wary of nesting geese in the area

Royal B.C. Museum faces space, seismic standards and accessibilty issues; calls for public input

People can share their ideas online and in person from April 1 to June 27

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

Scottish cultural centre proposed for View Royal

A 10,000 square foot building is proposed for the Craigflower Manor grounds

Victim of cyber attack speaks out, highlights Sidney generosity

Business association head talks of ‘horrendous consequences’ in wake of scam

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

New UMSCA trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trudeau says he, Wilson-Raybould had cordial conversation last week

Trudeau denies anything improper occurred regarding SNC-Lavalin and the PMO

SNC-Lavalin backtracks on CEO’s comments surrounding potential job losses

Top boss had said protecting 9,000 jobs should grant leniency

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

Most Read