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26-Sep-06 -

Writes part-time busker, part-time Pickwickian condom king Austin Peckham of Dingley Dell, Victoria to the Times Colonist of the demise of the B.C. Experience (see our story of 21-Sep-06 - The B.C. Experience - Mel Cooper - Always a Bridesmaid - Never a Bride)

As a part-time street entertainer in Victoria, I am in a unique position to observe the behaviour of thousands of tourists.

The recent articles about Storyeum in Vancouver and B.C. Experience in our city point out what many people already knew -- that these high-blown tourist projects have not been examined enough by the principals or, alternatively, the principals have not spent enough time at street level to find out what tourists actually buy.

Tourists come to Victoria and immediately stuff themselves with waffle cones, gelato and other kinds of shlock stuff to be found on Government Street. The gardeners among them immediately get on a bus and head out to Butchart Gardens.

The pedi-cabs provide the street-level "Victoria experience," along with similar carriage rides.

The investors in the overblown theatre programs just don't get it: Tourists just want to stuff themselves, buy a few wooden Mounties and a couple of T-shirts. They do the circle, perhaps venture as far as Herald Street, get tired, sit down with the four kids (spending well over $20 on various treats).

They really don't care about history and don't want to spend time dragging around to push a few buttons on a console. Most of them can do that at home on their computers.

Once they have had their scoff, and spent some time at the Irish Times (where I have been directing them over the summer), they get back back on the boat or their preferred method of transportation and head home.

Both the Editor and the Old Contrarian from Pincher Creek love history. But the sad truth is that we are in a tiny minority.


 

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