Political parties not ignoring tourism, say candidates

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Tourism may not be as prominent an issue in this provincial election as it was in 2007.

But candidates representing the three major parties looking to form government after Oct. 6 are adamant they’re not overlooking an industry they say is so vital to Niagara’s economy.

During the provincial election four years ago, tourism had its own section in the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic platforms.

For example, then PC leader John Tory promised more money for marketing.

Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty pledged a “comprehensive competitiveness study,” which led to a $4-million report, which in turn led to the creation of regional tourism organizations tasked to make Ontario’s tourism industry more competitive with other destinations around the world.

While there were specific promises for tourism in 2007, this time around, there are few.

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