I have said it in two “State of the City” addresses – doing business differently is politically risky. I take it back.
Talking about doing business differently is politically risky.
Doing business differently means many things at City Hall. One of the things it means is to strengthen our ability to work with the private, public and community-benefit sectors to achieve even better results for the community.
The current ideological debate around tourism – slash it versus keep it as a municipal service – is costly and lacks creativity. Can we stop for a moment and imagine that there might actually be more options than this?
A lot of people’s livelihoods in our community rely on tourism. Sure, we aren’t Niagara Falls. However, if you are wondering whether there is a tourism sector in Guelph, go and ask a dozen of the 100 partners of Tourism Guelph.
The City has been the steward of tourism management for many years and we have an obligation to move forward with care so we do no harm to an important pillar of our local economy and the people who are part of it.
There is a management philosophy that says the most pragmatic and innovative ideas come from the shop floor – the front-line.
So those in the front-line of tourism – the restaurants, hotels, sport clubs, festival and event organizers, destination managers, artists, retailers, farmers and local and regional tourism managers – what say you?