I received the following email today, presumably in response to this sort of search result:
What a shame that, when I typed in the name of the Charlottetown festival, I came up with your rant. Not very welcoming for us tourists… or our money.
Here’s how I replied:
Thank you for your note.
The web is a rich and diverse place; that’s what makes it so great.
It means that if a well-funded organization, like our Capital Commission, pours money into promoting and advertising an event that will take over our neighbourhood, “we the people” have an outlet to shout back.
In this light, I’m extremely happy that you found my blog post: it means the shouting back is working.
In terms of your tourism dollars: I’m curious to know why you don’t welcome the opportunity to learn more about how your dollars will impact the local community you choose to visit.
You are, of course, welcome to visit Charlottetown — we would love to have you (and your money). But *how* you visit is important: if you visit to support a rock festival that adversely affects our neighbourhood, then I would argue that your tourism might be doing more harm than good.
I think I have a *responsibility* to tell you that you might annoy me, and adversely affect the quality of life of my family and I, through your actions.
My correspondent replied (bless her heart):
All very true. And well said. Food for thought.