Probably twenty years from now - perhaps long after most of us are dead - we'll still be reading bullshit like this (from the editorial staff at a local newspaper that is devoid of critical thinking):
According to Boucher, the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia has just begun to realize its tremendous potential for tourism.Soon folks. Soon.
What that means is, if you're trying to measure Congressman Boucher's rate of success, after twenty years of promises, and you come up with squat, well, that's because we've just begun to realize its tremendous potential ...
That quote above, so you know, appears in an article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph announcing a group hug that is scheduled to take place on Monday down in Wytheville, starring that same crusader for that just-begun decades-long tourism strategy implementation - Rick Boucher - and attended no doubt by a host of loyal sycophants:
To show what kind of meeting this is going to be, the folks at the Daily Telegraph plant their lips squarely on Boucher's butt with this:
Promoting Southwest Virginia — Growth in tourism economy critical
Tourism is now the third largest employer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, lagging only behind automotive sales and food, according to U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.
In hopes of stimulating continued tourism growth in the coal producing counties of Southwest Virginia, Boucher is hosting a tourism conference to be held on Monday, Oct. 29, at the new Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville. The conference is open to the public.
At the upcoming tourism conference, called “Tourism: Putting Southwest Virginia’s Unique Heritage and Culture to Work,” officials will explore how communities in Southwest Virginia have created identities based on their unique cultural heritage in order to attract visitors to our region, Boucher said. (link)
We join Boucher in calling for a renewed and aggressive promotion of tourism in Southwest Virginia.Twenty years.
Boucher is correct. The Ninth Congressional District is now just beginning to realize its true tourism potential. In many ways, the vast tourism opportunities of scenic Southwest Virginia remain largely untapped.
We must begin working today to take advantage of this growing tourism market, which promises a tremendous potential for the future of Southwest Virginia.
The tourism conference in Wytheville is certainly a good start in unifying and promoting our regional tourism efforts.
Millions of tax dollars in expenditures.
"The Ninth Congressional District is now just beginning to ..."
"We must begin working today to ..."
"... promises a tremendous potential for ..."
"The tourism conference in Wytheville is certainly a good start ..."
I'm not going to be able to attend this
Ask this seemingly important question:
In which future decade should we demand results, Rick?
* Here's what makes this report a useful sleight of hand. A quote from the document itself: "The word tourism is avoided in this report because of its vague meaning." Thus it becomes a "travel" report, with related travel data cited and analyzed. It reverts to a tourism report after its release. Slick move.
Worthless. Intentionally deceptive. And slick.
** To illustrate the flawed nature of this report, my visit to Myrtle Beach where I'll be in business meetings for two days, is considered, by the perameters set in this report, to be a "tourist" visit.