We need more creative imagination in tourism

I personally was disappointed with the Yukon's effort to really go all out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. It should have been a spectacular event. After all, the rush shook the imagination of North America and the world.

I personally was disappointed with the Yukon’s effort to really go all out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. It should have been a spectacular event. After all, the rush shook the imagination of North America and the world.

Our response was very poor and ineffective in 1998. We missed the boat. But this is all water under the bridge now. It’s of the past, I know, but still today, in 2012, I am not impressed with how Yukon tourism is handled.

We have an incredibly creative community here – with artists, writers, filmmakers and photographers. You name it. Let’s bring them into the fold. We need much more of their participation regarding tourism to show the world our Yukon.

We need fewer bureaucrats and more of the creative people involved with tourism. We need more input.

The illustration is from the Illustrated London News of October 2, 1897. Jim Robb Collection.

Anyone with information about this subject, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook – Can You Identify? c/o the Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2E4, or send an email to the News at editor@yukon-news.com or go through the website, www.yukon-news.com.

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