Jewelry Store Initiative
By Kaeleen Foote
September 21, 2007
I am a college student doing research for an article for our
college newspaper on the cruiseship industry and its impact on
our small town.
It was with some degree of irony that I read the following from
"...with the option of PRINCE RUPERT not far off in the
horizon and possibly a first stop for many tour boats, this would
further strengthen Prince Rupert's marketable viability."
This is rather humourous considering the general feedback we
have been getting from cruiseship passengers regarding our city
is that it's boring, there isn't enough to do and NOT ENOUGH
In fact there have been rumblings from the cruiselines that unless
the situation changes, they may consider another Canadian port-of-call.
So I think the danger of Prince Rupert becoming a major threat
to your retail sector and/or cruise industry is remote, to say
the least. Besides, we only get two ships PER WEEK not 4 or 5
per day as I understand is the situation for the Alaskan ports.
Also, as a point of interest, I work 20 hrs per week at a local
jewelry store. (There are 3 in our town of 13,000) We get some
foot traffic from the cruiseship. While we always enjoy meeting
and chatting with folks from the cruiseships, we find most are
more interested in looking rather than buying. Not being part
of the cruiseline's "pay to play" programs, I guess
some interesting conversation and the occasional small sale is
the best we can expect.
Anyhow, I wish Prince Rupert's neighbours, the citizens of Ketchikan,
all the best, whatever the outcome of the Jewelry Store Initiative.
It is often challenging balancing the interests of business and
quality-of-life issues. I just didn't want to see false fears
cloud the argument.
I hope to make it up to your fair city someday. But all things
considered, I think I'll wait until the off-season.
Prince Rupert BC
About: "College Student; Resident of Prince Rupert BC; Part-time
employee of a jewelry store"
Received September 18, 2007
- Published September 21, 2007
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