A CFAX radio ad for Tourism Victoria says "tourism is expected to double by 2030".
Bourree said this just this week:
Hospitality industry consultant Frank Bourree, principal of Chemistry Consulting, said the property plays a big role on the Inner Harbour as the city has been bleeding hotel rooms for a decade. Bourree said 17 hotels, representing a loss of 1,100 rooms, have closed since 2007.
“That’s more than 10 per cent of the inventory,” he said, noting the losses are being felt right when tourism is on the upswing.
Councillors said this in September:
Coun. Ben Isitt said that given the housing crisis, the units are needed for housing.
“These buildings were built, approved in this chamber, with people believing they were going to be ordinary residential condominium buildings, and now we’ve found these buildings have evolved into something very different,” he said, adding council has also heard about the negative impacts on some people living in those buildings.
Young said he has approved construction of many condo buildings over the years. “I can tell you that during all those years, I thought I was approving places for people to live, not hotel rooms.”
Coun. Jeremy Loveday said the zoning change is a small piece of the puzzle in solving the housing crisis.
Only Coun. Marianne Alto was opposed. “I remain unconvinced that this very broad, heavy brush is the right way to achieve the goals that we’ve all set out,” she said. “I think there is a bit more nuance required, so I will not be supporting this, this evening.”
Pretty sure tourism can not double in just 12 years with the capacity we have now, or the lower capacity council hopes for.
Edited by VicHockeyFan, 19 October 2017 - 08:29 AM.