I am the owner of Buffalo Guide Service, a tour company that for 15 years has sold packages to motor-coach and tour companies from out of the area, coming into Western New York and Southern Ontario.
Despite all we have here, Buffalo is still a "hard sell." One thing, however, that has consistently been of interest to these inbound groups is the Erie Canal. Unfortunately, we have to take them to Lockport or Tonawanda to see it!
I am outraged at the absurdity of covering up the old canal. This should be the focal point of the whole Inner Harbor project. We are constantly competing with other destinations for the tourist dollar. With the canal, we have something that other cities don't have that will draw visitors.
Is all the talk about heritage tourism just talk? Surely with all the HUD money being spent for development along the canal, additional money can be found to do this right. Let's not lose this opportunity.
BARBARA E. KELLY