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Thursday, March 23, 2006

"Queen of the North" Ferry Sinks, All Safe; Heritage Tourism Dollars Bypass Gettysburg Town

The Queen of the North, a large ferry serving the British Columbia coastline, sank on Wednesday morning off the Queen Charlotte Islands. All passengers and crew were rescued. The ferry apparently strayed off normal shipping lanes and hit a submerged rock. Here's the story published in the Seattle Times, originally published in the Vancouver Sun.

I found this interesting article in the Washington Post via the blog Civil War Bookshelf about how the town of Gettysburg isn't benefiting much from the hordes of tourists that visit the battlefield. However, the town is taking steps to fix the problem. The lessons are applicable to every community thinking about heritage tourism as an economic development strategy.

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