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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta JO - THI IETHBRIDCI HERAID - Friday, May 28, 1971 [TRAVEL CENTENNIAL CANOE PAGEANT - Sponsored by the federal government the British Columbia Centennial Canoe Pageant starts July 25 at Fort St. James, B.C., follows the Fraser and Thompson Rivers, and ends in Victoria three weeks later. The pageant will have a canoe and team representing each province and territory in Canada. Shown here is part of the 1967 Voyageur canoe race from the Rockies to Expo '67. Chief Voy-ageur then, as this year, is Lt. Col. W. H. V. Matthews of Gabriola Island, B.C. -Photo by Malak Shannon grows despite anger of county farmers By ANDREW TORCHIA SHANNON (AP) - "It's not a city, it's just a built-up place," the farmers in Ireland's County Claire say about Shannon. That's a bit of Irish understatement, for Shannon is a thriving international airport and a big chunk of Ireland's growing industrial muscle. Its unusual experiment in social Claiming has turned villagers ito commuters and produced a bedroom suburb without a city centre. Some old Irish industries, such as textiles and shoemak-ing, are taking their lumps from foreign competitors, but tile curve at Shannon remains upward. A $9.6-million passenger terminal opens shortly to replace barracks-style airport buildings dating to the Second World War. Engineers say that with $7 million they can dredge the Shannon River to take the 500,000-ton oil and ore ships of the future, and open up the area to heavy industry. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Blda. *� PHONE 328-7684a� And the men who made Shannon have begun planning the industrial development of rural counties in western Ireland, a region including one-tenth of the country's 2.9 million people. Shannon began in the 1930s as Europe's westernmost airport, laid out on country marsh 50 miles upriver from the Atlantic. By 1958, three-quarters of the airplanes crossing the North Atlantic were refuelling there. Passengers were spending millions on Irish linen and whisky in the world's first duty-free airport shop. STATUS THREATENED Jet airliners capable of reaching the European continent non-stop threatened to push Shannon back into the bush leagues. Brendon O'Regan, a caterer who had dreamed up the duty-free shop, proposed to save the airport by building a duty-free industrial park next to the runways. The Shannon Free Airport Development Co. was formed, government-owned but independently run, with O'Regan as chairman. The government chipped in with concessions to pull foreign manufacturers. The first company moved in during 1959. Now the 300-acre site has 44 light industries and ware- WITH    AMA WORLD TRAVEL  tOW COSTI  24 HOUR CONFIRMATION!  UNLIMITiD MILEAGE Sm the A.M.A. World Travel Dapt. for Brochure and Full DetaiUI Purchase Your . . . Euroil Pass** and Youth Pastes - Avail-able in Europe and United Kingdom . . . British Rail Thrift Coupons and Rail Passes. It Costs No Mora To Get Them at A.M.A. World Travell  Flight Insurance  Vacation Insurance  Baggage Insurance  Hospitol and Medical Available For All Travellers Open Men. through Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AJM.A. World Travel Service 903 3rd Ave. $., lethbrldge Phone 328-1771 or 326-7921 Free customer parking at the rear of our buildingl Tourist world explodes and big cities worried house firms, 17 of them American, 16 Irish and nine British. The companies get cash grants toward start-up costs and need pay no taxes on export profits until 1990. They can import materials and equipment duty-free for products sold outside Ireland where they won't compete with other Irish concerns. Last year shipments abroad reached $99 million, 22 per cent of Ireland's total manufactured exports. Some 7,800 people work at Shannon, but only 3,600 live in houses and apartments built by Shannon Development Co. across the road from customs post serving the industries and airport. OPINIONS VARY The community has a half-dozen small stores, four schools and a pub. The row houses are grey and plain, and inhabited mostly by young families with no roots in the area. More than 37 per cent of the residents are children under 11. Some Shannonites like it and some don't. "People don't visit each other as much here as they do in other places," said Eliza beth Hughes, 28, whose husband John is a lathe operator, "People move too often and you don't really get to know your neighbors." John Hughes, 31, goes six miles to Newmarket to get his five-year-old sedan repaired But he likes Shannon because it's far less crowded than his native London. The development company subsidizes rents in the community as a lure to workers. Hughes pays $25 a month for a three-bedroom house, less than one-tenth his income. The development company has a hand in tourism. It promotes medieval banquets in ancient castles, and manages a rent-an-Irish-cottage project aimed at visitors seeking Old World charm with New World comfort. The 66 cottages have thatched roof, stone floor, turf fire, refrigerator, stove, shower and central heating. Attractions like these help keep Shannon booming as a tourist airport. Total passenger traffic including in-transit travellers was down to 833,000 last year from a record 886,000 in 1969. But the number of people who got off and stayed in Ireland increased 20,000 to 473,000. By LYNN HEINZERLING LONDON (AP) - In Spain, they expect to have more tourists than Spaniards in 1975. London, with 920 hotels in the city centre, is planning a square mile of new hotels with 220,000 more beds by 1980. Brussels has 10 new hotels going up and 11 more on planning boards; Paris needs 6,000 more rooms; Yugoslavia is building 49 new hotels and planning underground parking in once sleepy Dubrovnik. Moscow boasts of the ultimate tourist kick, the new Rossiya Hotel with 6,000 beds. The tourist world seems to be tilting wildly and nobody appears to know where it will stop. They are even talking of a matinee performance of the daily changing of the guard at London's Buckingham Palace to meet the tourist demand. Britain had a million visitors from overseas in 1960, more than six million last year. A recent official estimate predicts between 12 million and 15 million in 1980. Spain, with seven million tourists in 1961 and 24 million last year, expects 38 million in 1975. The current population of Spain is about 33 million. Mexican tourist cards authorized To facilitate travel to Mexi co by nationals of many ropean countries and - Philippines, CP Air has been authorized by the Mexican government to issue Mexican tourist cards at its ticket offices in major cities across Canada. From the North Sea to the Plack Sea, a similar surge of tourists is assaulting the available hotel space. One thing is certain: The w e 11 -h e e le d traveller who swished through Europe in de luxe trains 50 years ago, dined to real live music under glittering hotel chandeliers, lolled in comfortable and economic lounges in Berlin, Paris and Vienna and turned all his troubles over to the hotel porter, would find Europe in 1971 a vastly different place. He could still find some of the proud old hotels, polishing the brass daily, keeping flowers fresh, collecting the shoes nightly for shining, keeping a card index of guests and their foibles and trying to satisfy every whim with an air of enthusiastic gentility. But this is the day of the jumbo jet, computerized booking, the package tour and fleets of sightseeing buses, automatic ice machines, air conditioning end the breakfast order on the doorknob. To move the planeloads of eager sightseers smoothly from the Arc de Triomphe to the Roman Forum, from the Berlin Wall to the Acropolis, more and more hotels were needed. No new hotel had opened in Paris since the George V was finished in the 1930s until the Paris Hilton threw open its doors in 1966. CHAINS MOVE IN For the last 10 years, though, giant cranes hovering over the capitals of Europe have signalled the birth of scores of new hotels. The American hotel chains moved into the European field-the Hilton, Inter-Continental, Sheraton, Sonesta, Knott, Loew's Esso Motor Hotels, Holiday Inns and more recently Howard Johnson, The airlines, watching the growing flood of travellers in their terminals, moved into the hotel business. Hilton International is a subsidiary of Trans World Airlines. Inter-Continental is a subsidiary of Pan American. European airlines also have acquired hotel interests. The tourist invasion has reached to Finland on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Sixteen hotels are going up in Helsinki and main tourist centres at the moment, and the country's hotel beds will be increased from 44,000 at present to 55,000 in 1973. The Soviet Union has 52 hotels, motels and camping sites under construction In 45 cities, but a tourist official said: "We need many, many more." The situation is much better in another Communist country, Romania. Sixty new hotels were built there last year, the 888-bed Bucharest Inter-Continental is opening soon and two more hotels with 1,000 beds each are planned The Greater London Council, after a study of hotels and tourism in London, pointed out that "if current forecasts are fulfilled, there may be, by the end of the decade, on any one day, a million visitors in London." "The load their coaches and hired cars would impose on London's streets can just about be imagined." Already the buses and cars descending on Buckingham Palace for the daily spectacle create magnificent traffic snarls. The council said a number of Govt, handbook for Yugoslavs DUBROVNIK, Yugoslavia (AP) - The government is preparing handbooks for thousands of Yugoslavs who plan to go aborad to work. The book will explain the workers' rights in various countries and living conditions. A half million Yugoslavs already work in other countries. Luxury train SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Tourist officials plan to put back into operation a luxury train that they say once carried a Turkish sultan and his harem. The 100-year-old train is to run between the Danube River city of Rousse and Varna on the Black Sea. tourist attractions already have reached saturation point. It asked Londoners to ecrider what the city could be re "when, on some future June or July days, 300 jumbo jets a day arrive at Heathrow, each carry-ing up to 400 tourists." Eastern .Boundary of Jasper Park 16 Miles Off Highway 16 PACK TRIPS - TRAIL RIDINO CHILDREN'S CAMP RANCH STYLE MEALS Musfang'71ee.a new lower suggested retail price of  Based on manufacturers suggested retail price (of 6 cyffndor 2-door Hirdlop not Indiiding destination charge, lleenee. gas and Provincial Sales Tax. Q F0RD MOTOR COMPANY OF CANADA, LIMITED o o .'o o Oj o "o o succeeTto utrAic prick 2 000R MUSTANG HARDTOP.6 CYLINDER INCLUDES: COLOR-KEYED NYLON CARPETING FLOOR MOUNTED SHIFT LEVER HIGH-BACK BUCKET SEATS BELTED TIRES STEEL GUARD RAILS : NO CHARGE NO CHARGE NO CHARGE NO CHARGE NO CHARGE $3,393'.00 i|llllilllllipllll�iili iiimipi O o. o o o o $329 to $378 reduction on manufacturer's suggested retail prices-depending on the modelyouchoose. retail price on all six Mustang models. 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