Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Fricloy, November 17, 1972 Bermuda tourist slump blamed on too high prices By ALAN HAItSlAX CP Correspondent Bermuda (CP) The tourst industry here has run inlo a sudden slump. For two months in a row the number o[ tourisls coming lo this tiny British colony has dropped in comparison with the equivalent months in 1971. The decrease to- September was 10.02 per cent and holel occupancy was only 57.5 per cent compared with 78.8 per cent in the same month last year. Tourism officials offer a va- riety of reasons [or the slump. They blamo recession in the United States, the U.S. presi- d e n t i a 1 election, monetary problems, an oscillating stock market, the Olympic Games and the crippling blow last June of Hurricane Agnes. But The Boyal Gazelle, the colony's daily paper, has cited ar.cllier reason. Sayinp Bermuda's heyday has ended, the paper gave this reason: ''We are not pric- ing ourselves out of the mar- ket, as is repeatedly sug- gested. have, in fact, al- ready priced ourselves out of it." Until the end of September, VISITING If 10, may we quolr? you foi RENTAL VEHICLE ocr week Sedans Wagons Sports Freelance Leach Car Hire Ltd. people had visited Ber- muda in 1972. This is an in- crease of or 1.11 per cent. Canadian visitors showed a slight increase for September, but are down on the year thus far. In Cana- dian took holidays here, com- pared with in the same month last year. But in Hie first nine months o( this year only Cana- dians came to Bermuda on vacation compared with in the same period of 1971. CHEAPER ELSEWHEUE Said The Royal Gazette: "How can we hope to hold our North American market when [he attractions of Ktirope are available at far less expense; when Mexico calls and offers prices which make those of Bermuda look And the outlook [or the fu- ture isn't bright either. At the beginning of October confirmed bookings stood at 63.3 cent of hotel capacity opposed to last year's 74.7 20th anniversary of air service A i r Canada marked the twentieth anniversary of ser- vice to Germany on November 5. On that date in 1952. the air- line extended its Montreal- London service on to Dussel- dorf. Using 40-passenge? North Star aircraft, built in Canada, the airline provided the Ger- man city with once-a-week ser- vice. In 196G, Air Canada moved from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt to facilitate the operation of non- slop flights between Canada and Germany and to improve service for passengers "with on- ward connections. per cent for October. Book- ings tor November stood at 35.9 per cent and do not com- pare favorably with the 43.6 per cent ir. November, 1971. One reason given for the low occupancy figures is that two new hotels have only re- cently opened and arc still building up their business. But while people talk of the high cost of a Bermuda holi- day, residents are complain- ing about the nigh cost of liv- ing in Bermuda. The new governor, Sir Rich- ard Sharpies, had been in Bermuda for less than a week when he received a petition from a consumer group ask- ing that he do whatever is possible to give the people some relief from "unjust and excessively high prices." The cost cf living has gone up in the last couple of years and visitors, looking at market prices, have ex- pressed amazement. A'EVEfl AGAJJV To add fuel to the fire a stewavd aboard the cruise ship the Cunard Adventurer, which visited Bermuda each week during the summer, said hundreds ot tourists told him they would neva: visit Ber- muda again because of the high prices. These visitors were people who lived aboard the sliip and had all their meals on board included in their fare. For people who fly here on their honeymoons the hotels are quoting a "special" rate. At the new Southampton Prin- cess the minimum for eight days and seven nights is 5107. The maximum is The much older Castle Bar- tour Hotel has a minimum for the same time of and a maximum of U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO EXPO 74 Uniling the works of man and of nature is ihs overall effect sought by designers of the Expo 74 Federal Pavilion, at Spokane, the United Slales' contribution to the 1974 Inlernational Exposition on the Environment. Ths 511.5 million structure will house Ihe U.S. exhibit at Expo 74. After the Exposition closes, the structure is slated to become a centre for tourism information and environ- menlal education. Noise and pollution cause concern Electric cars for Bermuda? 17k HAMILTON, B e r m u d a (AP) The government, con cemed about highway noise traffic density and air pollution is considering electric cars to bring as much quiet and clean air as possible i nthis Atlantic resort island. The traffic problem has be come a worry to the tourism industry, which until 26 yeas ago thrived on the fact that pri- vate transportation was by Hekklbetg ingbecause its bre'wedfidmpwe'sptfngwateiC And the refreshing taste of Heidelberg is so easy to enjoy, beer after beer Welcome to Heidelberg. Naturally refreshing because it's Ihe one brewed from pure spring water. Heidelberg begins with Canada's pure spring water to give it n naturally refreshing lasfe... a bright, satisfying taste you'll find in noolhcrbeer. Brewed by Canadian Broworios Alberta Limited horse and buggy and bicycles. Now, Bermuda's 120 miles of highways and byways cope with about vehicles, more than of them private cars. The new transportation minis- ter, Ralph Marshall, believes Winter season package To stimulate tourism within Canada and to give Canadians an opportunity to discover the beauty of their own country, CP Air has announced a num- ber of package vacations for the winter season. A Vancouver weekend special for Albertans includes two nights at one of three centrally located hotels with rates rang-, ing from to (all rates are for two persons and the tours do not include air fare.) for those who want to stay longer, there is the eight- night vacation with hotel rates raning from to and twelve hotels to choose from. Included in the price of both vacations is a three-and-a-half hour Gray Line bus tour of the city and surrounding area. To combine the skiing with touring, CP Air offers a Van- couver and Whistler Mountain holiday. Two days at Vancouv- er's Bayshore Inn are combin- ed with five days at Mount Whistler for Included in the price for ski- ing vacations are lift tickets, meals, transfers, optional ski lessons, a free nylon ski bag, and a chance to win the weekly draw for a pair of Yamaha skis. Two-and-a-half hours north of Vancouver are the ski grounds of Whistler Mountain. "Learn to Powder Ski" is a seven day adventure for S154 while tho 'Whistler Ski Week" special is another seven t'oys of fun for The "Whistler Quickly" is a three day 566 special. Round trip economy air fares are additional. To Vancouver 'rom Calgary is and from Edmonton is that electric vehicles may be the solution to noise, traffic density and pollution. He re- cently" Hew to Britain to inspect electric cars and scooters. Now a U.S. electric car is un- dergoing road tests here. It is the Vanguard Electric Sports Coupe, manufactured by Club Car Inc. of Georgia and distrib- uted by Vanguard Vehicles Inc. of Kingston, N.Y. It resembles an overgrown golf cart with seating for two persons. Vanguard's president, Robert G. Beaumont, here to demon- strate the vehicle, said that so far only five had been built. Ini- tial plans call for production of SITE IS IDEAL "Bermuda is the ideal site for an electric car such as this he said. For one thing, it is two or three feet shorter than the average small British gaso- line-operated car in use here. Top speed is 28 miles an hour, with sufficient power to climb the islands' many hills. This is adequate, since the speed limit is 20 m.p.h. in the country and 15 m.p.h. in congested areas. Another fact which has Im- pressed Bermudians is that the Vanguard is virtually rustproof, being made of alumivim and reinforced plastic. Car owners here are constantly battling rust produced by Bermuda's humid- ify and salt tir. The little car only runs [or 50 miles before requiring recharg- ing, which takes five to six hours. However, travel dis- tances In Bermuda's 20 square miles are generally short. At present, the Vanguard has brakes on two wheels. Local law requires braking systems on all four wheels. Marshall says he is interested in the vehicle as a means of reducing speeding. Despite stiff court sentences m.p.h. often results in a fine and three-month sus- pension from is a major problem, particularly among youths who buzz around on Japanese motorcycles capa- ble of 90 m.p.h. NOW HONORED NEW YORK BankAmeri- card Chargex in Canada credit cards honored by all CEDOK Czechoslovak Travel Bureau tourist facilities throughout Czechoslovakia. Arab terrorism hits tourist flow TEL AVIV (AP) Aral) ter- rorism has hit the flow ot tour 1st? to Israel, but authorities disagree on how serious the loss has been. This country depends upon lourism as a major earner of dollars. By tho end of September, Is rael was million short of a M5fi million goal in tourist in como, a government official .ays. Tourism Minister Moshe Kol, lowcver, asserts that Israel's tourist trade boomed. Airline officials say business wn.s good, but not so high ns anticipated. Tel Aviv hotels, normally packed with summer crowds, have been complaining of vacant rooms. "Certainly, the guerrilla inci- dents affected said a spokesman for one major hotel. "For ft part of the summer, we were running 10 to 15 per cent below capacity. Slowly we arc filling up again, but this sum- mer was a loss." Israel's lourism suffered Us first blow last May nftcr Arab guerrillas hijacked n Belgian ailiner and held 97 hostages at Ixxl airport until troops rescued them. Three weeks later Japa- nese gunmen singed tho bloody airport mnssncre, killing 27. A score of minor guerrilla In cldcnLs, Including bomb blasts, occurred In Israel during Iho summer. Five ski centres ready for visitors By IIAZEL LOWE When il's springtime in the lockies, tour promoters across he land are thinking ahead to he first powder snowfall of a western winter. One happy result of such long- range planning is the ski tour program developed by the Ca- nadian Government Travel Bu- reau, Air Canada and the Al- berta Government to introduce astern-based ski buffs to the oys o[ alpine skiing in the Ca- nadian west. "Skifari" winter ours begin their second season November 18, offering eastern- ers a vacation package that las been expanded to include Whistler Mountain in Garibaldi 'rovincial Park. British Columbia's king-sized mountain, which has built a reputation as' "the largest ski area in North Joins he Big Four ski complexes of Banff and Jasper National 'arks this year as a destina- .ion featured in a low-cost plan Beared to the new domestic :arcs nnounced recently by Air Canada. A variety of week- ong vacations to Whistler, Banff's Mourn Norquay and Sun- shine Village, Lake Louise and Jasper's Marmot Mountain in- clude round trip air fare, ground transportation and six nights accommodation In hotels, mo- .els or condominium units, a package deal designed to ap- to deep powder enthusi- asts in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. AH five resorts are part of a vast, snowy kingdom rolling westward from the Canadian [lockies in Alberta to the lofty Coast Mountains chain of Brit- ish Columbia. This heady, new Frontier of winter sport has seen developing since the '40s when a generation of champions wrought an image of free-wheel- ing western vitality to interna- tional competition and left Lhe jet age resort world feeling it was missing something big in the deep powder territory of the Canadian west. The five ski centres share :he hospitable distinction of of- fering something for everybody, from beginner to competition class expert. In this ski-happy winter wonderland, novices can llay it safe on the long, easy slopes of the snow bowls above the tree line, enjoy gently- graded trails up to three miles long. Champions can fly down challenging runs with vertical drops of more than feet. Loners can schuss off in any di- rection through deep, untracked )owder into a solitary world of heir own. Swingers can enjoy a stimulating apres-ski life on sun-drenched chalet terraces or n moon-swept resort villages where the call of the discothe- que drowns out the call of the wild. In spite of their similar back- grounds, each 'Skifari" destin- ation specializes in promoting its own thing. Whistler Mountain, 70 miles north of Vancouver, is well mown throughout the ski world 'or its vertical drop, :he highest in North America served by lifts, and for the qual- ty and quantity of the snow blanketing Its slopes from Nov- ember through July. The Garibaldi area has mush- roomed into a full-fledged re- sort over the past seven years but it's a raw newcomer com- >ared to the Banff playground. Western enthusiasts who pion- eered Ihe snowy crescent north- west of Calgary have watched heir remote mountain domain [row Into a big-name tourist attraction over the last 20 years, n adlition to Mount Norquay vith its sporty "North Ameri- can" nin and 16 other trails served by two double chair lifts and four other lifts, the Bow River town offers visitors the imenilics of its world-famous Hot Springs. Other steamed-up recreation- al activities are available in he bars and discotheques lin- ing a main street that lights up like a Christmas tree when he snow bunnies breeze into own. Banff is the home of the 1 prestigious Banff Springs Ho- tel, now open for the winter season, and the community playhouse conducts a live thea- tre program for the cultured skier. Those who enjoy less for- mal apres-ski activity can dine, ranch style, at outdoor barbe- cues under the stars and square dance around blazing camp fires when the last lift closes. Tucked into a high alpine val- ley just west of Banff, Sunshine Village boasts the highest ski lift in Canada. "The Great Di- vide" is a double chairlift that crosses the Continental Divide twice, from Alberta into British Columbia and back into Alber- ta. Sunshine's Mount Brewster, notorious for a testing descent down "Delirium offers runs more than two miles long and a wide variety of trails served by two high-speed T- bars and three double chair- lifts. After dark Sunshine Vil- lage creates its own fondu and gluhwein atmosphere, rocks up a storm at the Friday night dances at the Mountain Inn and everybody Is welcome. North of the Banff centre, the towering Whitehorn and Temple slopes above Lake Louise are less than an hour's drive up the skier's throughway, the scenic Banff-Jasper Highway. An his- toric tourist attraction in sum- mer, the resort now is a going concern for all seasons, with condominium style accommo- dation for skiers who want to stay on the site, as well as three day lodges, a gondola, four chair lifts and three other lifts. Northernmost of the "Skifari" destinations, Marmot Mountain has been developed during the past seven years into one of the finest powder snow areas in the Canadian Rockies, featuring safe alpine-type ski- ing from early November through May. Jasper National Park has been attracting sum- mer travellers since 1907 but with the birth of the Marmot Basin ski operation and the win- ter opening of posh Jasper Park Lodge, the capital of the Na- tional Park now swings on a year-around schedule. Marmot Basin was designed for family skiing, with 17 runs suitable for every category of skier, from shaky novice to champion class veteran. Served by two chair lifts and two T- bars, Marmot is criss-crossed with beginners' trails up to three miles long, but It pre- sents a stiff challenge to ex- perts with flying runs like the 'Show-Off" and "Spillway." Topping-off ceremony marks new N.S. Chateau HALIFAX A 28-foot-long beam bearing the signatures of hundreds of Haligonianfi was hoisted into place to top off construction of CP Hotels' Cha- teau Halifax in downtown Sco- tia Square. This beam had been on dis- play in (he Scotia Square shop- ping mall for the previous four days. Hundreds of shoppers, Scotia Square office workers and other visitors tooh advant- age of the opportunity to sign their names on the beam and participate in the Chateeau Hal- ifax "get on the beam" pro- motion. Opening of Chateau Halifax Is slated for May 1973. The hotel will provide 312 bedrooms on eight floors and two "resort area" wings. Double rooms will have two double beds, with single rooms having a queen size bed. All rooms will bo equipped with color television and AM-FM radio. ATHENS SERVICE Japan Air Lines will begin serving Athens on November .10. Japan's international flag car- rier will slop at the Greek cap- ital twice each week on its southern route between Europe nnd Japan. LAS VEGAS TOUR AS LOW AS 126.50 JANUARY 20-7 DAYS (Traniperlation and Fret tnfertalnmenl token i available. PALM SPRINGS................ FEB. 10 14 DAYS San Francltco, Dllniyland, toi Vegoi. Book Now Limited Number Of Ticked Available! NORTHERN BUS TOURS Phone 327-3536 Lelhbrldge, Alia. Totin Mcerltd by STEVE F. KOTCH.