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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Quiet islands fifty miles off Florida coast Insensitive tourists ruin charm of exotic attractions ANALYSIS By ROBERT BENDINER New York Times Service NEW YORK An axiom of modern-day travel is that the more worthwhile a tourist attraction is today, the less worthwhile it will be next year and the year after. The dubious progression grows out of the simple fact that every year there are more people who want to travel, and that they have more money to indulge the desire; at the same time there are more people around the world who are eager to take their money in exchange for letting them overcrowd, overwhelm, transform and in the end destroy the very attractions they have come to see. Observing the built-in law of diminishing returns, the smart traveler concludes that the sooner he' takes himself off to, say, the unspoiled Seychelles or some obscure Bosnian fishing village, the better, because once others hear of them, they will not long be either unspoiled or ob- scure. But after a short advance exploitation by the chic, word of mouth brings in the assistant-chic and, soon after, the same worldly wisdom is being simultaneously trumpted to tens of thousands of smart travelers to untouched Tierra Del "See mysteriously backwoods and the rush is on. To stimulate that rush, local entrepeneurs financed by foreign investors im- mediately get 20-storey glass hotels into construction, replace forest glades with golf CHRISTMAS DEPARTURE 7 DAYS LENGTH 7-15 DAYS YOUR CHOICE OF 7 HOTELS THE WESTWARD HO ZARY-S ANAHEIM HYATT HOUSE THE QUALITY INN THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL THE ROYAL INN NEWPORTER INN Features: Sea World, Tijuana, Wax Museum, Lion Country, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios. Deposit per person confirms reservation. for full details contact. A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY eot-StttAve.Soutli Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 open Wondty Wire Friday I JO to 5 pjm. 930 to 12JO pJn. AmpM Fitting Htm ot StrtUHng courses, spot spotless beaches with marinas and otherwise do their best to change an en- vironment that appealed precisely because it was ex- otic. After a decade or so of such "marginal" penetration, the real invasion begins. The "paradise" is included in tour packages, and cruise ships make it a port of call to allow passengers an hour on the beach, an hour or two in the casino, and four hours of going through the local shops like seven-year locusts through an orchard. Too often the anchored ship's rubbish is dis- charged at the same time, to drift up on the virgin beaches of the paradise pictured in the brochures. In a recent issue of develop- ment forum, organ of the United Nations Centre for Economic and Social Infor- mation. Guy Mountfort reported hundreds of inscrip- tions on cliffs in the Galapagos Islands, of all places, including the names of visiting cruise ships, some in letters three feet high. Closer to home, the national parks are the prime victim of tourism, even as they are a prime reason for the in- dustry's existence. Yosemite was all but taken over a few years ago by tourists capable of specialized pollution form of crime, litter, motor- cycles, and the amplified sounds of acid rock. Other national parks were in a fair way to become national parking lots until the government moved toward a gradual ban on private cars within their boundaries. The action came just in time to head off air pollution problems occurring at the very rim of the Grand Canyon. The move to keep individual automobiles out of the parks evoked from groups like the Consolidated Outdoor Recrea- tion League a slogan that "parks are for people." im- plying thai some ecological elite was conspiring to keep ihem out. Of course parks are for people, and so are all the great sights of this world. But they are not for some people to see and spoil, even unwittingly, so that people who come after them will have to content themselves with a degraded version, if any. The trouble is not in tourism as such, but in the nee9 for in- dividual countries to regulate access to their own glories. The most hopeful of all approaches would be lor governments to insisi. no matter what the pressures, on preserving the spirit and at- mosphere of a place thai made it attractive in the place. Canadians developed Expo's big screen SPOKANE, Wash. (CP) Canada's biggest con- tribution to Spokane's world fair is located across the grounds from the Canada Island exhibits in an unlikely place the huge, canopied United States pavilion. There stretches a screen the size of a six-storey building. It is part of IMAX, the world's largest pro- jection system developed by Multiscreen Corp. of Gait, Ont. IMAX. described as a genuine breakthrough in mo- tion picture technology, uses 70 mm film to produce a three-dimensional effect on the giant screen. The film's two producers, Roman Kroitor and Graeme Ferguson, are both from Gait. Mr. Ferguson was also director and photographer. The star of the documentary film, which has en- vironmental conservation as its theme, is one of Canada's best known Indians, Chief Dan George. "Capri has lost former beauty' CAPRI. Italy (AP) "Capri was very beautiful." said Aldo Aprea. former tourist chief of the holiday- island in the Bay of Naples, "and it can still delight first- time visitors. "But for one who knew it years ago. there's no com- parison. "The tourists and their money poured in. and Capri went mad." Whitewashed houses and holiday villas cling to the cliffs like mushrooms, the bunkers of the Beautiful People. In the main street of Capri, one of the two towns on the island, displays of straw hats, shell beads and pictures of popes crowd the tourists off the sidewalks. "American bars" offer "five o'clock tea. ice cream and breakfast" for those who don't want to start the day with the hard stuff. ,lukc boxes blare. A one-room apartment costs S64.00Q: a one-room Jumbledown in the country rents for a month. "It's cheaper to take a boat lo Naples than to shop here." said Gennaro Arcucio, a carpenter who makes working for a hotel from June through September and Uien must stretch it through the other eight months when he can find work. In ISfifl. a ban was put on all building. In 1972. the mayor of Ihe lown of Capri. Raffaele di Slefano. was charged with al- lowing illegal building. He was jailed for a week, then released to await the slow process of Italian justice. It was an "inlrigue" fo- mented by his political oppo- nents, said ihe short, stocky member of 1he Christian Drmorralir parly who doubles as a oulcher. He maintains there has been no new building since he took of- fice. "But some hotels have built a whole new floor." said one islander, "and one has a swimming pool that certainly wasn't there before." Last winter the municipal incinerator broke down, so the garbage was dumped on a slope overlooking the town. Friday, September 20, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Hemingway memory still w bright on Bimini isles EDITOR'S NOTE: The Biminis are an island group located about miles east of Florida in the Commonwealth of ihi> Bahamas. Several small cays are included in this island grouping famed for its deep sea fishing, but the areas usually referred to as "Bimini" include only North and South Bimini, a pair of land masses on the east edge of the Gulfstream. BIMINI, Bahamas "Say, isn't that Joe the tourist asked, as the football star strode casually down King's Highway flanked by two friends. said another man who added, "and some big show-biz type is here, too." The tourist couldn't recall the celebrity's name offhand. The setting for this little interchange was the End of the World Bar, a microscopic Bimini gin mill with room enough for a handful of hale and hearty souls keenly dedicated to the fine art of "I can top your fish story" conversation. The End of the World is just one of several rustic pubs strategically spotted along Bimini's main thoroughfare. In the late 60's this cracker- box juke joint gained lasting renown as a favorite haunt of the late, flamboyant New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, who frequent- ly held court there philosophizing over the merits and mistakes of societies, or challenging all comers to a game of dominoes. Ernest Hemingway knew Bimini intimately and remembrance of him remains bright. Take the wood sign that swings creakingly above the green and white painted porch of The Compleat Angler hotel. "Home of 'Papa' Ernest the sign says. Inside a rare collection of photographs show Hemingway laughing and talk- ing with his island friends. Down the street, a caricature of old Joe Robbins hangs prominently in the din- ing room of the Big Game Fishing Club, a hotel-marina complex that caters to avid anglers. It is believed that Joe gave Hemingway the inspira- tion for his novel, "The Old Man and the World famous for its deep- sea fishing. Bimini dock scenes repeat themselves almost weekly. An elegant sportfishing boat returns to port late in the afternoon. Hurriedly, a big blue marlin is hauled onto the dockmaster's scale. This one weighs in at 420 Ibs. A crowd collects. Angler, captain and mate slosh cold beer over each other's heads good naturedly. stand triumphantly alongside their trophy while flashcubes pop and whirr. After the crowds leave, the .carcass is sent to the smoke- house and carefully-dissected sections are packed for the taxidermist. Several months hence the huge blue marlin will seemingly come alive again, the story of its'capture told and re-told, as the mount is displayed to envious and curious friends back home. About a dozen school kids are chasing after Namath now. "Hey. how's the "Whatta ya" think of the The football player responds with a broad smile, wave of the hand, and leaves his elated disciples at the stoop of The Anchors Aweigh, a picture-book guest house, old New England Colonial. Down at Aunt Cora's Craw- fish Pot. a none too well known restaurant, the seeds of discontent are being sown by a trio of teenagers who might apparently be more comfor- table amongst the glitter and bustling night-life of Freeport. "What this place really needs is a good world one bemoans. Dutifully, the plump and wizened waitress notes, "It's still early. You boys jus' wait'll later, tonight, go down to Brown's or the Bloody Mary, they'll be pien'ny hell- rasin'." Interest now peaked, informal straw vote taken, the group agrees to "check it out" later. "If God had meant for man to have fiber glass boats he'd have planted fiber glass solemnly intones boat- builder Theodore Saunders from a nearby table. His products daily ply the shallow sea flats west of Bimini' silent search of the wary af elusive bonefish, a cans speedster America fishermen prize for the fighting spunk. Reverend Thomas Pears drives up on his motorbill parks it. and strides insid Bill Garcia, Eleanor Wee< his secretary, and two visitifjg anglers enjoy a moment comradeship. They ma promises about the wor record catch they'll shoot in the morning. The conversation quick runs the spectrum of angli'jj techniques, preferred baMs and tackle, politics, weathjjjr forecasts. Father Pearsfe) brings the conversation to the business at which become most proficient ovfr the years. "And after caught the fish. I hope collect some palms this is a very special Mass we're celebrating this week." With that and a wave of the hand, the tanned, shorts and-- pullover clad clergyman takes his leave and putt-putts off on his motorbike as the siin sets. Ancient village 6under mountain' in Rhodesia UMTALI. Rhodesia (CP) A legendary village is said to be buried under the rubble of a collapsed mountain near this eastern Rhodesian city. African legends say the vil- lage was wiped from the face of the earth by angry gods long before' the coming of the European. It was said to be located in an area now known as Chirawarimba. Its people were profligate and dissolute and their behavior attracted the anger of the gods. A priestess was sent to the village to warn the inhabitants that unless they mended their ways they would be destroyed. When she was mocked by the villagers she warned that at a B.C. travel director named VICTORIA (CP) David Livingstone, 47, of Toronto, has been appointed executive director of British Columbia's department of travel in- dustry, the department an- nounced today, Mr. Livingstone previously served as assistant director of marketing services for the Canadian government office of tourism and assumes the post vacated in October. 1972 when R. L. Colby was ap- pointed deputy minister of travel industry. certain phase of the moon the side of the mountain would fall and all who lived there would be buried. As the predicted day drew near some of the villagers de- cided to move away. At the appointed time, the area was hit by a violent storm. Then, at midnight, the whole area shook violently and a loud rumbling was heard. The next morning people who had left the village returned and found the area a wild mass of boulders and earth. There was no vestige of any living trees, ani- mals or man. The legend says that as the survivors left the devastation they were followed by the weak cries of the people who had defied the gods and perished. s Today the rubble is stfil there. Africans will show scene to visitors and tell legend. THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport, Citizenship. I.D. and Visa PHOTOS Upstairs Suite E 303-5th So. 328-9344 Passport Photos Candid Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve. S. Phone 328-0222 POPPALOVES I I ;