New air­port will be bad for tourism

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Saturday Extra -

NSW tourism min­is­ter Adam Mar­shall thinks the land­ing re­stric­tions at Syd­ney Air­port are hurt­ing tourism.

What he doesn’t seem to re­alise is that build­ing the new air­port in West­ern Syd­ney will hurt tourism much more.

Vis­i­tors come here for the Har­bour, the Opera House, the beaches. Any­thing be­tween the city and the Blue Moun­tains is not in­ter­est­ing. It’s mostly just sprawl­ing sub­ur­bia — no an­cient mon­u­ments (like in Asia) and not many his­tor­i­cal build­ings (like in Europe). On top of this, most art gal­leries and mu­se­ums are in the city, as are the botan­i­cal gar­dens.

The whole idea is mis­guided. What are we go­ing to show tourists in West­ern Syd­ney? The same old Amer­i­can-style crap like Wet‘N’Wild, another zoo (which will de­stroy im­por­tant Cum­ber­land wood­land), end­less cor­ri­dors of sub­urbs? Not very in­ter­est­ing.

Build­ing an air­port so far away from the real hub of tourism will be ex­tremely bad for the in­dus­try. Re­mem­ber, most vis­i­tors only have a short time here and want to be as close to the main at­trac­tions as pos­si­ble.

So­nia Ben­net, Seven Hills

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