New airport will be bad for tourism
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