Mo­tel sale cause for sad­ness

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

As a res­i­dent of Louis­bourg and neigh­bour of the Fortress Inn, I feel com­pelled to com­ment on an ar­ti­cle in the Cape Bre­ton Post (‘Sale of Fortress Inn be­com­ing com­pli­cated for lone-time owner,’ May 18.

For years we have watched as this mo­tel from the 1970s has had no ren­o­va­tions, no ad­ver­tis­ing and noth­ing go­ing on to pro­mote the busi­ness or en­cour­age guests to stay.

Add to that the min­i­mal ser­vices avail­able and we won­dered why any­one would chose to stay there other than hav­ing nowhere else to go. (There are sev­eral great inns in town, but the mo­tel has the most rooms.)

Last year, Ali Khan ar­rived and with his lovely wife Pauline be­gan a great cam­paign of up­grades and ex­ten­sion of ser­vices. New signs, new fur­nish­ings for the rooms, en­ter­tain­ment and a vi­sion of what the busi­ness could be.

It is be­yond our un­der­stand­ing why Senator Michael Mac­Don­ald, the owner of the inn, would stop the progress.

Mr. Khan has shown great in­ter­est and vi­sion for the busi­ness and the com­mu­nity and it is very sad to think that the owner’s only in­ter­est is the bot­tom line. Peo­ple such as the Khans should be wel­comed and en­cour­aged.

Judy & Lester Swain Louis­bourg

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