Hotel should be independent

Very few delegate days and no tourism generated to speak of. The conference centre's future looks very bleak.

To the Editor,

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre management has said it’s empty because of the product.

Nothing, not even a hotel will turn that around now. Very few delegate days and no tourism generated to speak of. Its future looks very bleak.

SSS Manhao estimates it would bring 70,000 tourists to Nanaimo per year. Any takers?

Can’t Tourism Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation, the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Area, the city manager, the mayor and council see the light? Let SSS Manhao build this hotel without any ties or connection to the VICC – 70,000 visitors a year in a full hotel ran independently is the answer. Something that will never happen if tethered to the VICC.

Irene SpiveyNanaimo