Sunday, July 06, 2008

Tourism and mining in New England - need for a new approach

This photograph by Gordon Smith shows one of the adits to Khan's mine in the gorge country to the east of Armidale.

In historical as well as present terms, New England is a major mining area. Yet we do very little to promote the history of mining activities as a tourism activity.

I think that this is a grave error at a time when New England as a whole is struggling to attract visitors in the face of competition from Sydney and other metro areas.

Tourism is all about experiences. This is one experience that other areas are selling, we are not.

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