‘Croft Talks tackles tourism in second show

crofttalksliveBancroft’s very own talk show returns to the Village Playhouse on October 27th to tackle the topic of tourism and ‘Croft Talks host, Barb Shaw, promises another evening of fact and funny as she guides a panel of guests through some great discussion on one of our biggest industries.

“Like it or not, tourism is one of the largest industries in North Hastings,” Shaw says. “We’re all impacted by the influx of travelers during our summer months and many of us miss the financial infusion when the snow starts to fly and the crowds disperse so this month ‘Croft Talks looks at the complexities of tourism with the help of some front-line workers. We’ll discuss the nature of tourism’s bureaucratic structure and we’ll talk about what it’s like to be part of this strange beast of a business.”

A 2007 report suggested that Hastings County was a complex landscape when it comes to the business of attracting visitors. Another report, issued in 2014, says that it is still complex. Add to this a struggling economy, increasingly challenging government regulations and a recent marketing campaign that branded us as “Nowhere,” and it becomes clear – we’ve got some stuff to talk about, Shaw says.

Joining the pundits’ panel this month are George Offshack, owner and operator of Limerick Lake Lodge, Karen Challinor from the Red Eagle Family Campground and recreational geology enthusiast, Robin Tait.

Just like last month, the show will cover some serious topics as well as pull some laughs with games, challenges and a few surprises. Join in on the conversation at the Village Playhouse on Oct. 27th at 7pm for ‘Croft Talks LIVE as we dig a bit deeper into the world of tourism. Tickets are $5 and all funds support the Bancroft Village Playhouse Repair Fund.

The ‘Croft Talks are produced by Plan B Communication Consulting in partnership with Hospice North Hastings. The ‘Croft Talks are sponsored by Hybla Consulting Corporation.