Dear editor:

Niagara-on-the-Lake is undoubtedly a smart town with a rich history and an even brighter future.

However, the path to that future should be marked by the wisdom of sustainable tourism, which means not just attracting visitors, but welcoming those who come here to experience our town and become a part of its charm.

To achieve this, we propose the establishment of a designated marketing organization that encourages longer stays.


Bruce Gitelman
Oct 4, 2023 | Wednesday

Discussing Niagara-on-the-Lake tourism by analyzing numbers from the past three years has very little value as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the town’s chamber of commerce president.

The town was averaging upwards of 3.5 million tourists in prior years, but with the border now closed and Ontarians hesitant to travel even within their own province, it’s time to rethink the industry entirely, said Eduardo Lafforgue.


Satbir Singh, Reporter
Jul 22, 2020 | Wednesday

There’s a new group in town.

The concerns and goals of Residents for Sustainable Tourism are not new, but the organization of residents to form a united voice is.

Bruce Gitelman, spokesperson for the group, says members are not against businesses or tourism. They enjoy all the amenities the town has to offer, that wouldn’t exist without tourists. Their goal is to prevent overtourism and create sustainable tourism in its place, which supports the economy while adding to, rather than diminishing, the quality of life of residents.


Penny Coles, Reporter
Jul 16, 2020 | Thursday

A new resident group has formed in Niagara-on-the-Lake, advocating for sustainable and responsible tourism.

The group, called Voters for Sustainable Tourism emerged June 26, and has set up a website and mailing list for residents who want to speak up against “overtourism” that affects the way of life for residents of NOTL, said founder and spokesperson Bruce Gitelman.

“I felt there was a need to have a voice that represents the residents that elect the elected officials on this issue of overtourism,” Gitelman said.


Richard Harley, Editor-in-Chief
Jul 8, 2020 | Wednesday