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Might Glasgow follow Edinburgh’s anti-tourist lead?

There were some intriguing media articles concerning the ever-increasing tourist numbers arriving in Edinburgh year-on-year, especially during the days of the Festival and the Fringe.

I can confirm the effect, although it’s many years since I was a regular visitor there, either on a random basis, or during festival time, and it could be busy enough and disruptive with the numbers I joined them. I can only imagine what it’s like there now, with significant growth in both the tourist/visitor numbers, and the matching growth in performers who have to be accommodated as well.

The locals are becoming hostile…

EDINBURGH residents left frazzled by the Fringe are snapping up passive-aggressive T-shirts aimed at getting tourists out of their way.

The bright yellow garments are emblazoned with the slogan: “Please, MOVE, I live here.”

In a bid to make sure on Edinburgh residents wear the £20 T-shirts, they are delivered free to anyone with an EH postcode. Outsiders have to pay a £30 delivery charge.

Edinburgh firm Print By Hand created the T-shirt to help locals navigate their city during August, when the world’s largest arts festival comes to town.

“Please, MOVE, I live here.” Edinburgh locals snap up anti-tourist T shirts

Apparently, Festival organisers are taking note, and adopting a ‘Not our fault’ stance…

Edinburgh is at risk of being seen as ‘anti-tourist’ in the wake of campaigners raising concerns about the impact of festivals and events on the city, the chief executive of the Fringe Society has warned.

Shona McCarthy hit back at critics of what is claimed to be a growing “festivalisation” and “exploitation” of the city centre for major events, describing some of the criticisms that had been raised as “a bit weird”.

She insisted the Fringe should not be held responsible for the management of tourism numbers in the city centre, but warned the city’s welcoming reputation was “seriously in danger” due to an ongoing debate about the impact of the industry.

Edinburgh is in danger of becoming an ‘anti-tourist’ city, Fringe chief warns

While I’m happy to let them work out their own blame allocation and solution strategy, I wonder if this might pre-empt a similar response in Glasgow?

I noticed disruption last year while passing through Glasgow Green, due to the numerous large scale events held there, although I tended to be there once they were over, so only saw the after effects,

However, this year I’ve found that the Green was completely closed at one point, and I was forced to cross over to the other side of the River in order to continue my journey.

And I’ve had my access to the city centre, and even bus journeys disrupted as the streets have been closed for significant periods to allow various events and sports to be carried out.

On the one hand, this doesn’t affect me much as I don’t live or work there – on the other, if I’m only there occasionally AND have my day disrupted, then as a percentage of my time there, that become a significant number.

So…

If the claims I’ve heard by some, that what happens in Edinburgh eventually happens in Glasgow, will an anti-tourist movement  rise in Glasgow?

It may be nice to bring all these things to the city, and that includes the growing numbers of film shoots (which lead to days of street closures and ogling celebrity watchers), but I suspect that, like Edinburghers, Glaswegians may have a tipping point, and the patience of some may run out.

Media sources such as GlasgowLive now carry regular list of street closures for these events

They affect people whether they’re interested in these things, or not.

Just a thought.

Please Move t-shirt

Please Move t-shirt

Update

So, it may not be tourism, but only days after the last closure(s), it is yet another event that’s closing the streets in the city centre, and inconveniencing those who are not interested – or just fed up being diverted.

Several roads will be closed across the city as Glasgow City Council host a free environmental event.

The Evolution Green fleet will be taking place at the City Chambers on Friday and Saturday – showcasing the Government’s strategy to improve air quality across the UK.

Road closures in Glasgow – Council ‘Clean Air Strategies’ environmental event to take place in city centre

How long until the next set of closures?

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19/08/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, council, Transport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bagpipe music ban for tartan shops in Edinburgh

Piper

While some might wonder at the wisdom of instituting a ban on bagpipe music issuing forth from the tartan tourist shops in Edinburgh, especially as the Edinburgh Festivals have just got underway, I think there will be even more who will be raising their eyes to the heavens and saying “Thank you”.

As usual, the problem is nothing to do with the reasonable shops that have their wares playing away in the background of their establishments, so that patrons can audition what is on offer, but those who suffer from the “MORE IS BETTER” affliction, and find the need to hang loudspeakers in their doorways or on their shops fronts, connected to stereo system blasting the sound of bagpipes into the street, each trying to be louder than the folk next door. If they think it attracts customers, then in my case at least they are sadly mistaken, as the resulting cacophony just makes me run past the lot as quickly as possible. Nor would I part with even a penny to such a shop.

If memory serves me at all, I am sure this issue has been raised in the past, as the noise became unbearable

I’m surprised no-one has come to blows over this, since the skirl of the pipes may be a pleasant novelty when heard for a short time at reasonable volume, but becomes akin to the sound of cats on heat when overdone for hours on end, especially if you cannot get away from it. I can only assume the owners of offending establishments have earplugs in so they can ignore it for days on end.

If they’re that keen on having loud pipes, they should employ a live piper to play at their door.

Tourist shops in Edinburgh have been banned from playing loud bagpipe music out into the streets.

Environmental officers are patrolling the capital’s streets to make sure traders do not break new rules which came into force on Monday.

It follows complaints about the volume of bagpipe music played by some retailers.

Edinburgh City council has also received complaints of shops’ tartan goods blocking pavements.

It follows a meeting between Royal Mile traders and the council to agree on a “reasonable approach” to tackle the problems.

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman said: “While most shops do operate responsibly, there remain specific examples where this is not the case.”

via BBC News – Bagpipe music ban for tartan shops in Edinburgh.

07/08/2011 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | 2 Comments

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks has new sponsor for 2011

Firework

It’s funny how some things change over time, some perceptibly, some imperceptibly, and the Edinburgh Festival has plenty of both.

Changes to the Edinburgh Festival over many years have meant that I can’t find anything that attract me to this ‘official’ event – it used to attract entertainment from the Continent, but this as evaporated, leaving only opera and concerts, neither of which does anything for me.

Over time, I became a refugee that found a new home in the shows of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, better known as just The Fringe, which is the real star, no matter how much the organisers may like to promote the ‘official’ programme.

However, that official programme is still the host of the Festival Fireworks show – apparently there’s a concert associated with it, but unless you are one of the privileged few (or take a radio), then this is irrelevant.

Having been sponsored by Glenlivet and Bank of Scotland over its 28 year life, the latter after a 16-year sponsorship deal worth £4 million, the grand firework finale now has its third sponsor as the bank has ended its support.

The new sponsor is Virgin Money, the financial services division of the Virgin Group, which recently secured a lease for new headquarters in the city, at St Andrew Square.

I have to confess to not having been able to make the finale for some years, and part of the reason was the problem of the show’s own success.We used to be able to camp out (not literally) near the bridge over Waverley Station, which gave a great view of the fireworks on the castle, and of the sky above.

However, as the size if the crowd grew, and the hand of officialdom spread wider and wider with restrictions and control of access, this became harder and harder to achieve, and I was taking someone who could not walk to a better vantage point.

Local knowledge meant I was able to find suitable vantage point on the roads leading into the city, but even these began to fill up with increased numbers seeking refuge from the controls of the city, and the increased numbers that were attending anyway, and we eventually gave up, as the only way to guarantee a good spot was to get there early, and that wasn’t practical.

But, it’s still a great show, as they throw so much of it up into the sky, and don’t concentrate on the lucky few that are near the castle.

09/04/2011 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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