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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Unusual Band of Tourists to Descend Upon Angel Island

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 5:30 AM

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In an example of priming the pump that has nothing to do with John Maynard Keynes, a national group of tourism professionals has arranged for hundreds of folks to take a trip to Angel Island on Friday. It's them: The tourism professionals will invade the beleaguered island in droves and do volunteer work.

With the tourism industry having seen better days -- and Angel Island last year making the dubious list of state parks the governor proposed shutting down -- around 300 tourism industry managers and execs will play tourist themselves in San Francisco this week. Members of the group Tourism Cares, most of whom paid their own way here, will hit up no fewer than 10 hotels around town -- "We have a package we put together," said the group's executive director, Bruce Beckham.


As well as spreading money around our tourist-dependent town, this group

of workers from tour companies, hotel companies, travel agencies, and

destination marketing organizations will hop on a ferry Friday morning

and put in some manual labor. They plan on mending fences, doing some

landscaping, and dabbing some paint. There's also an area near the newly

restored Immigration Station where

"building materials were just strewn around," Beckham notes.

"It's a

matter of getting bodies to pile that stuff up so tourists don't have to

look at a mess. We want it to look like an organized mess."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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