Violence Affecting Tourism

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 6:26am

All this worry about violence at the border has city officials worried that it's tarnishing El Paso's image.

The mayor says he's concerned that these recent events are giving people the wrong idea about the Sun City. Marketing experts agree that the city has its work cut out for it, in order to alter public perception.

Tonight at ten we'll speak with the president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau here in El Paso to see if the violence is affecting tourism numbers. We'll also see if he's worried that we'll have a hard time attracting big conventions in the future.

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Now the city bigwigs are concerned about the image of El Paso being tarnished by Juarez? For years, all they did was promote Juarez instead of El Paso, with slogans like gateway to Old Mexico, sister city and so forth. El Paso has many attractions, a great culture and history, superb climate. We don't need Juarez to be a great place to live and visit. All it takes is the courage to say that this place is in Texas, U.S.A., and is not just the rich suburb of Juarez.

Oh, now the city is concerned about it's image? I don't see anyone on the news referring to Juarez as our sister city anylonger! We should have tried to distance ourselves away from Juarez a long time ago. We should have avoided calling this devils playground our sister city a long time ago. All these pro immigrants and civil rights activist groups need to realize the USA is a law abiding country. If they are pro Mexico, they should go over and live overthere. They will be begging to come back.

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