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Japanese tourist boon in Banff gets mixed reception

The Story


Thanks to a Japanese soap opera, the Rocky Mountain village of Banff has become a popular destination for tourists from the Asian nation. But while the Japanese have helped transform Banff into a bustling tourist centre, some local store owners are struggling with the changes that have come with the influx. In this 1988 report from The Fifth Estate, the manager of the Banff Springs Hotel notes that not so long ago, Banff was "a sleepy village," and the Japanese have changed that.

Medium: Television
Program: The Fifth Estate
Broadcast Date: Oct. 18, 1988
Guests: Brent Baker, Hap Freeman, Gordon Kudoda, Mike McIvor, Tom McMillan, Ivor Petrach, Yos Storm
Reporter: Robert McKeown
Duration: 12:20

Did You know?


• The name Banff came from the name of the Pacific Railway station which in turn was named after the Banffshire region in Scotland.

• In 1985, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks - including Banff National Park - as a World Heritage site.

 


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