January 26, 2009

The drugs don't work for tourism

Andrew McGlashan

The internet can do wonders in helping to promote a place to the world, but it also has a down side – just ask Hastings, the south coast town in England.

A cricket team cancelled their tour after finding a guide online that pinpointed Hastings local drug hotspots under a map entitled: ‘Map to show hotspots for discarded injecting paraphenlia' (sic).

Fleckney Village Cricket Club, in Leicestershire, instead opted for a five-day tour of the West Country after studying the map, but local officials said it didn’t paint a true picture.

Hastings MP Michael Foster told the Argus: "I will contact the cricket club and invite them to Hastings and I'm sure they will be impressed when they get here."

And Kevin Boorman, head of marketing at Hastings Borough Council, added: "It doesn't help tourism."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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