We began our survey on Tourism in which we interviewed small business owners and some of the restaurants in this once thriving part of the city. Starting from downtown, having small conversations with business owners and the general population in Windsor, our first visit was at a souvenir store on Ouellette Street.
The business owners have been quiet disappointed from their yearly revenues, which has been declining every year; their sales were primarily dependent on tourists from states. According to the people we interviewed here are some of the factors behind the decline of Tourism in Windsor
• World over Recession
• Terrorism act/Border Crossing
• Passport Requirement for the US citizen to enter Canada.
• The ever decreasing gap between US-Canadian Dollar.
Even though some of the stores are getting rent-free months from the property owners but they still have doubts if they could continue running their businesses.
We further interviewed some of the local restaurants in downtown and their response was similar that they have been able to run their businesses from their regular customers while barely meeting their daily expenses.