VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The gowns have been hung up and the stars have flown home, but the critics say the hangover from the Times of India Film Awards is only beginning.
The event drew 40,000 people to BC Place on Saturday. Though there were a lot of people watching it live in-person, in coverage of the show and the results in the actual Times of India newspaper, BC and Vancouver weren’t even mentioned once.
NDP Culture Critic Spencer Chandra Herbert says this highlights the thrown-together nature of the event.
“They did the awards in three or four months… no sponsors… the stadium’s not full, despite the Liberals claiming it was sold out… There’s no way that you can properly grow tourism if you’re doing something in such a short notice, as well.”
“I don’t understand how we’re supposed to grow trade if an organization that is potentially supposed to help us grow trade doesn’t even mention us after we’ve given them $11 million,” he adds.
Chandra Herbert feels the province really wanted to boost trade with India , it would have taken more than four months to plan the event.
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