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June 05, 2014

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The Bold Soul

Thanks for your article, Richard. As one of the Deux Lisas in question, I just wanted to share that I also work in tourism, for a company who does many types of Paris city tours, but unlike some similar operators in Paris who sell tours to the "love locks bridges", none of our tours makes the locks a focal point (and this has nothing to do with my involvement with the No Love Locks campaign, either).

I think "responsible tourism" is absolutely possible both from a business perspective as well as for us as individual tourists, and actually is more profitable in the long run. If we allow tourism to dictate everything about our cities (Paris isn't the only city suffering from love locks on historic bridges and monuments), then tourism will end up destroying the very places that they allegedly support and profit from. So I think it is in our best interest, when we work in tourism, to declare that we are for any measure that keeps a city's heritage safe and protected both for today and for future generations.

Thanks for saying you're on our side and we'd like to invite you to become one of our official partners - we are in search of both associations and businesses in the tourism industry that are willing to openly say they are against this trend and for any measures that will keep the patrimoine of Paris safe. Think about it and get in touch if you're interested. :)

Lisa Taylor Huff for No Love Locks
www.NoLoveLocks.com

Emily

Love locks must go! They are a form of vandalism that diminish the beauty of the environment. I first saw them on a fence on the Great Wall of China in 2005, and most recently on the "new" bridge in Ronda, Spain. It saddens me to see the Pont des Arts and other bridges in Paris as well defaced with these locks. I truly am astonished to learn that some tour companies sell tours to see "love lock bridges." I think that people employed in the tourism industry would be particularly eager to eliminate this nuisance and scourge on the environment. I signed the petition early on and hope that the hard work of the two Lisas will result in a ban. (I live in California and don't know either Lisa but applaud their commitment to this project.)

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