Grand scheme meets small minds

2440 Guggenheim Bilbao SM

“It’s the tourism, stupid.” Planning for a grand “national” art gallery descends into small town bickering as visitor spending is in a massive 12-year long decline. Photo: No, this ain’t the new Alice art gallery. It’s the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao which turned a grimy industrial city into super destination for tourists. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

UPDATE 5:40pm: Response from Tourism Minister Lauren Moss.