As Deb says: “If you want to make life easier …

Comment on Give tourists what they want by Domenico Pecorari.

As Deb says: “If you want to make life easier for yourself, work out what your clients are looking for … and give them that.”
This simple but effective approach needs to also be adopted by the town’s (and the region’s) government-funded tourism offices, in conducting continuous visitor-based research which in turn will allow them to provide valid and up-to-date advice to operators in the local tourism industry.
I don’t think we know enough about the “visitor experience” that tourists are taking away with them when they travel on, but I’m pretty sure it is playing a part in the continuing decline in our town’s visitor numbers.
Research data is essential if the industry is to survive. You cannot come up with the right answer if you do not know the problem.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
I’m very sorry, Steve. I’ve read your comment several times, even read “between the lines”, so to speak, but I have not been able to make head nor tail of the point you are trying to make.
I do, however, question your assertion that Anzac Hill was “given over by the TO’s (sic) specifically for (the) purpose of represent(ing) and commemorat(ing) The Nations (sic) War dead”, and would love to see any historical evidence you may have on the matter.
I personally suspect that the local Indigenous people were not asked if their sacred site could be appropriated for a memorial to European wars.


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The problem with every “plan” and “scheme” that I’ve seen developed since I came to The Alice in 1984 is that they have been too narrow in scope, overly focused on economic “solutions” and often just project driven.
Despite all the activity, not to mention cost, this town has never had the “long-term, integrated Master Plan” that Jimmy Cocking has recently called for: an all- encompassing Master Plan that formalises a sustainable, shared vision for our town, not just economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. In short, a plan that defines the kind of town we want to live, work and play in.
We are certainly a town that has experienced no population growth for the last 10 years, including a population decline over the last five.
I believe that a well-developed master plan, with wide-ranging input from local expertise and the general public, would provide the roadmap with which we could reverse this worrying trend.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
Upon reading the article, I must admit to sharing Charlie Carter’s response: “All of the above!” I suspect it is a view shared by a significant majority of citizens.


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A wonderful achievement, Leonardo. Congratulations to all involved in presenting a positive image of central Australia.


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Congratulations, Mike. A great effort on your part in demonstrating a creative response to resolving a practical problem. Nothing short of brilliant! And thanks, Kieran, for bringing Mike’s achievement to our attention. I hope our town’s decision-makers are taking notice.


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