My lord. My business is suffering badly right now also, lack …

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My lord.
My business is suffering badly right now also, lack of visitors has left us with bugger all staff as we try to move forward and renovate.
This is a tragedy. The NT Government and Alice Springs Town Council have let us down horribly over the past four years.
We are only just beginning to find out the problems with the admin at the council. While our businesses are dying they are misusing our rates, and hiding it.
Anyone thinking about voting for Mayor Ryan or NT Labor must have absolute rocks in their heads.
I can’t believe that even a single person out there is willing to say they have done a good job.
I love Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, and both need change and new ideas desperately.

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Memo Club suspends trading, goes into voluntary administration. Town & Country to close tomorrow.
@Douglas, I agree with a lot of the issues you raise, one that keeps bugging me as an operator is the line thrown out about the GFC, Eurozone and high Aussie Dollar. While those things are certainly not helping, the constant use of them as and excuse by some is shameful.
Tourism numbers in the NT began to decline well before the 2008 GFC. What the current NT Government don’t want is people talking about the difference between the decline in numbers at an Austalian Wide level and at a NT Level.
In 2011 visitors from the UK declined 6% for the country yet fell 18% in the NT. Germany declined 4% country wide, yet 10% in the NT.
While the other numbers then rise and fall and jump around, however those sample amounts are so small that 500 extra people can be a 5% jump. So they don’t tell much of a story.
http://www.tourism.australia.com/en-au/documents/Corporate%20-%20Markets/Quarterly_Market_Update_February_2012v2.pdf
http://www.tourismnt.com.au/Portals/3/docs/research/Quick_Stats_YE%20Dec%202011.pdf
The problem is not that they aren’t coming to Australia, its that they are no longer choosing the NT when they get here.


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Leo Abbott quits CLP to stand against Bess Price
Well, it would seem absolutely no one cared or even paid any attention to this.
It would seem all Leo might have done is lose the last piece of support he had. What a silly man.


Selling parks again on the agenda
Im not sure I agree with you Bev, what Booth and Melky are suggesting is both clever and pragmatic.

We have 4 small children under 6 in our family and 6 doors up from our house in Old Eastside we have a small park. It is small, poorly kept and has minimal facilities. Although it’s close we simply dont use it, we do however often take all the kids up to the park on Larapinta next to the art centre, where the kids have far more enjoyment and space. We also often use the CDU Oval to kick balls and what not.

I would certianly prefer the site near us be developed and used. It will also mean that Council will have a bigger ongoing budget for each of the better parks, while also gaining the monies from the sales.

It could be a very positive thing for the quality of our park infrastructure and council’s ability to service them.


After years of under-achieving, tourism promoters say they are getting cracking
How can Alice become an international airport if we are unable to even provide enough effective market to support a second domestic carrier?? Seems to be putting the cart well before the horse. That kind of demand is a huge way off.

@A passionate Local Operator

I do go to every TCA/Tourism NT workshop I can, but considering that we have had only 1 in the last 12 months in Tennant Creek, it’s pretty easy to feel left out to dry.


After years of under-achieving, tourism promoters say they are getting cracking
I agree 100% Steve. The Rock visit used to be about visiting Alice and the trek to get there. That was half the excitement. The direct flights greatly dismished that. It lessened our product and the amount of time people spend in the NT. As you say, no one took a holistic view to those decisions and we pay for it now.
The appeal of the NT has always been the sparseness and frontier nature of the place. How do people feel that if they are flying over it?


After years of under-achieving, tourism promoters say they are getting cracking
As an operator with businesses in both Alice and Tennant the scariest part of this article is that these are the same vague answers we get on their six monthly visits.

We have been severely let down, and still being told everything will be ok and that their strategies are working.

Even more disturbing is the idea of the holy grail Chinese industry. It is constantly being bandied about like it’s going to suddenly open up and solve all our problems. That market will take considerable time to develop. And that is for several reasons. Most notably our lack of product in their native language. That capabilty has been built over a long period with the Europeans, that will need to occur with the chinese. True success here is a long way off.


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