We have just returned from a wonderful trip to China, …

Comment on Centre on the outer in visitor trade with China, but commission head says Tourism NT ‘will make every effort’ to fix problem by Gavin Carpenter.

We have just returned from a wonderful trip to China, using private drivers and English speaking guides, not in a group. We concur what Steve has said. One guide had been to Australia earlier this year leading a group of 20 something people, it now explains a couple of things she said which we did not understand, (kept an eye on the visitors) she was the “watchdog”. They did Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand in 12 days. They apparently saw about one thing in each place. A harbour cruise in Sydney, a koala in Brisbane, Green Island in Cairns, forget what was seen in Melbourne and NZ but it was all go and they were all ready for a break when they arrived home in China.
What an experience of Australia???
Our guides all stated that trying to get a visa was all too hard and they basically would not even try. It again explains what we could not follow, they would not apply on their own account as individuals. There is interest in Australia. When we travel we take as many of the Central Australian Tourist booklets as we can carry and hand out or leave in various places, the drive edition in particular was well received by a number of people in China, despite the fact that they probably could not read them but the pictures certainly caught their attention.
(A funny one in Penang, we left a booklet on a coffee table near the lift in the hotel. A while later it was gone and we saw a chap downstairs with it. We approached him trying to follow up with a few questions but he thought we wanted the book or he had pinched it, not sure, but he was not giving it up in any way. We eventually got the message across and had a laugh, again.)
The next group coming for Finke, arrange for a group of golfers to visit here at the same time. Golf in China is expensive and only the well off can afford to play.
We wish the delegation well in their attempt to get things moving with tourism in China. It is great to see the industry people going, not paid public servants from the tourist office on a junket.

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Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016
An Alice Springs icon known far and wide. Will be remembered for her strength and tenacity.
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