It is no wonder the tourist figures are down, as …

Comment on Horror numbers in tourism stats, with a hint for a solution by Fred the Philistine.

It is no wonder the tourist figures are down, as people can go to Bali cheaper.
Accomodation rates at Ayres Rock are far too expensive. It’s just not good value to go to Central Australia.
You have to walk too far to see any attractions. Some places 500m.
No wheelchair access.
Food in Alice Springs is expensive and not always fantastic (that’s being nice).
People also hesitant coming with the youth issues, unsafe and Alice Springs is considered the murder capital of Australia.
Facilities at Glen Helen and Ross River are pretty poor and to top it off, if you want a cup of tea you have to make it yourself and still charge full price.

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Horror numbers in tourism stats, with a hint for a solution
@ Trevor Shiell: Well said. There is nothing stopping Alice Springs from following some of the successful towns around Australia. I have been travelling around the lower South East of South Australia, Beachport, Robe, Mt Gambler, Penola etc and they are just magnificent.
I think our Mayor and the tourist committee need to take a road trip to see from themselves.
I have also spoken to a couple from Sydney and they said that a lot of people try and by pass Alice Springs as it is not a very nice town.


Horror numbers in tourism stats, with a hint for a solution
Just food for thought: Why don’t we have a mardi gras? It is well received in Sydney, why not Alice Springs? It would be a real tourist booster. We have plenty of gay people.


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