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There was a very good advert for the Island, tourism wise, that was shown in the commercial breaks during this year's TT coverage on ITV4

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I'm sure the average reader can figure it out. The civil servants are so detached from reality that they think people fall for it.

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4 hours ago, La Colombe said:

...how items on television and newspapers that show the island in a positive light come about? No, me neither, but if they pat themselves on the back any harder, their teeth might fall out.

Really? What bothers you about it?

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4 hours ago, La Colombe said:

...how items on television and newspapers that show the island in a positive light come about? No, me neither, but if they pat themselves on the back any harder, their teeth might fall out.

It's just bizarre isn't it?  They seem to believe that x minutes of TV coverage in which the Island features only in the background or tangentially is somehow equivalent to x minutes of dedicated and targeted adverts trying to get people to come and take a holiday here.  They then tot it all up and announce just how much 'free' publicity they've achieved.  Trebles and more DED jobs all round.

They've done this sort of thing for as long as I can remember and it's never convinced anyone outside of government.  I suppose wining and dining journalists on a freebie means they can wine and dine themselves as well.  More effort seems to be devoted to telling the locals how wonderful the DED are than actually encouraging visitors to come.

There's obviously some scope for specialist journalism promoting the Island, but I suspect that would be best done by those involved with the actual topics: food producers, rail enthusiasts or whatever, rather than the overpaid suits cluttering up the DED.  A small fund could help out with the associated costs and the visiting writers would be dealing with people who know what they are talking about.

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So as a corollary, I take it there is a shadowy section somehere in DED that is dedicated to covering up such as dodgy elections, questionable rule of law in the Isle of Man 'justice' system, buildings that mysteriously disappear with the strike of a match when they become a little bit in the way, screw ups in major government projects, multi-million pound blackholes etc.

They are the real heros of the Isle of Man government machine - the turd polishers.

Edited by Craig King

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We should be careful of castigating the DED for their part in the making of these programs, it's probably true that the producers approach the Govt for help in making a prog that they have already planned but the provision of a 'local expert' could well mean that the best view of a scene is canned rather than a shot of Peel without the Castle in the background!

I have had English tourists inquire about Bonnag because of the program a few months ago, who put Noa and Laxey Mills together?  Prob DED?

So credit, in any small way. where it is due unless you can prove otherwise!

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1 hour ago, mojomonkey said:

You're a braver man than me googling turf polishers.

You definitely can't polish a turf. 

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...unless, you can prove otherwise...........

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I'm a bit bothered by them putting a financial figure on a something intangible (Like the Chamber of Commerce report on the cost of work permits).

But I do think it makes sense to have a team providing a concierge service to visiting journalists and broadcasters. You can bet the Lake District Authority and Chester Council and hundreds of other places do the same. 

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From link

"When it come to landing quality press coverage the team can be working on anything from a small mention in a ’what’s on this week’ column to multi-page features involving the likes of well-known travel celebrities like Ray Mears."

Google doesn't seem to be able to link Ray Mears and the Isle of Man for me in features that don't themselves originate from the Isle of Man. Does anyone have a link for such a multi-page feature? I've given up searching. 

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1 hour ago, La Colombe said:

From link

"When it come to landing quality press coverage the team can be working on anything from a small mention in a ’what’s on this week’ column to multi-page features involving the likes of well-known travel celebrities like Ray Mears."

Google doesn't seem to be able to link Ray Mears and the Isle of Man for me in features that don't themselves originate from the Isle of Man. Does anyone have a link for such a multi-page feature? I've given up searching. 

Ray Mears spends his time in forests, living off slugs and any other low level protein that could keep him alive.

Not quite the type of tourist that the Isle of Man needs to attract.

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