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33 minutes ago, thesultanofsheight said:

Good to see Rob Callister wax-lyrically about the opening of a Premier Inn and the infamous Premier Inn breakfasts on Facebook yesterday. I hope he laid off the beans. It’s like he’s discovered fire and the wheel all in the same week! 

Skelly on Isle of Man Newspapers is just as bad. You’d swear he’d been moonlighting as a brickie at the weekend for the last year the amount of credit he seems to be taking for the whole project. They have single handed lay transformed the Manx tourism sector apparently. 

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36 minutes ago, MrPB said:

Skelly on Isle of Man Newspapers is just as bad. You’d swear he’d been moonlighting as a brickie at the weekend for the last year the amount of credit he seems to be taking for the whole project. They have single handed lay transformed the Manx tourism sector apparently. 

Skillswise he's more likely to have been moonlighting as a brick.  But it does illustrate how little Skelly and the DfE understand about the market.  Premier does have quite a few of these town centre operations, but they are aimed squarely at the business travel sector[1], looking for reliable base, but not concerned about the view.  This is why it it usually cheaper to stay there at the weekend rather than the week

As such the new hotel is going to to take customers away from existing operators[2], not bring extra people over.  The same will apply to some tourists as well.   There may be people who will only visit somewhere if there is a Premier available, but even if they do exist they have 750 plus to choose from.  Some in the VFR market (Visiting Friends and Relatives) might decide it's nicer to stay there than cram in at Auntie Eileen's, but it won't be much new business.  Some people who want to explore the Island by public transport will find it conveniently situated, but might find it a little expensive for a longer stay (long stays aren't really Premier's selling point) and lacking in character.

The truth is that the only people who have the ability to bring more tourists over here on holiday is Mr Skelly and his Department.  And they have been extremely bad at this over the last 30-40 years and increasing unwilling to even try. 

 

[1]  It's usually fantasised these are all jet-set executives but it's just as likely to be skilled manual workers over on a job.

[2]  It may not even matter how good the opposition is.  Some people will prefer to choose a known brand (think of the success of Costa and Starbucks)  and others may work for companies that have preferred suppliers.

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1 hour ago, the stinking enigma said:

Who actually owns the building?

Rob Callister by the sounds of it...

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They're just claiming the kudos for attracting another high street brand name here - it's a big accomplishment when there's next to bugger all else going on and conveniently deflects attention away from the likes of the Zurich news.

DfE haven't been so quick to make any comment on that or Waltons, have they? Hope they'll be supporting those staff who are going to be affected, with more than words.

No political glory in redundancies and shutdowns.

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ATS closed now according to facebook. Also both the Game and Newsons premises in Stand Street up to let on Deanwood. 

It's boom time for sure... 

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2 minutes ago, Dave Hedgehog said:

ATS closed now according to facebook. Also both the Game and Newsons premises in Stand Street up to let on Deanwood. 

It's boom time for sure... 

Newsons...?! Noooooooo!!

Maybe moving to a big rent area wasn't such a wise move, if true?

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Dunno if the are closing or just moving (they use the shop on the other side of the street a lot for sales) but their current shop is up to let. 

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When they were on the North Quay there were always bargains to be had, work and outdoor clothing and boots and camping kit if you were into it.

I was in the Strand St. outlet a couple of months back, it was all big price tags and designer names. And I was the only fecker in there. Makes one wonder if they misjudged?

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1 hour ago, Roger Mexico said:

As such the new hotel is going to to take customers away from existing operators[2], not bring extra people over.  The same will apply to some tourists as well.   There may be people who will only visit somewhere if there is a Premier available, but even if they do exist they have 750 plus to choose from.  Some in the VFR market (Visiting Friends and Relatives) might decide it's nicer to stay there than cram in at Auntie Eileen's, but it won't be much new business.  Some people who want to explore the Island by public transport will find it conveniently situated, but might find it a little expensive for a longer stay (long stays aren't really Premier's selling point) and lacking in character.

The truth is that the only people who have the ability to bring more tourists over here on holiday is Mr Skelly and his Department.  And they have been extremely bad at this over the last 30-40 years and increasing unwilling to even try. 

Yes I’m with you there. But when has his Department ever given any consideration for local businesses? It’s always been much easier to try to spend the taxes they contribute to, to impress people who haven’t worked out that they’re complete idiots yet. 

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9 minutes ago, MrPB said:

Yes I’m with you there. But when has his Department ever given any consideration for local businesses? It’s always been much easier to try to spend the taxes they contribute to, to impress people who haven’t worked out that they’re complete idiots yet. 

I think they have worked that bit out PB, it's why they deal with them. Better end result for interested party but not local business

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Why then did they choose to apply a UK logo to the product?

It wasn't to bat for the home team, it was to fill the place with folks who like the assured 'knowness' of a branded product

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1 hour ago, Non-Believer said:

They're just claiming the kudos for attracting another high street brand name here - it's a big accomplishment when there's next to bugger all else going on and conveniently deflects attention away from the likes of the Zurich news.

DfE haven't been so quick to make any comment on that or Waltons, have they? Hope they'll be supporting those staff who are going to be affected, with more than words.

No political glory in redundancies and shutdowns.

I wonder if the Starship Enterprise has sent in the Job Centre hit squad to advise those getting made redundant or employment opportunities in the finance sector and also the public sector. Mind you they are the last people you would want to see, civil servants with zero empathy.

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3 hours ago, the stinking enigma said:

Who actually owns the building?

The Russian GRU. Possibly.

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4 hours ago, the stinking enigma said:

Who actually owns the building?

Whitbread. 

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