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The strategy to attract 500,000 visitors!


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16 hours ago, Youaintseenme said:

it just needs a bit of joined up thinking and support from government in the right areas.

Joined up thinking and Government are not easy bedfellows sadly ! but you are correct.

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23 hours ago, Youaintseenme said:

The island is buzzing this afternoon.

Great to see. We have been out and about with visiting family who have never been before and they love it.

Done well we could have a great tourism industry again post covid, it just needs a bit of joined up thinking and support from government in the right areas.

Costs to get to and from are nowhere near as bad as I feared they would be with airlines getting back on their feet either. 

Port Erin quiet this morning, steam train broke! Out of phase eccentric caused buckled rod apparently. ( According to engineer in cafe).

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15 minutes ago, doc.fixit said:

Port Erin quiet this morning, steam train broke! Out of phase eccentric caused buckled rod apparently. ( According to engineer in cafe).

Down to one working engine then?.

The newly completely rebuilt one (No11) does not seem to be available for normal traffic yet.

If only they had bought a working diesel locomotive......

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23 minutes ago, ellanvannin2010 said:

Down to one working engine then?.

The newly completely rebuilt one (No11) does not seem to be available for normal traffic yet.

If only they had bought a working diesel locomotive......

 

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2 hours ago, Bandits said:

It will probably be as successful as the strategy to attract new businesses to come here

https://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/enterprise-development-scheme-to-close-due-to-inactivity/

The next Tynwald questions that need to be asked is how much was spent vs how much did it bring in (if quantifiable)?

Then how many people were employed to oversee and administer it, where are they now and what are they doing?

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On 4/13/2022 at 6:49 PM, SleepyJoe said:

Don't think so. All that's there is a small jetty


Jura Passenger Ferry
 

That brings back memories. First time getting totally shit faced on whisky in the Jura hotel. 

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20 minutes ago, The Phantom said:

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but there did seem to be a lot of UK Reg cars over this weekend.

Maybe the Steam Packer should capitalise on the airport shambles in the UK at the moment? 

 

According to our family returning to the UK, yesterdays 07:30 to LPL was packed to the gunwales.

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20 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

The next Tynwald questions that need to be asked is how much was spent vs how much did it bring in (if quantifiable)?

Then how many people were employed to oversee and administer it, where are they now and what are they doing?

I think it is generally acknowledged amongst the business community that the island has become one of the most hostile places to operate a business from drowning in bureaucrats and hurdles to jump. This is why this is a flop it will have to be spun to explain otherwise !

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I remember talking to Nigel (from Greens) when he ran the cafe at the summit of Snaefell a few years ago. It was during the time when he was battling with the government to have remedial works done on the cafe to make access and catering more viable. In his supporting argument he shared that the Snaefell cafe had, in one season, received 600 000 visitors - far more - he cited - than any other tourist attraction on the Island. 

it always seemed an unreliable (and unbelievable) set of figures but he had all the documentation to back it up. I think, in the end, the government did throw some money at it but not as much as Nigel himself sunk into it.

The Island has indeed been extremely busy over the weekend - and it’s only Easter. Who knows, maybe the tide will turn and we’ll become a popular destination once more. It would be nice to think that might be the case, and gawd knows, the hospitality and tourist organisations could do with it. 

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