I have come to the conclusion that the minority favouring the
hotel are suffering from acute amnesia.
They keep asking the same question over and over again, and
when someone replies they just ignore the answer and ask all
over again or make a statement that has already been
First of all, lets clear this up once and for all. This is
not "our" hotel. Group tours from China will not be staying
in "our" hotels, they will be staying in the Chinese
five-star hotel with attached restaurants, souvenir shops and
Everything inside the hotel will be owned by the hotel and
the group tourists will be herded to the hotel owned shops,
just as they do in other areas.
These group tours never shop in the supermarket and always
hardly spend any money locally. Who stays in a five-star
hotel and goes shopping in the supermarket?
After the group tour has eaten and shopped in the hotel, they
will make their way onto coaches that are also owned by the
same business and leave Dunedin. They will not take taxis,
local buses or mix with anyone. And most certainly they will
not eat in local restaurants.
Once again: the people who really contribute to our local
economy directly are individual travellers, families, friends
and small trekking groups etc.
They all go to the supermarket, stay in local accommodation
and mix with everyday Kiwi's. What they spend stays here and
helps us just grow a wee bit more. We should be thinking
about this market in terms of how to expand it and include
I have worked in hospitality for 16 years and I know the
system back to front. If you work in the tourism industry for
as long as I have, you get to know the spenders from the tire
I have a lot of mates that would bet their bottom dollar on
what I have typed and some of them have been in the industry
all their lives.
The Chinese tour groups are especially well known to have
sown all the loose ends up - there is no surplus money. Some
Asian group tours even include souvenirs so the people don't
even shop locally, they just look at the brochure and tick
Let's get real.