'Line in the sand' drawn over tourism funding

PROTECTING the amount of funding given to Jersey tourism is crucial for the Island's economy, says the Economic Development Minister.

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PROTECTING the amount of funding given to Jersey tourism is crucial for the Island's economy, says the Economic Development Minister.

Senator Alan Maclean told a Scrutiny hearing for the establishment of a new tourism shadow board that the money being put into tourism had been slashed for too many years and drawing a line underneath the cuts was key in order to help boost the economy.

'For too many years tourism had taken a hit and seen its funding reduced and reduced,' he said. 'Now I have put a stop to that, drawn a line in the sand and maintained the budget which is crucial to maximise its value to the economy.'

Comments for: "'Line in the sand' drawn over tourism funding"

The future

I am glad Tourism has a champion, the small tourism dependent businesses, including hotels and guest houses having been going out of business for years without the support offered to finance, building and farming.

Claire

Yes Senator you would know - as you are one who has been cutting the tourism budget. Like a couple of years ago cutting the tourism budget and giving it to Jersey Finance!

letslookforward

I agree, so he has stopped slashing budget, well done you. But you have already slashed it back as far as you can so had to stop somewhere, and what's left is not enough. So lets see you stick a few Mil back in and try and build Tourism.

C Le Verdic

Getting worried that finance may not survive?

Until now tourism has gradully become an unwanted nuisance to the new generations of well heeled islanders who would rather have the beaches and the bars to themselves.

This has been happening for a long time now and was most clearly highlighted by the widespread intolerance of hire car drivers which has only ameliorated with the reduction in numbers of tourists. You can still see the same resentment on the faces of the business suited individuals trying to get along King Street in summer time when baulked by the odd few aimless trippers meandering about.

The plain truth is that for some time now Jersey has not really bemoaned the fact that tourists can go elsewhere cheaply, the new trendsetters over here have been positively rejoicing.

The remaining few hotels and guest houses and the transport operators appear to work on the principle that if the visitors (mostly expats, relatives and friends plus the odd few who love the place)are that desperate they will pay silly prices.

Time for a rethink, eh, as finance might be on the way back out now that more and more of the world is made aware of where all the missing tax revenue has gone.

Better get that holiday camp up and running again before it is turned into houses for people who won't be coming to 'work' here after all.

gino risoli

remove the Troy rule and elect a tourism minister

Kermit

Someone young and dynamic. Posh and boring can't even get a cruise nowhere near Jersey (don't start me on a casino either). New strategy is needed, we need fresh ideas and use what we ve got the best we can, and stop thinking about what were the 70s like cause it's gone...

jerseythepartiesover

It is a fine moral stance to take but it is too late. There is very little to do in Jersey for a tourist and no one I know really wants to go there now. My friend had to be dragged kicking and screaming to go to your island last week.

Kermit

They should look at the trend elsewhere.

If tourism is down everywhere, there is no point spending as much or more if people don't have any money to travel.

Captain Haddock

Ahoy! A line in the sand eh me hearties! So what happens when the tide comes in?

regular visitor

Ive been visiting the island every year since the late 70s. Its a great place to unwind. I have noticed over the last ten years that the tourists arnt getting the welcome they once got in certain establishments. The established rural pubs still provide a warm welcome but the comparatively recent opening and "rebranding" of a certain group of bars/restaurants dont seem too friendly towards the tourist. They seem to be dominated by yuppies (who have gone out of fashion in the rest of the UK), who glare at tourists with a "your sitting in my seat" look! Its obvious these sorts arent born and bred Jersey folk so as long as the country pubs remain i will still be back.

mallouin

Sadly it's not just tourists they also glare at 'locals' as if we should not be here.I hope you continue visiting and enjoying what is still a beautiful and unique island.