Cruise ship season
Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:11 PM
It would seem like there are more than a few things having an adverse effect on tourism at present:
* Tesco effect on da Street
* Reduced assistance form SIC/increased competition from SIC funded competition
* Long term re-allocation of resources to oil industry (transport + accomodation, etc)
* Uncertainty over Viking Energy project
* Confusion created by having two official tourism bodies for Shetland
* Proposed closure of public toilets
It will take more than knocking down the old toilets to maintain and stop the current decline.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:20 PM
That Leasks building would make an excellent "Craft Village".
As the owner of the two ponies that wore the cardigans, I have offered to bring them down to meet and greet on behalf of VS. The offer is there.
The Leask's building is in a brilliant location for tourists. I have heard though that the expense of convering it to an eating place are almost prohibitive, due to the regulations to be met.
It would be a good to have your ponies in cardigans meet cruise ships Frances. With all the exposure they and the moon dancing one got I am sure that may tourists will be expecting to see them. More traditional than bagpipes!
Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:31 PM
Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:46 PM
Living Lerwick may have some input there, as they have already installed and paid for the running of the town festoons.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:29 PM
As for the ponies, they are both very amenable little equines who would happily meet and greet with or without the knitwear (which belongs to VS). They know. The offer is there. The price is not prohibitive.
But one bagpipe and we are out of there pronto.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:12 AM
Well Lerwick gets in on the liners tomorrow with the Quest arriving in port carrying 31 passengers. Not exactly an invasion (given the 3,000 that landed in Kirkwall yesterday) but at least it's a start.
2013 season is looking poor 41-42 visits at best and that's if there are no cancellations.
And now there's that barge full of stone at Holmsgarth which if delayed in getting it unloaded could block that cruise ship berth for weeks! You could not make it up!....it looks like this place seems to do it best to encourage ships NOT to come back...
Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:17 AM
Was told to talk to LPA about H&S, though.
I think it should not be us arranging it but part of Visit Scotland's original promotion or even Promote Shetland.
So far, nothing.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:32 AM
I honestly don't know what's wrong with this Island.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:17 AM
Something that has been "offered on a plate" to them and would be an absolute show stealer with the cruise visitors and it gets nowhere.
That's tourism in Shetland for you......
I've said it before and I'll say it again, but the current "product" is cr*p.
The one glimmer of light I saw recently was the scale Killer Whale at the Scy Museum. What an eye-catcher!.
They must have seen a previous post of mine
Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:39 PM
Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:03 PM
Well that was a busy day for the town with all the ships in, and i understand there has to be security arrangements for the ships, but i have never had to navigate walking around so many barriers on the waterfront today in my life. Think that aspect of things has definitely gone OTT.
"Small town security"(?) has always gone OTT.. eg Sumburgh Airport...
You shouldn't really expect anything different in town.
Pity, now they are trying to run everyone's life..
Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:07 PM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:55 AM
Again the fabled cruise pavilion had only one local and no passengers go in it in all the time i was on the pier, waste of money and time it is.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:01 PM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:21 PM
Sadly the vast majority of cruise passengers just want a quick look around and tick the box, and go.
Posted 26 July 2013 - 03:53 PM
Unfortunately, that's where the good bit ends after hearing of an incident from a friend today.
Cruise Tourist - "excuse me, can you tell me where the main street is?".
Friend - "erm, this is it".
Cruise Tourist - "....you're kidding?".
I went for a look at the ship after work and must say that many buildings and areas/pockets of the town centre are looking very neglected and run down.
Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:10 PM
the makkin jumpers and bonnets.
Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:53 PM
Indeed walking the street on Friday i was amazed at how shabby it has become, DE Shoes for example has very poor paintwork outside their shop. It's maybe just a trivial thing but it looks sad to see.
Lerwick the "grey town" as the Norwegians say....
Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:07 PM
Unfortunately that incident I mentioned isn't an isolated one. Another friend of mine had a similar incident just a month or so ago and was asked pretty much the exact same thing. It was another cruise tourist who asked "is this it?".
The Shetland Museum can't even bring themselves to fly the Norwegian flag as a mark of respect to Shetland's Norwegian/Scandinavian history and links.....
Talking of run down buildings just look at how worn and run down the houses on the sea front of Clickimin Road in Lerwick are.....
Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:39 PM
As for negative comments, the same applies. I can think of hundreds of similar comments/incidents when I was involved with dealing with tourists in the UK.
As an example (In the grounds of Warwick Castle after just being dropped off by a coach):
"Could you tell me where the village is?"
"What village is that?"
"Uh, I'm afraid Warwick is a bit bigger than a village, it's a busy town"
"No, it's a village"
"Well, the town centre is through that archway and across that busy main road"
"No, I demand to know where the village is!"
Or, when taking a booking on a sightseeing boat trip in Scotland:
"At what time do the dolphins appear? I'm not paying if they don't turn up"
The ignorant ones are always the most vocal......