NSW is suffering a tourist drought blamed on bad marketing & Sydney’s emerging image problem
Marc ‘Aussie’-Stone has continued his battle to establish an Aboriginal Experience Super Highway in outback NSW with a ‘letter in reply’ to The Sunday Telegraph article ‘Tourists shun Sydney’ plus a covering letter to the NSW Premier, Morris Iemma. He is also responding to the desperation in articles such as The Sydney Morning Herald’s Farmers despair as rivers run dry and The Daily Telegraph’s ‘Nation’s heart fights to survive’.
Marc advises that Members of the NSW Parliament have been doing all they can to have the NSW bureaucracy cooperate but that they have been unable to produce any positive outcome.
The NSW Department of State Regional Development approached, then engaged, then paid Marc $10,000, to use his 35 years of international and grassroots, indigenous business development experience, to improve the Department’s prevailing poor success rate with Aboriginal businesses.
Marc’s ‘letter in reply’ to ‘Tourists shun Sydney’:
A colleague of mine, during the 8 years I was an Affiliate at the UNWTO (World Tourism Organism) started the “Silk Trail” This attracted many thousands of new quality tourists to inland Asia to areas where they had never been before. I was approached and then contracted by NSW DOSRD to find out what the problem was and to develop a solution. I saw that visitor numbers out of Sydney, across the Blue Mountains and into inland NSW rich with special interest attractions, animals, history, primary industries, opals, hot springs, unique to the world, and in Australia where ( currently) no wars are being fought, had not changed in 35 years. Still only 4% of 5 millions who arrive in Sydney go inland and those that do stay on average for 5 days. I gave them the “Aboriginal and Outback Experiences Super Highway” and 45 out of 45 delegates to the Bourke Public Meeting, in Sep 2003, said “Great idea, let’s do it.” 3 years later NSW DOSRD have buried the project. WHY ? Anyone who is interested can read all about it in the 7 pdf files on the front page of my web site www.aussiestone.com or go to the Community Action Development Newsletter www.pigswillfly.com.au and read the article published only yesterday headed Aboriginal Business Success Models. The State Government supports progressing inland NSW but apparently our State Bureaucrats do not.
In his letter to the NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, Marc says:
May I also point out that inland Australia is in serious drought. So surely every positive, practical, and viable initiative, to boost rural economies, and specially one that carries the offer of free publicity within the 800 overseas Travel Media Journalists network comprising the membership of FIJET (the oldest association of professional travel writers and journalists in the world, plus circulating to every personal email of the 600 leading global conservation Journalists, who attended with me, the WSSD, UN’s World Summit on Sustainable Development, warrants being fostered by the NSW DOSRD and not being buried, and not progressed, as the NSW DOSRD have done for the past 3 years. I ONLY ASK WHY ? But no one will say. )
THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW says Marc:
We know rural Australia is in economic crisis.
We know international visitor numbers are down.
We know visitor numbers to see all Australia’s, globally
unique, inland, tourist attractions have not increased in 35 years.
We know no one has anything to lose by supporting the
development of capped replicable viable business models and that
this is the way the game is played by private enterprise today.
We know that an offer of free global publicity for Australian
tourism attractions (properly presented) should not be ignored.
The ABC’s Landline have identified, in many of their rural stories,
that tourism can help underpin the economy of a rural community
in times of economic crisis and have indeed saved some towns.”
Watch this space for the latest from the battlefront!
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