Newspapers are all about interaction with the community and hopefully they reflect and respect public debate. Both columnists and journalists appreciate readers who put their oar in. It is the healthiest of features.
It was good to receive much well-argued comment on my Time to Wake Up,
Manuel García Sánchez, Spanish and proud of it, says; “The article is 100 percent correct. I have worked in the tourism industry for many years, in and out of
The correspondent goes on to say other countries have a firm and consistent tourism policy; not 17 regional offices as in
“Those ‘managing’ tourism should be asking themselves: what do customers want, what have the competition got that we haven’t and what are they doing that we cannot copy.” Stop counting people and occupancy percentages; instead count income, money, and price.”
There is nothing like distance to give perspective; I was on a Latvian train journey when I pondered the shortcomings of
He offers faultless insight, depressingly so when one considers that it is precisely this level of entrepreneur that
He writes: “The article certainly resonated with me and I, like you, have become increasingly disconcerted with what is happening in this most beautiful part of the world.”
Well placed to make his observations he has his own ideas on how the region can be improved upon to compete on the world stage as a holiday and leisure destination of choice.
“On my recent visit I have been frustrated by how miserable and rude many Spaniards are, especially to the British who have poured hundreds of millions of Euros into the coast. There doesn’t seem to be a culture of gratitude; good manners are the exception rather than the rule. I have travelled to many parts of the world and the Spanish attitude appears almost unique. The people of
“Why,” he goes on to say; “are the Spanish like this? They have fantastic weather, stunning countryside and a wonderful lifestyle.”
Don’t shoot the messenger. This correspondent calls a spade a spade when he cites the high levels of crime compared to competing destinations. He expresses concern about the less than even-handed laissez-faire anti-foreigner attitude of the police; not to mention their lack of effectiveness in preventing or dealing with crime.
He says he has witnessed and experienced more crime here in ten years than in
Neither Richard Ash nor Manuel García Sánchez criticise from a standpoint other than altruistic. They love
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