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Reiterating in a different way was what I was trying to say

 |  Rose Barrett  | 

It would appear that both your paper and Alan Hopping have totally missed the point of my letter published in last week’s The Informer.  And before I go any further, is it usual to have the response to a letter BEFORE the letter itself, thereby influencing people’s opinions?

The title of my letter was a very neutral ‘Last Week’s Headline’.

I shall reiterate in a different way what I was trying to say.  Yes, we really need to market Whitianga to attract more visitors, especially in wintertime.  But you cannot do so in a such a misleading way as suggested by Alan Hopping.  Imagine a bus load of tourists arriving in Whitianga on a Monday in winter for a two-night stay.  They have been drawn to the ‘Thermal Ocean Village’ just as others are drawn to the Thermal Alpine Village of Hanmer Springs.  The said tourists find that the local thermal spa is closed until Thursday and the weather is not desirable for enjoying Hot Water Beach.  I agree we cannot do anything about the weather, but I can imagine these tourists leaving Whitianga feeling disappointed that the town didn’t come up to their expectations of a thermal area.  The resulting negative reviews on social media doesn’t bear thinking about.

For such a small town, Whitianga is unique in all that it has to offer.  As I said in my previous letter, the Lost Spring is a truly great asset to the town and I know that some of our visitors come here purely to enjoy what this establishment has to offer (but only Thursday to Sunday).

And, no, I don’t want the Lost Spring changed to be like Hanmer Springs. It’s that it doesn’t seem right to compare the two places to support the idea of calling Whitianga a Thermal Ocean Village. The town has many other great assets such as the cinema, the Monkey House, restaurants, sports bar, great shops, art gallery, clubs, sports facilities, fun activities, etc.

Whitianga’s greatest asset is its location.  The town makes a great centre for exploring the area.  So, another suggestion for marketing our town – WHITIANGA – THE HEART OF BEAUTIFUL MERCURY BAY – SO MUCH TO ENJOY.

It would appear that both your paper and Alan Hopping have totally missed the point of my letter published in last week’s The Informer.  And before I go any further, is it usual to have the response to a letter BEFORE the letter itself, thereby influencing people’s opinions?

The title of my letter was a very neutral ‘Last Week’s Headline’.

I shall reiterate in a different way what I was trying to say.  Yes, we really need to market Whitianga to attract more visitors, especially in wintertime.  But you cannot do so in a such a misleading way as suggested by Alan Hopping.  Imagine a bus load of tourists arriving in Whitianga on a Monday in winter for a two-night stay.  They have been drawn to the ‘Thermal Ocean Village’ just as others are drawn to the Thermal Alpine Village of Hanmer Springs.  The said tourists find that the local thermal spa is closed until Thursday and the weather is not desirable for enjoying Hot Water Beach.  I agree we cannot do anything about the weather, but I can imagine these tourists leaving Whitianga feeling disappointed that the town didn’t come up to their expectations of a thermal area.  The resulting negative reviews on social media doesn’t bear thinking about.

For such a small town, Whitianga is unique in all that it has to offer.  As I said in my previous letter, the Lost Spring is a truly great asset to the town and I know that some of our visitors come here purely to enjoy what this establishment has to offer (but only Thursday to Sunday).

And, no, I don’t want the Lost Spring changed to be like Hanmer Springs. It’s that it doesn’t seem right to compare the two places to support the idea of calling Whitianga a Thermal Ocean Village. The town has many other great assets such as the cinema, the Monkey House, restaurants, sports bar, great shops, art gallery, clubs, sports facilities, fun activities, etc.

Whitianga’s greatest asset is its location.  The town makes a great centre for exploring the area.  So, another suggestion for marketing our town – WHITIANGA – THE HEART OF BEAUTIFUL MERCURY BAY – SO MUCH TO ENJOY.


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