Mr Max quoted "Loads of apartments to buy - nothing to rent and next to no "grown-up" entertainment to encourage people even if there were".
Nothing to rent!!! Click this link on losgigantes.com http://losgigantes.com/Apartments/index.php?action=searchresults
No grown up entertainment!!! Drove through Los Gigantes last night, noticed that both TJ's and Domingos (both entertainment bars) were full.
Dolly, with all due respect to you, you are slightly missing the point I made, and indeed the point that a lot of others have made here in recent times.
Yes there are lots of private apartments to rent, and some are indeed taken up, BUT in order to do this requires people to make their own travel arrangements rather than come here through the more traditional Travel Company routes of old.
A couple of months back you could have stayed in the Barcelo Varredero (sp) for a week self catering for about 'a375 per person INCLUDING flights!!!!.
OK then was our quiet season, now is our peak season, but even with Roy's Fab 2 weeks for the price of one offer above, plus flights it simply isnt cheap to do it yourself to Los Gigs - there are now many other cheaper destinations - especially eastern Europe and (sadly) many of these are cleaner and more up to date and welcoming!
If tourism is to return to Los Gigs it needs tour companys to bring guests to us at bargain prices so that they have plenty to spend whilst they are here. Because Los Gigs has become more residential in recent years this won't happen and the only establishment the tour companys will ever keep full is the All Inclusive Hotel.
I still stand by my comments about entertainment too - OK so TJ's etc were busy last night - but again, with all due respect, those tourists who are brave and bold enough to make the trip here over and above the dozens of cheaper options expect something more than a Karaoke or Sound-Alike Bar to keep them entertained.
Las Americas has grown up and moved with the times in terms of the entertainment on offer for visitors, as have the 4 and 5 stars in Fanabe - yes you will still find the Karaoke Bars if you want them, but at least there are also venues catering for the more discerning.