i agree with a few things you say mr max, but not the above points - you seem to think that the tour operators will take resposibility for bringing tourists in, well they wont!!! tour operators need to take a lot of apartments in the same place 'on contract' so that they can put it in a brochure. they will not foot the bill for these apartments they have on contract if they dont fill them. if they have not sold say 7 days prior to departure date, they will just give them back to the apartment owners/managers/ hoteliers. this does not suit any apartment blocks in the area except tamaimo tropical in ps. they will not take on the royal sun. ken boot ran the royal sun through tour operators because he was a travel agent/tour operator in uk and therefore could do it.
the only way the royal sun will be developed is the same as gigansol, balcon etc and that is to sell privately. but many owners will let their apartments at a decent price. that should bring in money as usually visitors staying in apartments will eat out in the evening! its a bit chicken and egg at the moment, visitors to the area dont want a ghost town so wont revisit, but, we have a lot to offer so if the areas are busy and buzzy visitors will come back!! i do think lg is shooting itself in the foot, and, the rest of the area is leaping ahead and that is a shame, but only the harbour owners in lg can save lg in my eyes!!!
so i am looking forward to royal sun being developed and sold! with all these new complex's, there will be new blood coming into the area and i think we are just around the corner from the area being great again! i noticed it very busy this summer, much more than the past few years.
we dont need to depend on the tour operators!! also i do think you are right in your idea that buses should not come into the harbour on trips without having a 'minimum stay' time, i think many people would love to have a walk around after a boat trip to explore (and spend money!!) for an hour or two!!
You misunderstand - I never said the tour operators will take responsibility for filling a resort like the Royal Sun, what I was saying is that if it is redeveloped privately there is no chance for them to take any options on any rooms (whether they eventually fill them or not) and that is bad for tourism - IF it is tourism the village actually wants.
In any case as I understand it, the decision has already been made to redevelop it privately and sell the appartments off.
The real question here is that once it is sold off will the owners want to rent them out - or to be more precise, will ENOUGH owners want to rent them out to put back the million or so Euros lost from the local economy.
I dont know the answer to that, but from everything posted so far in this thread it would seem that a significant number of owners dont want the hassle of the repairs and wear and tear renting involves, AND those that do let are faced with sky-high flight costs which is pushing much of potential business away.
It is also the case that Gigansol is still essentially empty and there are still unsold appartments at Balcon. Adding another 150 to the already huge list of For Sale's in the area isn't going to do much for Tourism IF it is tourism that LG actually wants !