I`ve just had another thought. There are also book fairs and antique markets that are very popular
here and they`d all get people back into the area initially. Just remind people that LG is still on the map.
I think that they should be dealing in the more upmarket version of things for the type of person you need to attract.
Hi Patsy - welcome to the board......
When you say "here" I presume you mean LG?
With much respect, I can't see the connection between the odd book fair and antique market (and actually I'd love to know exactly where and how often these take place) and getting some life back into the old girl!
There are around 2,500 adults on the entire electoral role in the whole of Santiago del Teide county - I guess that probably puts the resident population of Los Gigs somewhere between 500 and 1,000. OK, before I get slated I do appreciate that there are some who have not registered to vote, but I believe that if you own here and are properly registered then you go onto the electoral role automatically.
Anyway, my point really is that even of one assumes there are, say, 1,000 ish adult residents (500 couples), there is only so much they can be expected to support and spend locally. Many are reliant on UK pensions to live here, and we all know that, since these are paid out in Sterling, their real value has diminished in the last year by some 15 odd%.
You'll only really get life back into the village by encouraging tourists to visit, not those living here doing more. (there are only so many Lions Club etc funtions one can attend!!)
The discussion in this thread is aimed at two real things. Firstly what those who still live here think can be changed to encourage visitors to come back, and secondly, having come up with potential solutions looking at how they can be implimented and once done how LG can promote itself to the international tourist industry, given there is not much chance of either the local council or Island government coming in to do this for us.
To an extent we are, as has been said before, in charge of our own destiny by putting our heads together, coming up with some positive ideas and then approaching those who can help to move them forward.
Incidentally, however one looks at the pub and restaurant business, and from whatever angle, it is the case that LG is more expensive than many other area of the island. Whether it is sheer greed (which I don't personally believe) or necessity through high rents and other charges (more likely!) matters not - you do need more spending money in your pocket.
One other interesting thing to watch of course, not yet mentioned, is that LG has always been regarded as a bit special and therefore visitors expect to pay a bit more - OK - fair enough. The sad part of that of course is that if a potential visitor made a concious decision to visit LG, paying more for their accomodation and entertainment than elsewhere on the island, one would imagine they would also have been happy to fly here in a degree of style - ie BA.
It remains to be seen, but it must be asked whether the EasyJet takeover of the somewhat pleasurable flying experience of BA will have a detrimental effect. Personally, the thought of having your aircraft pointed to from the departure gate, and the free-for-all rugby scrum for a seat will not work in the interests of LG tourism.