The last week or so has been particularly busy for the Project Team, with both of us back on the Island. It’s been wonderful catching up after a longer period away than we had originally planned.
One of our first tasks was to make an extended presentation to Council on 29th March, which included some initial data gathered from the survey and postcards, as well as some key insights from all our conversations with the community so far.
Five major themes have emerged:
- Managing visitor behaviour
- Managing visitor expectations
- Working with government and the private sector to help them understand what is appropriate tourism on the Island
- Exploring ways to address food supply issues in high season
- Clearly articulating a vision and the values for tourism.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Workshop last week – it was such a positive day, with so many conversations, ideas and post-it notes! We are aware that there have been several requests for the workshop to be repeated outside business hours, and we are currently working out a suitable date.
We will also be offering a forum specifically for the business community on Monday 11th April between 5pm – 7pm at the FAEC. This will be an interactive session, so be sure to bring your best ideas! Please RSVP to FIBI.firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
In the next few weeks, we will be collating all the information from the various ways in which you have shared your thoughts with us and writing a summary report. Community engagement is the foundation of this project. We are aware that there are still many people we’ve not connected with yet. It is a very big task, and we would love some help.
Are you a member of a club/organisation/informal group? If so, is there an opportunity for the Project Team to come and talk to your group about The Islander Way?
Or perhaps you are a member of the community who would like to share your ideas about the future of tourism on the Island and haven’t done so yet. Please do get in touch. We are here to listen to the whole range of views regarding tourism and related issues. We have also been thinking about different ways of meeting more of you – perhaps a BBQ or some other more informal kind of getting together.
While community conversations will continue, we are moving on to a new phase of the project at the end of April. This is a natural progression linking all your hopes for the Island (vision and values) to some practical, tangible outcomes – i.e. businesses and projects that reflect the right kind of tourism and address some of the Island’s challenges and opportunities. Watch this space!
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