Don’t take the quiz

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

WITH many of our lo­cal busi­nesses suf­fer­ing in these cur­rent eco­nomic times, I feel com­pelled to com­ment on the re­cent with­drawal of sup­port/spon­sor­ship from the Cen­tral Ho­tel to the trivia nights that were be­ing held there on Wed­nes­day evenings.

As a lo­cal res­i­dent who tries to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness as best I can, I find their de­ci­sion to be ex­tremely my­opic.

I have been to this event on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions so I can vouch that it has al­ways been ex­tremely well at­tended by lo­cals and tourists alike.

The prizes that are given out on the night are do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses from Dain­tree to Port Dou­glas and are ex­tremely gen­er­ous.

The flow-on ef­fect from these evenings hardly needs ex­plain­ing - in­creased pa­tron­age from lo­cals and tourists re­sult­ing in ex­tra food and drinks sales for the Cen­tral Ho­tel as well as pro­mo­tion and in­creased pa­tron­age of the lo­cal busi­nesses who do­nate prizes, who, more of­ten than not, ben­e­fit from ex­tra sales over and above the value of the prize.

I can only as­sume the Cen­tral Ho­tel has made its de­ci­sion based solely on bud­getary con­sid­er­a­tions as we en­ter the qui­etest months for tourist trade.

Apart from the fact that these trivia nights have proven them­selves to be suc­cess­ful es­pe­cially in terms of at­ten­dance, per­haps the Cen­tral Ho­tel should con­sider giv­ing some­thing back to the lo­cals who sup­port this venue through­out the rest of the year, even if that means stretch­ing their (the ho­tel’s) bud­get for a few weeks in the off sea­son.

Fur­ther­more, for a town that is try­ing to rein­vig­o­rate its im­age and ap­peal to tourists, large, suc­cess­ful busi­nesses like the Cen­tral should be bet­ter cor­po­rate ci­ti­zens and be en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive of the ini­tia­tive of these sorts of events and those who or­gan­ise them.

With­out such ini­tia­tive and fresh ideas, the town will con­tinue to strug­gle and I doubt that many tourists would want to come to Port Dou­glas just to go to the pub. I can only hope that the Cen­tral Ho­tel re­verses its de­ci­sion or that an­other venue will snap up the op­por­tu­nity to host this event. Ed­i­tor’s note: Hot off the press, the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club has put its hand up and will host the trivia night from next Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1. Good onya Dyls and crew.

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