Don’t take the quiz
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.