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Tourism survey: Loss of Princess line and lack of inter-island connectivity top list

Tourism survey: Loss of Princess line and lack of inter-island connectivity top list

Friday 04 August 2023

Tourism survey: Loss of Princess line and lack of inter-island connectivity top list

Friday 04 August 2023


Lack of flights and inter-island ferry links score high on a survey launched by the Guernsey Tourism Partnership.

The GTP has revealed responses to a survey it circulated among its membership, where a lot of comments were made, and several concerns were raised.

The survey reveals 14 issues and topics that were highlighted by people within the tourist industry.  

Top of the published list was the lack of inter-island connectivity, particularly by boat. The GTP has responded to each point and in this instance said it’ll be meeting with Condor “to express concerns about this and to make representations about their 2024 timetable”. 

Members of the GTP also suggested that continued marketing of the Potatoe Peel Pie Society film and book could be beneficial. 

“Tourists do not seem to be as aware as they were,” said the GTP. “[We] will raise this with [Visit Guernsey] to see if it has any more mileage.” 

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Once again a Goods and Service Tax fell under scrutiny, with the Partnership suggesting that “the GTP has resisted this as inflationary and not in the interests of tourism.  

A balance should be found so that the local tourist industry is not penalised. 

The GTP also said it regularly speaks to Visit Guernsey about European flights and will continue to push for greater connectivity. 

There were also representations on the cost of getting to Guernsey, the future Victor Hugo Centre and the possibility of a future runway extension. 

A cruise ship pier also continues to be a point of conversation, although the GTP argues that “all the research we have done suggest this would be hugely costly and probably impractical”.

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