Would a new hotel attract more tourists?
A 'super-hotel' for Gorey?
By Claire Peters
Building a new ‘super-hotel’ in Gorey is just one idea politicians would like your feedback on, in a new public consultation on land use for tourism.
Building a new ‘super-hotel’ in Gorey is a great idea, according to Robert Jones, who has had years of experience working in the tourism industry.
The idea is just one question raised as planners work out how they are going to use some of the land here in Jersey to boost the tourism industry.
“In the Island Plan Gorey was highlighted as one of the jewels in the tourism crown in Jersey,” said Mr Jones.
“We’ve seen a lot of hotels drift away in the past few years and I think it’s a good idea.”
Do we need more rooms with a sea-view?
He admitted working out where to site the hotel could be difficult, but suggested the outskirts of the Royal Jersey Golf Club could be a suitable location.
The Planning Department is asking your opinion on a new hotel in Gorey and other recommendations in a new consultation paper.
They’re also asking you if hotel development should be limited to St Helier, or whether it should be encouraged outside of town?
Mr Jones, who is director of Jersey Pottery Group, believed tourism development should be persuaded both in and out of St Helier.
“I think we need to look at sympathetically placed buildings in the countryside, such as Les Ormes with the lovely cabins in or homesteads on farms.
Could tourism benefit from a new marina?
“I think self-catering accommodation lends itself very well to be pretty unobtrusive in some areas of the countryside.”
He also said although Jersey was a seaside destination there was not enough holiday accommodation with sea views.
Another of the consultation document’s recommendations was to protect hotel sites so they were used only for tourism, and not converted into tourism.
However, Mr Jones told BBC Jersey he disagreed with the idea, saying this policy had been tried before in the early ‘90s and “was very damaging” to the tourism industry.
Have your say
What changes would you like to see made, if any, to support tourism in Jersey?
Do you think building a new hotel in Gorey is a good idea? If so, where would you put it?
What about building a new marina somewhere on the island, or creating a new golf course.
last updated: 21/07/2008 at 16:12
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