Otago produced calm seas, warm summer temperatures and just a little rain for the busiest cruise weekend of the season.
29.12.09 ODT Cruise ships visit Dunedin
28.12.09 ODT Cruise-ship passengers feel at home in Dunedin
Has the RWC 2011 hosting campaign registered this…
### ODT Online Mon, 28 Dec 2009
Tourists want Maori welcomes, hot chips
By Hamish McNeilly
Cruise ship visits injected an estimated $19 million into the Dunedin economy last year, but there was room to improve the tourist experience, according to a cruise industry report prepared by the University of Otago marketing department for Tourism Dunedin. The 64-page report was funded by a $14,000 grant from the Dunedin City Council.
A salting of fish and chips on the (port)side, done well (make that casually perfectly) in Dunedin-designer settings can’t be too hard.
Let’s face it, most local cafes and restaurants look pretty tame and lame – there are a few notable exceptions. Time for some serious fun promoting the excellence and freshness of our regional food.
This takes culinary talent, an understanding of quintessimal customer service, and a super-large dash of contemporary architecture and design savvy – applied to all types and levels of retail presentation.
I’m not talking ‘over-design’. I’m not referring to the curtain-hanging-cushion-making people who mischievously claim to be interior designers and ‘image consultants’. The kind that leave their business cards (hah!) on the few remaining cafe pinboards in town. Save us from their tedium. Most of what they can do is hauled out of a Made in China shipping container.
And hey, Dunedin eateries: if you can’t keep your main street shop fronts clean, dusted and well designed – don’t bother.
We don’t accept you think it’s cool to sport a bad paint job over cheap wall board on the shopfront, with tacky stuck-on A4 menus and specials* in the windows. We don’t accept your patchy, rotting, filthy floorboards that harbour years of fetid cooking smells. Don’t even try to excuse or extol these as Dunedin ‘atmosphere’ and stylistic ‘grunge’. Get real. Lift your game.
And make sure your coffee cups keep the heat, for god’s sake, if you feel overly impelled to charge $3 to $4 for your somewhat sinking forgettable flat whites.
Good eating in the right place is good urban design. We need more of it, a short sharp shift.
New Year charity post —by Elizabeth Kerr
*When was the last time you shelled out on a consult with a good graphic designer? Just asking.