Who needs cheap-brained tourists —ugh #Dunedin

I tried taking the usual bad ‘visitor’ happysnaps

but seriously (no tourists were shoved aside to take these)

Destination Dunedin managing the trade-offs between risk and innovation….

*Enterprise Dunedin, hope you’ve got a section or three about that in your destination plan


On Monday I was quickly(!) photographing post-iD architectural details inside Dunedin Railway Station – it was absolutely no more than 3 minutes by smartphone – when an Asian tourist abruptly told me to get out of the way so her male partner could get a shot. Moi ? I was there first, just walking and clicking – there was no crowd – the visitor arrogance was slightly disgusting.

It could happen anywhere. People sheeple.

The following at ODT, however, is much much worse.
Quite frankly the residents of Baldwin St should seek police and legal action.
It’s YOUR homes, YOUR property, YOUR privacy that’s being abused.
The council can help. The ED can help.

[A steep street of No Trespass notices and snarling bullmastiffs has its own photographic charm.]

Good on Sharon Hyndman for speaking out.
I wouldn’t be in her shoes, for all ‘the world’.

At Facebook:


### ODT Online Wed, 29 Mar 2017
Privacy breaches upset resident
By David Loughrey
A sharp rise in visitor numbers to the world’s steepest street has resulted in one Dunedin resident speaking out about tourists she says are walking on to her property and peering in the windows. Baldwin St resident of 17 years Sharon Hyndman took her cause to a Dunedin City Council public forum yesterday. She said some tourists had “issues with the concept of privacy and private property”. That meant she had people walking down her drive, on to her deck, and peering in her windows, once or twice a week …. Others parked in her driveway, and did “not always co-operate” when asked to leave. One man had even entered her property and stood on an outdoor table to take a photograph.
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5 responses to “Who needs cheap-brained tourists —ugh #Dunedin

  1. Gurglars

    Anyone taking a photo of “the world’s steepest street” is basically a refugee from the funny farm anyway. What are they celebrating, a council who allowed a street to be built from an English plan with no contours?

    Sheesh, we’ve actually got some real attractions for savvy tourists.

    But the council wouldn’t have the brains to promote them.

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    The council took YEARS to even acknowledge there was interest in Baldwin Street. Tourists knew about it and came looking for it, searching around the Gardens corner for a signpost, going into shops and asking if this was the right way to get there.
    Now after YEARS of being told there was a problem regarding the need for a place to piddle & poop, they’ve managed a 1-stall “trial” toilet.
    There is always considerable interest in biggest, smallest, steepest… and since tourists are in charge of their own lives I’m in favour of them being allowed to choose what is of interest to them.

    There is a problem though, and it needs sorting. Given the stunned sloth pace of DCC addressing other Baldwin St issues I think residents should investigate the many excellent water pistols available these days, and team-work could get the message onto tourist info sites that parking in driveways is unwise if neighbours watched out for neighbours and quickly parked over driveways, blocking unwelcome visitors’ exit – for at least an hour.

  3. Peter

    Good on Sharon Hyndman for speaking up. I’m not sure, however, what can be done to eliminate The Ugly Tourist. Police prosecution where it applies, I guess, though for some reason, I believe, they didn’t prosecute The Vogel St Crapper.
    We shouldn’t be averse to telling off tourists for bad behaviour when we can.

  4. Elizabeth

    Dezeen Published on Mar 29, 2017
    Luxury hotels are swapping glitz for experience, say AHEAD Asia awards judges
    High-end hotels and resorts are moving away from “gold, marble and chandeliers” to offering guests unique experiences, AHEAD Asia jury members claim in this movie Dezeen produced for the hospitality awards scheme. The AHEAD Asia awards 2017, which took place earlier this month at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore, celebrated the best in hospitality design and architecture across the continent.

    “The judging panel follows a pretty rigorous process,” says architect and jury chair Khirstie Myles. “It’s not only design excellence, we’re also looking at financial viability and delivering end-to-end guest experience.”

    The video was produced by Dezeen for AHEAD.
    Filmed at COO boutique hostel and bistro and Capitol Theatre in Singapore.

    One of the big winners of the night was Azuma Architects’ Hoshinoya, a newly-built 17-storey hotel in Tokyo, which won the Urban Hotel category as well as Best New Concept of the Year and the Asia Hotel Design of the Year award. The hotel offers guests a modern take on the Japanese ryokan, a traditional type of rural inn. “A ryokan is traditionally a rural retreat and I think it’s a very bold step to bring it into an urban environment and really embrace the spirit of the ryokan in fundamentally a high-rise building,” says designer and judge André Fu. “As a whole, it communicates a different level of hospitality experience that hasn’t really been done before.”

    “Luxury used to be about gold, marble and chandeliers, big lobbies and glitzy hotels,” [AHEAD Asia judge Guy Heywood] says. “I think now it’s about the experience. It’s about the destination. It’s about what am I as a guest getting out of this from an educational point of view and an emotive point of view.” …. “I believe we’re witnessing quite a transformation in the hospitality segment,” says Myles. “I use the word hospitality rather than hotels because it’s all-pervading. Barriers are being blurred and we now view hotels as hospitality experiences.”
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    The ice bar at The Ritz-Carlton’s Colony restaurant

    The pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul

    Dezeen: AHEAD Asia announces 2017 hotel design awards winners

    The experience for travelling musicians/millennials

    Alan Walker Published on Mar 30, 2017
    Faded – 1 Billion Views! (Thank You)
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    Queenstown today becomes the first place in New Zealand covered by Airbnb’s  experience product, “Trips”.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 31 Mar 2017
    Airbnb introduces ‘Trips’ to resort
    By Paul Taylor – scene.co.nz
    The internet-based accommodation giant [Airbnb] moved into the activity market in November, launching Trips in 12 cities worldwide. It connects people with “hosts” offering curated experiences, everything from surfing to learning to play Japanese musical instruments. It expanded to Sydney last week and Queenstown today, with 10 launch activities including beekeeping, a heli-run tour and coffee brewing. It aims to reach 51 destinations by the end of the year. Joe Zadeh, vice-president of product,  was in town yesterday to meet the first hosts. “Through Airbnb, what we’ve learnt offering homes for a number of years is locals provide a really authentic travel experience,” he said. “A lot of what makes travel great is that connection, that sense of hospitality.” Mr Zadeh described Trips as “things to do for travellers and locals that are powered by the community”.
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    COO Bistro & Boutique Hostel Sociatel, Singapore


    Alan Walker Published on Mar 4, 2017
    Alan Walker – Sunday & Sing Me To Sleep (Live Performance)
    Alan Walker performing “Sunday” and “Sing Me To Sleep” during his homecoming show at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway.

    Vocalist: Angelina Jordan (age 10)

    Orchestra: Ellisiv Sollesnes, Åse Solheim, Dag Eriksen, Mara Smiukse, Bodil Erdal, Janne Johansen, Jon Behnvke, Christian Holter, Øyvind Hage, Knut Riser

  5. Elizabeth

    travel, crazy times

    LanaDelReyVEVO Published on Feb 20, 2017
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    Lust for Life is the upcoming fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album by American singer Lana Del Rey, scheduled for release in 2017 through Polydor and Interscope Records. Its lead single, titled “Love”, was released worldwide on February 18, 2017, and the album title was announced on March 29, 2017, through a trailer on Lana Del Rey’s official Vevo channel on YouTube.

    Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and model. Her music has been noted for its cinematic style, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana. #


    LanaDelReyVEVO Published on Mar 29, 2017
    Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life album trailer
    New album Lust For Life – coming soon September 18th.

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