Hoteliers hit out at States after easyJet decision
Friday 25th October 2013, 1:00PM BST.
TOURISM has missed out on its biggest opportunity in 20 years, a frustrated hotelier has said in the wake of easyJet deciding not to fly from Guernsey.
As the island continues to digest the news that the budget-airline will not be operating on the Gatwick route, recriminations as to who is to blame started to fly.
La Grande Mare owner Simon Vermeulen slammed the lack of consultation between industry representatives and the States.
‘There was no discussion with us at all. If people started flying here for £20 a ticket, they would have had more money to spend on the island. But sadly, it is not to be. The island needs more flights and easyJet is just massive, no one has a problem with them apart from the States.’
The decision, he said, was not just bad for tourists, but islanders, who now have to trust in an Aurigny monopoly and be willing to pay already high ticket prices.
La Barbarie hotel managing director Andy Coleman said those within the industry have consistently bemoaned the budget given to VisitGuernsey, and any opportunity to boost tourist numbers should have been embraced.