Tourism hopes for growth

© 2004 Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg. All Rights Reserved. Originally published in The Gotzborg Eagle, reproduced under license to Sinclair Publications.

Lonenberg (GP) – Gotzborg’s tourism industry is slowly but surely on its way to growth and improvement, but whats the timeline and when will things begin to pick up?

New surveys of both Gotzborg travellers and tourism industry operators indicate both groups are expecting a busier year than previous.

Gotzborgers leisure trip numbers are expected to rise this year as well as outlooks from other micronations.

“Both of these indications give us a feeling of optimism,” says John Bentbrook, managing director of Tourism Gotzborg, the joint government-industry agency that markets the Kingdom’s industry.

“It is always difficult with a micronation new on the scene to show bounding growth and tourism in its first year. It takes time, marketing and gaining a certain level of presence before you start to see more visits and interaction taking place,” Bentbrook conceeds.

This last four months has marked overall an increase in tourism with people from Attera making up the majority of the tourism. There have been many other one offs, citizens of other micronations stopping by to take a quick glance at things and then they are moving on. The opening of Courland Barracks Motorway in Ganden with the Micronational Motorsports League was another strong step to both marketing and drawing in tourism. “We want to bring people to Gotzborg to interact and generate a community of conversation, debate and interaction. We think Gotzborg has a lot to offer and while we understand its only a matter of time, we are working hard every day,” Bentbrook concludes.

Things are looking up for the Kingdom, with the continued and necessary presence online, the interaction with others, Gotzborg is being marketed everyday and with it will come the off-shoot benefits of new citizens and more participation by all.

“There are some phenomenal years to come,” surmises Bentbrook.

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