A tourism idea for Auckland Council

A reader sent in this in. It is a proposal for a tourism idea that I think has some merit.

He tells me he has sent it to the Auckland Council

Kia Ora.

I am writing this email to seek permission and assistance from the Auckland City Council and the Mayor’s Office for a paid tour proposal. The venture is a private one, and all costs associated would be met by the tour operator. I am based in Palmerston North but I have several associates in Auckland City (ratepayers) who are looking to run the tour on a daily basis. We are looking to run and promote the tour in the same vein as the immensely successful Lord of the Rings and Hobbit tours that have proved so popular with both local and overseas visitors.  

We envisage the Auckland City Council leg of the tour will only take around half to three quarters of an hour to complete. The proposed tour will need to include both the Mayor’s office and the Ngati Whatua Meeting Room, as each of these rooms are vital to the success and credibility of the tour.

We are hopeful the Mayor himself can set aside 2 minutes of his day at a time convenient, but on a regular basis, to be available for photo opportunities to tour members. We can provide the necessary props to give a degree of authenticity, including a large framed picture of a haloed Jesus Christ pointing and looking upwards to his father, our God Almighty, to be hung behind the Mayors desk in a prominent position. We do ask that the mayor remove any photographs of family as these may prove an unnecessary distraction to those wanting to concentrate on the task at hand. At the very least we ask that he places the photo’s face down on his desk during tour visits. We can provide a cardboard cut-out of the Mayor as a stand-in once he feels well enough to resume his scheduled public appearances.

I think the Tour will be an excellent money spinner, and will appeal especially to the local and overseas Chinese community. We are hoping to charge around $500 per person and the tour will take in other pertinent locations such as local hotels and Sky City. And while this is a private venture we will of course look after the Mayor’s office with a little tickle up under the table, so to speak (wink wink).

My major concern is that I believe there is only about a three year window to generate a truly viable income stream, as it is doubtful any other Mayor would be able to provide such a golden opportunity to generate income from an affair (or maybe situation for want of a better word) of this nature. Of course I realise the day to day running of a local body (especially one as large as the majestic Auckland City) is a serious undertaking. But it is clear the Mayor has in the past regularly set aside snippets of time from his busy schedule, so I’m sure he could once again oblige for such a noble cause as is ours.

We are so excited about this opportunity, that we are sharing this email with media and bloggers, so hopeful are we to get this started before the opportunity passes.

I look forward to your reply,


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