Firstly, the book arrived safely yesterday - it is absolutely marvellous, couldn't put it down and in the evening there was an instant battle as to who got readership between myself and my dear lady Katharina. It is so useful, ney, vital, that it will accompany us on our July visit to NZ. Congratulations.
I've already used the book's accommodation listings and sent off a couple of enquiries for stays during our visit. But that's not all. It is so packed with shopping hints (my two mum n daughter clothes) plus cafÃ© and restaurants to visit, food shops to use because we'll be staying in holiday cottages, and not forgetting the "places to visit".
We are now keen to view MÃ£ori film, but tracking examples down here in this very conservative cultural desert that may prove difficult and have to wait until we land on the shores of NZ. However home we have already teased our ears to MÃ£ori music with Moana and the Tribe, The Mamaku Project, Ruia and Carol Storey.
March 2015, Switzerland
I must tell you that your and Tony's approach to all this has been most refreshing! As a new tourist business operator, I have been besieged by emails from inbound tourist operators, and others from overseas, all very hard-sell and demanding mega-bucks!!!! Your approach was low-key and helpful, and you had statistics and your book (which you gave to me free) to back your statements. AND you are affordable, for a beginner like me.
I am very impressed, and I wish you both very well. I think you have things just right - for the traveller and the operator.
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“I am so glad we have come along for the ride since your very first contact with us. Organic Explorer has become our biggest direct referrer to our own website, and we have had a season of truly wonderful guests”.
“Long live Organic Explorer! May it become the travellers bible, not only for the international but also the domestic traveller. "OE" has put customers in touch with us it has also introduced me to other organic businesses and products, my stock range has developed and evolved because of this”.
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