Alan over at My PE has asked an interesting question.
He asked if Ironman has lost it’s public appeal. I VEHEMENTLY denied that this is the case as the crowds supporting were larger than ever but I do agree with his answer to my comment. More should be done to advertise our beautiful city. Much, much more!
We have one of the most beautiful cities anywhere! Our beaches are safe to swim at, our climate is great, we have fantastic roads to train on, we have top game farms close by and yet our tourism attractions are closing down. Why is this and who is to blame? Is it the people that live in PE, is it the organisations that should be promoting PE, or is it just that our attractions are not in line with what tourists want when they come to a city. (FireFly – opinions would be greatly appreciated)
I agree with Alan that we have lost out on a great marketing opportunity in not getting more video footage out there. Not making sure it was on the news (dratted Charl Schwartzel going and stealing our thunder) on every radio station and in all the national papers.
This event filled our city, now we just need to find a way to sure that these people come back, tell their friends about it and that they broadcast how fantastic the race and city was. Everyone I know that has competed raves about the race and the city. We need more people raving about it.
I know that there are a lot of people working very hard to promote our city, but it is down to each and every individual that lives here. We need to get the word out that this is a fantastic place to live and visit.
If you have a look at the photos and not just at the athletes you will see that there is HUGE crowd support. We just need to broadcast it a bit.