This newsletter comes to you from Amalfi Coast, Italy. We are here for a family wedding. This is such a beautiful place it easily makes my list of great destinations worth visiting. Since beauty is such a sought after and fragile commodity these days, I was provoked into making a list of my top ten most beautiful destinations on the planet which I have added at the end of this post.
I am still watching new listings as they come online, talking with clients and keeping BPS on track. But it is great to get time away from the Bay while I know it will be even more pleasurable to return home to BB (via USA). It is always gratifying to see how well known Byron Bay is and when I say where we are from, most people know it and say they would love to visit. We need to be aware how fondly people feel about our own little part of the world.
Being such a popular tourist destination, Byron Bay and the Amalfi Coast have similarities. Holiday letting of private villas is very common here so I was interested to find out how it worked and whether it was widely supported. From what I could ascertain there is no, or very little, opposition to holiday letting (HL). The locals all seemed welcoming and inviting. I made a habit of asking shopkeepers, taxi drivers, waiters, etc. I am not discounting that we have a problem with HL as long-term locals are being disturbed by rowdy tourists. It is my interest to figure out why it works in Amalfi Coast and why Byron is having problems. My conclusions are:
- Amalfi has had a long history of tourism. Since the 1800’s it has been a popular destination so it has an established tradition that is widely accepted.
- It focuses more on families, mature-aged travellers and gays and not budget or the backpacker market.
- From what I could tell, it is predominately an owner run enterprise with very little absent landlord business.
- Because the roads and walking lanes are so narrow and windy, it is very hard for people to drive; so most people take public transport to get here and while staying here.
Therefore if we can take anything from this as an example we could be focusing more on visitors who embrace the Byron lifestyle and not just for a party destination. I think this is happening and we just have to encourage it. I believe there was a time when there were some Byron HL buyers from the city just looking for yield but I think that has diminished now. We are on track with the new master plan to limit CBD traffic and I think that will create positive spin-offs in lots of directions. So lets hope we can solve a lot of our present problems with this in the future.
MM’s personal list of top ten beautiful destinations:
- At this moment – Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Byron Bay, The Pass (at sunset looking north)
- Santa Fe and/or Taos, New Mexico (in winter)
- A few beaches on the south coast of Sri Lanka (Talalla and Secret Bay)
- The Lakes District, NW England
- Kyoto, Japan
- Yosemite National Park, USA
- Vermont, USA (in autumn)
- Bora Bora, Tahiti
- Cap D’antibes, French Riviera (Pablo Picasso’s house)
Sorry to Africa and South America which I am yet to visit.
Have a good trip wherever you are going next and remember my travel tips: When packing – take less clothes and more money. If you pack too much, you will not expand the mind but only lengthen the arms.