State of Play : State of Play - Issue 1
STATE OF PLAY | ISSUE ONE B ad car flow can be a common problem that can negatively impact a venue, and can often be difficult and expensive to solve. “I personally avoid those venues, because you dread what you’re going to do with your car,” says Basim Aljabary, TGS’s State Manager for New South Wales. “I don’t want to have that on my mind when I’m going somewhere and trying to enjoy the facilities.” Businesses are often backed into a corner when it comes to solutions, especially if the site is land-locked. Land-locking is an issue that affects around 20 to 30 percent of venues, Aljabary estimates. “It affects a lot of people because the majority of pubs and clubs are built in the city or in built-up residential areas, and therefore it can be very difficult to expand,” he explains. “It is possible to build on a land-locked site as long as you can secure the required capital and council approvals. A 300 to 500-space car park over multiple levels can quickly exceed $10 million and this is just the construction costs.” An easier and more cost-effective option for venues facing traffic flow issues can be to invest in a courtesy bus. Aljabary explains that one of the TGS venues he works with has two courtesy buses to drive members to and from the venue.“The member calls and says, ‘I want to be picked up at five o’clock’ |BAU| WHAT DRIVES YOUR PATRONS? Poor car flow can cause your patrons a world of pain and result in a loss for your business. It can also be regarded as a difficult and expensive issue to solve, but it doesn’t have to be that way, explains Basim Aljabary.
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