Bye-bye German market and hello Alpine market

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The German market has been controversial, and above right, head of tourism Mark Smith. Full Story
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Bill Chapman

Heilbronn, Germany

#1 Sep 24, 2006
As the organizer of the 2004 and 2005 German Christmas Market in Bournemouth. I would just like to say that i am not surprised that Bournemouth are not having a Christmas Market this year, and will probably not have one in the future.
If anyone has read the tender the Council put out in April this year, people will understand why. Mark Smith Head of Tourism in Bournemouth needs to understand the investment in such an event, obviously he has never been involved in Business before and i will be surprised if a organizer in the future is mad enough to even get involved with Bournemouth Council. After all my Company lost a small fortune and kevin Moore his Job, but why should that bother Mark Smith. I'm sure the public in Bournemouth will enjoy the German Christmas Market in Southampton this year.

W.J Chapman
German Christmas Markets Ltd
Managing Director
Jeanette

Sydney, Australia

#2 Oct 6, 2006
I am really dissapointed that the German Christmas markets will not be on this year. I am travelling to the UK in late November and wanted to see some Christmas markets. I chose the markets at Bournemouth as the pictures on the internet looked fantastic. I guess I made the wrong choice as I have booked and paid for everything up front and was really looking foward to visiting Bournemouth and the markets.

I would have thought markets such as these would be a fantastic way to attract tourists in colder months.
Isla Reynolds

Hove, UK

#3 Oct 27, 2006
Hi Mr Chapman,
I'm writing an article about this year's christmas attractions in Bournemouth for an online Newspaper tun by Bournemouth University and would really like to speak to you.
You can contact me at isarey@yahoo.co.uk.
Thanks for your help,
Isla Reynolds
MA Multi-Media Journalism
Bournemouth University
Bill Chapman wrote:
As the organizer of the 2004 and 2005 German Christmas Market in Bournemouth. I would just like to say that i am not surprised that Bournemouth are not having a Christmas Market this year, and will probably not have one in the future.
If anyone has read the tender the Council put out in April this year, people will understand why. Mark Smith Head of Tourism in Bournemouth needs to understand the investment in such an event, obviously he has never been involved in Business before and i will be surprised if a organizer in the future is mad enough to even get involved with Bournemouth Council. After all my Company lost a small fortune and kevin Moore his Job, but why should that bother Mark Smith. I'm sure the public in Bournemouth will enjoy the German Christmas Market in Southampton this year.
W.J Chapman
German Christmas Markets Ltd
Managing Director
Laura

London, UK

#4 Oct 29, 2006
Oh no !!! I can't believe that there will be no German Christmas market. I am German and the market in Bournemouth was fantastic....It really felt like being in Germany. I told all my German friends here in the UK about it as we were looking forward to visit the one this year. That is very disappointing.
Barnaby Roberts

Hove, UK

#6 Nov 2, 2006
I can't believe it.

A very good friend moved away in the Summer and I have missed her so much as it is difficult for me to get over there and she has been extremely busy at her end. The German Market was her reason for coming to visit in December and has just emailed me from her new home in Exmouth asking what dates it was on. I had a look round and this is where I ended up. I am absolutely gutted. The other reason being more personal.

I had a very troubled time over christmas last year and ended up attempting suicide.

The market this year was going to be a real landmark and I couldn't wait to get out there and take in all the sights, sounds and smells without the underlying sense of severe depression. I was so very much looking forward to standing around and knowing how far I'd come.

To say I am let down is an understatement. I feel terrible. Why do things like this happen? Why were none of us asked how we would feel?

I may sound a little bleak so removing myself emotionally - it is a big shame and I do wish it could be reconsidered, if not for this year then at least for the years ahead.
Luka Haines

UK

#7 Nov 2, 2006
I have been looking forward to this years market since last year - especially sitting in the bar drinking gluhwein!! My relatives are asking when the market is starting and I've had to tell them there isn't going to be one like last year, and have told them to go to Southhampton, as this is where I believe the German market is going to be!!
I am a Bournemouth resident and have had my fair share of quibbles with the council, but I really think they have shot themselves in the foot over this year's Christmas festivites.
Martin Chenery

UK

#8 Nov 7, 2006
Gutted to hear this. Love eating the bratwurst's and having a traditional german lager in the town.......... But wait, an Alpine Market is coming. Bring out the leiderhosen and umpa bands!!!!
Mr W J Chapman

Staufen, Germany

#9 Nov 7, 2006
Hello Martin,
You do not believe for one minute that a Alpine Market is actually going to be a German Christmas Market do you ? In Germany we have never heard off such an Event, this will be very interesting.
Best Regards
W.J Chapman

Martin Chenery, Gutted to hear this. Love eating the bratwurst's and having a traditional german lager in the town.......... But wait, an Alpine Market is coming. Bring out the leiderhosen and umpa bands!!!!
Adam Smart

Aberdeen, UK

#10 Nov 10, 2006
I am absolutely gutted that there will be no German christmas market this year!!It made bournemouth alot more festive and special during the christmas period. I agree in saying that the council have shot themselves in the foot over this. Very disapointed!!
Sarah Hinton

India

#11 Nov 17, 2006
Well i'm pleased to hear that there is going to be an Alpine Market this year i know it's not a Christmas Market but this will be something different for all the family to enjoy. I'm sure i'll be spotted on the ski slope, you can't do that in Southampton! And for those of you that enjoy a good German beer, sausage and Gluhwien i hear this will be sold in an Alpine ski lodge in the square - got to be worth a look surely??
martin chenery

Bicester, UK

#12 Nov 23, 2006
Went ot the "alpine" market last night, what a load of shite. One sausage stall, hideously over priced and run by chavs. One beer "lodge" selling beer that can be bought in any town pub, and i have seen bigger ski slopes at a skate board park. I hate to say it but i might have to cross the dorset border and go to southampton.
Georgina Hindle

Bournemouth, UK

#13 Nov 24, 2006
Why have Bournemouth opted for an alpine wonderland rather than the german market if everyone clearly loved it the past 2 years?
Sam Bournemouth

Hove, UK

#14 Nov 25, 2006
I completely agree Even my 5 year old has been looking forward to the Market as the atmosphere was magical for her and she loved it We'll definately be going to Southampton
Bring it back to Bournemouth I say
Paul

India

#15 Nov 30, 2006
Well i went out in the square last night and had a great time at the Alpine ski lodge, had a good evening drinking Gluwein and Leffe, shall be going back before the festive season is over. Lets hope next year this bar is back along with the Christmas market, good combination i would say!?
Bill Chapman

Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

#16 Dec 10, 2006
Georgina Hindle wrote:
Why have Bournemouth opted for an alpine wonderland rather than the german market if everyone clearly loved it the past 2 years?
Hi Georgina,
Maybe I can answer your question, Bournemouth rely on it's summer trade, and Bournemouth Council is run by the Local Business's, so why should the Council care about the General Public's views.
Give some one an idea and they think they can make a fortune, what the Council don't relize however is the Risk and investment in such an event.
A Sucessful Christmas market takes years to build, an what I achieved in Bournemouth in two years the Council will never achieve in twenty, as they do not understand the Business. Bournemouth will never see a ' German Christmas Market' again on the scale it was in 2005, if they ever get a organizer who knows about German Christmas Markets at all will be a miracle.
Bournemouth Council had something that could of made Bournemouth the most popular an most visited City in England during Christmas. But Business Politics took it's place.
An 'Alpine Market' can anyone tell you what it actually is ? I for one have never heard of such an event, so at least everyone can say 'Bournemouth is unique'.
Bill Chapman

Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

#17 Dec 10, 2006
martin chenery wrote:
Went ot the "alpine" market last night, what a load of shite. One sausage stall, hideously over priced and run by chavs. One beer "lodge" selling beer that can be bought in any town pub, and i have seen bigger ski slopes at a skate board park. I hate to say it but i might have to cross the dorset border and go to southampton.
Was the sausage at least a ' German Bratwurst ' Martin ? or did it just look like one ?
Be careful crossing the Dorset boarder might get you into trouble with the Council ( lol )
I hope for your sake that one day Bournemouth might see the real thing again.
Best regards
Bill Chapman ( Organizer 2004 & 2005 )
Bill Chapman

Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

#18 Dec 10, 2006
Paul wrote:
Well i went out in the square last night and had a great time at the Alpine ski lodge, had a good evening drinking Gluwein and Leffe, shall be going back before the festive season is over. Lets hope next year this bar is back along with the Christmas market, good combination i would say!?
Hi paul
Glad to hear that you had a great time. I know what 'Gluwein' is but could you expand my knowledge and tell me what 'Leffe' is ?
You may see a Christmas market back in Bournemouth next year, and I hope for your sake you do.
have a Great Christmas.
Bill Chapman

Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

#19 Dec 10, 2006
Sam Bournemouth wrote:
I completely agree Even my 5 year old has been looking forward to the Market as the atmosphere was magical for her and she loved it We'll definately be going to Southampton
Bring it back to Bournemouth I say
Hi sam,
Sorry that your 5 year old did not experience the German Christmas Market from 2004 & 2005, hopefully she at least had a go on the slide.
Bournemouth Council put Bournemouth Business's before 5 year olds I am afraid.
Hope you both at least have a great Christmas.
Bill Chapman

Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

#20 Dec 10, 2006
Laura wrote:
Oh no !!! I can't believe that there will be no German Christmas market. I am German and the market in Bournemouth was fantastic....It really felt like being in Germany. I told all my German friends here in the UK about it as we were looking forward to visit the one this year. That is very disappointing.
Hi Laura
As the organizer of the 2004 & 2005 Christmas Market in Bournemouth, please inform your friends that the closest German Christmas market to Bournemouth is in Southampton, it is not on the scale Bournemouth was, but I'm sure you will all enjoy it.
I am going to Dortmund Christmas Market next weekend so i will have a 'Gluwein' for you.
Have a Great Christmas.
Bill Chapman

Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

#21 Dec 10, 2006
Jeanette wrote:
I am really dissapointed that the German Christmas markets will not be on this year. I am travelling to the UK in late November and wanted to see some Christmas markets. I chose the markets at Bournemouth as the pictures on the internet looked fantastic. I guess I made the wrong choice as I have booked and paid for everything up front and was really looking foward to visiting Bournemouth and the markets.
I would have thought markets such as these would be a fantastic way to attract tourists in colder months.
Hi Jeanette,
I hope at least you can enjoy the 7 mile goldens sands in Bournemouth this year.
As the organizer of the 2004 & 2005 German Christmas Market in Bournemouth, let me give you a tip ' You will not find any where in England what Bournemouth had in 2005, you will have to visit Germany to do so, visit Dresden, München or köln and visit what bournemouth once had and will never get again.
Hope you at least have a Great Christmas.
Regards Bill Chapman

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