Thank you for the numerous queries from many of you enquiring about the status of the 'Cooly in Coorg' trip.
I regret to inform you that it has been cancelled.
I would appreciate it very much if you would take a moment to read the next few lines, because in some ways its crucial to the success of the meetup group.
Firstly the specifics :
The Coorg meetup was planned at a proper "Holiday Resort" which translates to -make a commitment and make it in a hurry. I had to comfirm by today (Tuesday) morning and pay up the deposit amount. The initial deposit (to confirm the place) was around Rs. 32,000/-.
Now, I am willing to make a bet (as some of the poker players will know), but that was a rather large amount to play blind. I mean by today morning all I had was 1 (ONE) confirmation for the trip. If I had had even 10 confirmations (or there abouts) I was willing to make a call and block the venue.
I was trying to give the members time to decide, by putting a deadline for next week, but I also needed to close the 'booking' much prior to that.
*) I am still trying to figure out what makes trip/ outings click, in terms of locations, activities, pricing, transporation.
*) I am working blind, in the sense I have to put an event out there and wait to see if there is a response. So it really would help a great deal if folks who decide to opt out will put their 'regrets' with reason. And I do thank some of you who have been doing this.
Those who are interested and willing, please sign up, sooner rather than later!
*) When it comes to planning outings to resorts / camps or other locations, which are commercial in nature, there is a higher cost involved..and the bookings have be confirmed way in advance to ensure availability. (Hmmm, I would not give two quids for my popularity if you guys landed up to catch the bus and found that the location had to be changed for the worse).
*) So do use this mail to let me and the rest of the group have your feedback.
*) Its extremely difficult to bring alive a group on the web, when the only point of interaction is a done deal 'event'. It does have its merits and positives though, which is why i keep trying, so again speak up and act up. If every one was waiting for the last moment to sign up, then I have no way of guessing whether we are going to make the numbers.
Frankly, the Himalayan trip is heading for a cancellation. I DON'T have even 10 participants for the trip. That is the minimum number I need to even get a booking with the tour guide in Sikkim. So folks, if by 24th April 2009 we dont have the required number for the Himalayan trip, it too will have to be closed pre-maturely.
Just in case some of you are interested, but are waiting till the last moment, please think again and think quickly and act sooner.
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