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    $??? Then we should find some users and schould buy it!!

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    But we must take the first steps
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    Hey there, I've been stalking this thread for a while and I had an idea about trying to get the money to start this thing.... has anyone ever thought of taking this to the TV show "Dragons Den"? Or whatever the American version of the show is? It's a program where people take business ideas to potential investors and they are either supported by the investors or rejected. I have a feeling that this would have a good chance of being accepted on the show, simply because of the novelty of a mermaid-focused resort. But even if it was rejected, at least it would be a good way of publicising the community and potentially getting investment interests from other people. What do you think?

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    Thats a good idea but we have figure we can fascined the invvestors

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    I don't think they'd go for that. The idea that it's a novelty is exactly why it'd get rejected. They're investors, they want money to keep coming back to them and I honestly can't see them investing in something that might not be worth the time or money.

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    But i think it worths a try

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    Shark Tank is the American version and they automatically take quite the chunk of cash flow, ABC and Mark Cuban I believe are the ones who do, just for if you get invested. Not recommended for something this huge, and it's not really that new or inventive of an idea.

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    Really? I've seen all sorts of wacky propositions on the Canadian show, and I really think that the idea of a mermaid-themed hotel would fit right in. To most landlubbers it would seem weird and kind of laughable, but at least it would get them thinking, and I think it has a good chance of being on the show.

    Ayla, I think I already mentioned that the point isn't necessarily to get them to invest. Even if it was rejected out-right, the fact that it was mentioned on television would get people talking. It would be a publicity thing, too, even if no money came out of it. On the other hand, there is the potential that a very wealthy mermaid-lover might find out about it from the show and look into it more as a potential investment.

    Am I literally the only person (besides Pascal) who thinks this is a good potential solution? :/

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    I actually love SeaSisters Idea!
    You never know what might happen their is no risk in taking a shot.
    The worst that could happen is rejection.
    Why not take the risk.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaSister View Post
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    Am I literally the only person (besides Pascal) who thinks this is a good potential solution? :/
    I think everybody is just trying to be realistic. The things on Shark Tank are usually individual projects, not multimillion dollar tourist attractions. The people on the show have to convince the investors that their idea is a major moneymaker, and lets be honest... If your average joe wants to see mermaids they can go to Weeki Wachee on their way to Disneyworld, where they can have a magical experience for days--because that is the sort of place that will be your competition, and they have a lot more to offer. No, it can't hurt to try, but I doubt the idea would ever nake it on the show, especially since it hasn't even been shown to work on a small scale (like a local pool). I love mermaids, but I would pick a Caribbean trip or Disneyworld over a mer resort any day, simply because I would get more for my money. That might be different if my friends from here were going to be there, but that only applies to the few of us. Overall, nobody is saying its a terrible idea or anything, we are just trying to be realistic about the chances of this ever happening, and those chances are VERY slim.
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    Seavanna, if that's true then what's the point in even talking about the resort idea? Either way, it would need investors, and unless a couple of members on here have a million extra dollars kicking around then we would need to find other investors willing to help kickstart it. If you don't think it's the sort of tourist attraction that anyone would be interested in investing in, then whether we tried to get onto Shark Tank or not wouldn't matter. If you guys don't think there's any chance of catching the attention of potential investors, then there's not much point in pursuing the idea further. Unless, of course, you think that mernetwork members are able to scrounge together many millions of dollars that they'd be willing to sacrifice for the sake of the project... which, frankly, I don't think is going to happen in the near future. :/

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    Why think of monetary investments, until a concrete mission and vision for such a venture can be established?

    What is the goal of the Mer-Resort? Will it be in operation year-round? Will it simply be a place for merfolk to gather or will tails be provided for all guests? )In which case tailmaker(s) will need to be retained.)

    How many guests can be accommodated at once? 10? 25? 100? Where will it be located? A warmer clime for outdoor swimming or a large indoor location with heated facilities?

    How can you ensure such a magical vacation that guests will not only return but tell their friends, family, and neighbors about the experience?
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    im pretty sure i didnt said this yet but how about insted of one big pool/tank we have a bunch of mini ones. like one would be a spring with a water fall and another simulated the reef and maybe even one to simulate the antartic (not the cold though)

    to make a profit people can rent out these pools for whatever event. but we can make it for both non mers and mers.

    at a certain time only people with atleast monofins can enter certain lovely pools and other times can be free swim for regular people.
    all of this will be indoors

    now i know we are all thinking about investments but it dosent hurt to dream dose it?


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    maybe it's better if we all just kind of figure out the basics?

    whos, whats, wheres, whens, whys, hows..

    who will participate in this, who has the money, who would we ask to invest money into this, who should we cater to, who will handle logistics, who will handle sales, etc...

    what will this resort be for, what theme/s, what is the budget, what will we do with revenue, what will we need to make this happen, what's our mission statement/goals...

    where will it be, and when do we want this to happen

    how are we conna get it to happen, how will we get the money..

    i think once everyone can come to a mutual agreement then we can put some sort of plan into motion and work our way there.
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    more importantly who is capable of taking care of the resort, who has best time management, and who has skills in management?
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    It sounds like you guys haven’t decided whether you want a cross between Gaylord Palms and Discovery Cove or a timeshare type condominium with a really nice pool (mermaid style).

    Scope:

    If this is a mers-only, or mer-referals-only, you should shoot for something on the scale of a timeshare. Everyone who is part of the association contributes to the upkeep and in return gets a certain amount of time at the condo (simplified version). It can sometimes make money, especially for the developers, but if we just wanted a mer hangout, it might make more sense to shoot for just breaking even.

    If you really wanted to do something on the scale of a Disney Hotel, first of all, I recommend putting it somewhere close to Disney. This may seem counterintuitive, but hear me out. Something this size will have to be open to the public if it even has a dream of surviving the economy, and not everyone is a mer-enthusiast. If a typical guest comes for a week, he/she might spend one day checking out the resort’s amenities, and then will spend the other 6 going to places like Sea World, Universal, etc. Even if our hotel was a little farther away from Disney than the Disney hotels, if it is a little cheaper and transportation can be arranged, it would still be likely to make money. Also, something on this scale shouldn’t be just limited to mer-themes. Fairies are a good addition, along with other fantasy creatures and such, that way it wouldn’t be sucking money from our rather small mer-community.

    Financing:

    A timeshare is much closer to being in the mer-budget, unless one of you is hiding 20-odd million dollars under your shells somewhere. Also, having the timeshare would decrease the number of staff needed to manage a place like that. Hotels have kitchens, restaurants, maids, concierge, spa specialists, etc., each one with a salary of some kind. Unless one of you proposes this to some Hotel Buff who decided to take the project on, it isn’t likely to happen.

    Purpose:

    From the sound of it, really, we just want a safe place to swim with our tails that’s cool (hence the aquarium and grotto ideas keep showing up again and again). If you really want this to happen, I’d suggest looking into time-share condo associations. Maybe something on the beach. Once you acquire something like that, then all you have to do is raise money for the totally-awesome pool.

    Location:

    I live in Orlando, and though I think if you were doing a full-blown full-service resort, you should definitely put it here (my reason is stated above), for a timeshare, I just think you should put it on the Coast within close proximity of a major airport. Flying to a major city, like Orlando, DC, Vegas, etc. is usually not that difficult or expensive, because lots of people are flying to those locations. Though in pure-distance terms, putting this resort in the middle of the continental US makes sense, in real-travel terms, it doesn’t always work that way. For this reason, I’d vote Florida, Texas, or California, with more weight toward Texas, somewhere near the gulf.

    Sorry for the really long post. Hope this helps.

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    So I this is my first post on the site...EVER lol. I've been reading most of the threads but haven't decided to actually partake in any because most had been resolved by the end or didn't really peak my interest. But THIS is an intriguing conversation.
    Firstly I would just like to contribute by saying location, location, location. I completely agree with AquaticHumanoid because yes, Disney is a big resort/amusement park but I would help attract business if only to shuttle people to the parks nearby. But it sounds like we're only doing this because of the commernity anyway! Which, foot traffic, would help sponsor. However, with the location you have to think of mother nature and all of her rage. If we got an island how are the tides in the area? How stable is the beach? If we built a 20 story building there would it fall over into the sand? Are we in hurricane blow zones if we built in the gulf?
    We want somewhere where it is constantly swimming weather (ahem, So Callll), alot of tourists visit (Disneyland anyone?), but would be easily accessible to all merfolk. Now, not all of us Mers live in one area (unfortunately), so someone has got to give. Now personally, even though I don't live there, I would feel that California would be a great place to build, even though I don't live there.
    I do alot of brainstorming on fantasy ideas and places that could become reality, so if some others wanted I could do some sketching of basic elements it could include. Not to mention, word of mouth is the best fundraiser. ALSO, having a charity attached is a great wallet-stuffer. If we did build, who could we help? Maybe donate to a clean oceans fund? Maybe have a Hector's Dolphin sanctuary? Maybe an endangered type of penguin? Of course marine biologists would have to be employed to take proper care, but people like knowing that when they go somewhere for pleasure they are helping out eco-systems in need.

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    Don't you have to be certified to be able to get donations? Also we gotta talk about percentages of how much money obtained will be allocated to improving the park, paying employees, hosting events, donating to charity
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    OMG I love the Grotto idea like it could be a huge "moon pool" like in Mako Memaids an it can lead to the outside pool

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