EDITOR, The Tribune
Tourism arrivals – well irony in that the FNM are now praising the economic effect of the Baha Mar project – had to be sort of a happy occasion for the good Minister seeing that his buddy Sarkis created it and PM Christie dug the whole mess out…thanks also to EXIM.
Baha Mar, yes, is part of the increase in visitor arrivals but don’t underestimate the effects of the quiet tourism, created by Bahamians through AirB&B and other groups - AirB&B has more rooms under their data base than a Baha Mar…what is the effect of this? 2,300 residences in Nassau times say two-bedrooms crashed the rooms available at Baha Mar or Atlantis.
Does tourism have any concept of how many visitors this sector is bringing in and honestly have little promotion - affect on?
Cruise arrivals…Whether Prince George Wharf looks good or not only a two percent increase…will the new concessionaire probably Arawak Port Development/Global Holdings be able to improve on that? Sorry – No-spend millions on a cosmetic improvement which you have only government to blame for unless the ships visit earlier on their itinerary forget any appreciable Cruise visitor spend…we need dem folks to disembark…have money in their debt and credit cards which only earlier visits on their cruise will create - if only Ministry of Tourism would understand.
November 24, 2018.