EDITOR, The Tribune.
TOURISM - past experience with Ministry of Tourism giving accurate statistics is certainly questionable.
Cleverly, so they think by combining Cruise and Air (stay-over) arrivals the number looks great but in reality the facts say totally different.
This sort of thinking has to affect the planning and marketing of MOT so DG come clean and say it as it is.
For the past ten years, little if any increase in ‘stay-over visitors’ in fact the inventory of hotel rooms decreased cruise arrivals shot up but only 39%+- of them ever leave the ship in port.
As we move forward - incredibly Baha Mar, 2,300 rooms requires 80% occupancy which means they must have 1,840 rooms filled at least Thursday-Sunday, double occupancy 3,680 persons.
3,680 persons arriving by air = a whopping $920,000.00 a three-day stay in promotional support or $47.8m... Budget whipped out.
Why has the little Netherlands Antilles island of Aruba done so much better than The Bahamas? Now that is what DG Tourism should be looking at. Aruba is spotless - no crime - great shopping and US Pre-clearance. 16% increase last year, stay-over visitors.
Compare it to Nassau - Nassau dirty, litter everywhere - crime murder a day because all the bad boys are out on bail - shopping mediocre high priced - US Pre-clearance.
December 4, 2016.