EDITOR, The Tribune.
Exciting articles in your newspaper the past week about the imminent rebound of tourism with hotels reopening and new easier tests are absolutely unbelievable considering the harsh entry requirements. Who will fill the hotels and resorts if they cannot gain entry? It is like a fairy story.
Most prospective visitors and returning winter residents like my family cannot travel because the five-day rule and the bureaucratic Health Visa cannot be completed in time to travel. Who would purchase an air ticket and put money down for accommodation not knowing whether they can actually take the few flights available? Busy working people do not have the time to get the tests, go to get the results, scan these to Nassau and await confirmation about travel. You cannot plan with any degree of certainty. Requiring expensive tests will also deter many from coming.
I could never believe that we would be prevented from going to our own property in The Bahamas due to the poorly designed entry policies. Our travel agent is advising clients to look elsewhere. They are booking people to other destinations which are easier to enter.
How can the Bahamian economy ever rebound if your policies prevent even eager visitors from coming? Drop the Health Visa and allow people to bring test results no older than seven days and there may be a chance of recovery. Otherwise you must face the reality of a lost tourist season with many disappointed former fans of Bahamaland.
November 17, 2020