EDITOR, The Tribune.
Our family have been longtime property owners in The Bahamas and have always enjoyed holidays in your country. However this past year my wife and myself and our parents have been unable to make the journey because of all the rules which your Government has implemented. They are draconian and yet despite all the complaints we keep reading in The Tribune are set to continue. We had hoped because of the dire situation in the tourism sector that they would be eased. We all must have COVID-19 PCR tests to arrive so why is there such a panic about visitors?
Our family travel agent called us yesterday to say that cruises were set to resume with Bahamas-only itineraries. However we are told all passengers must be vaccinated as well as obtaining the complicated Health Visa.
Our agent thought that we could combine a cruise with a stay at our property. However, she says all the hassles involved in coming to The Bahamas are turning off all prospective visitors.
The Bahamas was formerly the prime southern destination for our agency.
However, as a result of all the hassles involved in travelling there they have had no bookings at all this past year. They are sending clients to other countries where entry is far easier.
What market research was ever done before all the rules were proclaimed?
They have proven to be a complete business disaster.
The Health Visa should be eliminated and the time from taking a test to arrival of only five days should be lengthened.
Many of your stalwart visitors simply cannot get the test and undertake all the bureaucratic rules and be there in five days especially as there are not many test centres nearby and so few flights going to Nassau.
We are surprised that the business community has not been at the forefront to demand change as your economy is in a dire state with the collapse of tourism.
We are wondering when we will ever see our property if this situation continues.
DAVID R CUNNINGHAM
Augusta, Maine, USA
March 29, 2021.