EDITOR, The Tribune.
I hope very soon that your government and Sandals Resorts will be forthcoming with a proper explanation of the sad deaths in Exuma and what measures will be taken to prevent more deaths. It was pitiful to read yesterday’s Tribune online with your Tourism Minister really avoiding the issue and spouting out about how tourism is increasing and the forthcoming months will see increasing visitor numbers.
Here our family’s travel agencies have had three days of cancellations for The Bahamas. The coverage in the local media and internationally should have been far more seriously taken by your government. Where is the crisis management at Sandals and in government agencies?
Screaming headlines like “Go to The Bahamas and die” and “Would you want to go to The Bahamas, pay exorbitant hotel rates and end up in death?” seriously harm your already challenged tourist product.
It is already very difficult to enter your country with unrealistic and expensive rules requiring health tests and a Health Visa that no longer make any sense. Many clients coming into our agencies cannot be bothered going through all the time-consuming hassles just to come for a short holiday. Sadly we are having to book them to other destinations who are only too pleased to take bookings which formerly went to you.
Immediately you need a complete rethink about how you are handling tourism. Visitors want to travel where it is easy to enter, no hassles and a safe environment. We have sold trips to The Bahamas for fifty years, but for the past two years interest in coming to you has really fallen off not only due to the pandemic but the unfortunate assumptions on your part that tourists will still come to The Bahamas no matter how difficult you make it for them to come to you.
May 12, 2022.