January 9, 2012
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ROYAL Caribbean’s top executive yesterday said the cruise lines’ expertise and understanding of their industry meant they were ideal candidates to oversee Nassau’s port transformation.
A Cabinet minister yesterday blasted criticism of the Nassau cruise port bidding process as “absolute rubbish”, adding that it was vital to the destination’s “survival as a premier Caribbean port”.
The Government is seeking “significant Bahamian ownership” in Nassau’s new cruise port operator, which will have “a 25-year concession” to manage, develop and maintain the facility.Bidders have until Friday, December 7, to submit their offers after t
THE Bahamas has been named by a popular international travel website as one of the Caribbean’s most dangerous cruise stops with the winter tourist season approaching.
A well-known architect has questioned why the Bahamas could not find an extra $1 million to upgrade Nassau’s “most visited” attraction when the harbour was dredged, warning: “Cruise ships are our competitors, not our customers”.
The all-important stopovers market has seen its share of total visitors to the Bahamas drop by seven percentage points since the financial crisis, reaching the point where it accounts for just one out of every four tourists.
Cruise lines yesterday said there had been some cancellations in calls to their private islands in the Bahamas due to repairs that became necessary in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Some 98 per cent of cruise passengers who came ashore in Nassau/Paradise Island said they would recommend the Bahamas to friends and relatives, a Ministry of Tourism survey finding that those on Disney vessels spent an average $20 more than those travelling with rival lines.
THE Ministry of Tourism yesterday moved to defend its statistics reflecting an increase in cruise passenger spend, stating that the variation between its numbers and that of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) was due “to differences in the methodologies employed..... in determining the spend levels”.
Average cruise visitor spend in the Bahamas has slumped by an alarming 23 per cent over the past three years, a report for the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has revealed, even though this nation leads the Caribbean through an annual $394 million economic impact from the industry.
A senior Ministry of Tourism official yesterday said the Bahamas was “on pace” for total 2012 tourist arrivals to finish 6-7 per cent ahead of last year, with visitor numbers around 5.6-5.7 million “or higher”.
CRUISE passenger spending in New Providence is up roughly 52 per cent for 2012 to-date, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official, who estimated that cruise arrivals would increase 5-10 per cent year-over-year.
Bay Street and downtown Nassau could potentially receive a 6,000 passenger boost after two cruise ships were diverted to New Providence due to Hurricane Isaac.
FREEPORT – An estimated $45.8 million was spent by cruise visitors in Grand Bahama in 2011, according to a cruise visitor report released this July by the Ministry of Tourism’s Research and Statistics Department.
Cruise visitors to the Bahamas are up 9.4 per cent for the five months to end-May 2012, with the Ministry of Tourism expecting current trends will enable this nation to beat 2011 comparatives.
NASSAU Harbour, which cost the former government $44 million to dredge, has not been maintained properly - leading to millions of dollars in lost rev
THE nation's number one industry makes for a hot topic this election.
THE BAHAMIAN tourism industry's 2012 GDP contribution growth was yesterday forecast to exceed the next decade's average by hitting 3.1 per cent, with stopover arrivals projected to increase by around 500,000 over the next 10 years ti hit 1.883 million.
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas is expected to "exceed" and surpass Cozumel as the Caribbean's leading cruise destination if it maintains its current growth rate, the minister of tourism said, with 2011 stopover visitors to this nati