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Resort saw decline after crime advisories says Baha Mar chief

Baha Mar

Baha Mar

By PAVEL BAILEY

TribuneStaffReporter

pbailey@tribunemedia.net

BAHA MAR president Graeme Davis said his resort saw a decline in guests after a US travel advisory in January but has experienced growth overall compared to last year.

After an unusually violent January that saw 21 people murdered, the

United States issued a travel advisory urging its residents to demonstrate increased caution. Multiple major US news organisations reported on the advisory, sparking local fears about its impact.

“We are seeing a decline,” Mr Davis said on Friday, discussing the matter directly for the first time.

“All of our statistics are showing that we’ve had a decline after the January safety warnings. It continues to be in people’s minds. I don’t think we should ever forget that. While maybe the press has died down, there is still questions in traveller minds, and we get that from travel agents. We got those questions. And I think it’s important that we stay vigilant in protecting our community, in creating a safe environment for our community, which creates a safe environment for every visitor as well.”

Despite the advisory warning, he said: “We are seeing tremendous growth over last year. We are seeing that weekends are quite full. We have some excellent corporate business in as well. In the coming months, as we get into the US holiday, Memorial Day weekend, we are expected to be very close to being sold out. And then we are coming up to the July 4th and the summer vacation for all of the United States. We are expecting it to be very, very robust summer business.”

After reports about the US travel advisory, the Ministry of Tourism launched an aggressive campaign to change the narrative and encourage visits from tourists.

Comments

TalRussell 1 month ago

Could those in charge of executing arrest warrants, against those who will be judged, based on whether they engaged in the Uttering of level 3 scary content aimed at tourists... will soon head out along the Cable Beach hotels strip...executing arrest warrant for the...Uttering of level 3 scary content aimed at tourists. --- Yes?

trueBahamian 4 weeks ago

In times when tourism numbers drop that's when locals with good residual incomes can patronize these large resorts to keep things going. Of course that would remain these resorts would need to actually try to be less "anti black" Bahamians.

A curiosity I have is why the government is so quick to give crown land to any foreign investor but carry Bahamians through hell for years and years and may still not give an approval. There is a need for opportunities for smaller properties to be established which would allow for locals to better participate in the tourism industry. I would like a large parcel of Cable Beach crown land for a hotel project myself. But, would the government give me a non-foreigner, black Bahamian the approval for use of crown land?

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