5,844 Free Tickets Given Away = 57% Capacity At Kensington Oval Barbados

Mind you, the 57% of stadium capacity wasn’t achieved until the afternoon

So…

According to The Nation News, 15,511 people attended Kensington Oval for Ireland and Bangladesh, of which 5,844 were “free admissions” after the first 90 minutes of play. (Two Nation News stories – here and here)

15,511 people out of a stadium capacity of 27,000 equals 57%

Another Way Of Looking At The Attendance Stats

Without opening the gates for free admissions after 90 minutes of play, only 9,667 ticket holders would have attended for a capacity of 36% of Kensington Oval.

Now The Big Question…

Of the 9,667 ticket holders who were not “free admissions after the first 90 minutes of play” – how many thousands had received their tickets for free at their workplace or school earlier in the week?

Somebody knows the answer, but we’ll never hear officially. As a guess, let’s say 2,000 of the 9,667 ticket holders on Sunday received their tickets for free at their workplace.

What do you think folks? Are we guessing too high or too low?

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53 responses to “5,844 Free Tickets Given Away = 57% Capacity At Kensington Oval Barbados

  1. akabozik

    What a disaster. Consider that if no free tickets were given away, (90 minute tickets or free at the office tickets) about 7,667 people would have come to Kensington.

    That is 28% stadium capacity.

    The death of cricket as a major sport in the Caribbean.

  2. independent dem

    watching & waiting … as it unfolds..

    Hmm.. curently dealing with the departure tax issue…. & GAIA Inc.

    Think they got the revenue from the air transfers and WC visitors??

    hold on to your invoices……

    id

  3. Adrian Loveridge

    BFP readers see Page 9 – Barbados Advocate today

    ‘Carnival Destiny Fanatastic Cruise Offer!
    April 22nd – 30th, 2007′

    ‘Rates from as low as US$85 per person per night*’

    *Taxes and fees apply

    * fees include a recovery of US$15 million surcharge for the Goverment/BTA loan.

    ‘75,000 cruise ship passengers’

  4. Marcus2

    This blog should be renamed “THE WILLIE LYNCH PRESS” blog! Now there is a fitting name.

  5. ABC123

    “The death of cricket as a major sport in the Caribbean.”
    Nawwww…it en’t so bad cuhdear..

    Certainly the death of Cricket World Cup as a one time event in the Caribbean,though, I’ll grant you that!
    This thing has BOMBED badly, so unfortunate for us all. Well, at least we now know How NOT To Organise a Global Sporting Event scattered across a string of islands

  6. True Native

    I have a question, and then a comment. Question: Has BFP gone on to automatic pilot? Where are Robert and Cliverton et al? Not a peep out of any one of you for a long time. We know the plane is flying, but where are the pilots??!

    Comment: DLP, I hope you are taking careful note of what you must endure (if you win the next elections). BFP ain’t gonna let up on you! You will rightly have the same pressure Owing and his lot are having now, so I would advise you to take heed and do the right thing(s).

  7. No - Name

    Marcus2,
    If you really understood the philosophy of Willie Lynch you would not have made such a statement. You seem to be an absolute idiot devoid of any common sense. Your statement is an insult to persons on his blog who are being liberated from the bondage and conditionalities of the traditional press.

    You are also an unnecessary distraction from serious discussion.

  8. Currently out of Barbados and thanking God that I am…
    As I suspected, the entire thing has become a farce. I read that food and music were not to be allowed at cricket. A West Indian party? I laughed and assumed it was a typo. A suprise knockout of a popular team or two is something that should have been thought of.
    I only left back in February and every other word on people’s tongue was World Cup. How could one sporting event lasting barely a month manage to become something that we placed an entire nation’s hope on? I wonder if it was the actual populace hyping this up, or an out of touch government.
    I see lots of Ministers like the selfsame Noel Lynch, who are about as far removed from me and the rest of us as possible. And what I really resent is that any criticism will meet with a response of- ‘Oh, so because I’s a little black boy I ain supposed to get nuhwhere?’ These ones so quick to shout racism are amongst the most successful black Bajans, and if anything should be an example of what we can achieve. Instead one is left to wonder if their material success is at the price of something less tangible-our pride, dignity, little things like that. How DID that Minister make his money?

    As a young Bajan, I cannot hark back to a supposed idyllic past, when everything was simpler, our land was our own, politicians were full of integrity (ha!), etc.
    I can only assume the country will go further down the drain as I grow older.

  9. Jerome Hinds

    Hi Friends,

    1. **** Read the link below :

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20070414T140000-0500_121771_OBS__WORLD_CUP_SEMIS_SAFE__.asp

    Now Chris DEHRING speaks about this US$10.5 million in ticket sales……as a collective for the entire 9 host countries for CWC 2007…..!

    2. **** Read the link below :

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/292993319762869.php

    Now Chris DE CAIRES speaks about this $ 24 ,
    $ 25 , & $ 30 million in ticket sales……as what Barbados has collected for matches on the island for CWC 2007…..!

    So the following questions must be asked :

    How come ticket sales in Barbados oustripped ticket sales for the entire CWC 2007 EVENT….when compared to what Mr. Chris Dehring is stating……?

    Is Chris DE CAIRES….SPINNING here…..a.k.a telling LIES…..?

  10. Bees dying

    The pattern in Bajan and world politics is one of repitition. Observe in historical fact that after three terms in office even Errol Barrow was suspect and subject to exactly the same criticisms that the present administration is being accused of.

    Nice guys usually don’t make good politicians, because they have to have the intestinal fortitude to fight it out and reach the top. Thus politics will always be the domain of the fittest, and often the meanest. There may be exceptions to this occasionally, eg the educationalists. They get a pick because even the meanest politicians recognise that our children shouldn’t be as they are.

    If the D’s have a government fall into their lap in next elections, unless they bring the integrity legislation, and do the house-clean, they will be out in a quick 5 years, before they get a chance to tief. If they do the house-clean, the now corrupt beaurocracy will try to crucify them.

    Looking at the economics of Barbados, we could have easily decided to run a surplus of say, 2%-3%, with all the increased taxation coming in, which would have put us into the class of a country such as Canada, which has a lot of oil and natural resources and runs a surplus rather than a deficit. They are doing well. A pox upon any and all economic theory.

    It is this direction that we should be seeking to go, regardless of which party emerges from the next election as winners.

    We also need to have a close look at how the money generated by Barbados is being taken, and where it is. Much of our deficit of foreign currency could well be due to unscrupulous locals and foreigners using Barbados to generate income, but only bringing in enough money for their business overheads, but no profit. Ecommerce and hotel bookings can be such a wonderful thing. Hello, any patriots out there?

    Is there anyone in (or near) either party who cares to look at these things, or to be precise, who has the integrity to do so? Please stand up and start to speak, because this is what we are waiting for. But remember, you have to be prepared to lose in order to win at this game, with so much corruption around the place.

  11. Citizen First

    The infamous “Willie Lynch theory” or speech has been referred to quite often in recent times on the BFP, on call-in programmes and in the newspapers. I wish to refer the following web page to those interested in this “theory”.

    http://www.destee.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-44528.html

  12. Jerome Hinds

    Can any reader on this site unravel this MILLION $$$$$ puzzle…?

    1. *** Read the link below :

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20070414T140000-0500_121771_OBS__WORLD_CUP_SEMIS_SAFE__.asp

    Now Chris DEHRING speaks about this US$10.5 million in ticket sales……as a collective for the entire 9 host countries for CWC 2007…..!

    2. *** Read the link below :

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/292993319762869.php

    Now Chris DE CAIRES speaks about this $ 24 ,
    $ 25 , & $ 30 million in ticket sales……as what Barbados has collected for matches on the island for CWC 2007…..!

    So the following questions must be asked :

    How come ticket sales in Barbados oustripped ticket sales for the entire CWC 2007 EVENT….when compared to what Mr. Chris Dehring is stating……?

    Is Chris DE CAIRES….SPINNING here…..a.k.a telling LIES…..?

  13. Anonymous

    Clearly Willie is not related to Barney

  14. No – Name
    April 16th, 2007 at 11:25 am
    Marcus2,
    If you really understood the philosophy of Willie Lynch you would not have made such a statement. You seem to be an absolute idiot devoid of any common sense. Your statement is an insult to persons on his blog who are being liberated from the bondage and conditionalities of the traditional press.

    You are also an unnecessary distraction from serious discussion.
    ———————————————————
    Man don’t be so hard on marcus2, he probably just got his computer on hire purchase. :D ha ha there is a saying that i came up hearing about the avarage BLP supporter, and inspite of Marcus2 attempts to prove it to be correct i gine still say it aint true. :D

    http://www.barbadosforum.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=88&view=findpost&p=1285

  15. Bajanboy

    I heard that 20000 tickets were sold for this event, so does that mean that 10000 people cancelled once India and Pakistan lost? I would imagine that if you cancelled you hotel booking three weeks before you arrive you would still have to pay most of your reservation. So, hotels should have pocketed lots of money even though they are registering low occupancies.

  16. Anonymous

    “Is there anyone in (or near) either party who cares to look at these things,
    or to be precise, who has the integrity to do so? Please stand up and start to speak,
    because this is what we are waiting for.”

    Be patient! What you expecking to hear anyway? More lies for you to believe? You done know already how you gyne vote,
    so all you waiting on now is bare Theatrics!

    Tell the truth, you like de bacchanal and excitement of any Election Season!
    so do most of us,but still… everything in its time!

    DLP can’t say a pang, coz BLP will snatch it up in a millisecond and promote it as a BLP pang,
    and DLP knows that!
    Sparks, ideas and allegations of Forthcoming Miracle Legislation shall indeed forthcome,
    but elections have not yet been called!

    For all we know, DLP already has a framework of its proposed Integrity Legislation well-assembled and awaiting the printer(as soon as elections are announced) – but cannot release a single copy of it, due to Barbados being a spy-filled place, and the printer’s assistant may slip a copy to BLP.
    – you know how it go!

    So control the ants in yuh pants, en WAIT!
    Let’s get over Cricket Debacle Cup-07 first, and then see whuh gyne shackle out!

    Yuh too impatient. Try en wait!

  17. Discovery

    Life can be very strange at times how come at most other cricket games such as even inter island matches we can find images of Owing at these matches and now that the World Cup is on he is nowhere to be seen or heard????
    Does that not ring a strange note with anyone else????
    The same thing is true of Lynch, Mottley, Liz Thompson, Clarke, Duguid not a word to be heard from any of these clowns have they been given orders to stay clear of the oval for fear that they maybe under scruinty????
    These are the jokers that are running the affairs of our country?? lord help us!!!
    And we have Mottley blaming the US state Department the other Caribbean diplomats for her disaster in the application of visa requirements and security when she should have the ba_ls to stand up and take the blame like a man, no but she is shifting blame to all and sundry.
    Then we have Lynch who babbles his nonsense about 90,000 visitors of which 75,000 will be on 28 cruise ships and that he knows nothing about a loan of the small nature of US $ 15 mill to Carnival Cruise lines is he just a sick liar or just a silly twit with a bank account to protect????
    And to crown it off the PM declaring himself the almighty leader who will stop at nothing to make the Cup a success hate to awake you from your slumber but the reality is that it is the worst Cup ever and you presided over the fiasco in no small way..

  18. MayGone Baygon

    Answer: He’s “just a silly twit with a bank account to protect”

  19. Marcus2

    Because of the great job OWEN, and his distinguished team of Ministers, is doing we will give him five more years. Count them, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE more years.

    Tell Adrian Loveridge, if that is his real name, he will NEVER EVER become Minister of Tourism. let him put that in his pipe and smoke it with whatever else he smokes!

  20. Jerome Hinds

    Marcus2
    April 16th, 2007 at 3:53 pm
    Because of the great job OWEN, and his distinguished team of Ministers, is doing we will give him five more years. Count them, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE more years.

    Tell Adrian Loveridge, if that is his real name, he will NEVER EVER become Minister of Tourism. let him put that in his pipe and smoke it with whatever else he smokes!
    ___________________________________

    Marcus2,

    Before contemplating the next 5 years…..answer this one for us…!

    Can Marcus2 unravel this MILLION $$$$$ puzzle…?

    1. *** Read the link below :

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20070414T140000-0500_121771_OBS__WORLD_CUP_SEMIS_SAFE__.asp

    Now Chris DEHRING speaks about this US$10.5 million in ticket sales……as a collective for the entire 9 host countries for CWC 2007…..!

    2. *** Read the link below :

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/292993319762869.php

    Now Chris DE CAIRES speaks about this $ 24 ,
    $ 25 , & $ 30 million in ticket sales……as what Barbados has collected for matches on the island for CWC 2007…..!

    So the following questions must be asked :

    How come ticket sales in Barbados oustripped ticket sales for the entire CWC 2007 EVENT….when compared to what Mr. Chris Dehring is stating……?

    Is Chris DE CAIRES….SPINNING here…..a.k.a telling LIES…..?

  21. Wishing

    Marcus2 if you had an ounce of common sense your would concede that your beloved party is sick with misfits like Mia, Owing, Lynch,Clarke, Liz Thompson, Lynette Eastmond , Rawle Eastmond, Payne, etal and that they are corrupt as they can be and have put we the taxpayers at great risk of a devaluation but yet you praise these crooks you are just as sick as they are or you are.
    I have voted for them on the last two occasions but you can believe me not this time 15 years is way too long for us to go for 5 more. they need to exit stage right as quickly as they can do.

  22. The PM being noticeably missing from public events is deliberate. This is standard practice of Leaders in Westminster style mixed governments. They can do no wrong, when the goings are rough they deflect, deny, and disappear, but it is a risk they take, for if they hide too long the rumours, of why, becomes the truth in the minds of the public, and perception takes shape damaging them to the point that no matter what, it cannot be reversed. Given the adventures of David Ellis, and the dismal prospects of CWC, It is still too hostile for Owen to appear in public or to the press, any response is highly probable to be damned if you do, damned if you don’t, a risk not worth taking. Therefore the strategist would suggest a virtual appearance, of the kind that is well accepted and does not expose the Leader/king to any embarrassment. So with that we would have seen Last night or will see in the very near future on your TV screen Owen Arthur in all his glory, as he delivered his recent speech in London on the anniversary of the abolishion of slavery.

  23. independentdem

    nuff talk…. action???
    y dont u’all join me…

    challenge to George Street to bring a Bill in the house …”integrity” legislation

    there is so much to take down the Hon. Mr. B Lynch…..

    i have some stuff that mr. Loveridge would “love” to see!

    id

  24. Jerome calm down in your zeal you may have perpetrated an untruth. The article speak of an amount 10.5 USD being the total ticket sales of the LAST WORLD CUP. and that this world cup has surpass that, so that the 24 mill figure given recently does not conflict with the story you quoted from. Was the 24 million given in USD or Bajan currency?

  25. Jerome Hinds

    Adrian

    April 16th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Jerome calm down in your zeal you may have perpetrated an untruth. The article speak of an amount 10.5 USD being the total ticket sales of the LAST WORLD CUP. and that this world cup has surpass that, so that the 24 mill figure given recently does not conflict with the story you quoted from. Was the 24 million given in USD or Bajan currency?
    _________________________________

    Adrian,

    Reading both articles , Dehring is indicating that current sales for the entire CWC 2007 so far DOUBLES the US $ 10.5 million of the CWC 2003….!

    Decaires is contending that sales from the Barbados leg of CWC 2007 is $ 24 Million thus far…!

    This is the puzzle that I CANNOT unravel….!

    Which CHRIS is correct….?

  26. Jerome Hinds

    I just heard that police in Barbados have been given over 2,000 free tickets for tomorrow’s game -South Africa vs England…!

    I guess the Barmy Army and the Proteas fans are not able to full Kensington Oval…!

    Can Chris De caires confirm if these free tickets are included in his outrageous $ 24 Million ticket sales figure for Barbados….?

  27. Chase

    Let us all bow and hail the Mighty Prophet …MALIK.

    DE WHOLE AH DEM FUH CUP !!

  28. Wishing

    Where is Mottley, Lynch and Arthur with all of this taking place around us ?
    These are the people that got us into this mess in the first place and we are not hearing a squeak out of any of them now that this situtation is a full blown disaster of Mega ( Owing you would be aware of this line) proportions.

  29. Jerome Hinds

    Wishing

    April 16th, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Where is Mottley, Lynch and Arthur with all of this taking place around us ?
    These are the people that got us into this mess in the first place and we are not hearing a squeak out of any of them now that this situtation is a full blown disaster of Mega ( Owing you would be aware of this line) proportions.
    _____________________________

    Wishing,

    In the ” Kingdom of Animal Farm ” George Orwell’s famous classic the fat pigs always stayed away from the limelight…!

    You hardly heard a squeak from them…!

    The Character Squealer was always there to keep the others informed…!

    Are you surprised then why Rev. Atherley is always in the news…!

  30. ?

    Once they haven’t left town.

  31. Wishing

    This situation is as bad as it gets for the economy of this island but yet we are not hearing anything from the ones that put us in this position, this is absolutely amazing, is this the level of arrorgrance that these people have reached in dealing with matters of state?
    I am also hearing today that even some of the fans that have come from India at one hotel a group of 10 checked in for 2 days and then checked out and went back to india stating that it was very expensive to be here.

  32. Jerome Hinds

    Wishing

    April 16th, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Where is Mottley, Lynch and Arthur with all of this taking place around us ?
    These are the people that got us into this mess in the first place and we are not hearing a squeak out of any of them now that this situtation is a full blown disaster of Mega ( Owing you would be aware of this line) proportions.
    _____________________________

    Wishing,

    In the ” Kingdom of Animal Farm ” George Orwell’s famous classic the fat pigs always stayed away from the limelight…!

    You hardly heard a squeak from them…!

    The Character Squealer was always there to keep the others informed…!

    Are you surprised then why Rev. Atherley is always in the news…!

    **********************************************
    Wishing,

    In relation to my reference to Animal Farm, please read the link below and see how the characters fit into the Barbadian context over the past 13 years…!

    Napoleon ***** Owen Arthur

    Snowball ***** Clyde Mascoll

    Boxer ***** Hamilton Lashley

    Squealer ***** Rev. Joseph Atherley

    Old Major ***** Billie Miller

    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/animalfarm/canalysis.html

  33. Wishing

    That is a good comparison indeed, we have some real major problems ahead and it is becoming almost scary the size of the CWC debt and its implications for our future this is no laughing matter we have real and present problems and what do we have to address these problems with a bunch of joking crooks that are only seeing after their own bank accounts as they close in on the last days of this admistration.

  34. Need Moooolah!

    “I am also hearing today, that even some of the fans that have come from India, at one hotel a group of 10 checked in for 2 days and then checked out and went back to India,
    stating that it was very expensive to be here.”

    -and they thought they were rich! Ha!

    Come again,guys…and next time bring MONEY!

  35. No - Name

    The information on a CWC blog say:
    A record crowd of 32,827 for a cricket match in South Africa attended the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between the champions Australia and India at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

    The previous record of about 31,500 was set for the preliminary round match between South Africa and New Zealand at the Wanderers on 16 February.

    A grand total of 626,845 people out of an overall capacity of 825,000 attended the 52 matches and the Opening Ceremony.

    “This represents 76 percent of our total capacity, and we are delighted at this attendance,” said CWC 2003 Executive Director Dr Ali Bacher. “We would like to thank the South African public and the thousands of visitors from abroad for their fantastic support of the tournament.”

    We shall see how the CWC Finals in Barbados compares.

  36. John

    The piggy at the trough analogy worked really well and the imagery fitted the character down to the ground.

    It is remarkable just how amazingly well our politicians fit the profile of the pigs in Animal Farm now that I sit think about it.

    Hammi La fits the Boxer image well, and Clyde Mascoll as Sqealer, well, all I can say is the two images match well.

    O$A as Napoleon, what a great analogy, and the images match to a tee.

    The only images I find difficulty picturing in my minds eye is Billie as the “Old Major”.

    Try as I might, I can’t get Billie pictured as an Old Boar Pig!!

    Without trying to be too risque, all I will say is that there are aspects of the images of the two which are incongruent.

  37. Jerome Hinds

    While Chris Dehring tells the world through Cric Info. in the link below that CWC 2007 TOTAL ticket sales in the 9 host countries doubled US $ 10.5 Million….!

    Can anyone believe that Chris Decaires is telling Barbadians that ticket sales in BARBADOS alone has brought in….. $ 24 Million so far….!

    Wuhloss…..!

    http://content-wi.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/current/story/290706.html

  38. True Native

    Caption for the picture of the P.M.

    “Lord, deliver me from the BFP.”

  39. Jerome Hinds

    John,

    I chose to link Old Major to Billie Miller precisely because…it is no secret that Billie Miller disagrees with Owen’ s ( Napoleon ) ” Politics of Inclusion ” but for the sake of BLP party ” cohesiveness ” she goes along…..!

    The bit from the Old Major analysis is shown below :

    ” For instance, in the midst of his long litany of complaints about how the animals have been treated by human beings, Old Major is forced to concede that his own life has been long, full, and free from the terrors he has vividly sketched for his rapt audience. He seems to have claimed a false brotherhood with the other animals in order to garner their support for his vision. “

  40. No - Name

    Jerome/wishing/Adrian etal
    Have you seen this release as yet?
    Five facts about World Cup 2007Mon, Apr 16, ’07

    The following was released today by Cricket World Cup 2007 in response to the nonstop criticism of everything regarding the tournament:

    1. There are very reasonably priced tickets available for CWC 2007 Matches. Tickets for the Group and Super 8 stages start as low as US$15 and US$25, respectively. These prices in many countries are lower than the comparable price for a regular One Day International match in the West Indies during the annual Test and One Day Series

    2. For CWC 2003 in South Africa (pop. 44 million; per capita income US$12,000 pp) the overall average attendance per game was 10,451. Gross ticket revenue for CWC 2003 was US$10.5 Million. In comparison, CWC 2007 in the West Indies (pop. 5 million; per capita income US$5,500) attendance and ticket sales to date:

    CWC 2007

    1. Overall average attendance to date: 7,550
    2. Average attendance of last 3 games: 12,533
    3. Gross ticket revenues to date: US$28.0 M

    3. Music is always played at CWC 2007 matches. The DJs are in the main the same DJs who have traditionally played in the party stands at matches in the West Indies (Chickie in Antigua, etc.). There were great “parties” during the matches in Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Guyana where attendance was good and if West Indies was winning. There have also been lunch time concerts with Caribbean artistes during many of the matches.

    4. Musical Instruments (e.g. drums, conch shells, horns) were not banned or prohibited. A registration process was in place for those wishing to bring such instruments to the stadium which has now been made much easier at the point of entry. Many fans have brought their musical instruments to matches and more are encouraged to come and join the party.

    5. Persons are and were always permitted to bring their own food. Only oversized or hard sided containers and glass bottles were prohibited.

  41. No - Name

    Cricket World Cup
    The Cricket World Cup (CWC) took place in February and March 2003, played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, with the final match and five games played in Johannesburg.
    The report says: “It is estimated that the economic impact of the CWC on South Africa is terms of South African economic activity was R2-billion, and R1,1-billion in terms of net foreign spend.”

    Foreigners spent an average of R1 400 per day over 16 days, their usual length of stay in the country. Some combined their holiday with the CWC, staying over 22 days. South African spectators represented 42 percent of the total spend, running up a bill of R970 per day for each out-of-town visitor.

    The report gives the country a very positive bill of health for the CWC: “Foreigners were generally very satisfied with the event and South Africa. Crime reported was at insignificant levels. Three percent of visitors experienced an incident of crime whilst here. 2,8 percent of respondents had a bad experience. However, 99 percent (94 percent of those affected) of visitors said they would return again. Overall, safety and security, which was foreigners’ number one concern before they arrived here, showed the biggest improvement in rating from before to after the event.”

    The conclusion was excellent: 99 percent of foreigners would visit the country again, while 99 percent said they’d recommend South Africa to others.

    ——————————————————————————–
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  42. No - Name

    Extract from BUDGET SPEECH, VOTE 20, BY DEPUTY MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION, GC OOSTHUIZEN, TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
    15 June 2004
    It says in part that:

    It is estimated that the economic impact of the Cricket World Cup on South Africa in terms of South African economic activity was R2 billion. In terms of the net foreign spend into the country; the economic impact was R1.1 billion. That indicates, the benefits for the economy when such events are hosted. Approximately 18 500 foreigners visited our country during the tournament and stayed in the country for an average of 16 days. It was shown that the economic benefit created by one foreign visitor was more than that of 16 local spectators at sports events. We must know that every eight foreign visitors create one permanent job in South Africa.

    Tournament specific costs amounted to R536.6 million while income amounted to R869 million of which R748.5 million came from foreign sources. Companies spent some R390 million on sponsorship, the flighty of advertisements on local television, promotional activities and communication infrastructure for outside broadcasts. The Department is presently engaged in an investigation into the exact extent of the procurement strategy, aimed at benefiting disadvantaged communities.

    Foreign visitors viewed the event very positively. The main concern of visitors before the event was safety and security, however, this concern showed the biggest improvement in ratings from before to after the event. Due to the levels of security and police deployed, there were no reported incidents of crime in and around the venues. In fact, 99% of visitors indicated that they would return to South Africa and would recommend it as a destination to others. 75% of media coverage was positive focussing mainly on South Africa as event hosts. The positive safety and security measures were also highlighted. All of this points, unequivocally, to the value of cooperation between the different sectors – we say, thank you to all who contributed. It demonstrates that – “Together we Win!”

    Madame speaker, the Cricket World Cup is a minor international event. The Soccer World Cup is the second biggest sports spectacle in the world, surpassed only by the Olympic Games. The benefits to our country of that event in 2010 will be immense. Accordingly, we will have to plan and prepare for it thoroughly to ensure that we reap the maximum benefit from it. Moreover, we must ensure that the continent and our region, SADC, benefits. We humbly accept the honour to host 2010 on behalf of our nation and continent. South Africa will merely be “Africa’s stage”. It is our duty to consolidate as Africans and to show the world who we are, what we are and what we have to offer.

  43. Economix

    Nice report from ZA.
    Notice that tourists/visitors spent 14-22 days, using one currency, in one country,
    not flying up and down the length and breadth of the Caribbean!

    Holding something like a World Cup(Anything!) in these islands is a nice romantic idyllic notion,
    but the practicalities of getting around between our little island-nations is part of the struggle, along with 5-6 different currencies, and Mia’s visa requirements, and oh dear a bit of a recipe for failure.
    As someone said awhile ago..let’s not try this again
    unless we get prepaid like how Carnival Cruises got paid up ahead of time, non-refundable, for tying up their bigboat for two weeks(whether paying client fills the boat and uses it or not..what do WE care…we’ve been prepaid!)

  44. Maat

    The problem that may arise at the next elections is one of apathy. Many people, including contributors to this site, express great frustration at the state of politricks in Barbados and the best that can be said is that an attitude of ‘better the devil you know…’ is adopted.
    The percentage of votes cast is an indication of this apathy that in reality indicate that the combined total of those that do not vote and the oppositions votes, generally outweigh the votes cast for the party that wins.
    This website offers us an opportunity to discuss other ways to manage our country. The whole system of politics needs a drastic overhaul if it is to remain relevant. For many in the civil service whichever party forms the government is irrelevant, as it is civil servants who really manage the country.
    We could attempt to create a parliament of independents. This is not a new concept by any means, yet there may be many benefits.

    1. Each independent candidate can undertake their own integrity/transparency module; declaring their assets, investments and Freemason connections (if any).
    2. Their priority is their constituency and not their party.
    3. They would have no one to cover up for or share in the spoils with, as occurs with political parties.
    4. Their parliamentary vote would not be wasted to oppose for the sake of opposition.
    There are many other benefits of such a system even if it is phased in over a number of elections, as the electorate realises that their are many people far more capable and with far greater integrity than our current choices. These patriotic, sensible ones may be members of a political party, but remain unable to make a meaningful contribution due to internal party policies. There are probably many others who would do a great job but have no trust in the party political system as it
    is.
    A non aligned movement can assist in the formula for a series of independent candidates that can have an immediate effect if voted into parliament, by shaming other parliamentarians that are unwilling to disclose their personal connections and financial situation and in also adding a vote to the tally that actually calls for the speaker of the house to take a count of the Ayes and Nay’s

    Peace

  45. Kem

    Piggies at the trough nominations open yet? If they are, I nominate Noel “Barney” Lynch. If they are not open, whenever they do open I will still nominate the purple clown.

  46. Anonymous

    Who would like to be able to vote for my constuency, and a second time on the same ballot, for the Prime Minister, like in some other countries?

    Fleece

  47. Jerome Hinds

    Hi Friends,

    I am not surprised…!

    For 6 times during the day I have tried to get the comments below posted on the BLP blog site under the article
    ” CWC a tremendous success ” each time it is posted with the status ” your comments awaiting moderation ” including a few moments ago !

    Then a few minutes later it DISAPPEARS…!

    Do they have something to hide…you think…?

    ***********************************
    Royalrumble a.k.a Judas,

    Before contemplating the next 5 years…..answer this one for us…!

    Can Royalrumble a.k.a Judas,

    and the BLP unravel this MILLION $$$$$ puzzle…?

    1. *** Read the link below :

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/html/20070414T140000-0500_121771_OBS__WORLD_CUP_SEMIS_SAFE__.asp

    Now Chris DEHRING speaks about this US$10.5 million in ticket sales……as a collective for the entire 9 host countries for CWC 2007…..!

    2. *** Read the link below :

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/292993319762869.php

    Now Chris DE CAIRES speaks about this $ 24 ,
    $ 25 , & $ 30 million in ticket sales……as what Barbados has collected for matches on the island for CWC 2007…..!

    So the following questions must be asked :

    How come ticket sales in Barbados oustripped ticket sales for the entire CWC 2007 EVENT….when compared to what Mr. Chris Dehring is stating……?

    Is Chris DE CAIRES….SPINNING here…..a.k.a telling LIES…..?

  48. John

    …. yes Jerome

    See the logic in the words perfectly, … but the images ….

  49. Jerome Hinds

    No – Name,

    These scamps at CWC , LOC telling so many lies that we just have to wait till the event is over to see the reality…!

    Reality do not lie…!

  50. resident of pickwick

    Francine Charles on radio screaming about why LOC decide to or not to open Pickwick Gap to allow spectators in and out of Oval. Woman sound like she wants to fight. The lies and confusion coming from LOC are mind boggling. I dont know what to believe anymore except that so far World Cup has been a fiasco.

  51. John

    no-name

    CWC has also been succesful in putting $1.5billion into this region’s economy.

    Ralph Gonsalves says so. This is what he says the Governments have spent in the region.

    One big difference with South Africa is that much of it has left the region already.

    Whereas I doubt if South Africa would have allowed a foreign company to build stadia because it has the ability itself, this is not the case here.

    Even the Chinese gifts to other islands was spent with alot Chinese labour.

    I am not for once saying that the economies will not benefit. In fact, I reckon that the GDP’s probably rose around the region as a result.

    But is GDP the only measure of benefit?

    I suspect that CWC will put far more into the economies of the region than it did in South Africa.

    The question will be for us, by what yardstick do we measure its benefit?

    Time will tell!!

  52. Patrick Porter

    John

    Please read the Advocate today re the IMF statement

  53. John

    Patrick

    Great to see you back and will check the Advocate.

    Please please please, follow your orders and get your rest!!

    Do not let the mess down here get to you.

    Bajans have it in them to fix it. They just need to twig, … and they are in the process of doing so.

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