Yet Another Cricket World Cup Mystery
Accordingly to last night’s CBC TV Channel 8 news, among the items that will be debated (or perhaps better described as rubber stamped) in Parliament today (Tuesday, January 16th) will be the loan of almost US$15 million to the Barbados Tourism Authority for the stated intention of chartering the cruise ship, Carnival Destiny as a floating hotel during the ICC Cricket World Cup period.
Already, the Minister of Tourism is on record as stating that 80 per cent of the quoted 1300 plus cabins have been sold. Presumably, these cabins have been sold either individually to cricket fans or as part of a package through tour operators.
So the BIG question, why is there a need for the Barbados Tourism Authority to get involved all at, least of all to borrow US$15 million.
What actually is the money for?
Yes! I could understand Carnival Corporation, the worlds most profitable cruise company, requiring a guarantee to offset possible loss of profits, but if 80 per cent of the cabins have been sold what is the need for the loan?
Also exactly how many days will the Destiny be moored in the port?
Even if you take the entire 19 days from first super eight on 11th April to the final on 28th April and divide 1300 cabins into US$15 million, that still an incredible US$607 per cabin per night.
Plus of course within the 19 days there is only actually going to be seven days of cricket.
If our hotel is in anyway typical the bookings placed by nationals now requiring a Caricom Visa are now started to being cancelled, as the people will not or cannot obtain a visa within the 1st February deadline.
Ok! With some of these bookings we retain a non-refundable deposit, but these people will not hire cars, eat in our restaurants, take taxis or hire cars or visit our attractions.
To date, no Government organisation has systematically checked with land based accommodation providers to ascertain what if any rooms are still available.
Yet the Barbados Government is hell bent of borrowing even more money to hire a cruise ship that cricket fans already appear to have paid for.
Will someone answer the question?
Peach & Quiet