Barbados Hotels Were Supposed To Be So Full That The Government Hired Cruise Ships To Handle The Overflow!
The president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association has revealed that Barbados hotel bookings are DOWN when compared to last year. Alvin Jemmott told The Nation News that current hotel bookings are mid-60 percent, compared with the national yearly average of 69 percent.
So let me get this straight…
Without the Cricket World Cup, hotel bookings usually run at 69% capacity – like they did last year, but with the CWC hotel bookings are running 65% or so…
We are spending a gazillion* dollars to host Cricket World Cup – not to mention US$15 million to hire a cruise ship for the “hotel overflow” – and hotel occupancy is DOWN 5% from a regular year?
That isn’t “disappointing” or “falling short”…
That is a disaster.
Hear that swishing in the air? It is the sound a falling sandbag that is going to smack Bajan taxpayers right in the head (and wallet) the day after the stadium empties for the final time.
The figure of a “gazillion” dollars as the cost of hosting Cricket World Cup is as accurate as any costing figures released by government. Guaranteed!
From The Nation News…
Hotel Bookings Fall Short
BARBADOS still has available rooms for Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007.
With the official opening of CWC 2007 set for this evening in Jamaica, hotel bookings for Barbados are still below expectation.
This according to Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) president Alvin Jemmott, who said: “We were hoping for better accommodation [numbers] and they have not materialised.”
In fact, he pointed out during a recent interview with the SUNDAY SUN that bookings were slower than anticipated, and even slower than last year.
Jemmott noted that local hotel bookings were mid-60 per cent, compared with the 80 per cent officials were hoping for.
This also compares with the national yearly average for hotel bookings in Barbados, which stand at 69 per cent.
He cited two reasons for the shortfall, the first being the way games were scheduled…
… continue reading about this disaster at The Nation News (link here)