“Doan Worry. Be Happy!” … Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch
Barbados Hotel Workers Being Laid Off Already
Even that government mouthpiece newspaper The Nation News is now being forced to report what everybody knows already – many Barbados hotels are like ghost towns when they would normally be full at this time of the year.
All the publicity about Cricket World Cup frightened away many of our regular visitors. As well, many of the trusting hoteliers blocked off huge chunks of rooms for all those thousands of visitors coming from overseas to watch powerhouse teams like Pakistan and India – not to mention the fleet of ocean liners that was to darken the horizon for the finals.
In an attempt to retain what respect they can after actively pushing the government “Everything be OK” message way past all credibility, today the Nation News published an article Hotel Blues.
You should read the whole article, but here are some quotes. Pay attention to the language. This not the polite obfuscation that we have previously seen from The Nation News…
“hoteliers… left reeling from the impact of massive cancellations by supporters of those teams (India and Pakistan)”
“Other hoteliers could not tally their losses, but said they were scrambling to fill rooms.”
A hotelier with a luxury South Coast property who requested anonymity, said business was so bad he expected some workers to be laid off from this week. “April is looking like the worse month for winter,” he said, noting his hotel would not even scrape a 40 per cent occupancy rate.
… from The Nation News Hotel Blues.
West Indies Team Exit From World Cup “Could Trigger Commercial Disaster”
If Stephen Price, commercial director of Cricket World Cup, was a jet fighter pilot, he would already have lowered his face shield and would be in the process of straightening his back just prior to pulling the ejection seat handles.
Make sure your head is way back tight against seat, and don’t forget to tense up that back and lock in those elbows. If you’re sitting in a Martin-Baker, the lower handles are always the best way to say goodbye!
WI Early Exit Could Trigger Commercial Disaster
ST. JOHN’S (Antigua), April 1: A defeat for hosts West Indies against Sri Lanka could signal a commercial disaster for the organisers of the World Cup.
Stephen Price, commercial director of the World Cup, said that if the West Indies were to go out at such an early stage of the tournament, ticket sales, advertising and merchandising would take a heavy blow.
The money-making potential of the event has already been affected with India and Pakistan being ousted in the preliminary round. If the West Indies lose to Sri Lanka in Guyana on Sunday, they would virtually have no chance of making the semi-finals.
“A lot hinges on Sunday’s match and we would be hit a heavy blow if the West Indies were to go out at this stage,” Price said.
“As we saw in 2003 when South Africa went out early, there were some serious repercussions and the crowds just stayed away. We do not want a repeat of that this time around.
“It’s hugely important that the West Indies win and keep their heads above water.”
Price said fans snapped up team jerseys after the West Indies won their three first round matches. But the interest has dipped after the hosts lost their first two Super Eight matches to Australia and New Zealand, he noted.
He added that if the West Indies have a revival of fortunes, it could trigger spectator interest again as they had upcoming matches in Grenada and Barbados.
… read the article online at India Times (link here)