Carnival Destiny Cruiseship Bookings “Around 40 Per Cent” !!!!!!
(Adrian Loveridge Was Correct – Minister Lynch Lied)
Cricket World Cup Trying To Buy Back Indian Tickets!
Dear Minister Lynch:
In the today’s article at The Nation News, you give as one of the reasons for the present crisis that “nobody could have predicted” the elimination of India and Pakistan from Cricket World Cup.
So we finally have confirmation from you of what we knew all along: your government’s decision to host Cricket World Cup and to pour half a billion of our tax dollars into this bread and circuses spectacle was based upon the assumption that certain sports teams would perform well.
Sir – that is gambling. A half a billion dollar gamble.
And you lost.
Trouble is, you were playing with our unborn grandchildren’s money… and probably their grandchildren’s money too.
The Nation News
GOVERNMENT has set up an emergency task force to respond to “serious challenges” facing the country as a result of “a sequence of events” surrounding Cricket World Cup (CWC).
This was disclosed yesterday by Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch, who “made it clear”, however, that the challenges did not result from any policy or system failures by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration.
He told members of the St Michael West branch of the party yesterday that while the challenges were serious, “this is not the time for panic”, but for all stakeholders to work together in the interest of the country.
Recalling the celebrations that enveloped the country the night it was announced that Barbados would be hosting the CWC final, Lynch said it was clear most Barbadians supported the region’s decision to host the cricket championship.
However, the elimination of India and Pakistan, “which nobody could have predicted”; the issue of the change of dates from April and May to the current schedule because the International Cricket Council (ICC) feared rain would disrupt the programme; the hosting of the Ashes series in Australia in December even after the region complained it would draw travellers away from the Caribbean; the poor performance of a weak West Indies team; over-priced tickets; and the removal of “things like drinks and music” from games, leaving many to feel “this event is simply not a Caribbean event”, had all contributed to the current worrying situation.
He said while hotel bookings still looked good at 68 per cent to 70 per cent, there was a lot of weakness at the luxury end. Concerning the use of the Carnival Destiny cruise ship, he said that up to the elimination of India, 80 per cent of cabins had been booked. Now, he said, bookings were around 40 per cent.
In response, he said, a task force had been formed, and just recently officials had intense discussion with CWC’s managing director Chris Dehring in Barbados.
Now, with Ireland still in the tournament, a major marketing thrust was under way there, while large Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities, particularly in Florida, were being targeted.
Additionally, marketing has been stepped up in England, already Barbados’ leading tourism market. Already, Lynch added, there was the possibility of charter flights from Ireland and South Africa.
One major challenge in this salvage effort, the minister explained, would be trying to get back the large number of tickets which were sold in India.
“The window is short, but we are working as much as we can,” he said, adding that because Barbados was hosting the final, the country had the opportunity to learn from those who hosted earlier games.
While speaking about tourism growth generally, he disclosed that next week Barbados would be signing another agreement with cruise company that would guarantee thousands of cruise passengers.
Additionally, he added, in June a new non-stop service between Barbados and Fort Lauderdale would be launched.
… read the original article at The Nation News (link here)