The spin never stops
In a bold headline entitled ‘Cruise Rush’ carried in today’s Saturday Sun, Sanka Price states ‘6,000 cricket fans coming in Wednesday for World Cup’.
The writer goes on to say ‘The first rush will be felt here from Wednesday when about 6,000 cruise ship passengers, half from the two CWC chartered cruise ships, will come into the Bridgetown Port’.
‘Cricket tourists for the remaining Super 8 matches will fly in on Tuesday on a charter from India, and its near 400 passengers will take up lodgings aboard the chartered Carnival Destiny’.
Yet in a political meeting held in the St. Michael West constituency recently, Minister of Tourism, Noel Lynch admitted ‘that Barbados had to cancel two Air India charters’. (see Barbados Advocate 3 April 2007, story by David Hinkson).
Ms Price adds ‘for the matches here, on April 13, 15, 19 and 21 four cruise ships, including the two chartered ships will bring in a capacity 6,000 passengers’.
This despite, that we are told finally by the Minister that the Carnival Destiny is only 40% sold after previously being 80% sold.
The article continues ‘However, the biggest fan influx will be coming in for the April 17 clash between South Africa and England, and the final on April 28. Nine ships with a full house of 9,000 are scheduled to come for the former, while 11 are set to be here for the final along with more than 10,000 passengers’.
The wording of the article makes it difficult to factually establish the total number of cruise ship passengers that will be here for the seven days of cricket.
But even if you generously add all the figures mentioned together that still only amounts to a total of 25,000.
That’s a far cry from the ’75,000’ quoted recently by the Minister of Tourism.
Hopefully, an objective journalist will question Martin Ince of Foster and Ince Cruise Services, Freda Nichols of Barbados Port Inc and any other spokesperson to establish the real number, so the taxpaying public can finally establish the true number.
7th April 2007
Title by Barbados Free Press, photo by worth1000.com with photo title by Shona