Noel Lynch Spins Like A Top
To respond to the front page Daily Nation article headlined ‘The Best by Far!’ by Roy Morris dated 28th May 2007.
‘Stating repeatedly he would not back down from his assessment that CWC represented Barbados finest hour’, Lynch noted that 63,480 long-stay visitors were on the island in April, the highest number ever since the country started recording tourist arrivals’.
‘This figure, he added, represented a 19.6 per cent increase over the previous April, which had itself seen a 13 per cent jump over the year before’.
… from The Nation News The Best By Far!
What is critically missing from the equation is of course, our long stay arrival visitor performance for the first three critical months of the year.
In it’s economic review for the first quarter of 2007. the Central Bank said ‘that that real tourism value added had declined by approximately 3.8 per cent compared to the same period last year’.
‘The Bank added that ‘preliminary estimates suggested that long stay arrivals contracted by 6 per cent’.
With ‘a total arrival figure for the first three months of the year of around 143,000, down close to 10,000 on the nearly 158,000 long stay arrivals for the same period last year’.
For lets look at the total four month period overall…
Down 10,000 in the first three months and up 19.6 per cent or 12,442 persons for April alone!
So a increase of just 2,442 long stay visitors during the first four months of 2007 when compared with 2006.
Mr Lynch also stated ‘that the island earned an additional US$16.75 million’ in April.
But based on the Minister’s economics, the 10,000 fewer long stay visitors that did not come in the first three months of the year, would have written some US$13.46 million off the April figure!
Therefore a net gain of just US$3.29 million!
It is really quite misleading to the public to describe this tourism performance as ‘The Best by Far’.
28 May 2007
Note: The main and lead-in titles of this piece were created by BFP for the letter received from Adrian Loveridge.