“Our first quarter was little bit down, we were about three per cent off and we will be able to claw back and come back in April and May when we were substantially up, and June is looking good. By the end of June we expect to have taken back that three per cent we lost,” Barbados Tourism Minister talking about tourist arrivals being DOWN for the Cricket World Cup period when compared with the previous year!
Noel Lynch Is Talking About The Cricket World Cup Period!
While Barbados Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch didn’t really say “Things Are So Bad That They Have Just Got To Get Better, I Hope. Maybe, If”, just read what he did say in the Nation News and tell us how bad things really are…
Arrivals “Should Go Up”
SUMMER TOURIST ARRIVALS should see Barbados regaining the three per cent it lost in the first quarter of the year.
Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch, in an interview ith the SUNDAY SUN yesterday, said it was expected that business in the island’s main foreign exchange earner would improve.
“Our first quarter was little bit down, we were about three per cent off and we will be able to claw back and come back in April and May when we were substantially up, and June is looking good. By the end of June we expect to have taken back that three per cent we lost,” he said.
Lynch explained that the Caribbean Community (Caricom), especially Trinidad and Tobago, when combined, was the island’s third-largest market after the United States and the United Kingdom. He said the Caribbean performed better than Canada where much ground was lost.
The merger of Caribbean Star and LIAT and the withdrawal of Caribbean Airlines services from major gateways to Barbados have impacted negatively on the performance.
“It meant that the connecting point between Barbados and Trinidad, we lost that and that’s why we were down. We lost a lot of the capacity that we had and the cheap fares that we had with Caribbean Star and LIAT in that price war,” he said.
However, Lynch said the tourism planners knew price was an issue and were “working assiduously” to ensure that it does not stop people from coming for Crop-Over.
… read the rest of this cow pasture at The Nation News (link here)