Updated January 3, 2014 6:50pm: Business Insider received our email and changed the headline to correctly read “Barbados” and not “Bermuda”
Let’s make a potential ‘disaster’ into a worldwide opportunity!
Bridgetown Barbados, January 3, 2014 5:08pm
This is just breaking on an Australian newswire Business Insider Australia where it is reported that severe weather in the Northeast USA has caused the cancellation of 5,000 flights over two days. It is minus -47 degrees Celsius in Canada and Northern USA!
The Australian news service interviews a few folks “stuck in Barbados” as if this is a negative. Actually they called us “BERMUDA” !!!
Barbados Tourism Authority… where are you?
There are probably hundreds or maybe thousands of tourists that are going to have flights home delayed. What is the BTA doing to ensure these people are looked after? Are we organising any events for them? Is the Prime Minister or Tourism Minister on board for some visits?
And let’s correct that headline error of “Bermuda”!!!!
Wuhloss! This is not a disaster… it is an opportunity for the world’s press to report on how we welcomed and looked after these folks! Where’s the rum producers? A few bottles here and there would do wonders! Double the tours, keep them happy.
OR… have the tourists go back home telling how they were “stuck in Barbados” instead of saying how it was too bad the weather socked in, but what a wonderful time they had.
Our choice how we handle this: BTA… where are you?
From Business Insider Australia…
JetBlue Stranded A Bunch Of People In Barbados And May Not Get Them Home For A Week (BARBADOS!)
After a snowstorm that hit the Northeast and led airlines to cancel over 5,000 U.S. flights in two days, an unlucky group of JetBlue passengers is stuck in Barbados.
Some of them may not get back to New York for a week.
Passenger Lee Cochran told Business Insider that after her Friday afternoon flight to JFK was cancelled, JetBlue rebooked her on a January 9 flight. Her sister got a January 12 trip home.
Cochran asked about the possibility of flying to another city or being rebooked on another airline, but nothing worked out. Continue reading