A commenter (From Porter’s With Love) requested that we highlight certain events which transpired recently. It has been widely publicized on the blogs that the ‘boating people‘ have been trying to ‘get the ear’ of government for sometime – (Unedited)
Further to my earlier communication with regard to the lack of activity from the Minister of Tourism or the Board of Tourism we had a visit from the Shadow Minister of Tourism Mr.Richard Sealy MP and Senator Mr Dennis Lowe, after which the organisers took these gentlemen out to have a feel of what it is like on these racing machines, they got involved in the sailing of the vessel and interacted well with the organisers of the event.
Hope they have done what the paid officials failed to do and that is to be present and to listen to those that want to visit these shores, maybe just maybe when they return to the UK they may review the Barbados event and decide to return one more time. Should they decide to return it will certainly will not because of the involvement of Minister Blarney Lynch or the work his Ministry avoided to do or due to the effort of those at the BTA those were non events.
Thankfully we have willing and able persons who kicked in, it will be purely on the effort of Mr Richard Sealy MP, Senator Mr Dennis Lowe, Mr Shane Atwell, Mr Sean Gill, Mr Sean Defreitas, Mount Gay Rum,The Boatyard,The Barbados Yacht Club, Ms Penny McIntyre and Mrs.Anne Tindale. The yacthing industry is a multi million dollar industry around the globe, and we have people trying to make use of Barbados and its position, to give us additional tourism business but we falter badly in making things happen at this end.
Once again I am given the feeling that the people who transit thru the Bridgetown Port from the Airport to the seaport and vice a versa and their numbers is the Ministers only consideration, if this is his understanding of his Ministry he is at sea and adrift with no hope of rescue in sight. Many thanks to all those who stuck their neck out and assisted these folks before and during their stay and to Mr Sealy and to Mr. Lowe the organiser Stokey Woodall has expressed his thanks to you as well, thank you all.
Many persons blogging on this site complain about the effectiveness of many of the Ministers of gov’t. My comments today relate directly to our non-functioning minister of Tourism Noel Lynch. We have the arrival of a cruise tourism event the arrival of a number of sail boats that are doing the same tour that the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers once did this event that started out by coming to Barbados but we have since lost this business to St.Lucia. We have (or had) an excellent chance to rekindle this type of cruise business, these boats will generate many more dollars than the gov’t spends promoting RUN BARBADOS, these organisers are asking nothing of our gov’t, but to provide a welcoming party for the crews of these vessels and nothing like they are spending excessive sums of money on like GEMS, etc. The organisers have been in contact with the BTA and the Ministry of Tourism for the past 2 years trying to discuss the plans for this event to-date they have had NO response or contact from the Ministry of Tourism and the BTA suggested to the organisers to contact Mount Gay for a welcoming reception.
All these yachts are carrying the logos of the sailing association of Barbados and will adopt a school on their arrival to do tours etc with these children, now the local associations have gotten involved but our gov’t departments fail to activate. This will maybe the second and last time that they will be making Barbados their final destination, sadly this is the real situation as it exist in Barbados we wait for the horse to bolt the stable then we close the door.
The organisers have been absolutely and totally annoyed by the lack of input by the local departments of gov’t. We once again have a great chance to improve our tourism arrivals but thanks to the ineffectiveness of Minister Lynch it will go a begging, well done Lynch you are really a gem. Maybe it is not too late to put the wrongs right but he needs to awake and engage his two brain cells and act now tomorrow will be too late!!!!!
See correspondence sent previously by the group to government officials:-
I think we will hope against hope for this matter to see the light of day. The reality is that the Minister is preoccupied with the pass thru traffic of the cruise line business he obviously has a vested interest in this side of the business I am not sure why this is the case but it is clear that this is where the emphasis is situated. There is a great potential for the Mega Yacht business growing in the island as well but sadly Port St .Charles is the one accepting most of these vessels and their capacity is limited by its size. I am not sure what we would have done with the arrival of the 700 yachts and the 35 cruise ships that was brandished around with CWC in the air!!!!
We shall wait with baited breath for even the decency of a reply from the Minister.
Sent: 22 November 2007 09:11
To: ‘william duguid’
Subject: RE: ONDECK SAILING PROMOTION
Thank you. Lets hope something happens
From: william duguid [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 21 November 2007 21:12
Subject: RE: ONDECK SAILING PROMOTION
I have forwarded your comments to the Minister.
A comment that was received from a close friend on the matter above -:
First mistake is involving Adrian Loveridge as the minister hates this white man. Also the minister is already above the common Barbadian and criticism, hopefully the people are tired of his and the rest of the party and their arrogance greed etc. Yachting is
also a white people sport as viewed from the ignorant people who run the Island, car racing also fell under this category. So before I waste my time and yours it must be done by yachters or it will fail. Please also be advised that elections are soon and the
Minister has no time for minority sport!
I sincerely wish you luck with your appeal as below, some how I am led to believe that this administration is not the least bit concerned or cares about Boating and on the evidence and is even more disconcerting is that it leaves you to wonder about their desire to keep tourism growing.
Last night for example this group of yachts which had about 50 persons as crew ended up at the BOAT YARD BAR with maybe around a 100 persons in attendance, what is being missed here is this is not a cheap end cruiser arriving in Barbados, these are 50 people who have paid good money to partake in this event and on arrival in Barbados they are in turn met by their friends and families, to then spend in some cases another week on the island and partake in food in restaurants, drink in bars, catch Taxis or busses doing all the things that normal tourist do, with the financial ability to do so.
Maybe we have lost our way when they consider air sea transfers and the numbers that reads well for Mr.Lynch to be more important than the long stay or onshore arrivals, I am not convinced that Minister Lynch has grasped this concept of tourism as yet, It has taken many years and if he is still trying to learn we have a problem indeed.
I met with the organiser last evening and listened to his concerns and his wishes, funnily enough he does not ask a lot of the authorities but yet he cannot get a hearing from those in authority or control, if one considers that with 4 yachts making the trip this year and generating around a 100 ARRIVALS (for Mr. Lynch’s benefit this is and arrival) and with the intention to move the numbers up to between 6 to 8 yachts for next year it has room for growth in this market, are we going to wait for them to shift to St.Lucia before we activate and do something meaningful?
Good luck in your endeavors and best regards,