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 on: Yesterday at 12:09:26 PM 
Started by Buddha Bunny - Last post by Blankman

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 on: March 24, 2017, 12:50:03 PM 
Started by AMCAN - Last post by AMCAN
http://www.royalgazette.com/politics/article/20170324/fahy-hits-back-at-ming-over-st-georges-hotel

The RG got to the bottom of this story!  UPDATE: this story has been amended to confirm that developersí amendments were submitted to planning rather than having been approved. The developer is still submitting 'amendments' and final approval is some time in the future.

Now that more reasons for the delay surface, which were obviously known by Fahy, the Premier and others, it opens up more questions about whatelse they are not telling the public? Ewrat and PLP made so many failed promises on a St. George's hotel that Fahy expects not to get criticized for repeating the same arrogance.

This highlites the incompetence of Bermuda governments when it comes to direct involvement in a resort hotel and residence development.  Bang Head 

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 on: March 23, 2017, 11:59:12 AM 
Started by Mysty - Last post by AMCAN
http://www.royalgazette.com/tourism/article/20170323/cruise-line-commits-56-visits-per-year

This is a huge risk for NCL to take at a hefty cost too. It would be easy for NCL to recognize that the Government and BTA were both wide open to accepting almost any proposal that would bring more warm bodies to Bermuda. Just recently Fahy confirmed NCL two tenders would not be in service until after AC35, now NCL is leasing a 400 passenger tender for May thru Oct. 2017 and two new ones will come in 2018. NCL did not do this at their expense they could see that Fahy was going to be in trouble with Dockyard chaos starting in May and offered a bailout.

Each time the Government and/or BTA makes concessions to attract visitors the first thing that comes to mind is the "law of diminishing returns". Add up all the Government/BTA concessions connected with hospitality/tourism and I feel safe in saying, "Bermuda is buying tourists". Of course the Government/BTA have their metrics reports and other looky looky that say otherwise but they can get away with it because no one has access to all the numbers to come up with the cost to Bermuda taxpayers for each visitor.

Air arrival numbers decreased over the years partially due to number large number of cruisers and residents were becoming increasing annoyed with large number of cruisers too, but now the Government and BTA are pushing for more cruisers.

Remember this: November 2010 Senator Michael Dunkley was quoted in RG calling cruisers "the hot dog and hamburger crowd". Now Premier Dunkley is throwing 'welcome parties and  providing the hot dogs and hamburgers for the cruiser crowd.         

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 on: March 23, 2017, 10:55:14 AM 
Started by AMCAN - Last post by AMCAN
http://www.royalgazette.com/politics/article/20170322/plp-call-for-update-on-st-georges-hotel

Fahy got his knickers in a knot over the fact that Senator Ming issued a statement calling for an update on the St. George's hotel project instead of asking him during the Senate sitting earlier in the day. Fahy and the Premier should have been ahead of this and not behind as they always are. Fahy was probably ready with the spin he spins here so why didn't he bring it up, instead he is pissed because he got caught with his knickers down around his ankles and ended up looking foolish.

The Premier and Fahy have the attitude they can get away with their Horse Shit because Bermudians remember all the failed promises from Ewrat on a St. George's hotel. Wait till election time and see if the OBA get away with comparing themselves with the PLP on who was the worst Government, the people's memories only remember the one freshest in their mind. 

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 on: March 22, 2017, 05:26:49 PM 
Started by AMCAN - Last post by AMCAN
Baileys Bay..well put!

A school chum of mine was on the SF organizing committee which was made up of 32 very smart and wealthy individuals from the Bay Area and a majority were surprised how far off they were with their financial support estimates, crowd numbers and final economic impact.

I don't know where the Government got the idea that Bermuda had individuals that could organize AC35 and have a positive economic impact when so many others like SF had failed, big time. IMO besides what ever initially possessed the Government team, it was Hanbury, Isley and Winfield who pushed the belief that BTA could bring in thousands who would come by any means possible to view AC35 racing. Hanbury let Vicky Isley along with her ACBDA position take the lead and travel around the world (with companion) micromanaging AC events, sponsorship, etc. all while BTA hired additional staff to cover what Isley was not getting done for tourism.

BTA was clueless about who they needed to cater too and bring in the maximum number of big spenders for AC35. The Government was clueless when it came to what kind of event team was needed to get maximum economic impact. That kind of team doesn't reside in Bermuda and the Government should have recognized that very early.   

I know there are some wealthy individuals who are sailors and follow AC that are not coming because they do not believe Bermuda will be prepared to offer the service they want and need. Bad AC35 reviews on social media will have minimal effect but the super yacht and private jet individuals will spread their opinions of Bermuda service amongst themselves verbally. It is these individuals who will have a major economic impact on Bermuda tourism in the future, not sports tourists, cliff jumpers or others who have a "Bermuda budget". 

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 on: March 22, 2017, 01:41:05 PM 
Started by AMCAN - Last post by baileys bay
http://bernews.com/2017/03/video-ac-land-water-transportation-session/

Winfield is already with the excuse that ACBDA has been given responsibility for things they were not aware of. Winfield claims AC35 will have one billion TV viewers but he may have meant to say one quarter of a billion. Adam Barboza said 54 super yachts have registered which would include the 18 sailing yachts registered for the Regatta. The South Basin will have docks for 25 super yachts.

On race day 13,000 people are expected to be at the South Basin. Transportation is needed for the cruise ships as well as the AC activities at South Basin.

Listening to the comments by ACBDA staff and others in attendance it is becoming more obvious that Bermuda will have to pull off some kind of magic trick to be ready for AC35.       


250 million viewers? i think thats very, very ambitious. Total US viewership last AC (in San Framcisco) was in low 6 figures. Give it 10x for worldwide and maybe you get into single digit millions. 13,000 coming to Dockyard for race day? Maybe the first time, subsequently people will realize these numbers in Dockyard mean a sh*t show of epic proportions, hours and hours to get in and hours getting back out again...

This has always been a spectator sport made up of massively wealthy fans...we should have taken advantage of that and aimed at the St Barts experience rather than our politicians trying to convince us that somehow more is better...in this case it is just the opposite.

Whuy not cater ONLY to those who think nothing of renting a house for $250k for 6 weeks, think nothing of $9,000 bottles of wine, or $3k daily flower bills for their yacht. Bermuda can do a great job for several hundred billionaires and their friends, way better job (and far more lucrative) than trying to cater for huge numbers of cruisers etc who really, truly, have zero interest in sail boats, even ones that can go 50 miles an hour...they just want to go to the dam beach and will be trying to do so just as people are trying to get INTO dockyard!

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 on: March 22, 2017, 01:24:50 PM 
Started by Mysty - Last post by baileys bay
That was a friendship only from Ewrat's perspective...I doubt Obama thought of Ewrat again once the Uigers were here.

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 on: March 22, 2017, 01:23:05 PM 
Started by AMCAN - Last post by baileys bay
Haven't been yet, looking forward to trying it out one day

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 on: March 22, 2017, 01:22:17 PM 
Started by AMCAN - Last post by baileys bay
perhaps they (Desarollos) are waiting to see which gov't will be in power next year? Might get a better deal with a different one?

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 on: March 22, 2017, 01:20:56 PM 
Started by widget - Last post by baileys bay
The OBA is, sadly, a disappointing study in how NOT to do things.

They could have led from the front by immediately cutting their own salaries by 50% (or more). They could have sold or otherwise disposed of (by re-assigning to Public Works, for instance) all the ministerial cars (including the big BMW, Governor already had one, let HIM/HER go to airport to pick up "dignitaries" if necessary). Fewer ministries, not more. Set a damn example so you can then expect your people (gov workers) to follow.

Nope, the OBA lost the moral high ground early and now have been losing the narrative on just about every issue. Good work re the airport, good work re the AC, good work re CoI and going after Brown et al but will be for nought when the PLP comes back in...and they will.

We live in a place where it is the ABSENCE of voters who determine winners and losers...those who witheld their votes last time will not do so this time as the issues important to people who have traditionally supported the PLP have not been addressed by the OBA...and what little credit they may have received is overshadowed by "Peoples" marchers/yellers and talk of chains and whips and elders being pepper sprayed. The usual dog whistle stuff but hard to counter.

So, who's in for joining the PLP? Affecting change from within? Holding them to account from within?

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