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« Reply #75 on: October 25, 2016, 02:14:26 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/tourism/article/20161025/americas-cup-cruises-scheduled    Moon ROFL lmao Blahhh

Did Emperor Billy take one for the BTA team or was he led down the path by other staff members to put out this spin? Wonder where they got the wake up that UK cruise passengers were not being offered America's Cup packages?

It may be too late but the Government need to understand that AC is not on track to be a success. There should have been a small group of business people with AC experience brought in to be the leaders of the various teams to insure Bermuda was prepared and getting maximum benefit. ACBDA just recently hire a Communications and Marketing Director and one or two other execs that should have been in place a year ago. BTA should never have been given control of AC sales and marketing.  Face Palm 
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« Reply #76 on: October 25, 2016, 02:20:35 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20151211/COLUMN01/151219939     

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150925/COLUMN01/150929820

Here are some reminders of the AC warnings from John Barritt!!
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« Reply #77 on: October 26, 2016, 05:03:41 PM »

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/26/sport/americas-cup-bermuda-economy-sailing/index.html 

Interesting CNN article questions the economic benefit Bermuda expects from AC35. Perth, Auckland and San Francisco have all come up well short of the projected economic benefit.

Valencia was a winner thanks to its location and big European interest in sailing. Valencia's biggest benefit was in new infrastructure to accommodate AC.

The cost of the foils has reduced the number of syndicates (teams) and in turn reduced the overall amount of economic benefit a venue can expect.

AC35 will be a bigger challenge for Bermuda than for the winning team!
   
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« Reply #78 on: October 29, 2016, 02:26:09 PM »

http://bernews.com/2016/10/rachel-sawden-highlights-road-to-bermuda/

I was impressed with this video, Rachel is attractive and bubbly personality really helps to keep the viewer's attention for entire length of the video. I thought the video had the right content for it too get a lot of attention on a travel show and social media.

Today I see "Eve" has asked where to find the TV show and I wondered the samething. Searching shows that the video was just posted on YouTube yesterday and so far it has been viewed 1,210 times thanks to Bernews. There is another link for the video to YouTube and it has been viewed 9 times. It appears this other social media link was the intended major link to the video and Bernews picked it up and got it out to the public.

ACBDA claims the video was seen by 20 million viewers in 55 countries you would expect ACBDA to have a link to the video on their website. What took so long to get video on YouTube if it had already been out on TV and seen by 20 million? Maybe ACBDA was misquoted and it will be going out to TV with a potential 20 million viewers.

Well done video shame if it doesn't get any further than YouTube!!!!     
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« Reply #79 on: October 30, 2016, 08:12:37 PM »

The "Road to Bermuda" with Rachel is available on the Nautical  Channel with 20 million subscribers in 44 countries. Nautical Channel is available in USA through Sling TV (600,000 subscribers) requiring a cable box @ $20 month. Nautical Channel is not available in Canada or Bermuda.
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« Reply #80 on: November 20, 2016, 03:09:19 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/general-information/article/20161119/people-making-sure-things-run-smoothly

Probably good thing RG buried this article where almost no one saw it, might have generated too many questions.

Considering how critical AC35 is to the survival of Bermuda it was big mistake to put "volunteers" who could not dedicate all their time and effort to these positions. These so-called volunteers are paid in one way or another and their expenses will get shuffled into some account in the Government, BTA or ACBDA.

As an example, Ms. Isley was hired as BTA Chief Sales and Marketing Officer with a salary and bonus of $350,000+ and should have been dedicating all her effort and time to the fledgling BTA. Within a short period of time Ms. Isley had taken on an additional two AC positions. In turn the BTA hired additional marketing oriented staff to assist Ms. Isley in micromanaging NYC office and BTA while she travelled the world for AC Bermuda. Reminder: there is "Employee ROI"!! Was the increase in BTA staff travel perks designed to reduce the office talk about the Execs extensive travel? Devil

BTA should play a part in AC35 but should never been allowed direct control, a full time staff should have been in place 2 years ago. A lot of AC information has been slow getting out to the public and having partime volunteers is one of the reasons. All these little empires set up for AC35 should be transparent and accountable so the can take the glory or suffer the consequences when the final AC35 tally comes in.  Yes
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« Reply #81 on: November 21, 2016, 11:46:10 AM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/editorials/article/20161104/we-must-own-ac35--and-own-it-we-will

I almost missed this RG editorial, like so much pertaining to AC35 it was probably overdue. This paragraph from the article says it all: Most in the name of politics, the discourse of which is already a massive shortcoming for Bermuda, the America's Cup has been battered from pillar to post by those who put on blindfolds to the realities of the progress made around the island, and who have been only too willing to pass out $77 million in bandanas for others to be led by the Pied Piper over the pier and into a murky abyss of misinformation.

This article supports my previous post. The murky abyss of misinformation should never have happened if the organizers had the required experience and were working full-time insuring AC35 was a success. Too many little cliques and egos lined up for the AC parties before insuring AC35 would be a Bermuda success!!!   
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« Reply #82 on: January 23, 2017, 03:33:57 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/business/article/20170120/luxury-yacht-charter-firm-plans-bermuda-arm

Looking at the various packages offered by Helm it would appear that they offer almost everything but dinner. They will be mooring nightly out in Granaway Deep.

Are the "legislative hurdles" applicable to AC35 or starting an operation in 2018? Does being the official charter yacht firm for America's Cup give them special dispensation? How many bookings do they have for Bermuda 2017?     
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« Reply #83 on: January 25, 2017, 01:43:28 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170125/hotel-rooms-still-available-for-ac   

BTA and ACBDA are starting to feel the pressure that is coming with the lack of firm reservations for AC35. Anyone who has been following AC35 closely already knows that the expected number of mega-yachts is down, the hotel-at-sea ended up on a regularly scheduled cruise ship, the catamaran bookings are sparse and stakeholders having a 50% off Pink Sale doesn't show much confidence that AC35 will bring in all the visitors the organizers promised.

IMHO AC35 should have had their own sales/marketing team right from the start and not given Ms. Isley (BTA) control until it was too late.   
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« Reply #84 on: February 01, 2017, 03:39:39 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170125/hotel-rooms-still-available-for-ac   

BTA and ACBDA are starting to feel the pressure that is coming with the lack of firm reservations for AC35. Anyone who has been following AC35 closely already knows that the expected number of mega-yachts is down, the hotel-at-sea ended up on a regularly scheduled cruise ship, the catamaran bookings are sparse and stakeholders having a 50% off Pink Sale doesn't show much confidence that AC35 will bring in all the visitors the organizers promised.

IMHO AC35 should have had their own sales/marketing team right from the start and not given Ms. Isley (BTA) control until it was too late.   

How can any of this be a surprise? A cursory look at the internet sites associated with "San Francisco" and "Americas Cup" should tell any thinking person that the universe of viewers of this event is small...but very, very wealthy.
We should be positioning ourselves more like a St Barts (think Hermes beach bags)...instead we are (imho) aiming to be more like Cancun...nothing against Cancun but is aimed at attracting LOTS of people spending much less individually (think straw bags and tee shirts).
It's maybe not too late to adjust our thinking to the reality of the situation and retool our offerings
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« Reply #85 on: February 04, 2017, 01:02:31 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170204/   

Am I reading this wrong or does this just open the door for Helm to bring in their cats in 2018? If any body in Government is squirming about the need for more AC35 activity it should be Dr. Gibbons! 
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« Reply #86 on: February 04, 2017, 01:36:12 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/business/article/20170203/businesses-urged-to-reap-ac-benefits

Another last minute ACBDA "COMMITTEE" to cheer on Bermuda businesses to get involved in AC35. Disgusted This is more proof that ACBDA under the tutelage of BTA was/is clueless on how much needed to be organized to ensure AC35 was not going to be an embarrassment to Bermuda.

Obviously ACBDA is behind in the areas they are holding sessions on. By the time these "SESSIONS" are held there will only be 2 months before those interested need to be up and running. It will take more than a miracle to get the Dockyard transportation organized to even prevent it from going from chaos to gridlock.

Instead of BTA staff wasting time on events/campaigns that don't bring in visitors they could have been working on transportation at Dockyard to get visitors spread out across the Island and reducing the negative reviews. Too late now!       
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« Reply #87 on: February 09, 2017, 03:51:55 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/americas-cup---news/article/20170208/transport-director-for-acbda-named

WOW, ACBDA finally saw the need for someone to be the Transport Director. If there is chaos or gridlock at Dockyard, Robinson will get the dirty end of the stick. I really hope he gets the needed support to do his job successfully. If he manages to organize something within a couple of months and prevents the problems at Dockyard, he deserves a huge bonus and a medal.   
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« Reply #88 on: February 13, 2017, 03:26:05 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170213/americas-cup-must-be-community-event

I'm more convinced than ever the "community" thinks AC35 is between June 17 - 27 when it actually starts May 26. ACBDA should have started 6 months helping the "community" to understand how to make AC35 work for them. ACBDA should have been keeping track of the progress to insure they are well ahead and not behind.

ACBDA CEO Mike Winfield said: “The more that people know and understand about how the America’s Cup can impact the community, the greater the chance of those same people being able to make it work for them, economically and socially”. Reminder: Mike was put into the job on loan from the BTA.

A friend who was on the organizing committee for AC34 in S.F. said he would have advised Bermuda to wait until 2021 or even 2025 to take on AC in order to insure Bermuda had the infrastructure and AC organizers in place to insure a success. Time is running out!   
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« Reply #89 on: February 23, 2017, 02:23:57 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/tourism/article/20170223/temporary-dock-aimed-at-superyacht-owners

Wonder how ACBDA calculated the ROI on this temporary dunk? Ooops, dock! The super yachts as pictured would be docked or anchored at the other end of the island and I have my doubts about how many guests would use their yachts tender (water taxi) to get from the airport to their yacht especially if it is windy and rainy.

Any large or super yacht that is coming to Bermuda for AC35 would have made their final arrangements months ago and by now ACBDA and BTA should be able to confirm the number of yachts that have confirmed they will be coming to Bermuda for AC35. Time too confirm their claims of 75 to 100 super yachts! 

ACBDA and BTA should be in a position to confirm the number of visitors (air & cruise) who will be on the Island for all the weeks of AC35. They should also be in a position to confirm the number of AC35 tickets sold for entrance into the AC compound and the yacht anchoring race viewing area.

The ACBDA/BTA silence when it comes to confirmable AC35 numbers should have a lot of people concerned.         
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