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« Reply #345 on: March 06, 2017, 07:59:54 AM »

How much are they spending on the Rail Trail? 

The Bermuda Golf Association had its funding taken away completely this year.  It gets nothing.  This is the governing body of the sport most likely to be played by tourists from Nov-May.

The Rail Trail is not going to attract visitors.  It might be used by some when here and is another arrow in the quiver but it is not meat and potatoes.  Golf has become the step child of Bermuda Tourism, I suspect because of all the shenanigans that went on before and during the Grand Slam.
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« Reply #346 on: March 06, 2017, 12:42:58 PM »

Ace......with the staff time, swag, signage, videos and four adventure event planners (free trip) the cost would be very high. BTA plans another Rail Trail event in November. The ROI would definitely be negative.

Few if any of the BTA execs have shown interest in golf and they probably don't want to put any staff time into events that they won't personally benefit from. Golf just hasn't made it into the BTA social circle yet. LOL

Unfortunately the same applies to diving, they don't offer dress up parties in NYC either.
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« Reply #347 on: March 06, 2017, 07:02:35 PM »

I'll say it again, the BTA will destroy tourism in Bermuda.

Good. It needs to be put out of everyone's misery.

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« Reply #348 on: March 08, 2017, 03:25:57 PM »

http://bernews.com/2017/03/bta-signs-major-agreement-airbnb/

The Government has just given the BTA control of Bermuda vacation rental. Next step will be for the BTA to propose a set of regulations to the Government for governing rentals. Notice the Government did not sign the MOU, it was BTA and AirBnB. “This partnership will also create a framework that opens a dialogue between the Government of Bermuda and Airbnb to discuss topical industry matters, including marketing and regulation." If this is creates a dialogue framework between the Government and AirBnB and BTA is not a Government agency or department how can this be a legal document??

BTA 2016 stats claim there are 495 short-term rental units on the Island and AirBnB claim 257 rentals are already listed with them, that leaves 238 rentals that don't need or use AirBnB.

Now you have BTA, AirBnB and the Government adding to the cost for stakeholders and visitors who rent. It won't take long before there is some major backlash to the BTA empire monopoly.         
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« Reply #349 on: March 08, 2017, 03:37:24 PM »

http://www.airbnbhell.com/airbnb-guest-stories/

Be sure to read both the 'guest' and 'host' reviews. Did BTA get a fee from AirBnB for bringing them to the trough??
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« Reply #350 on: March 11, 2017, 01:03:01 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/local-business/article/20170309/bta-encourages-online-vacation-rentals

It appears Kevin needed to go public and spin the AirBnB Horse Shit after it was dumped on the rental owners. When Kevin replies to questions in the 'comments' section he usually makes a stab at adding more spin and does not directly answer the question. It is obvious Kevin does not know the vacation rental market on the island and there was probably very little research done by BTA staff prior to Kevin taking over as CEO.

Kevin confirms AirBnB is a middleman and they are not cost-cutting, but he ignores what financial compensation BTA and the Government will get that will increase the cost? AirBnB isn't going to bring in their troops and jump through hoops with BTA just hoping to increase their share of the Bermuda market, they have been promised more. How much has BTA already paid or promised AirBnB for control of the Bermuda vacation rental market?

Why hasn't the Government or BTA published the contents of this MOU??

If this scheme doesn't remind Bermuda taxpayers of the Ewrat tourism days then they have a very short memory!         
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« Reply #351 on: March 12, 2017, 10:43:10 AM »

[url]http://bernews.com/2017/03/minister-no-intention-of-bringing-heavy-taxation/       

It seems most things Fahy gets involved with end up showing that he has not done a thorough job of researching the pros & cons of the subject. Same with BTA, they only see this subject as a means of showing the taxpayer they are looking for self-funding.

So the rental visitor will end up paying the tourism fee and and an additional fee that AirBnB will have to add to cover the cost off tracking the fee and and onward transmission to BTA.  “Will there be some form of tourism fee eventually, to further enhance BTA marketing efforts? I think so and it is envisaged this would be collected by the home stay/vacation rental facilitator directly from the visitor – and not the home owner – for onward transmission to the BTA.

Again, BTA will destroy Bermuda tourism!!!!!!
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« Reply #352 on: March 12, 2017, 01:15:38 PM »

https://mobile.twitter.com/Bermuda/status/835913447632052224/video/1

Click to see and hear TV ad BTA ran Oscar night. Ultra fast 15 seconds to waste $$$$$ hoping someone may pay attention long enough to see gotobermuda.com. Of those viewers who did see it was Bermuda I'll bet $100 not one of them saw the light and booked a trip to Bermuda within 72 hours of seeing the ad.

How could anyone think this crap would have a positive ROI?? Face Palm The BTA staff member(s) that signed off on this TV ad should forfeit their bonus for 2017.  

It has become apparent that "OUT HERE" is more applicable to BTA spending!
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« Reply #353 on: March 13, 2017, 03:26:03 PM »

Not good.  Could have been filmed anywhere.
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« Reply #354 on: March 13, 2017, 05:56:05 PM »

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This statement is what you will find when you go to BTA link for 2016 Visitor Arrivals report. The report has disappeared for more than a week and no doubt was removed to make corrections. Hope someone made copy of the report to compare. BTA has tendency to make things disappear!

http://www.gotobermuda.com/sites/default/master/files/2016_visitor_arrivals_report.pdf       
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« Reply #355 on: March 16, 2017, 10:48:46 AM »

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This statement is what you will find when you go to BTA link for 2016 Visitor Arrivals report. The report has disappeared for more than a week and no doubt was removed to make corrections. Hope someone made copy of the report to compare. BTA has tendency to make things disappear!

http://www.gotobermuda.com/sites/default/master/files/2016_visitor_arrivals_report.pdf       

These stats must be getting complete overhaul, they are not back online yet. BTA has blocked the link from working must have been a little embarrassing to explain "Out here, things tend to disappear fast." Raises question, "Out here, how accurate are BTA reports?"
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« Reply #356 on: March 16, 2017, 01:15:45 PM »

http://www.bikabout.com/bermuda/

Another BTA partnership that raises questions about the ROI not just for BTA but for stakeholders who are part of this? What did it cost BTA and stakeholders to partner with Bikabout? Nice photos but typical BTA they didn't make sure that links listed actually work, like all three bike rentals. Wonder how AirBnB competition like BTA giving AirBnB top billing on Bikabout?

There is obviously more to this than the nice photos, it will be interesting to read reviews in the future. 
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« Reply #357 on: March 28, 2017, 10:54:11 AM »

I am convinced BTA has to many staff sitting around trying to come up with "make work" projects. Now they have issued an RFP to design and construct an iconic interactive "something" to show Bermuda's connection to the Bermuda Triangle. This thing they want to rival the NYC LOVE sign and HOLLYWOOD sign would be constructed at the tip of the island past Clearwater Beach.  Horse Shit This is an ecological site and like a peaceful sanctuary out there and to stick some alleged Bermuda Triangle landmark is just plain stupid. The fascination with the Bermuda Triangle has been gradually dying out over the years and interest in some Triangle landmark is not going to be high on a visitors list of things to see and do. if BTA thinks they need to "drive" visitors to CLearwater Beach area they should have looked at NASA landmark and might even got some help from NASA.

Note: Go to Bernews and read RFP and see proposed location.
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« Reply #358 on: March 28, 2017, 04:17:01 PM »

I am convinced BTA has to many staff sitting around trying to come up with "make work" projects. Now they have issued an RFP to design and construct an iconic interactive "something" to show Bermuda's connection to the Bermuda Triangle. This thing they want to rival the NYC LOVE sign and HOLLYWOOD sign would be constructed at the tip of the island past Clearwater Beach.  Horse Shit This is an ecological site and like a peaceful sanctuary out there and to stick some alleged Bermuda Triangle landmark is just plain stupid. The fascination with the Bermuda Triangle has been gradually dying out over the years and interest in some Triangle landmark is not going to be high on a visitors list of things to see and do. if BTA thinks they need to "drive" visitors to CLearwater Beach area they should have looked at NASA landmark and might even got some help from NASA.

Note: Go to Bernews and read RFP and see proposed location.

Read Kevin Dallas' comments in Bernews on this subject, this guy is lost in the Bermuda Triangle when it comes to common sense. Bet he was never out at the end of Cooper's Island when he was growing up on the Island!
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« Reply #359 on: March 31, 2017, 02:35:37 PM »

It would be nice to be able to confirm BTA's claim of 14th. month YoY increase in air vacation visitor arrivals but they keep changing their calculation metrics. There is too much coincidence in the air vacation visitor arrivals vs. similar number decrease in 'business & visiting family/friends' with no explanation from BTA. Americans and Canadians are both travelling more for business & vfr so why aren't they coming to Bermuda or is BTA counting them in vacation category? In spite of crappy Cdn. Dollar, Air Canada and Westjet flights to Florida, California and many major US cities are usually full but still lots of seats on Bermuda flights.
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