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« Reply #4830 on: August 28, 2015, 03:45:33 PM »

Our vacation rentals have been running at nearly 100% occupancy.  Currently we have a couple in one of them from New Zealand!  They love the island and are planning to return.

It is not all doom and gloom.

Great to hear, that reinforces my belief that Bermuda still has a lot to offer BUT you have to know how to reach your target audience.

I assume you are still working through BermudaRentals and Fiona has built a good reputation built almost entirely by word-of-mouth. It's up to the owner's to maintain the property and insure renters have a Bermudaful experience no matter how good Fiona's reputation is.

There is no need for the BTA to have any connection with vacation rentals, they have done very well on their own for decades.

 

We have better luck with AirBnB and Flipkey, but we do use BermudaRentals as well.

We try and give our guests the full Bermuda experience and have taken a number out on our boat, for example.  We had a Jewish couple over for Christmas dinner with our family last year and then went walking on the beach with them...they had a great time.  If we are around we will drive guests to the grocery store or beach.  We want repeats.  We go the extra mile, always.


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« Reply #4831 on: August 29, 2015, 11:54:07 PM »

Why isn't the Opposition questioning what is going on with the Bermudiana Beach Resort development? How is the leisure and support construction coming along? Is the BHC keeping tabs on this development? Why isn't RG doing a followup?  Hammer
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« Reply #4832 on: September 13, 2015, 12:52:11 PM »

http://www.gotobermuda.com/uploadedFiles/Bermuda_Tourism_Authority/Pages/July%202015%20Measures%20%20Projections1.pdf

When the Q2 stats came out last month the BTA folks came out with their excuses and hype about what a good job they were doing and how they were reaching those allusive potential visitors. Now the July Measures and Projections are out and air arrivals are still declining.

All these alleged experts in the BTA and they can't even stop the decline let alone increase the numbers. These experts lmao have had plenty of time to implement a program that would at least stem the decline, but it has been clearly obvious they simply didn't understand Bermuda tourism and still don't.

No need for me too repeat the where and how BTA failed, it doesn't matter, Bermuda tourism continues to die at the hands of the BTA.  Disgusted     
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« Reply #4833 on: September 17, 2015, 11:19:20 AM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150917/NEWS/150919733
When it gets hot in the BTA kitchen and unnamed spokesperson comes out with the BS about how good they are doing. Here is another example:
Even as government funding for tourism is at a historical low of $21.7 million this year, visitor spending is on pace for a year-over-year increase of $5.8 million, according to a Bermuda Tourism Authority spokesman.

"That means the Bermuda economy is benefiting from the best tourism return on investment in decades,” the spokesman said.

"Assuming air visitor spending levels in the first half of the year are maintained in the second half of the year, the public’s return on investment will be almost 16 to one — every dollar of taxpayer money invested in the tourism budget, the economy gets $16 back via overall air visitor spending into the economy. Not even the recent boom years for air arrivals provided a return on investment as healthy as the tourism economy is experiencing now.”


Where are the facts proving that BTA efforts are the reason for increase in visitor spending? Where is the breakdown for Business and Leisure spending? The increase in spending is only a guesstimate and not based on any hard numbers. Spending both on Business and Leisure has increased worldwide not just in Bermuda.

If BTA is so hung up on visitor spending just think what visitor spending would be with a 5% increase in heads-in-de-bed!
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« Reply #4834 on: September 17, 2015, 11:59:10 AM »



The BTA lot make me dizzy....


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« Reply #4835 on: September 21, 2015, 01:45:06 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150921/NEWS/150929974
Another example of Government and BTA sitting on their thumbs hoping the US State Dept. will flush the turds off the Bermuda beach warning. The website states: “Ongoing dumping of raw sewage off Bermuda’s south coast causes intermittent contamination of the waters along the Island’s south shore beaches, creating a public health hazard. Changing weather conditions — wind, swells, tides, and rain — can bring rapid degradation of water quality along the beaches, resulting in human bacteria levels from fecal contamination up to four times the acceptable US standard. Bermudian authorities do not consistently provide warnings at those times when water may be contaminated.”

The Government should have been working to correct the sewage dumping and providing proof to the U.S. State Dept. that it had been corrected. The BTA should have been prepared to answer these questions with an answer that is better than Karla's: “Bermuda’s beaches are healthy by all the sources we consult with. We look forward to having this US website reflect the current reality.”

Bermuda loses an unknown number of tourists that check the State Dept. website and choose another destination and the Government hasn't worked 24/7 to resolve the issue. Bermuda has a US Consul that makes it easy work with and present proof the situation has been resolved. Either the situation hasn't been corrected or the Government hasn't done its job.

Why would RG go to US State Dept. for comment when the US Consul is the State Dept. representative?

The condition of beaches in the US has nothing to do with the rating of Bermuda beaches, Bermuda ignored this sewage problem for years. Government has known for years that under certain wind conditions this crap was coming ashore but chose not to correct it before it became a health issue affecting tourism.
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« Reply #4836 on: September 24, 2015, 12:40:58 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150924/NEWS/150929860

What is Stephen Todd really trying to say? Do I sense a hint of PLP politics in his comments? Is it coincidence that BTA just happened to be on their retreat? Saying Bermuda must stand out from tourism rivals is nothing new but how Bermuda stands out is what makes the difference!

It really doesn't matter that BHA doesn't work as closely with the BTA as it did with the DoT, the BHA was and still is a clique. Remember, as far back as David Allen days there was the DoT, BHA and BAT (Bermuda Alliance for Tourism) all doing their own thing and none of them understood how to get Bermuda to stand out from tourism rivals.

BAT and DoT are gone and Bermuda tourism is left with BHA and BTA and same as it was 15 years ago when it comes to understanding Bermuda tourism. There are a few new faces in BHA and BTA but a number of their staff are still there with the same old attitude.  Bang Head
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« Reply #4837 on: September 24, 2015, 12:47:40 PM »

Have to laugh at Zane's praise of Billy Griffith..... Um Um.... where do you think the Bermuda money was going Zaney...? To promote Bermuda...? ROFL

Friends & Family Diaspora my friend.... Rasta

Oh, and a little thing called airlift. Delta and Jetblue set up direct flights from Atlanta, New York and Hartfield back in July, 2014.... well before Billy got the job. That was the major difference.....So kind of hard for him to be taking the praise.... unless he'd been working for the enemy all along. Being Barbadian and all......
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« Reply #4838 on: September 25, 2015, 01:22:33 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150925/COMMENT01/150929823

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150924/COMMENT03/150929865

A couple examples of things that visitors have a tendency to pass on when they get home and tell family and friends about Bermuda. Dirty beaches, long grass/weeds and poorly maintained parks/forts only drag down Bermuda's image.

How did the 40 Thieves manage to keep Bermuda so Bermudaful? 
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« Reply #4839 on: September 26, 2015, 06:31:05 PM »

How did the 40 Thieves manage to keep Bermuda so Bermudaful? 

They had a lot of help from Bermudians. People used to be proud of their island, and didn't think of it as some piece of ^%$^ that they should $#^@ on.

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« Reply #4840 on: September 29, 2015, 03:03:02 PM »

http://bernews.com/2015/09/bermuda-newark-non-stop-service-winter/

WOW now this is really something! United couldn't justify this route in 2014 obviously not enough butts-in-de-seats. BTA meets with United on 07/08/15 and on 09/29/15 United is back flying to Bermuda 3 days a week from Newark starting 11/20/15.

Air arrivals are down but BTA claims they have strategies to fill the seats. United would need more than BTA strategies too add this route so late in the season. Again we have BTA putting out the spin on this announcement and Hanbury adding more on what he and BTA did.

United probably got financial and marketing subsidises from Tourism & Transport and BTA and this would be a good one for these groups to explain the expected ROI.

Since there is no mention of how long this route will operate it leaves open the question is this route on a month-to-month basis?   
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« Reply #4841 on: September 30, 2015, 08:17:49 PM »

https://jonnystar.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/beckys-beach-glass-design-an-example-of-irresponsible-tourism/ 

Not sure how Jonathan spins the "sea glass story" into an example of "irresponsible tourism" but his socialist rhetoric is an example of how not too help tourism.

What kind of tourism does Jonathan think Bermuda will get from this example of his? "What I find most interesting about this incident, other than the imperialist mindset of a White American tourist in appropriating other peoples natural and cultural resources, is how this allows us to really focus on what kind of tourism we want for Bermuda, and what are the possible consequences/impacts of tourism in Bermuda?" Jonathan should think twice before he claims the incident is the "imperialist midset of a White American tourist". 

Most of Jonathan's claims are conjecture and he would have been better to research the facts before he started his rant.

Jonathan, Bermuda does not need your brand of tourism!  Wave
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« Reply #4842 on: October 01, 2015, 12:10:06 PM »

https://jonnystar.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/serviceservitudetourismwhorism/  No-No

After challenging Jonathon's facts and choice of words he has come back adding "slavery and segregation" and "tourism whorism" too his rhetoric. Rather than respond to this I'll just highlite a few of his comments.

"However, to believe that there’s no racial dynamics involved in tourism featuring Whites expecting to be served hand and foot by a majority Black population in a country with a history of slavery and segregation where Blacks were forced (overtly and covertly) to serve Whites for centuries is to be delusional. The history of the Americas is full of this tendency, of Whites coming, expecting the ‘natives’ to be their ‘happy’ servants and generally raping and pillaging the environment."

"Ms Fox’s actions, while obviously no where as barbaric as the conquests of the Americas, follows this general mindset, and accordingly is resented as such within the general prism of our collective (Americas) history. I don’t need to ‘think twice’ before describing the incident in question as representative of an imperialist mindset by a White American tourist. It simply strips away the niceties that usually obscure these things. It quite aptly describes the incident."

"It may not be in terms that make AMCAM or others comfortable, as it touches on matters of race and exploitation, but so what? If the description fits and all…"

"And if that’s not what AMCAM means, then what does he mean, and what sort of ‘brand of tourism’ does he think I’m advocating then?"


Jonathan, you have described the mindset of the imperialistic White American tourist that comes to Bermuda and explained your brand of tourism you want for Bermuda. There will be NO further discussion, you have made your mindset clear.
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« Reply #4843 on: October 01, 2015, 12:26:49 PM »

My boy Jon is stepping way out in left field, IMO.  I think he may be ashamed to be white...  His opinion is so far off-base it's ridiculous!  He really has to jump off the socialist bandwagon, and seek the real Truth....

Jon may have attended yer bye's lecture the other day... and he's been "fired-up!"

On the other hand, the arrogant American woman who stole more than her share of our sea glass resource was presumptuous, to say the least.  And it appears her behaviour even may have been criminal.  She still maintains, "I did nothing wrong."  A bit myopic I'd say.

Put her on the Stop List!  BWAA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-Ha!!




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« Reply #4844 on: October 01, 2015, 01:38:36 PM »

Wow, I'd say Jonny's lost the plot.

First thing first, color has no part in this regarding the lady taking all that sea glass. It was simply entrepreneurism with a major touch of crass. It's racist to think only white people make jewelry if that's the case. She wouldn't be allowed to do the same in her national parks so why feel it's ok to mine Bermuda? A few pieces here and there fine, but suitcases full is just rude. Besides it wasn't her fault she was allowed to take it on the plane now was it? If it's so important a resource why are our own people not protecting it?

Which leads me to the major irony of Jon's argument. We're talking sea glass.... In other words trash. Discarded by thousands of Bermudians, black and white, who obviously don't care much for the environment. Now we're upset someone's seeing the treasure in our trash and are literally cleaning up? Hilarious!
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