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« Reply #5100 on: January 25, 2017, 04:56:37 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/tourism/article/20170125/bermuda-to-formalise-airbnb-tourism Wha!! OMG

I'll start off by repeating "BTA will destroy Bermuda tourism". Fahy is so far out of his element that he should find a job outside of Bermuda. Bermuda/BTA jumping in bed with AirBnB and taxing visitors on rentals to pay for the BTA is ludicrous. The hotels are already cutting prices by 50% to help the BTA and visitors still get taxed on the full room rate based on before sale rate.   

Ewrat must be smilin for ear to ear!

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« Reply #5101 on: January 26, 2017, 12:23:42 PM »

On social media BTA is pushing Pink Sale 50% OFF deadline extended until January 31st. It would appear that they added a few more days to the deadline hoping to improve the numbers. There are more indications weekly that 2017 may not be banner year BTA promised.
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« Reply #5102 on: February 06, 2017, 04:50:42 PM »

http://bermudaisanotherworld.org/forum/index.php?topic=792.msg170216;topicseen#msg170216        Remember this?

Everything from reviews of outhouses to accommodations in the Antarctica ends up on TripAdvisor. There is so much Horse Shit in their reviews that readers need to really be careful they are getting the  correct review. Good example is a Bermuda property that has a number of 5 star TripAdvisor reviews even though the guests said their room was infested with little red ants. What part of the world do these people come from where they give ant infested rooms top rating. There are lots of other similar examples where guests had a 3 star experience and still rated it as 5.

The Loren at Pink Beach has already got a 4 star TripAdvisor rating. Unless you read and understand the review by man from Argentina was reviewing Pink Beach the beach and not The Loren hotel. Obviously TripAdvisor has nothing to catch incorrect reviews.

Last week TripAdvisor was taking reservations starting the last week of June for The Loren with rates from $900 to $2900 per night plus all taxes but with free parking & WIFI. Obviously TripAdvisor was ahead of the availability and moved availability to August. The Loren better get with the programme and make a formal announcement on their "opening" and it would help if The Loren (hotel) had a website.

It took TripAdvisor until August of 2016 to advise that 9 Beaches was "closed"!!   
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« Reply #5103 on: February 07, 2017, 08:25:10 PM »

http://bermudaisanotherworld.org/forum/index.php?topic=792.msg170216;topicseen#msg170216        Remember this?


The Loren at Pink Beach has already got a 4 star TripAdvisor rating. Unless you read and understand the review by man from Argentina was reviewing Pink Beach the beach and not The Loren hotel. Obviously TripAdvisor has nothing to catch incorrect reviews.

Last week TripAdvisor was taking reservations starting the last week of June for The Loren with rates from $900 to $2900 per night plus all taxes but with free parking & WIFI. Obviously TripAdvisor was ahead of the availability and moved availability to August. The Loren better get with the programme and make a formal announcement on their "opening" and it would help if The Loren (hotel) had a website.


Coincidence or did this force The Loren to come out and let the public know they were renting rooms but won't have official opening until March 8th. BTA needs to make sure they get their tax from The Loren.  Devil
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« Reply #5104 on: March 03, 2017, 07:50:54 PM »

http://bernews.com/2017/03/video-minister-fahy-ministrys-budget/

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170303/four-new-buses-drive-transport-improvements

You would not know it from the headlines but both these articles are reporting on Fahy's news conference. From RG headline you would think 4 new buses have been ordered even though they won't arrive until after AC35, not so....Fahy is still looking.

Loren is partially open with rooms starting at $1,200 per night with free WIFI, taxes, meals, etc. all extra. Azura phase one is 18 hotel residences selling for $800,000 to $2M and no estimate of completion year. St. Regis in St. George's has not broken ground yet and Fahy gave no update. Unless I have missed it, there has not been an estimate of the year the Ritz at Caroline Bay will open for guests. What is going on at Elbow Beach, Government gave them $11.8M in concessions for remodeling and reopening rooms??

The NCL tenders coming after AC35 will be for NCL passengers only and what concessions did the Government give NCL in return? Government can easily give cruise lines a reduction in dock and passenger fees without it showing up on the financial statement.

Chances of having existing ferries repaired by year end so Millennium will not be required in 2018 are slim to none. If tugs are worn out, why isn't at least one new one on order and being delivered before AC35?

Fahy's rhetoric is the same old BS that came from Ewrat, Furby and even Crockwell and you can expect the same results.         
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« Reply #5105 on: March 06, 2017, 05:19:34 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170306/bermuda-is-most-expensive-nation-on-earth

Poor management by Bermuda governments back to the 1970's has created this 'most expensive nation on Earth', and along with it the decline in tourism. Even though few understand it or want to admit it, the big crunch for Bermuda was the US military leaving in 1995. The millions of dollars and jobs the US military brought into Bermuda each year was gone and the Government had no plan for adjusting the economy for that loss. Some thought IB would offset the loss and tourism would always be there too.

Nothing much has changed since 1995, neither the Government or the Opposition show they know how to manage the Country.

Bottom line is, there is nothing positive about having the title of 'most expensive nation on Earth', only negative.     
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« Reply #5106 on: March 18, 2017, 10:35:27 AM »

http://bernews.com/2017/03/column-tourism-jobs-continue-to-fall/

OK, most know that Jamahl tends to have a selective memory when it comes to what the PLP did for tourism but it would be a big mistake to ignore all of what he has to say now. "Under the OBA, tourism jobs have been lost every year, culminating in a further loss of 2.9% jobs last year." Jamahl should have said. 'under the OBA and BTA'! The tourism job loss doesn't fit with the BTA claims of increase in all visitor arrivals and the increase in tourism jobs BTA claims were created by their grants to local stakeholders. Where is de proof?

Another mistake would be  not to recognize that the PLP have started slowly to make points in preparation for an Election. Watch out after AC35 the PLP will be coming out with anything and everything. If AC35 does not at least breakeven financially the OBA will collapse.    
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« Reply #5107 on: March 18, 2017, 11:02:00 AM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170303/four-new-buses-drive-transport-improvements

This is what Fahy had to say a few days ago. In the short term, the minister said money to put out-of-service vehicles on the road meant the existing buses would be able to support the expected influx of traffic this summer — including surrounding the America’s Cup.

This is reality today!

http://bernews.com/2017/03/fleet-size-of-105-with-10-buses-out-of-service/

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« Reply #5108 on: March 22, 2017, 11:24:44 AM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170322/tax-changes-to-attract-cruise-ships 

Many cruise ship passengers get a surprise when they find the advertised price of their cruise does not include "Port Charges" which is a line item on the bottom of their bill. In the case of Bermuda the Port Charges include wharf fees (customs, tug boat, pilot, etc.) plus 'Passenger Departure Tax' ($20 per each 24 hours) and 'Passenger Cabin Tax' ($14 per night). Each cruise line negotiates the total cost of wharf fees for each ship visit. Governments do not make the wharf fees known in order to avoid showing preference to any cruise line. This isn't any different than Transport Ministry subsidizing airline seats, except since this is not an actual payout it does not have to be added to the Government financial statement.

The increase in cruise ships docking in St. George's and Hamilton in 2018 is more than likely the result of the Government offering those cruise lines a sweet deal on the 'wharf fees'. To sweeten the pot for coming years there will be some reduction in 'Cabin Tax'. Bermuda has the highest 'Port Charges' from Newfoundland to the Panama Canal.

It is ironic that Fahy is making this announcement knowing full well the transportation system (bus & ferry) can not move cruisers across the Island efficiently now, more complaints on cruise critic coming.     
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« Reply #5109 on: March 22, 2017, 01:03:24 PM »

The PTB, Dept of Tourism etc have not been able to consistently, easily and seamlessly (from the passenger standpoint) serve people coming off the ships in Dockyard who wish to take a bus to and from the beach.

How does any rational person believe that, with the same resources (human and mechanical), BOTH cruise ship passengers wishing to travel to and from the beach AND people visiting Dockyard for the AC can be even adequately (not well, just adequately) served by bus and ferry.


I note that there is someone tasked with sorting transportation issues who has been hired by the AC event people...how is that poor person going to persuade/manage/herd the same bus drivers who have now held 2 successive governments at bay over a scheduling issue? How are we going to have sufficient functioning busses when we aren't able now to keep more than 90-95% of busses on the road in any one day...and this will have to happen EVERY day for 6 weeks!

Maybe this gov't should have blocked that 6 week period off to cruise ships in Dockyard?
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« Reply #5110 on: March 23, 2017, 11:59:12 AM »

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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« Reply #5111 on: April 09, 2017, 12:09:25 PM »

http://bernews.com/2017/04/minister-strongest-ferry-fleet-this-summer/

Less than a month ago Fahy held press conference to address need for new buses and he mentioned ferries and tugs too. Now Cole Simons, environment minister, now tagged as "acting minister of tourism and transport" is chosen to make this announcement that is obviously a surprise to most. Was this a photo op for Cole and could he be replacing Fahy at tourism & transport? This really highlights how lax the Government has been in addressing the importance of maintaining and improving the ferry system.

March 2013 Crockwell chartered the Millennium at a cost of $1.5M because the "ferry repair milestones could not be met". This will be the fifth year for Millennium and cost now is more than likely $2M+ and the Government only recovers $500,000 to $600,000 in passenger fees and possibly another $100,000 savings. Giving the Government some benefit of the doubt, Millennium will have cost $5M to $6.5M over 5 years. And now they pull $3.2M out of the hat for repairs that should have started in 2013.

Ewrat's government left the ferry system in a mess but this Government has ignored the mess for 5 years and their $3.2M bandaid will probably fall short of what is required to maintain the ferry system as their are promising.

Just another example of why Bermuda needs Ministers that devote full time to their job of maintaining the Country!!       
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« Reply #5112 on: April 17, 2017, 01:56:26 PM »

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170415/olson-ive-learnt-my-lesson               

Obviously there are others who want to keep teaching Rick a lesson, someone posted on Bermuda Tourism Discussion on Facebook asking people to BYOB and not to patronize the Rum Rum Bar at Horseshoe. It was posted on Friday and 65 people had shared it but before I could read details today of who was behind it, it was removed. No doubt it was spread quickly and will show up on other social media soon. Unfortunately this is not the type of publicity that is good for tourism especially at Horseshoe.

Didn't BTA sweeten the pot with $$$,$$$ to make this beach concession happen?

Maybe rum was responsible for Rick's poor judgement, that 151 can cause anyone to have lapses in judgement.  Arrrr Matey!
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« Reply #5113 on: April 17, 2017, 05:49:17 PM »

http://bernews.com/2017/04/group-urging-boycott-rick-olsons-businesses/ 

Ooops.......Rick's problems have gone beyond social media and hit the Bermuda print media and will spread fast. Will be a difficult time for Rick and most of all his employees.  Face Palm 
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« Reply #5114 on: April 18, 2017, 07:18:45 AM »

All the brave people who post under their rea name will be second thinking THAT one in the future.  If Rick had posted under another name would this be such a fanfare of faux shock and horror?  Would there have been some sort of man-hunt?  I don't think so. 
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