How to save tourism
August 24, 2011
It’s Wednesday morning on Front Street. The Veendam is docked alongside and it’s a beautiful Bermuda day. The first thing that all those lovely tourists on the starboard side will see is the three vagrants sleeping right there in front of midship. One is snoring peacefully under a palm tree, another is just resting on a bench reading the daily and the third is still asnooze on his cardboard bed on another bench (just outside Coopers Waterside...you, know with the fountain...?).
This is the image we present...and this is what the cruisers will take back with them because, undoubtedly, these guys will be there tomorrow morning.
Mrs Minors, this is symptomatic of what your problem is. First of all, I suspect that you don’t know what you are doing when it comes to tourism and I also suspect that you know that you don’t know what you are doing.
Secondly, I think you probably wish you knew but you ain’t getting any help from anyone in the PLP because they don’t know what to do. Methinks those waitressing jobs at the Reefs just didn’t fully prepare you for this!
My opinions aside, and I have a few, I suspect that the best course of action for you and the tourism/hospitality industry is for you to swallow your pride, gather a small group of industry people who DO know what they are talking about and ask them to develop a PLAN and then establish a private, albeit with some Government representation (please, not LaVerne!), Tourism Authority to carry it out. These little problems such as I describe above, can be resolved by sticking your finger in the dyke but what you need is an overall Plan for Tourism and then you need a way to carry it out.
Making these silly pronouncements about silly little ideas to help the industry are really just BS if you do not have an overall, long term Plan. I mean, Mrs M, if you don’t know where you are going ... how on earth are you going to get there ?
Look, what I suggest makes sense. Ask anyone. It would be a lasting contribution by you and it may even be your last contribution because I’m sure that you are well aware that Mr Dunkley has worked that constituency very, very honestly over the past few years and that you will, no doubt, not have to worry about all this after the next election.
POLICY SAWYER OBA
(Her Highness let me have the title...)