Published on : Saturday, December 16, 2017
The biggest losers are taxi drivers who had had minimal income from the tourist shortfall.
The Cruise Season had commenced on 8th November with Seabourn Odyssey and it has a capacity of nearly 458 passengers who were actually the first to arrive. The cruising season was estimated to have an estimated 100 port calls with over 20,575 passengers expected on board.
But of 11th December, only 90 port calls were made with as estimated 16,635 passengers.
The Director of Sales and Marketing of the Nevis Tourism Authority, Devon Liburd had previously said that there would be about 119% rise as compared to last year, a figure that has been proven false so far this season.
One of the taxi operator Jeffers mentioned that the first cruise ship that had arrived did not offer him even a dollar.
He said that a majority of the passengers generally travel to the Pinney’s Beach area and that is as far as they can go.
He went on to add that the last week a few passengers had walked to Pinney’s Beach instead of hailing a taxi.
People coming off this boat are not rich people and therefore lack money to engage in things like participating in island tours and similar things. In speaking with Oswald Tyson, another taxi operator, the cruise season continues to be quite early and he is optimistic that things would be getting better from next week onward he feels.