No boost for businesses

Bridgetown was buzzing with tourists, but not many appeared to be spending.

One by one the ships have come calling, but to many business operators it seems like they are bringing few financial benefits.

Yesterday three cruise ships with some 7,000 passengers sailed into the Bridgetown Port, yet many store operators in the City complained that it made little impact on their businesses since the cruise passengers were not buying.

Today another four cruise ships berthed at the port and a visit to the nearby Pelican Craft Centre revealed a similar situation facing operators there, with a number complaining there was absolutely no business.

However, the Mount Gay Traditional Rum tours done at the Mount Gay Visitors Centre seven times per day got a significant boost. Tour guide, Darrio Prescod, told Barbados TODAY that the arrivals of the vessels over the past few days had resulted in more than half the tours increasing to as many as 30 people per tour.

He explained that business was definitely better and the participants, many of whom were on their first visit to the island or the centre, left excited and informed about the world’s oldest rum.

The beaches across Barbados was also a popular place for tourists to visit, many heading to Mullins in St. Peter. Restaurant Manager of Mullins Restaurant, Frederick Clarke, said they got a†”fair amount” of patronage from cruise visitors.

Some of these people bought local alcoholic beverages while a small amount had lunch. Clarke further said that had the weather been better he believed business would have improved. (KC)†††††††

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