Nassau, The Bahamas – Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced to Parliament on Monday his government’s shortfall by $52 Million in revenue projected in the first half of the 2007/08 fiscal year. Mr. Ingraham announced that Tourism would need an addition 12 million dollars for marketing, however we at Bahamaspress.com would like to see the ‘House that tourism built’ restored to its once pristine glory, that draw millions of visitors to The Bahamas. Why pump $12 million to tell visitors come to The Bahamas, when the product stand in ruins? We visited on yesterday the once magnificent Water Tower at Fort-Fin-Castle and to our surprise, like the lawlessness seen throughout the country, one could only be left in state of shock to see the dilapidated tour attraction. Stray dogs all in the road, and wooden stalls built in the road by lawless vendors. Along with the Water Tower closed for some years now. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR TOURISM PRODUCT?
Gone are the days when The Bahamas stood Clean, Green and Pristine. When The Bahamas tourism led the region as a model and figures were accurate. There was a time when tourist flocked the capital and walked to the Water Tower and Fort-Fin-Castle. Hundreds journeyed from Bay Street’s Prince George Wharf where cruise ship parked in Nassau Harbour. We ask, why advertise and pay for guest to come to The Bahamas, when the sites they come to visit lay in ruin?