Crime could cripple regional tourism, says Bahamas PM

Perry Christie

(Jamaica Gleaner) Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has issued a warning that there is no bigger threat to the future viability of tourism in the region than crime.

Addressing delegates at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace at the Atlantis on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, Christie took time out to speak on the escalation in criminal violence, robbery and theft within the respective jurisdictions of the region.

Touching on the delicate issue, which appeared to make many stakeholders in the audience uneasy, Christie, a former tourism minister, argued that this was a problem that was being underestimated at the region’s peril.

“It is a major problem for all of us,” he declared.

Noting that the problem did not only manifest itself in crimes against tourists (which he said has statistically remained limited), he argued that the stigmatisation of entire nations or tourism destinations as crime-ridden enclaves was destructive.

“The combination of travel advisories against certain destinations, coupled with media publicity in the major markets discouraging tourism travel to certain destinations, is a trend that is bound to not only continue, but to accelerate and widen unless we manage to bring criminal activity down, way down, in our respective countries all across the region,” Christie said.

Delicate balance

Perry Christie
Perry Christie

Admitting that a delicate balancing act was required, Christie said it was critical that tourism interests continue to aggressively market locations in the region as friendly places for the vacation experience.

He noted that such a characterisation remained largely true, but more effective policing measures must be put in place and sustained to ensure that the reality of the vacation experience lives up to claims of safety and security.

“I, therefore, challenge you again to expand and deepen the collaboration between the industry and national law-enforcement agencies so that this problem can be systematically and vigorously addressed and remediated on an ongoing basis,” he added.

 

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