Bahamas Responds to Making the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations: "The Bahamas Is Safe"
Our article listing the top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations in the world hit a raw nerve in the Bahamas.
The Nassau Guardian published two articles quoting government leaders's responses to making the list. The Guardian first published Bahamas' Spot on Crime List Causes Skepticism, Concern." Later, the Guardian published "Official: Most Dangerous Cruise Port Claim Not Accurate."
In a blog article entitled "Crime Levels Continue to Be Major Problem for Destination Bahamas," the Journal of the Business of Caribbean Tourism, Travel & Hospitality writes:
"In the NB12 report (below) Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe does well in showing his clear understanding of the situation and the potential damage that can be inflicted on the country’s number one industry. Conversely, Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell - also interviewed in the NB12 report and one of the primary figures leading the fight against crime - appears to be in denial and suggests that the country is being painted unfairly. While both Ministers have different portfolios of responsibility, the Government of The Bahamas would do well to send a more unified and coherent message about their specific plans to address crime, making the city safe for visitors and locals alike."
No one wants to make a "top 10" list for something like this. But unlike other countries which made the list, the Bahamas has shown a respectful and polite tone and demeanor in responding to the criticism.
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