The belief is that the Caribbean has already achieved maximum penetration of its traditional markets, so that future grwth will have to be from new markets. Russia has proven to be a success with thousands of tourists pouring into Cuba, DR, Jamaica, and even SKB
attracting some investment dollars for new villa resort projects.
With almost 200 million Brazil is seen as too big to ignore, and too close, once airlift is improved.
The intent is to begin to market BRAND Caribbean. Firstly developing an awareness among Brazilians about what the Caribbean has to offer. SXM
is very different from CUR
, as you are aware. If you like SXM
, why not try ANU
? The French side of SXM
isnt that different from SKB
(at least in my opinion). BGI
is a classy destination, if there ever is one, though they need to train their customs and immigration people to stop thinking that God is a Bajan and that he must only like North Americans and Western Europeans. SLU
has an exotic blend of the French/Anglo Caribbean. Talking about a small island with its own unique culture, definitely GND. And so it goes.
But then Brazilians will need to become aware of this, just as you did. And before each Caribbean island attempts to promote itself an overall awareness of the diversity of the Caribbean will need to be developed. BRAND Caribbean.
I will also tell you a little secret. Most people in the Anglophone Caribbean prefer Brazilians to your Spanish speaking neighbors. I consider the parts of Brazil stretching from Pernambuco to Rio to be an extension of the Caribbean, with its creole culture arising from the merger of Euro/Afro/Indigenous roots. But you probably know this already. So is suspect that Brazilians who are open to the locals will be well treated in most islands.
is an alternate if GOL isnt interested, but it will have to be subsidized with route guarantees as the route will clearly be a loss maker in the beginning. It cannot rush in now and expect to succeeed.
Like I said DL
wanted to keep its monopoly on the JFK
GEO nonstop route. Every argument that they can raise against BW
(state subsidies, etc) does NOT apply to FJ
. So the fact that they are blocking FJ
suggests that their intention is to bring Guyana to its knees and force it to accept what ever terms DL
dictates. As I previously stated, rumors exist that DL
is still interested in this route, and most likely want to force Guyana into withdrawing flag carrier status from BW
and forcing it back to running all its JFK
bound flights via POS
. And also getting various fee waivers as well.
Put it this way. DL
knows full well that for a variety of reasons GEO is not an attractive destination for most US carriers. Aside from JFK
the market is too small, and as we can see with BGI
is pulling back out of its NYC Caribbean routes. So DL
has GEO by the throat and intends to squeeze it. If BW
used to fly POS BGI JFK
with no objections from any one,, why is DL
implying that not only do they intend to block GEO JFK
, but they wish that they can also block POS
Clearly the GEO market needs competition on the JFK
GEO. Clearly DL
wishes to do every thing that it can to prevent this.
As to BW
setting up some subsidiary in GEO if they get Cat 1. I really dont think that this will be possible, unless Guyana obtains significant decision making input into their GEO operations, and I am not sure what they will demand is what BW
will be willing to offer. Many Guyanese will want to know why a Trini entity, which they claim has been cruel to Guyanese, both in its current form, and as BWIA, must be given preference over a Guyanese who might wish to establish a 100% Guyanese owned airline. And the problem for BW
is that they get blamed, not only for what they do, but for the entirety of what goes wrong at POS
. Arrogant airport officials and a terminal building which is hostile to intransits. And for haughty attitudes that more than a few Trinis display to Guyanese who visit/live on that island.
You will note that Guyana is agitating for FJ
to get JFK
, with no mention of BW
getting those rights.