Bahamas Carnival, now in its fifth year, has had a knock-on effect for small businesses on New Providence, Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association (BCBOA) President Rafel Dean said yesterday, adding that some carnival bands turned a profit last year while some broke even.
The BCBOA, Polantra Media, Bahamasair, Kalik and Breezes held a press conference yesterday to officially launch Bahamas Carnival and announce some of the changes and expectations for this year.
Dean revealed that the carnival route has once again been changed in order to allow more roadside vendors to participate in the parade and more spectator viewing areas. He said these were some of the things asked of the BCBOA after last year’s parade.
He said carnival bands are expected to see an increase in foreign and local participation this year, based on local sales and online sales. He added that the number of carnival bands from year one to now has shrunk from 26 to 14.
“We have lost a few bands along the years, but that happens with small businesses,” said Dean. “But every year there is tremendous participation.”
One of Polantra Media’s principals, Sebas Bastian, said the concert, which featured headliner Machel Montano last year, turned a small profit. He contended that concert attendance was phenomenal.
Bastian said the Bahamas Carnival Experience concert, like every business, will have to grow into profitability.
“We basically exceeded our expectations last year,” he said. “This year we’re expecting to even increase on those numbers. It’s all about the experience and giving the revelers what they are here for.
“We’re going to infuse as much of our culture as possible and mix that in with the international acts, and give revelers and concert goers exactly what they’re looking for… good old clean fun.”
He said Polantra and the BCBOA, along with their partners, are focused on bringing in visitors, and therefore expanded Bahamas Carnival marketing over the past year.
Bahamasair has also put together packages for those in international destinations.
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