“They are not shopping for nothing at all,” one vendor who did not want her name mentioned said.
“This is the worst I have seen in the last four years. No sales, it’s very slow for the week,” the female vendor added.
Other vendors told OBSERVER Media that it’s not what they expected for Sailing Week despite their efforts to make their stalls more appealing to visitors.
Vendors of clothing items say they are grossing as little as EC$ 25 for a day’s work. Another female vendor who spoke with us on the same condition of anonymity said “years ago we would see a lot of people shopping.”
“Maybe after Sailing Week we will have some people to come and but not yet. Its getting worse and worse,” said one vendor who prefers to be identified as Sexy Sue.
Local taxi drivers also said they were doing less business, the worst in recent memory.
“It’s not been so good, sometimes you get something, sometimes you get nothing. Before there were a lot of taxi drivers around here doing business but now we are not getting any work,” the taxi operator said.
Alison Adams who is responsible for marketing of the event said she was not surprised by the reports coming from taxi drivers.
She said because the event is centralized this year, there is less of a need for taxi operators.
“Its just one of the sacrifices we had to make to ensure that the event was comfortable for sailors,” Adams said.
However, organizers are optimistic that things will pick up for vendors during the remaining days of the activity.
The exact dollars figure is not known but organizers believe Sailing Week contributes millions of dollars to the local economy for that period.