Hoteliers in Barbados are now singing a sweeter song over the tax concessions Government has given to Sandals Resorts, which they also want. When she addressed the fourth quarterly meeting of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association and Hilton Barbados Resort this morning, President Patricia Affonso- Daas said she was now more optimistic than before, that the local sector will get its wishes.
Affonso-Daas revealed that her bright outlook, was the result of meetings the BHTA’s top brass held recently with Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Chris Sinckler and Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy to discuss, in particularly getting the same food and beverage relief that Sandals got, as well as clarification on the memorandum of understanding signed between government and Sandals.
“After much discussion, it was agreed that the best vehicle to address the issues raised was through the Tourism Development Act and that the completion of the revision of this document should be given urgent priority,” she declared.
The BHTA leader disclosed that her executive also met with general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, and chairman of the Private Sector Association of Barbados, John Williams, both of whom have supported the industry’s efforts at receiving the same suite of concessions as the Jamaica-owned hotel chain. (EJ)