That’s how the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) today responded to last Saturday’s armed robbery of one of its longstanding members, 81-year-old Dennis Tull of the Golden Sands Hotel.
The attackers stormed into the Christ Church establishment in the middle of one of its popular karaoke sessions last weekend, robbing Tull of his cash tin, containing an undisclosed sum of money.
A guest at the hotel, a 43-year-old Jamaican national, was also reportedly grazed by a bullet fired by the gunmen as they fled the scene. Several patrons at the bar and restaurant also suffered minor injuries during the melee.
“We are grateful that no one was seriously injured. Though this is a rare occurrence, the incident is very worrying for the BHTA,” said the association’s chairman Roseanne Myers in a statement in which she strongly condemned the dastardly act carried out by the three armed men.
She also warned that the attack had the potential to destroy the sense of safety and security which Barbadians had become accustomed to, as well as other negative social and economic repercussions.
“It is imperative that all Barbadians and residents work together to find ways to combat these types of incidents and protect the image of our country. We also need to dedicate more time to further strengthen the Social Partnership [between Government, the private sector and trade unions] and perhaps, include the Church as part of it, as we seek to identify solutions,” she said.
Myers said her association has full confidence that the perpetrators would be arrested, given the record of the Royal Barbados Police Force and pledged the BHTA’s continued commitment to working with the police in this regard.
She also encouraged all businesses and individuals to do the same.
No one has yet been arrested for the crime, but police are continuing their investigations.