Sandals rewards its guests
Chairperson of Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Roseanne Myers has suggested that repeat visitors should give back to the island.
Myers was speaking at the Sandals Barbados Reunion Week Cocktail and Dinner for its guests when she encouraged the over 200 guests gathered to participate in volunteerism.
“Volunteerism is a very important new tourism niche. Do you have a skill whereby you [give] back to the Caribbean? Is there some one-hour session that you can share with some young entrepreneurs, …do you want to give back to this island that you have actually made your home?” Myers asked those in attendance.
The tourism spokeswoman suggested that it would be mutually beneficial for visitors and locals if they exchanged their cultures and their talents.
“Tourism at its base is an exchange of culture – what can I learn from you when you visit and what can you learn from us,” Myers said.
“We feel very passionately that as a tourism sector we have so much that we have to offer, not only to the guests that come to Barbados but we have so much to offer to the citizens of Barbados who are able through the tourism sector to earn and to contribute to the success of this nation,” the BHTA chairperson added.
During the event, guests were awarded according to the number of nights they stayed at the Sandals Barbados. The highest recorded number was 254 nights, paid for by Ralph and Debra Paquin, who received a Diamond Award. There were also Sapphire Awards, Emerald Awards and Free Weekend Awards issued.
In her speech, Myers expressed gratitude to the visitors for their loyalty to the Barbados’ tourist product, despite the island’s imperfections and challenges.
“What makes Sandals strong and what makes the Barbados tourism product strong is listening to our customers, listening and responding to all,” Myers said.
“We are absolutely a piece of paradise, but we are not perfect,” she added. (KK)