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Virgin Atlantic introduces more flights to Barbados for Winter 2019 Season

In a bid to increase choice for customers travelling from the Manchester region, Virgin Atlantic is expanding its operation out of Manchester Airport, with brand new flights from its northern base, including increased flights to Barbados. The airline says a third weekly service from Manchester to Barbados will be introduced for the full Winter 2019 […]

Growing MICE

Jamaica’s new Marriott hotel raises the bar It might be a new kid on the block, but it is already the talk of the town among locals and visitors. It is where business meets pleasure, where the modern mixes with the traditional, and sophistication are all that meets the eye. Located on approximately six acres […]

2019 Barbados culinary team off to Miami

The 2019 Barbados Culinary Team left on Thursday for Miami to represent the island at this year`s Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean. They are Chefs Nicolas Ifill, Damian Leach; D’Sean Miller, Shanese Phoenix, Shamar Bishop, Jamal Whittaker, Junior Chef Kiara Riley and Mixologist Alexander Chandler, Team Manager – Chef Henderson Butcher, […]

Children learn the benefits of the Blue Economy

Education and promotion of the island’s blue economy from an early age will be the driving force towards advancing environmental tourism, says a top local tourism official. CEO of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Senator Rudy Grant,  was speaking at the launch of the Barbados Divefest Kids Awareness Programme today, where he pointed […]

Stephen Austin

Tourism threat

Tourism officials are concerned that crime and violence and harassment of guests could deal a major blow to an industry that is already under pressure from recent taxes. This concern was raised on Wednesday during the annual general meeting of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Presenting his […]

Nathan Stower

Currency drop may hurt tourism

Sharp falloffs in the value of the British pound due to uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union could spell trouble for Barbados’ largest tourist market. In an interview, Virgin Atlantic’s Director of External Affairs and Sustainability Nathan Stower described this year’s high season as “decent”, but revealed there has been some concern about […]

Griffith honoured at CHTA Marketplace

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), William ‘Billy’ Griffith, has been named ‘Caribbean Tourism Director of the Year’, an honour bestowed on him during the 2018 Caribbean Travel Awards. This announcement was made recently at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Marketplace in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Griffith was part of the […]

Kerrie Symmonds

Violence, a damper on tourism

Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds is deeply disturbed by the number of violent deaths in Barbados during the first month of the year, warning that it had the potential to impact gravely on the island’s bread and butter tourism industry. Calling for an end to the violent crimes, most of which have been gun-related, Symmonds […]

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE – BHTA quietly optimistic

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FROM BHTA CHAIRMAN STEPHEN AUSTIN What a year it has been for Barbados. From the historic General Election in May to our first female Prime Minister, the introduction of Barbados’ Economic and Recovery Plan (BERT), entering into an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Programme, new taxes for the industry, South Coast Sewerage Plant issues, the […]

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE – CHTA -Caribbean Tourism: Adapting to Change

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FROM CHTA PRESIDENT PATRICIA AFFONSO-DASS As we look back over 2018 and look forward to the New Year, I am reminded of the C.S. Lewis quote: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Our region’s rich tourism past and our many successes have served us well, providing a […]

Sandals Barbados welcomes new GM

Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados have welcomed Ramel Sobrino as its newest General Manager. Sobrino, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in the industry, boasts an extensive background with experience in a number of key hospitality areas including serving as General Manager for Beaches Ocho Rios and Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica and […]

Barbados, Symmonds, recognized at world travel market in London

It was a time of celebration for the Barbados delegation at last week’s World Travel Market (WTM) in London as both Kerrie Symmonds, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, and destination Barbados were recognized at the leading global event for the travel industry. Top UK tour operator, Virgin Holidays, issued the ‘Everyone Can Take on The World’ award to […]

Caribbean hotelier calls for comprehensive review of regional airlift

A Caribbean hotelier is calling for a comprehensive review of airlift within region. Ralph Taylor, chairman of The Soco Hotel says the regional market is missing out on dual destination bookings from visitors due to the exorbitant cost of airline tickets and difficulties associated with travel. The former president of the Caribbean Hotel Association was […]

Patrons delighted with Food and Rum Festival

Barbados’ Food and Rum Festival is a strategic marketing tool used to increase awareness and drive visitation to the island. This is according to Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), Billy Griffith. In an interview with the Barbados Government Information Service at Taste of Exotica – A Signature Rum Event at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Griffith […]

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett - Jamaica

Barbados ‘can up visitor spend’

MONTEGO  BAY – Barbados has all the raw materials necessary to fix the issue of low spending by visitors, Jamaica’s minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett has advised. Responding to questions from Barbados TODAY at a media breakfast hosted at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay resort as part of the start of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), […]

Long-time frequent visitors wary of new airport tax

Some of Barbados’ long-time and most frequent visitors appear to be wary about the suite of tax measures imposed on the tourism industry – leaving them with a “very nasty taste”, on the verge of cancelling future trips or possibly slashing the length of their stay. Barbados TODAY contacted a number of frequent visitors who […]

National Cruise Development Commission established

A National Cruise Development Commission has been established to probe issues affecting the island’s cruise sector which is said to be in “a state of deep crisis”. Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds announced the 15-member commission this morning, during a press conference, at its offices located at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. […]