Category: Tourism

Sealy offers assurances to Hilton hotel employees

With the sale of the Hilton Barbados Resort said to be at “an advanced stage”, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is assuring employees at the Needhams Point property that their jobs are safe. In fact, he told supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) during a joint meeting of DLP branches in the St […]

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On schedule

Barbadians should be able to see physical structures going up on the site of the former Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip by January next year. Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporation (BTII) Stuart Layne has also assured that the US$200 million transformation of the historic hotel into the Wyndham Grand Resort is […]

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Tourism slowdown

The Caribbean’s tourism sector is now expected to register slower growth in 2017 than the 3.5 per cent projected earlier this year. Addressing a news conference at the World Travel Market in London this week, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Dionisio D’Aguilar said that due to the devastating impact of recent hurricanes, the […]

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Tourism arrivals, bookings up with US market key

Barbados’ tourism officials are reporting a promising tourism performance for the first eight months of this year. Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Martin Ince told the 30th annual general meeting and luncheon at the Accra Beach Resort, Rockley, Christ Church on Thursday that figures for January to August show long-stay visitor arrivals up […]

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Tourism researcher warns of new uncertainty in the Canadian market

A Canadian travel researcher is warning Barbados and other tourism-dependent islands that they simply cannot afford to rest on their laurels in the wake of the devastation caused to the region by hurricanes Irma and Maria last month. Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Tourism Institute Jennifer Hendry further cautioned that while the majority of […]

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Grenada supports Barbados’ call for new vulnerability index

In the wake of the recent hurricane devastation suffered by the Caribbean, Grenada is supporting calls made by Barbados for a new vulnerability index to determine the region’s eligibility for concessional aid. Immediately following the passage of Hurricane Maria last month, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had appealed directly to the international community for such support, […]

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Barbados urged not to delay on building codes

Barbados has been warned to urgently beef up its building codes and strengthen or rebuild weak infrastructure given the recent super hurricanes that hit the Caribbean. The advice has come from Anguilla’s Minister of Tourism Cardigan Connor, who is beseeching the Freundel Stuart administration not to disregard lessons from the aftermath of hurricane Irma, which […]

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Grenada urges Barbados to follow its Airbnb formula

Barbados is being urged to embrace homestay programmes instead of viewing them as rivals of the hotel sector. The advice comes from Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher, who revealed that her country was well on the way to regularizing this informal sector. Barbadian hoteliers have bitterly complained that homestay […]

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Tourism increases not reflected on the ground

Former president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Colin Jordan is insisting that under the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) the tourism sector has reached its plateau. The former hotel executive was addressing the media as he campaigned throughout St Peter, the constituency he is contesting for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the […]

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Sealy expects strong winter

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is anticipating a busy cruise season this year, on the heels of a strong performance in the industry over the past two years. Addressing the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Shipping Association at the Hilton Barbados Resort this morning, Sealy noted that 390 vessels berthed here in 2014, […]

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Hurricane fallout

Barbados has not been hit by a major hurricane in over 60 years. However, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc. (BTMI) William Billy Griffith is reporting that the island has suffered fallout due to the recent passage of Hurricane Irma last month. Griffith said this was as a result of some […]

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Coastal assets under threat, warns CDEMA

In light of Hurricane Irma, the head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, is suggesting that greater attention needs to be paid to this region’s coastal assets, especially those related to the vital tourism sector. Just back from visiting storm-ravaged Anguilla, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands, Jackson said this was […]

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Jail the bigwigs!

One of the island’s most forthright tourism professionals is suggesting that it is time that the authorities go after the people at the top of the crime food chain and throw them all in jail. Roseanne Myers, the general manager of Atlantis Submarines and chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), is of […]

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Visitors staying away from hotels, warns BHTA official

Barbados recorded an 8.1 per cent increase in long-stay visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2016. However, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Rudy Grant pointed out today that this was not reflected in the occupancy levels of BHTA member properties, […]

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Hotel sector spared Hurricane Irma’s worst

The region’s hotel sector was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma during its passage through the Caribbean last week, with most hotel properties reporting business as usual. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has reported that while a few hoteliers across the region reported “minor damage”, all staff and guests were safe and assessments would be […]

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Beaches hotel development not likely before 2020

Despite several delays, the planned construction of a Beaches Resort at the site of the old Almond Beach Village in St Peter is still on the cards. However, the local communications spokesman for the Sandals hotel chain said it was unlikely that the new resort would open its doors before the year 2020. “Hopefully by […]

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Mixed summer blessings for hoteliers

Local hotels are reporting mixed bookings this summer, amid the climax of the annual Crop Over festival. A check with the popular all-inclusive Sandals Barbados Resort showed that the property was enjoying solid bookings for the season. The company’s Public Relations Manager David Hinds attributed the high occupancy levels to the strength of both the […]

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