Category: Tourism

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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Sealy reacts to suspension of Avianca service

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy says he is confident  a positive resolution will be found, after the Colombia-based Avianca Airlines was forced to immediately suspend its Bogotá to Barbados service last Friday. The move to curtail flights that require passage over Venezuelan airspace came amid ongoing political and other turbulence in Caracas […]

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Barbados number three cruise destination in southern Caribbean

Barbados beat out Aruba, Martinique and several other popular Southern Caribbean islands to nab third place in Cruise Critic’s ‘Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Cruise Destinations’. The top spot in the category went to Curacao, with Bonaire being rated number two. Cruise Critic, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, is the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise […]

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Off course

  A well-respected regional tourism expert is describing as dumb, some of the crucial strategies being adopted by Barbadian and Caribbean tourism policymakers. In a forthright address to Barbadian hoteliers this morning, Principal Partner in the Bedford Baker Group Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace pulled no punches as he accused regional governments of not understanding what tourism was […]

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Boost in visitor arrivals

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is reporting that the industry in Barbados remains buoyant, even in the face of global uncertainty. In fact, he said the island had recorded a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals from the United States market for the year so far compared to the same period last year, and […]

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Tourism boss nervous over industrial climate

The state agency responsible for marketing the island as a tourist destination is pleading for its own form of relief from the trade unions, which have begun industrial action in a bid to force the Freundel Stuart administration to offer workers an ease from the taxing National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). The Barbados Tourism Marketing […]

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Sealy warns Bajans to take terrorism seriously

Barbadians can no longer afford to entertain the naive notion that the country is safe from acts of terrorism, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy has warned. Delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of a tourism security workshop at the Barbados Defence Force mess hall on Monday morning, Sealy contended that history was replete […]

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Don’t over regulate sharing economy, Govt told

An advocacy group for Barbadians who offer their homes to visitors through the home share programme Airbnb is warning Government that overregulation of the sharing economy would be counterproductive. Speaking against the background of a recommendation by airline consultant and former American Airline employee Tom Bacon that regional governments should not fight tourism industry “disruptors” […]

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Sealy upbeat about tourism, Myers cautious

While Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy Wednesday night sounded upbeat about the island’s tourism sector, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Rosanne Myers cautioned of uncertainty ahead. The two leaders of Barbados tourism shared their perspectives of the industry at the BHTA’s 65th anniversary celebrations at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, during […]

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Hyatt lessons

With the proposed construction here of the US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort currently embroiled in controversy, some regional tourism officials have been critically assessing Barbados’ handling of the issue. Social activist and lawyer David Comissiong is challenging the construction of the 15-storey hotel in the law courts on several grounds, including that the requisite environmental […]

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A wake up call for the tourism industry

Tourism operators in Barbados and the rest of the region are being told to stop fighting tourism industry “disruptors” and start forming partnerships with them instead. Singling out the increasingly popular Airbnb network, Uber and TripAdvisor as some of the modern day disruptors to the industry, airline consultant Tom Bacon said it was time the […]

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Belize wants closer ties with Bridgetown

Minister of Tourism and Culture in Belize Manuel Heredia is eager to form closer ties with Barbados in the area of marketing and airlift. The long-serving politician told Barbados TODAY that Bridgetown remains a close friend of Belmopan, and he believes there are “many good things” that can be done between to two nations when […]

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Four Seasons rebirth

The end could soon be in sight for the ‘naughty issue’ that continues to retard progress on the stalled Four Seasons project at Clearwater Bay, St Michael. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said the legal issues that are holding back the project are likely to be untangled by the end of this year.    As […]

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300 could go

Close to 300 workers at Almond Beach Resort may be on the breadline come April next year when work is expected to begin on the Beaches Resorts at the property at Heywoods in St Peter. The state-owned Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporated (BTII) said it would not renew its lease with Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the […]

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‘Tourist arrivals a new record pace’

Barbados is on pace for a second straight record year in long-stay visitor arrivals, according to Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy. Sealy today announced that the island recorded an 8.2 per cent rise in arrivals as at the end of April, when compared to the same period last year, setting it on course to easily […]

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No room for complacency – Myers

Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers has told employees of Sandals Barbados to look at the “bigger picture” as they continue to promote the island as the ideal tourist destination. “While you are in . . .  that Sandals cocoon, keep an eye on the big picture destination because the […]

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