Category: Tourism

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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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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