Category: Tourism

TDC pledges greater support for tourism marketing

Facing fierce competition from other destinations, local tourism officials are pledging greater support for developmental and marketing projects to boost Barbados’ competitiveness. Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Martin Ince said the funding agency was about to pump more funds into new projects aimed at bringing more visitors to the island. The TDC invests […]

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Homestay giving hotels a run for their money

The homestay industry is not only growing rapidly in Barbados, but it is also outperforming the traditional hotel sector in customer satisfaction, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers revealed. Myers told the BHTA third quarterly meeting at the Hilton Barbados Resort yesterday, recent statistics from one sharing economy website had […]

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Small hotelier blasts Govt

A local hotelier is accusing Government of placing greater value on the international hotel chains at the expense of indigenous lodging. General Manager of Sugar Bay Barbados Morgan Seale today argued that a state of inequity existed within the tourism sector as big hotel chains were being given an advantage over the smaller, home-grown properties. […]

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Brexit blow

Barbados is beginning to feel the impact of the vote by Britons to leave the European Union (EU), with tourism’s private sector reporting a fall in financial returns. While not providing figures, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer Wednesday revealed that British visitors to Barbados were spending less since […]

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Barbados thanks international travel writers

International travel writers were this week recognized for their promotion of Barbados as a premier tourist destination. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy told the inaugural Tourism Media Awards hosted by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) that they have contributed to the strong performance of the industry. “The word of mouth works well for destinations like […]

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New CTO Chairman outlines concerns

Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Obie Wilchcombe of the Bahamas, has said that regional tourism officials remain concerned about a number of issues, despite encouraging news that visitor arrivals are up. The latest statistics show that the region is on course to exceed 30 million visitors for 2016. However, as stakeholders ended […]

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Barbados recognised for commitment to sustainable tourism

Barbados has been recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for its commitment to sustainable tourism. Secretary General of the UNWTO Taleb Rifai presented an open letter to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the sidelines of the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) which wrapped […]

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Missing out!

Government may be losing out on some valuable tourism revenue by not tapping into the earnings of locals who rent accommodation to visitors, says Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) Susan Springer. She believes there is a lot more to be earned from informal tourism sectors like homestay. This form […]

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Ex tourism boss weighs in on Hyatt controversy

The former chairman of the now defunct Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), Adrian Elcock, says despite the swirling controversy, he believes the proposed US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort would be a good development for the island. However, he believes there’s a delicate balance that has to be struck between increased tourism investment and protecting this island’s […]

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Beaches project still running behind – Stewart

It could be another three years before Barbados welcomes its much-anticipated Beaches hotel property. Adam Stewart, the chief executive officer and deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International said Thursday that while the St Peter hotel remains on the cards, the decision on development of the property, which was formerly home to Almond Beach Village Resorts, comes […]

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Counting on Hyatt

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Hyatt hotel project and the possibility of there being further tourism delay, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy remains optimistic that Barbados will be able to boost its overall room stock by another 2,000-plus rooms by 2019, based on a planned investment of $2 billion. Addressing the opening of the […]

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Tourism growth picks up

The tourism industry in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean has a lot celebrate. So said Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy Wednesday night as he hosted a ministerial reception in honour of delegates to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) business meetings and State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC). “As you know, we recently came out of […]

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BVI an option for Bajan travellers

It’s one of the top ten millionaires’ paradise islands, where the rich and famous go to get away from it all, but tourism officials in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) say visitors from the Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean should not be turned off by that designation. In fact, Director of Tourism in […]

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Tourism product ‘tired’, says Hall

A local official believes the entire Caribbean tourism product needs to be rejuvenated. In fact, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), Dr Kerry Hall, describes it as “tired” and lacking in investment. Speaking on local radio here on Sunday, Dr Hall also warned that the region’s competitiveness could be at stake. […]

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Enabling tourism in northern Barbados

Are Speightstown and areas in the north of the island sufficiently attractive to lure visitors from other countries? Do they need to change to suit tourists’ demands? Or should they just be locations to provide an added pull for Barbados’ guests? Those were the issues mulled over Wednesday night when leading players in Barbados’ tourism […]

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Barbados looking to attract more MICE

Barbados is becoming an attractive destination for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) market, according to local tourism officials. The island welcomed approximately 130 buyers mainly from North American for the Caribbean Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE) programme organized by the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc (BTMI). BTMI Director in the United States Petra […]

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BHTA meets with Customs and BRA

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is working with officials of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) and the Customs & Excise Department in a bid to resolve challenges its members have been facing in accessing Tourism Development Act (TDA) allowances and food and beverage concessions. In this regard, representatives of the BHTA, including Chairman […]

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