Category: Tourism

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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Hyatt at last

It has taken three years to get to this stage but work on the much anticipated US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort is finally set to get under way within the next two months. The agreement to begin the project was signed earlier Tuesday at the Regus headquarters in Welches St Thomas by developers Mark Maloney and […]

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New attraction

Barbados has a new attraction that officials are hoping will be an added benefit to the tourism industry as well as an avenue to educate individuals about some famous and historic personalities. The first of its kind in the region, the Caribbean Wax Museum was unveiled today in Maxwell, Christ Church, depicting a range of […]

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Barbados to host regional tourism conference

Barbados will this year host one of the Caribbean’s biggest tourism conferences, the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy announced Wednesday. Sealy told the media at a news conference at the headquarters of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in Warrens, St Michael that the Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts […]

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Leading hotelier warns against condos

One of the country’s leading hoteliers is advising against the promotion of “straight condominiums” here, contending that this form of accommodation did not help the economy. Chairman of the Mango Bay Group of Companies Peter Odle declared he was “fundamentally opposed” to condominiums unless they were run differently. “[I am] fundamentally opposed to having straight […]

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Hotelier warns that Brexit is no joke

Another serious warning to local hoteliers today to see Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) as a matter to be taken seriously because of the possible implications for the island’s bread and butter tourism industry. Veteran hotelier Peter Odle said while he was confident local tourism officials would do what was necessary to keep […]

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Hotel squeeze

A veteran hotelier is accusing some of the “big boys” on the west coast of setting their summer rates so low that it is putting added pressure on smaller hotels to compete. The complaint came Wednesday from chairman of the Mango Bay group of companies, Peter Odle, who also pointed to selfishness and a lack of […]

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Salary is not everything, warns new BHTA head

Newly elected chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers is not happy with the level of attention paid to human resources issues in the sector. Myers said while a lot of time was spent on negotiating salary agreements, “some of the real HR issues are not being dealt with”. Myers, general […]

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What fallout?

It remains this island’s leading market for tourists, with officials reporting a ten per cent rise in arrivals during the first quarter of this year, making for 24 consecutive months of boom or 71,263 stay over arrivals out of the United Kingdom. However, as the result of last week’s UK referendum on membership in the […]

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