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PM sees funny side of LIAT

Caribbean nationals represent the third largest tourism market for Barbados, but they struggle to get here and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has joined others in the region in seeing the funny side of travel with LIAT.

Stuart said people from the Caribbean rightfully feature significantly in Barbados’ tourist arrival numbers because they live almost literally next door.

But he added: “Well, I shouldn’t say that because sometimes it is more difficult for them to get here than for people to get from the United States here.”

“We still have to rely on Leeward Islands Air Transport to ferry people around, and I’m sure that most of you know that the vagaries of that experience have led people in the Caribbean to interpret LIAT not as Leeward Islands Air Transport, but as Leave Island Any Time.”

Nonetheless, he noted, Caribbean people who wanted to reach the island are making the effort.

“Let’s just say that the passion to get here is sufficiently strong that they would put themselves to any kind of trouble to get to Barbados, and therefore we thank them most heartily for the support they continue to give to our economy,” Stuart said.

He acknowledged that the challenge surrounding regional air transportation “is one with which we have grappled over the years and we have not got it resolved as yet”.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) market is number three for Barbados’ tourism after the United Kingdom and the United States.

2 Responses to PM sees funny side of LIAT

  1. Carl Harper January 9, 2015 at 10:01 am

    No one is quite sure why Prime Minister Stuart used an excellent opportunity in front dozens of repeat guests to Barbados at his official residence (Illaro Court) to announce that LIAT is the acronym for Leave Island Any Time.

    His comments might have been an attempt at humor but with our economic woes, Barbados being a major shareholder in the airline and the importance of air links to doing business in the Caribbean, he certainly did not inspire confidence in a potential investor that might has been in the audience. The joke was not funny. It was poor public relations and a feeble sales pitch to say the least.

    Sometimes when you are unsure how to stimulate or engage your guest and are not a comedian, it is best to say nothing.

  2. Jim Lynch January 9, 2015 at 10:48 am

    That’s hilarious!! The rest of us see a funny side to the PM!!


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