Bajan charm for them –– and for us!

“Go into the highways and byways and spread the gospel that the Almighty decreed that you should savour a slice of paradise; and that paradise is Barbados.”

That was Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s advice to scores of tourists whom he hosted at Ilaro Court on Wednesday night at the second of four such planned welcoming events this year aimed at showing appreciation for these visitors to the island –– who continue to return here, with some recording over 50 visits.

Stuart told his guests: “It is our way of saying thanks to you for the confidence which you continue to show in Barbados by year after year determining that Barbados is the place where you want to spend your holiday.”

Describing their repeat choice of Barbados as an “overwhelming vote of confidence in this small island”, the Prime Minister noted that Barbadians strove to be good hosts.

Victoria and Christian Boyd (right) with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Boyds have visited Barbados 29 times.
Victoria and Christian Boyd (right) with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Boyds have visited Barbados 29 times.
Roger and Gloria Wright with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Wrights have visited Barbados          46 times.
Roger and Gloria Wright with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Wrights have visited Barbados 46 times.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart with Paul Harmeier, who has visited Barbados 54 times.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart with Paul Harmeier, who has visited Barbados 54 times.
Jerry Pankhurst with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Pankhurst has visited Barbados 50 times.
Jerry Pankhurst with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Pankhurst has visited Barbados 50 times.
Elsie Manning (left) chats with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Manning has been coming to Barbados since 1947, and holds the record for those attending Wednesday night’s cocktail reception, with over 60 visits.
Elsie Manning (left) chats with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Manning has been coming to Barbados since 1947, and holds the record for those attending Wednesday night’s cocktail reception, with over 60 visits.

He said this friendliness came despite the inability of this nation to influence world events such as prices of oil, climate change, and outbreaks of conflicts along with terrorism, “that is disfiguring our civilization at this time”.

Stuart stated that, given these circumstances, Barbadians had therefore been controlling and shaping that which they had an influence over.

“We can determine who we are: polite, hardworking, disciplined, warm in our dealings with those who come here . . . . [And] you by your overwhelming testimonies say to me that your reason for coming to Barbados as often as you do has . . . very much to do with the warmth and the charm of our people.”

Stuart pointed out that the Barbadian disposition was not accidental because “in our schools, churches, families, communities we have spent a lot of time over the years trying to socialize, educate and manage our people that the end product is what you experience”.

The Prime Minister added: “It matters to us that you are comfortable when you come to Barbados, and that we will continue to use our best endeavours to ensure that not only we preserve what we have, but we build on it and make it better.”

Stuart however made clear that the ambition of excellence in interaction among people was not aimed for the benefit of foreigners alone.

“When I speak in these terms, it is not because I think we are making Barbados a congenial place just for you. We’ve determined that if we set high standards for us and we make Barbados a congenial place for ourselves, when you come here you will find our charm irresistible; and so far that has been working. So do not expect us to change it,” he said, adding: “Continue to enjoy the charm of our manner and the warmth of our hospitality.”

15 Responses to Bajan charm for them –– and for us!

  1. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow February 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

    ya mean every blasted week a party for returning guest and locals can’t get what government owes us wtf.

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    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer February 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

      It’s only a glass of wine, and it’s probably 3 or 4 times a year. Tourists pay a lot of taxes (17.5% on the hotel bill alone) to your country. It’s not our fault if the government does not use the money fairly.

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  2. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor February 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

    well i love this… i really think we should welcome tourist with open arms … Barbados is beautiful… and these people here look very nice as well… the prime minister is a wonderful man as well , people should be nicer to him and show him respect … politics will be politics but he is a human being like all of us and he deserves happiness and respect from all bajans , forget about government… treat him as an honorable man . Things will be better for our Island if we show him some love as well…. just saying .

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    • Lorraine Lewis
      Lorraine Lewis February 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      …respect is earned..#justsaying….and if you live on this little rock you would understand the mood of the people and how we feel….he who feels it knows it…

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    • Ejam February 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Yes. Show him respect!

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  3. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer February 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

    It’s nice that they do something to thank the people who return to the island year after year. There are many Caribbean islands, but we always choose Barbados. I have visited 13 times so far 🙂

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    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor February 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      i am very happy to hear this ,that you like our beautiful Island .If we chance our attitudes , people would like us again .

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    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer February 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I like most of the people I met in Barbados, and one of the reasons why we keep going back is the people 🙂

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  4. wayne February 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hal thats a good question. . Who has the answer?, however I think the clues may lay with the camera man and the writer, maybe the pictures were focussed on the number of visits, however I can relate to your statement, a few years ago I was in barbados and a group of returning visitors was there at the same time, I gave details to a hospitality blogger who assured me that there would be a token of recognition, sad to stay we stayed at the resort all day, and no one linked us.

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  5. Josh February 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Shame. Not a word on the CLICO debacle; gas; sugar industry; rats all over the place; thiefing lawyers or much else troubling the country – I thought the PM was unwell but no he is spending his precious time wining and dining tourists – At least the PM has demonstrated his priorities and yes Hal, I agree, apart from the PM, there is an absence of color in the above photos.

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  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Wait!! It looks like the Caucasian are the only tourist that visit Barbados. There are Barbadian living abroad that visit Bim once or twice yearly. Wanna keep forgetting about the Barbadians that work hard as hell and send home money religiously and encourage their descendants and friends to visit Bim. Wanna seems to forget those who also decide to return home for retirement. They help put Bim on the map. I know Heknows is begging but he don’t have to stoop so low. He ain’t got nothing else better to do? Prime Minister, Lawyer, Tourism Minister, Heknows is jack of all trades, master of none. When the tourist eat the guts full, tan up, buy a few bottles of 1703 and return home, the problems in Bim are still there.

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  7. kathy-Ann Clarke February 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I am really happy for those people who have the priviledge of returning so often to our Island. However, I don’t blame the Prime Minister for making them feel welcome, but, I know how we the locals feel when these people are being “feted” , and a lot of us are out here struggling to make ends meet.

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  8. Mac10 February 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Is it me or is Fumble starting (& I use the term loosely) to seriously lose the plot?

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  9. Lena February 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I want to go back to Barbados ASAP – don’t want to be a geriatric like the ones in the picture by the time I return 🙂

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  10. Julia February 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I guess blacks are not repeat visitor. This is a bunch of crap!

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