Paul issues warning to hoteliers about concessions

It is still to receive promised concessions from Government, but the local hotel sector is said to be living up to its side of the bargain, in terms of an agreement to purchase produce from the local agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

However, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, would still like to see the hotel sector doing more in terms of purchasing local produce.

James Paul
Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul

“. . . we have to determine whether or not they are buying enough, [but] I can tell you that Sandals and other hotels do put in orders on a weekly basis with the BAS for certain produce,” Paul told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

The farmers’ spokesman also said he was generally satisfied that local farmers were meeting the present demand of the hotels.

“I do not get the impression that there is any concern among hoteliers that they cannot get produce. The stage has not been reached yet where the produce is not available on the local market. That applies to pork and milk also.

“However, I think we need to have a more collaborative relationship between the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) and the BAS,” he said. We must sit and discuss these things,” Paul added.

Referring to recent comments attributed to the President of the BHTA, Sunil Chatrani, Paul, who is an elected member of the ruling Freundel Stuart administration, said he was not convinced that going to the media and complaining about Government’s tardiness in granting concessions across the sector did either of the parties any good.

However, arguing that imports should not be allowed to cause any damage to  the local agricultural and manufacturing sectors, he stressed the need for a monitoring mechanism to be put in place.

“I think that the BHTA should live by the spirit of the agreement we have struck. I am not aware that any hotel is going to be closed because they cannot get produce,” said Paul, pointing out, “We just experienced a very good [first quarter] tourism season”.

Taking an unbiased approach to the issue, he also cautioned farmers that they needed to show more consistency in the production and quality of the produce sold to the hotel sector.

Making a plea for the sharing of information between the BHTA and BAS, Paul argued that such information would eliminate gluts, as well as shortages in the vital sector.

7 Responses to Paul issues warning to hoteliers about concessions

  1. Patrick Blackman June 6, 2015 at 2:45 am

    A lost cause Paul…..

  2. Adrian Loveridge June 6, 2015 at 4:56 am

    So could Mr. Paul confirm that Sandals Barbados have increased their purchase of ‘local produce’ from the 4 ounces per guest per day excluding any provision for staff or management eating on property. The average American (largest Sandals market) consumes 5.5 lbs of food daily which means ONLY a miniscule 4 per cent is LOCAL produce.

  3. jus me June 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    On the ball Adrian.

    Like the Right Hon PM said, “people in positions have to make the right noises”,to please their main supporters.
    Mr Paul is carrying thro.
    Cock a doodle doo
    Mr Yard fowl.
    Old addage:
    Some people got something to say
    Others(IE Mr Paul)
    Just GOT TO say something.

  4. Adrian Loveridge June 6, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Sandals with their HUGE concession advantages and financial muscle could play a pivotal role in helping establish farmers co-operatives and ensure the infra structure is put in place to protect the crops against theft. Rather than import 96 per cent of
    the ‘local produce’ they use. There is not a single OTHER tourism entity on Barbados that can boast a ‘Waiver of all import duties, imposts and levies of any nature whatsoever including Value Added Tax’ as issued by the Minister of Finance to Sandals on 5th November 2013. To only buy a token 4 per cent of the total consumables is an absolute insult to the taxpayers of this country.

  5. Charles Worrell June 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    How we fell into this obvious ditch is beyond me. We told the people of Barbados, they had to go home from work; we told them we had serious economic difficulties and on and on the lament went HOWEVER, we turned around and slap them with a $20million tax bill to prop up billionaires from overseas who WILL NOT SPEND A DIME ON ANY COUNTRY UNLESS THEY CAN RAPE IT; BUT, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE ACCEPTING. And the people of Barbados have to shoulder it…THIS IS WRONG MR. STUART. I LOVE YOU; I SUPPORT MY PARTY AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO, BUT THIS IS WRONG!
    It is symptomatic of where the last government placed us: back at the table of mendicancy, a rudiment hated by the late PM, Errol Barrow. We brought these people here and allow them to use up Barbados while selling our sun and sea. WE DID NOT OR HAVE NOT YET DONE ANYTHING TO TURN THIS THING AROUND AND I KNOW THIS WAS A CONCERN OF MR. THOMPSON AND HE WAS ON THE IDEAS TRAIL TO DEAL WITH THIS.
    SANDALLS IS A MULTI-NATIONAL OF immense wealth and could afford what they want to do business with but they found a then government, who was prepared for whatever reason to move over and give them free dealing in our country. They just spent $130 million dollars on rehabbing the hotel and that contract went to a non-barbadian contractor; THE GOT the LARGEST SLICE of the CONCESSION PIE IN EXCHANGE FOR A 4% LOCAL POURCHASE SINCE THEY BRING IN ALL THEIR SUPPLIES WEEKLY WHILE DOING A TOKEN PURCHASE TO KEEP US QUIET….HOW does this type of thing get past us in the Democratic Labor Party with one of the richest heritages in the Caribbean?
    Mr. PRIME MINISTER, I AM CALLING ON YOU TO GET INTEGRITY LEGISLATION IN PLACE AND INTO LAW ASAP BECAUSE I BELEIVE THE ANSWER MAY VERY WELL BE FOUND IN THE TRANSITION OF LOCAL WELL-MEANING POLITICIANS WEALTHY OPEN HANDED PEOPLE AND IF THIS wealth was monitored, as the legislation does, many things may not go on as they are currently. It should have been brought during the Arthur administration, for many became very wealthy from reasonable monthly salaries, but it did not happen and SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE TO CURB FUTURE PRACTICES.
    I hope we correct this asap so that we can go to the people of Barbados with a true MURAL OF WHO WE IN THE DLP HAVE ALWAYS BEEN….”about the interests of our people”.

  6. Charles Worrell June 6, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    pl insert after well meaning politicians, the word ‘to’

  7. Patrick Blackman June 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    @charles Worrell – great stuff as usual.


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