Stuart: Wyndham hotel will boost tourism sector

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has said he is confident there is “renewed interest” in Barbados’ tourism product, and he is forecasting a number of benefits for the island with the construction of the highly-anticipated Wyndham hotel at the Sam Lord’s Castle site in St Philip.

The ground-breaking ceremony for that project is expected to take place on Monday.

The project will be funded by a US $170 million loan from the Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China.

Speaking at a signing ceremony for the Sam Lord’s Castle Redevelopment Loan yesterday, Stuart said, “generally there is renewed interest in Barbados from a tourism perspective, and the Wyndham brand, sitting on the site of the former Sam Lord’s Castle, will add to the growing list of branded properties setting up business in Barbados”.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (right) and the Deputy General Manager of the Concessional Loan Department of the Exim Bank, Tong Qing, signing the loan agreement.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (right) and the Deputy General Manager of the Concessional Loan Department of the Exim Bank, Tong Qing, signing the loan agreement.

Stuart added that the new hotel would help the country in its efforts to become a year round tourist destination rather than a winter destination “as it is traditionally known”.

“Barbados currently has five internationally branded hotels representing 805 rooms or 14 per cent of the total inventory. The addition of this brand will assist the island since international brands are known for their significant marketing pull,” he said.

The Prime Minister also anticipated increased business activity, noting that Barbados would also be able to focus on the health and wellness segment of the tourism market.

“The concept of health and wellness has become a significant mover of travellers across the globe and has also become one of Barbados’ major tourism product offerings,” he said.

“The meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) market will also benefit from the conference centre which will be part of the project, as it will augment existing conference facilities on the island,” he added.

Stuart also stated that the tourism industry would realise benefits in terms of employment “when the project is being established as well as in its operational phase”.

He also pointed to benefits for the country through the anticipated participation of the resort in community related activities.

“Overall the facilities and amenities to be provided by the addition of the Wyndham brand to our tourism landscape will greatly assist Barbados in attracting a larger share of the tourism market,” Stuart said. (MM)

 

36 Responses to Stuart: Wyndham hotel will boost tourism sector

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 21, 2015 at 11:46 am
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  2. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke November 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Please articulate how will this boost our tourism. 1. When our cost of living is spiralling out of control. 2.When there are no major attractions that attracts large numbers throughout the calendar year. 3. When we’ve lost our indigenous products and services. 4. Your austerity measures have choked small to medium sized businesses to death that were producing indigenous products. eg Pelican Village, The Freedom Village Chattle Houses( were built three years ago and still not occupied) Etc

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    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne November 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      So true. Crop Over is starting to become a T-Shirt band. More emphasis needs to be placed on costume bands.

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  3. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie November 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Stuppppzzzzzz

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  4. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins November 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I think I run out of things to call this man. smh

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  5. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves November 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    These people prove their ignorance daily, now pray tell me and other right thinking Barbadians, how in the name of peace can a hotel boost tourism-I could understand if he said that the hotel may attract potential visitors, but boosting tourism? When the hotel is finish will u say, “Barbados have a Wyndham hoel, so conme? What rubbish! Peopke. Travelling today are not like yestetyear-Barbados is a high price destination with nothing to offer compared to other tourism destinations-people can get sea and sand almost anywhere these days. I would suggest that your government look at dealing with the crime situation before it spirals out of control, and there are a number of other ills plaguing Barbados, that needs correcting before u can start talking about boosting tourism, and tourism in Barbados will continue to die a slow death if these ills are not corrected, no one wants to go to a country where garbage is all over the place, please Mr.PM, think before u open and out jump the normal nonsense. Numbers are not all that should be measured, what about the spend? I am so tired of your govt unsuccessfully trying to insult the intelligence of Barbadians. It has now become pathetic!

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Right on girl. Real talk.

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    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne November 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Agreed there’s things on this island that we need to consider in order to make Barbados a pinnacle again. Can we fill up every last one of the hotel rooms we have now? How will adding more help the situation? We need to tackle the traffic issue and the transport board needs recapitalising to make transport better.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      You would be surprised at how many other places there are on the planet with the same weather which is just as beautiful or even more so, offering fantastic deals which blows Barbados out of the water. People going in a vacation are not interested in whether or not people are educated, they are interested in having a safe, relaxing good experience and the best deals their money can buy. And as far as nice friendly people, they are a dime a dozen any where else.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Stephen D Stewart the existing hotels could use loans to upgrade their accommodations. There are too many hotels in need of upgrades. Hotel rooms need to look as good on the inside as the out side of the hotel does.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Stephen D Stewart as far as history, brand other places are comparable. I can understand the attraction of the UK to Barbados due to it’s history however BIM has to depend on tourists from other countries besides the UK. Perhaps if you were a tourist looking for the best destinations you would feel differently.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      As far a having everything you can find in a big place, is of no significance to most tourists who are looking for something different. As long as there is sea, sand, sun, good restaurants, night clubs, sight seeing tours, a friendly, safe atmosphere there isn’t much more tourists look for on a tropical holiday which is between one to two weeks in duration.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I don’t disagree with you as far a Barbados being a beautiful island for a vacation. However my point is, when it comes right down to booking a holiday there are still many more places on the planet besides Barbados which offers the same as Barbados and even more for a lot less money. In other words Barbados does not have anything that is any more special, which cannot be found elsewhere.

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  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Question is the government going to be owing this hotel if not why are taxpayers footing the bill something here friggin stinks,let the private sector pay for it if they gine be owning it and its not government job to own hotels anyway.

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Do Barbados own any hotel?

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Jema Goodluck good question but don’t think so, thats should be job of private sector but politicians in Barbados aint that smart so who knows.

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      The tourist isn’t even safe anymore in Barbados. When I was living there and working in hotel industry , the tourist used to be walk through St Lawrence Gag and feeling very safe they lay on beach and feeling very safe,

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      The tourist isn’t even safe anymore in Barbados. When I was living there and working in hotel industry , the tourist used to be walking through St Lawrence Gag and feeling very safe they lay on beach and feeling very safe,

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Jema Goodluck and with politicians brushing off any talk of crime it will only get worse because nothing proactive is being done to rein in crime by police and politicians.

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Sad

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      There going to be hard time, sugar cane gone, and the tourism industry is dying slowly

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      BIM has gone to pot…and I don’t mean marijuana… Lol

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    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      I pray that everything can turn around for best, Bim used to be one of the safest Carribbean tourism Island . Now Jamaica is the #1 safe place to go

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Jamaica? You got to be kidding me. Jamaica is one of the last places on the planet people around here want to go. Homicide rate in Jamaica was 800 in 2013.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      1682 reported murders in 2009, one of the highest in the world. So my 800 in 2013 can be dismissed.

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  7. A Maria Benn
    A Maria Benn November 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Oh shut up Fred

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  8. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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  9. zeus November 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Beverly according to your opinion the sandals product has done nothing for tourism in Barbados

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  10. Josh November 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    The government needs to prioritize food sustainability given the potential impact ISIS may have on tourism. That would however require a level of foresight and contingency planning. Another hotel will just spread the load rather than attract increased numbers. Tourism worldwide is likely to decrease if ISIS continues its attrocities.

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  11. jrsmith November 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    My take, our present management, of Barbados LTD, have no real idea of what’s going on. Barbados have no business / manufacturing base , to get the economy moving. the real issues ,getting people back to work, the Barbados government ,is the largest employer on the island, a new hotel, this money should be spent on the (infrastructure), updating , adding , with strategic planning for the next 2 decades.

    @, Beverley G. and Jema,G. hail, hail, right on the button people, must further add , Barbados has priced itself out of the mid to lower end of the tourist market, we don’t seems to be finding the right people to ,get the economy , we are stuck again at the cross roads. past decades , bajans and some of the regionals visitors allowed Barbados to survive , seasonal tourism, but because our politicians had it easy not doing much, thinking nothing other than visitors coming ,

    This attitude ,allowed the pricing in our local economy to have gotten out of hand, meaning as visitors come and go for they short periods, because of the price increases , businesses directed at the industry are too expensive for bajans to support, look at the gap, past and present. and others.

    Direct injection , good level of financing, the infrastructure , could get thousands of bajans back to work , this in itself could generate a lasting cottage industry, providing the employment of real professional people to manage all sectors. We can do anything, but we need to find top professional management

    the sec

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  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Go back to sleep Freundel!!!!!

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  14. Panwallie November 22, 2015 at 1:12 am

    When is the loan for a new hospital, psychiatiric hospital and renovations to our geriatric hospitals coming?
    Shouldn’t we try to correct our ills like crime and violence and drug abuse before we attempt to renovate hotels?
    Haven’t we got our priorities wrong?

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  15. Raysymbolic November 22, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Recently spent a couple of weeks in B’dos – on arrival and whilst been driven to my parents house in St John I couldn’t help but notice all the waste and barren land; I asked my father what had happen to the land that once used to grow sugar cane only for my father to tell me “B’don no longer planting/producing sugar can, we just seem to be planting concrete”. Whilst I agree that most people would love the idea of owing their own home on their land – surly it would be more prudent to use the land to help feed the island.?

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