Barbados thanks international travel writers

International travel writers were this week recognized for their promotion of Barbados as a premier tourist destination.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy told the inaugural Tourism Media Awards hosted by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) that they have contributed to the strong performance of the industry.

“The word of mouth works well for destinations like Barbados, but word of mouth alone could never have done it,” Sealy said.

Tourism Minister Richard Sealy

He added that thanks to such writers and many before them, Barbados’ 50-plus years in tourism has come to a point where “we are in the middle of a record year in terms of long stay arrivals, expecting over 600,000 for the first time, which of course would beat last year’s record of 592,000″.

“If the airlift projections, and the room stock projections, and the good stories from people (writers) in this room continue, 2017 will probably break 2016’s record, and then of course in 2018 we should be in good shape for any events that might be planned.”

The evening’s MC, Belle Holder, complemented the Minister’s kudos to the media persons when she said, “stories on a country’s tourism experiences can be the deciding factor for any would-be traveller”.

She said the event recognised consumers and trade writers, radio and television broadcasters, photographers and professional bloggers, “who have captured the true essence of Destination Barbados in word, pictures, video and sound”.

Johnson Johnrose

Chief Judge, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Communications Specialist Johnson Johnrose, lamented the absence of contributions from local and regional media.

“There were no Caribbean entries, although we did have a category for Caribbean entries, we did have category for Barbadian entries. There were no Barbadian entries, there were no Caribbean entries,” Johnrose said.

4 Responses to Barbados thanks international travel writers

  1. Pam Fazio
    Pam Fazio September 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Are they going to write about garbage everywhere, roads in bad condition, crime getting worse, high unemployment jobs being taken by Chinese …..and the list goes on. Just asking.

  2. BaJan boy September 18, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Hope you guys realize that nobody is taking you serious. The CTO needs a head that has new ideas to take the little we have for product to a creatively new level. The Ministers of tourism need to sit and rethink policy instead of gloating in their positions espesially ours. As badly as he is doing we cannot even find an intelligent one to replace him.
    We will continue along this vein as long ans those old empty heads prevail. They all think they are untouchable despite their poor performances as it is a little boys club for the so called elite..

  3. seagul September 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    There are an increasing amount of destinations out there, emerging destinations, which are giving a higher quality product for a more cost-effective price. But the registered hoteliers remain greedy, simply put. With more reasonable rates there is a positive possibility for year round occupancy and an increase in all round employment. How is it that a Swiss visitor to Bali can pay 60 USD in a 4 star hotel and in the same 4 star in B’dos they must fork out at least 200 USD. People are connecting and making great deals through the net. A word to the Carib boutique cartel—little boys club—time’s up.

  4. Adrian Loveridge September 19, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Minimum wage in Bali is ID Rupiah 1,807,600.00 per month which is about US$137, so that may you give you a clue Seagull.
    Do you think that hotel staff on Barbados would be happy with BDS$64 a week?


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