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Boost in visitor arrivals

Boost in visitor arrivals

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is reporting that the industry in Barbados remains buoyant, even in the face of global uncertainty. In fact, he said the island had recorded a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals from the United States market for the year so far compared to the same period last year, and […]

Tourism boss nervous over industrial climate

Tourism boss nervous over industrial climate

The state agency responsible for marketing the island as a tourist destination is pleading for its own form of relief from the trade unions, which have begun industrial action in a bid to force the Freundel Stuart administration to offer workers an ease from the taxing National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). The Barbados Tourism Marketing […]

Sealy warns Bajans to take terrorism seriously

Sealy warns Bajans to take terrorism seriously

Barbadians can no longer afford to entertain the naive notion that the country is safe from acts of terrorism, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy has warned. Delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of a tourism security workshop at the Barbados Defence Force mess hall on Monday morning, Sealy contended that history was replete […]

Don’t over regulate sharing economy, Govt told

Don’t over regulate sharing economy, Govt told

An advocacy group for Barbadians who offer their homes to visitors through the home share programme Airbnb is warning Government that overregulation of the sharing economy would be counterproductive. Speaking against the background of a recommendation by airline consultant and former American Airline employee Tom Bacon that regional governments should not fight tourism industry “disruptors” […]

Sealy upbeat about tourism, Myers cautious

Sealy upbeat about tourism, Myers cautious

While Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy Wednesday night sounded upbeat about the island’s tourism sector, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Rosanne Myers cautioned of uncertainty ahead. The two leaders of Barbados tourism shared their perspectives of the industry at the BHTA’s 65th anniversary celebrations at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, during […]

Hyatt lessons

Hyatt lessons

With the proposed construction here of the US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort currently embroiled in controversy, some regional tourism officials have been critically assessing Barbados’ handling of the issue. Social activist and lawyer David Comissiong is challenging the construction of the 15-storey hotel in the law courts on several grounds, including that the requisite environmental […]

A wake up call for the tourism industry

A wake up call for the tourism industry

Tourism operators in Barbados and the rest of the region are being told to stop fighting tourism industry “disruptors” and start forming partnerships with them instead. Singling out the increasingly popular Airbnb network, Uber and TripAdvisor as some of the modern day disruptors to the industry, airline consultant Tom Bacon said it was time the […]

Belize wants closer ties with Bridgetown

Belize wants closer ties with Bridgetown

Minister of Tourism and Culture in Belize Manuel Heredia is eager to form closer ties with Barbados in the area of marketing and airlift. The long-serving politician told Barbados TODAY that Bridgetown remains a close friend of Belmopan, and he believes there are “many good things” that can be done between to two nations when […]

Four Seasons rebirth

Four Seasons rebirth

The end could soon be in sight for the ‘naughty issue’ that continues to retard progress on the stalled Four Seasons project at Clearwater Bay, St Michael. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said the legal issues that are holding back the project are likely to be untangled by the end of this year.    As […]

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