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Bad deal

Bad deal

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is contending that tax concessions granted to the Caribbean hotel chain Sandals are hurting the island’s finances, already reeling from a decline in revenue from the offshore financial services sector. Presenting a lecture Wednesday night sponsored by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Arthur said an already […]

Grant makes his tourism return

Grant makes his tourism return

The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer. Former Barbados Labour Party Senator Rudy Grant takes up the post on December 1, succeeding Sue Springer, who spent 15 years at the helm of the association. Grant, who also served as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of […]

Minister wants Viking to call Barbados home

Minister wants Viking to call Barbados home

The Ministry of Tourism and International Transport is hoping the Bridgetown Port will become the home port for the cruise ship Viking Star as early as next season, which begins in November. Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy expressed that wish during a plaque exchange ceremony when the ship made its inaugural visit to Barbados at […]

TDC pledges greater support for tourism marketing

TDC pledges greater support for tourism marketing

Facing fierce competition from other destinations, local tourism officials are pledging greater support for developmental and marketing projects to boost Barbados’ competitiveness. Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Martin Ince said the funding agency was about to pump more funds into new projects aimed at bringing more visitors to the island. The TDC invests […]

Homestay giving hotels a run for their money

Homestay giving hotels a run for their money

The homestay industry is not only growing rapidly in Barbados, but it is also outperforming the traditional hotel sector in customer satisfaction, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers revealed. Myers told the BHTA third quarterly meeting at the Hilton Barbados Resort yesterday, recent statistics from one sharing economy website had […]

Small hotelier blasts Govt

Small hotelier blasts Govt

A local hotelier is accusing Government of placing greater value on the international hotel chains at the expense of indigenous lodging. General Manager of Sugar Bay Barbados Morgan Seale today argued that a state of inequity existed within the tourism sector as big hotel chains were being given an advantage over the smaller, home-grown properties. […]

Brexit blow

Brexit blow

Barbados is beginning to feel the impact of the vote by Britons to leave the European Union (EU), with tourism’s private sector reporting a fall in financial returns. While not providing figures, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer Wednesday revealed that British visitors to Barbados were spending less since […]

Barbados thanks international travel writers

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 […]

New CTO Chairman outlines concerns

New CTO Chairman outlines concerns

Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Obie Wilchcombe of the Bahamas, has said that regional tourism officials remain concerned about a number of issues, despite encouraging news that visitor arrivals are up. The latest statistics show that the region is on course to exceed 30 million visitors for 2016. However, as stakeholders ended […]

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