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Tourism slide

Tourism slide

Already struggling to keep tourism spend up and adequately compete with more attractive destinations, the Barbados bread and butter tourism industry has become less competitive, according to the latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report. Published by the World Economic Forum’s industry programme for Aviation, Travel and Tourism, the 2017 survey placed Barbados 58 out of […]

Lip service being paid to tourism – Austin

Lip service being paid to tourism – Austin

A non-governmental organization which promotes a motivated, highly skilled and properly compensated workforce in the tourism industry is calling for decisive action to improve the quality of the tourism product and services here. The Barbados Association of Tourism Employees (BATE) said a major review of the industry was needed, with all practical recommendations implemented by […]

Barbados to get its first luxury beach club

Barbados to get its first luxury beach club

Barbados is to get its first luxury beach club property with the opening at Port Ferdinand of the luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand Nikki Beach at the end of this year. Nikki Beach Barbados will sit on 1.4 acres of pristine beachfront property and mark the entry of the first luxury beach club property on […]

Hope for Junior Minister of Tourism

Hope for Junior Minister of Tourism

Jada Hope is the 2017 Junior Minister of Tourism. After two rounds of speeches, the 14-year-old student from The St Michael School emerged victorious at the competition staged by the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTP) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Monday. The competition was formerly known as the Speech Competition, and having been rebranded this year, […]

Elegant in seventh heaven

Elegant in seventh heaven

The Elegant Hotels Group will officially add a seventh hotel to its properties in Barbados in another month. The group is in the process of wrapping up a deal to acquire the four-star 35-room Treasure Beach Hotel in Paynes Bay, St James. Chief Executive Officer of Elegant Sunil Chatrani said in a statement the agreement […]

New Sandals resort raises eyebrows

New Sandals resort raises eyebrows

Concerns are being raised about possible environmental damage at Dover Woods, Christ Church as a result of the construction of Sandals Royal Barbados resort, the new all-suite property that began as an expansion of the company’s existing resort. Sustainability enthusiast Jim Webster said he was worried that the US$160 million development was affecting the area’s […]

Put politics aside for the sake of country – Myers

Put politics aside for the sake of country – Myers

One of the island’s top tourism officials is pleading with Barbadians to put their political differences aside and focus on solutions to the economic challenges facing the country. What’s more, Chairperson of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers is hinting to the Freundel Stuart administration that it must not be afraid to […]

Hotel upgrades coming

Hotel upgrades coming

More than $30 million will be spent this year on refurbishment and upgrade of hotels to help improve their competitiveness, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Rudy Grant. However, Grant said the hoteliers’ ability to compete was still being stifled by the absence of dozens more items from […]

Hyatt hotel gets BHTA support

Hyatt hotel gets BHTA support

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is throwing its support behind the developers of the controversial Hyatt Centric Resort on Lower Bay Street, The City. BHTA Chief Executive Officer Rudy Grant said today the hotel would significantly benefit the island’s tourism product. While stating that the association would not engage in any public discussions […]

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