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No need to fear new SVG airport – BTMI

No need to fear new SVG airport – BTMI

Barbados has nothing to fear for the time being from the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) due to open next month in St Vincent and the Grenadines, according to a top tourism official here. A confident Chairman of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) Alvin Jemmott said it would take a considerable amount of time before […]

No fallout

No fallout

The state agency charged with the responsibility of marketing Barbados as a tourism destination said it did not expect any major impact on visitor arrivals as a result of the sewage problem on the island’s south coast. The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) said at the weekend there was no indication that it was enough […]

Reid-Batson got ten warning letters in one month

Reid-Batson got ten warning letters in one month

Former employee of the then Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) Constance Reid-Batson received ten warning letters between February 7, 2014 and March 5, 2014 regarding her absence from work, the Employment Rights Tribunal was told this afternoon. Reid-Batson, a former quality assurance officer, is challenging her termination from that state-run statutory body on May 15, 2014, […]

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. […]

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