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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 […]

300 could go

300 could go

Close to 300 workers at Almond Beach Resort may be on the breadline come April next year when work is expected to begin on the Beaches Resorts at the property at Heywoods in St Peter. The state-owned Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporated (BTII) said it would not renew its lease with Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the […]

‘Tourist arrivals a new record pace’

‘Tourist arrivals a new record pace’

Barbados is on pace for a second straight record year in long-stay visitor arrivals, according to Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy. Sealy today announced that the island recorded an 8.2 per cent rise in arrivals as at the end of April, when compared to the same period last year, setting it on course to easily […]

No room for complacency – Myers

No room for complacency – Myers

Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers has told employees of Sandals Barbados to look at the “bigger picture” as they continue to promote the island as the ideal tourist destination. “While you are in . . .  that Sandals cocoon, keep an eye on the big picture destination because the […]

Virgin cruises to stop in Barbados

Virgin cruises to stop in Barbados

Barbados is being assured that Bridgetown will be a port of call for a new cruise line to be launched by British business magnate Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Bain Capital, the United States based global alternative investment firm. Although Virgin Voyages is not expected to set sail on its maiden cruise before 2020, […]

Business sluggishness affecting Barbados’ tourism competitiveness

Business sluggishness affecting Barbados’ tourism competitiveness

The slow pace of doing business in Barbados has been identified as a major contributor to the island’s slide in tourism competitiveness. Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers said while the hotel sector had witnessed an overall decline in costs for the 2016 period, which the latest Travel and Tourism […]

Hotel occupancies drop during first quarter

Hotel occupancies drop during first quarter

A chilling warning has been issued to tourism practitioners here that they cannot assume that the traditional winter tourists will continue to visit Barbados. Against the backdrop of a fall in hotel occupancies and weak returns on hotel room rates during the first quarter of this year, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association […]

Tax grab

Tax grab

A senior tourism official has likened a recommendation to raise the cruise head tax and airport exit fees to attempting “some kind of a Hail Mary solution” to the island’s economic problems. Even worse, warned Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers, such a “grab at taxes” had the potential to […]

Bad advice

Bad advice

Don’t raise airline departure taxes! That is the stern warning to Government from hotelier Adrian Loveridge in response to a proposal to increase tourism taxes, put forward by the Foreign Exchange Working Group of the Social Partnership, which was mandated by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to advise Government on measures to boost the dwindling foreign […]

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