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Hotels get $12 million in concessions

Hotels get $12 million in concessions

Government has granted nearly $12 million in concessions to 40 hoteliers since 2015, Minster of Tourism Richard Sealy Monday announced. In a one-hour-and-45-minute presentation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Monday morning, Sealy told journalists and tourism industry officials it was always Government’s intention to ensure the “right concessions regime” was in place to “encourage hotels to […]

CTO keeping close tabs on Barbados

CTO keeping close tabs on Barbados

Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Hugh Riley says he is closely monitoring the debate over the proposed construction of a Hyatt hotel here, as well as Barbados’ deficit economic position, which has come in for increased scrutiny in recent weeks amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves. However, Barbados-born regional tourism boss Thursday refused to […]

Tourism fall off

Tourism fall off

Travel to the Caribbean is expected to slow somewhat this year, following a mixed 2016 in which hotel performance was generally down but arrivals from most key markets were up. Overall, the region welcomed a record 29.3 million long-stay visitors, which represents a 4.2 per cent increase over the previous year. Cruise arrivals were also […]

Out of control

Out of control

An out of control unregistered accommodation sector, including the increasingly lucrative Airbnb, will “water down” the Barbados tourism product, one hotelier has charged. General Manager of Sugar Bay Barbados Beach Resort Morgan Seale believes these homestay programmes must be held to the same standards as the rest of the accommodation sector and regulation is the […]

Brexit ruling means nothing for tourism – Wickham

Brexit ruling means nothing for tourism – Wickham

The tourism prospects for Barbados remain negative despite Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court in Britain that parliament must give the go-ahead for the government to begin talks to leave the European Union (EU), political scientist Peter Wickham has said. The judgment means that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs […]

Sandals makes big impact on tourism numbers

Sandals makes big impact on tourism numbers

The addition of Sandals Barbados to the local hotel sector contributed significantly to this country recording its highest ever tourism arrival figures last year. Senior tourism consultant in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Hugh Foster made that disclosure during his feature address at Sandals’ monthly Prestige Awards ceremony recently. Foster, a veteran in […]

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, […]

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