Lawsuit looming over BTA

Chairman of the soon-to-be defunct Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) Adrian Elcock is facing the possibility of a lawsuit.

Senior members of staff at the BTA are considering suing him for defamation over remarks he made during an address at the annual general meeting of the Intimate Hotels of Barbados at the end of July.

Sir Roy Trotman

General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman made the disclosure while addressing the media at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters today.

“I understand that the seniors in the BTA are offended by some language which the chairman used in a speech and that they feel is defamatory. When they told me about it initially, I was concerned with them and indicated that it struck me as somewhat like the defamatory words which were made by Cable and Wireless against the workers there just about two years ago,” he said.

“We demanded an apology . . . The chief executive officer agreed that that he will apologise publicly, but he never did. That apology is yet to be made.”

The veteran trade unionist said he had seen the speech and he had his views on Elcock’s comments, but he would not disclose those at stage.

“I will not express in this forum now because I understand that those workers have indicated that they are likely to take action. If they are taking action in pursuit of what they think is defamation it would be highly improper for me to make any comments on that speech,” Sir Roy said.

Elcock, who is staying on at the BTA until at least monthend to supervise the ongoing restructuring at the agency and the transition to the Barbados Tourism Product Authority and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., was highly critical of the existing BTA structure and the performance of some experienced workers, and suggested that the agency needed a new focus and new priorities.


4 Responses to Lawsuit looming over BTA

  1. Denise Vaughan
    Denise Vaughan August 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I agree cause since the DLP took over, the industry has gone down. In fact everything that comes out of their mouths are lies. Lie to win and continue to lie about everything else trying to cover up the tricks that they are doing behind our backs, and then things come out. The people that were there before him, did lots of work for this industry. What is his experience? Head ain’t brain!!

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 15, 2014 at 3:59 am

    The BTA have been living in the past for too long, they are clueless on tourism

  3. jr smith August 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

    My take , it seems as though ,people who are public figures and hold respectable , managerial positions in barbados are very much so ill equip to represent , their jobs and institution they represent.
    This year , starting with a politicians, business executives, religious people , ignorance, rudeness , rude remarks by somany people has become the order of the day.
    Many people in barbados, would now be blaming ,schools, parents for the bad behaviour which seems to be a norm on the island. not looking too far to see its origins.
    It would be fitting if matters such as this start to display itself in the courts in barbados, as there is too much ignorance and desrespect from our varying groups.
    Apart from the courts of our fair island, there are behaviours by lots of persons warrant dismissle from the jobs, sadly we have lost our culture,we have nothing to teach our kids at the present time, adults bad behaviour, iis every day expose to our young people, whats next.

  4. Patrick Blackman August 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Silly things to occupy silly minds…………….


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