Warm to our own first, says Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados’ tourism product has two sides: taking care of Barbadians and being warm hosts to visitors. However, he says paying attention to people living here comes first.

He made this point while greeting repeat visitors in the Charles Fort courtyard of Hilton Barbados yesterday afternoon.

“Since we are going to be relying on a set of core values as part of the National Tourism Host Programme –– empathy, courtesy, creativity, responsibility and passion –– unless our people are comfortable, they cannot manifest these attributes,” Stuart told reporters after interacting with guests.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart  (centre) posing with tourists yesterday.
Prime Minister
Freundel Stuart
(centre) posing with tourists yesterday.

“People will not be able to experience these attributes among our people if we don’t make Barbados an agreeable place for Barbadians first,” he added.

Stuart was last year named Champion Of The National Tourism Host Programme, a title that positions him to act as promoter of the positive local attitude to tourism for which Barbadians are known, while acting as a
welcoming ambassador to guests of the island.

“I came here this evening to interact with guests and kind of get a sense of how they feel about Barbados and let them know about how we feel about having them choose Barbados as a destination,” he explained. “I try to emphasize that we as a Government and people have to make sure that Barbados is agreeable for our people first.”

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart eyeing some of the Bajan delicacies offered to tourists.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart eyeing some of the Bajan delicacies offered to tourists.

Stuart reported that the tourists in yesterday’s meet and greet session “have all attested to that fact they find Barbadians some of the most courteous people in the world and they enjoy coming back because they bask in the warmth of our hospitality”.

On the matter of the Barbadian welcoming spirit, he reported visitors suggesting “what we are doing, we should continue to do because Barbados is a destination of very high choice”.

The Prime Minister said the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) was pushing the island’s tourism away from sun, sea and sand, and was seeking to “give the word ‘product’ a broader meaning, which can be found in how people who come here experience our Barbadian people, our environment”.

Noting that he would be involved in many more activities as the “Champion”, Stuart said: “I warm to the opportunity to give our tourism product any boost it can get from the involvement of the Office Of The Prime Minister.”
(GA)

13 Responses to Warm to our own first, says Stuart

  1. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne July 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

    PM you say one thing and Do an other.

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  2. Walter Prescod July 31, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Please Mr. Pm. when are you going to start to put
    the people of Barbados first? 3 or 4 weeks ago you sang another
    tune during the strike action by Bajans.

    Reply
  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    My favourite cartoon character HeKnows. Freundel said, Barbados tourism product has two sides: taking care of Barbadians by taxing them continously and being warm hosts to visitors by interacting with them. However, he says paying attention to people living here comes first. Is that so? Heknows need to go and have a word with his colleague Garbage and find out why the rubbish is piled up around the place.

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne July 31, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Talking about your favorite cartoon character, don’t forget calypsonian Classic had a song about “HeKnows” most popularly known as “Freundel Knows”.

      Reply
    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce July 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Ryan, thanks for reminding me!

      Reply
    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne July 31, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      No problem, Veroniva.

      Reply
  4. Danny Clarke Colombian
    Danny Clarke Colombian July 31, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    warm to us n call election . froot loop man

    Reply
  5. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Wondering who is his own ………

    Reply
  6. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt July 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Wtf I just read? Nah man, he would have had to be misquoted.

    Reply
  7. Dave D Small
    Dave D Small July 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This is coming from a man who does treat bajans with scorn ….practice what u preach boss

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  8. carson c cadogan July 31, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Well said Prime Minister. History will show that you were one of the finest PM’s we ever had.

    Keep up the good work.

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  9. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith July 31, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, Mr PM. Your first mission, should you wish to accept it, is to pay all the outstanding monies due to those same Barbadians. This includes sick pay, maternity benefits, unemployment benefits, income tax returns etc etc. do I need to go on!? So many promises from your colleagues in Employment etc but so far nothing, nix, nada. Shame on you and shame on them.

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