Tourist hot spot call . . .

There is a call for Speightstown to be made into a tourist hot spot.

Operator of the famous restaurant Fisherman’s Pub, Clement Armstrong, issued the call today following the announcement that the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) would be hosting its free Speightstown Alive festivities there this Saturday, in an effort to attract more visitors and locals to the area.

Stating that Speightstown was poised to “take off”, Armstrong proposed that more activities be held in that town at least once a month, and at least one boat or cruise ship come to the area on that day.

Operator of Fisherman’s Pub Clement Armstrong.

“If tourism is to take off in this country we have to make some big bites. Speightstown should be the tourist spot of the north. It eases the pressure off Bridgetown when it comes to traffic eight o’clock in the morning when the cruise ships come in,” said Armstrong.

“After eight or 12 hours on the sea, then to get hooked up in traffic three and four hours is not fair to tourists. We need to get the boats in Speightstown with events like [Speightstown Alive] so they can enjoy the quaintness of Speightstown,” he said.

Acknowledging that such a plan would not come to fruition overnight, Armstrong said he was expecting that “at least one boat” could go to Speightstown once per month on a day that an event such as Speightstown Alive was held.

This, he said, would lead to more people visiting the area, pointing out that the northern town had some of the most beautiful spots and all the necessary amenities to meet the needs of patrons.

“We need to get real in Barbados and think about our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We need to do substantial things that will last another 50 years, not only ten or 15 years to suit people that are in power,” he said, while lauding the BTPA for hosting the Speightstown Alive project.

Pointing out that some programmes were introduced to the area in the past but later taken to other places, Armstrong said: “We are not begging. We have the products here that can [hosts these events]. We just need the support of the agencies.”

Pointing to the dilapidated jetty in Speightstown, Armstrong expressed disappointment at some of the officials involved in the cruise tourism industry, saying they wanted all the business for themselves.

“These people get concessions to do everything in tourism, but it don’t help us,” he lamented, pointing out that some tour buses only passed through the area and did not stop.

“What we are doing is damaging our grandchildren and children’s children because we are going to cluster them in Bridgetown and Oistins, and down here nothing don’t happen. So we need to spread our wings,” said Armstrong.

6 Responses to Tourist hot spot call . . .

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 7, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Totally agree with Mr Armstrong. Although Speightstown is not as lively as it used to be, we always find time to visit the area and shop. We’ve also remind friends to visit the area. One of the tour guides Stop should be Speightstown give the tourist the full history of the area. For the love of God, fix the jetty.

  2. Alex Alleyne August 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Sir , where in Bridgetown you talking about ? . The “bright” ministers dry-up Baxters Road and put the “small black man/woman” out of business .

  3. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase August 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    How about fixing Fisherman’s Pub first?

  4. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase August 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    How about fixing Fisherman’s Pub first?

  5. Alex 3 August 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I have been coming to Barbados since 1980. I love the island and its people and for the last number of years have settled in the Holetown area.
    I often go to Speightstown and once I am in the core area I just love it.
    If we can every get the old Haywood’s site aka ABV back on its feet and thriving it will go a long way to helping its revival.
    Having said that, the walk into town from the Hwy. 1 leaves a lot to be desired.
    There has to be a concerted effort to clean up (and keep cleaned up) all the trash in the lots along the roads. It wouldn’t hurt to fix up some of the worst buildings with a few repairs and a coat of paint so they don’t look so forlorn and abandoned.

  6. Adrian Loveridge August 18, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Clement, will confirm that we have taken literally hundreds of our guests to dine at The Fisherman’s Pub over the years and one our biggest disappointments is that we could not persuade him to join the highly successful re-DISCOVER dine-a-round promotion. Port St. Charles, Relish, Jumas. La Bouche, Orange Stret Grocer, Jumas, The Lobster Pot, Camelot and Island Plates are all partners.


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