Officials not losing sleep over Hyatt protest plan

Tourism officials are not perturbed by founder of the Clement Payne Movement and social activist David Comissiong’s plan to protest the construction of a Hyatt hotel on a section of Carlisle Bay on Bay Street, St Michael.

However, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc (BTI) Stuart Layne has seemingly offered Comissiong a listening ear, saying any issues should be discussed and addressed.

David Comissiong & Stuart Layne
David Comissiong & Stuart Layne

The BTI is charged with facilitating investment in the tourism and hospitality sector.

After developers Mark Maloney and James Edgehill signed an agreement with Hyatt’s Senior Vice President Pat McCudden last week for the construction of the hotel, Comissiong objected to its construction on the site which adjoins one of the island’s best beaches, Brownes Beach.

In a media release, the president of the People’s Empowerment Party predicted  “social disaster” once the hotel was built, with Barbadians losing free and unfettered use of the beach.

Comissiong has since written to Town Planner Mark Cummins expressing his objection and demanding “a most rigorous and comprehensive” environmental impact and assessment procedure, including a social impact assessment study, before granting permission for the project.

Asked yesterday to respond to Comissiong’s concerns, Layne would not address them directly.

“This is a free country and you are allowed to have different views and if people want to do that [protest], that is their right.

“What I can say is that such projects, and I am speaking generally, are good for
Barbados. But I do believe that if there are general concerns, those concerns should be aired and we should discuss them and see how best to address them,” the BTI head said.

4 Responses to Officials not losing sleep over Hyatt protest plan

  1. Hal Austin August 6, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Tourism officials will sell their parents.

  2. Kevin August 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    No Hyatt, leave the old dilapidated buildings that are havens for rats and paros pon Browne’s beach. Much better for our tourism product. **sarcasm**

  3. Donna Harewood August 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Kevin, it is not an either/or situation , you know. There are other options.

  4. jrsmith August 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Does it matter what bajans think of any happening in Barbados no it doesn’t, the politicians will do what they please , because they are treating bajans as the white man does…


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