No time for prophets of doom and gloom

Government Senator Patrick Todd has no time for prophets of doom and gloom.

In fact, he prefers to listen to those whose vision is for a Barbados that is a bountiful country where unemployment will fall to single digit levels with the construction of additional accommodation along the Needham’s Point Peninsula/Carlisle Bay beachfront.

Todd gave this upbeat prediction Wednesday in the Senate while throwing his support behind a Government guarantee of a loan of $17.625 million for Barbados Conference Services Ltd from The First Citizens Bank, (Barbados) Ltd.

While dismissing suggestions that a renovated Government Headquarters should be transformed into a hotel, the former Member of Parliament for The City expects many spin off tourism benefits from the planned development of the Needham’s Point Peninsula/Carlisle Bay area, stretching right down to Brandons, St Michael.

“The Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy would have said that his ministry is actively looking at the possibility of constructing a massive conference facility in this area,” said Todd, while acknowledging that meetings, incentives, conferences and events constituted a lucrative aspect of the tourism industry worldwide.

“I remember just a few years ago attending a conference at one of Disney Hotels in Orlando, Florida, where there was a corridor of nearly 70 metres long and on either side of that corridor were conference facilities. The conferences were fully subscribed. The conference centres were holding 2,500 delegates comfortably,” Todd said, adding that with facilities of this size Barbados would be in a better position to attract business.

He also spoke of the Government’s tourism development plans for the area saying, “What we are looking at are thousands of jobs being created as hundreds of hotel rooms are built along this area and other parts of the island. There will be jobs in the construction phase and also to facilitate the day to day running of the hotel plants,” said Todd, who envisages thousands of visitors participating in guided tours, patronizing bars, rum shops and the village shops in Nelson Street, Baxter’s Road, Tudor Street, the Bayland and other areas in the City centre.

“It will be a win-win situation. There will be a trickle down effect where much more money will be circulating in the country and therefore I do not have room for the prophets of doom and gloom.

“I see a bountiful Barbados, a Barbados where unemployment will go to single digit levels as we seek to really propel the economy forward,” Todd explained.

10 Responses to No time for prophets of doom and gloom

  1. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea March 30, 2017 at 3:35 am


  2. Ricci Khan March 30, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Ms Medea, be very careful who you call an idiot. Your stupid remarks will come back to haunt you. You are obviously someone who has a very convenient short memory.

  3. hcalndre March 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Todd have seen the light again, building of more hotels, conference rooms and tourists will flock into barbados. Many persons know that the tourist industry is not a reliable money earner that you can depend on. They are going to do so much in this election year that for 8 years could not be done.

  4. greengiant March 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Ricci Khan, I want to personally thank you for reminding these people (Sandra Madea) about the recent past. They do have shortness of memory.

    I will only warn them to be careful what they wish for. It does not matter whether they did it eight years ago or not, or even which government does it. Our tax dollars are being spent to pay land tax and insurances on beach front buildings, and properties owned by the state, but currently dilapidated and unoccupied. The BLP will sell these or use them as collateral for loans (as is the case with the plot in bay street now under the construction cloud) fail to repay these loans, letting the financiers posses the land and sell to whoever pays. These properties that include several police stations should be relocated and then developed for hospitality.

    This investment will serve us for generations to come. I’m not a Dem or a Bee, so i don’t care who does it. What I would say is they both had enough post independence years in office to accomplish this, and have not. I think it’s time for an alternative government to get these things addressed for the good of the people.

  5. Helicopter(8P) March 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    At this moment in time the only present civilization that can offer Barbadians any seriously constructive and sound well being is Japan as it is a country of many islands and it has weathered many economic and natural disasters over the many centuries. We need to have closer business relation with the Nippon State.

  6. Shawn Phillips March 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Finally Todd you can find the time to speak out about doom and gloom that your party has cause Barbadians .I do hope you are lucky in being selected as one of your party Candidates again cause word on the streets is that they are done with you .Try you luck as running as an Independent .

  7. Greengiant March 30, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I want to hear from all of you here on this question. Do you desire the less of the two evils (BLP) (DLP) or do you prefer a sure dawn of a new day in our political history?

  8. Tony Webster March 31, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Dear Senator: Please flip your coin, remove the scales from your eyes, whatever… to see the other side: it’s reality; a fait accompli; the cold, hard, uncomfortable truth: you, and your cohorts, have Screwed Up. SCREWED UP. Big Time. And Repeadtedly. And Bold-Faced comments like yours, only serve to solidify our views: there is little redeeming value, far less trust, left for people so hapless, so blind, that they refuse to see the elephant in the room. You , Sir, are that patchyderm…and there’s a LOT of patchyderm-excrement around, for others to clean-up, before our country can be placed on a sustainable path.

    A li’l tip for you Sir: the less you say…the better for you-and cohorts. I suggest that a policy of Grab-What-You-Can, might be the most realistic personal policy move right now…you know, just follow the the $tuff: $am Lord$; “Temporary” re-furbi$hment of L.E.S.C., Hyatt; $ale of Di$, and $ale of Dat; loan$ for di$, loan$ for dat. BTW-nice move to restore your 10% pay-cut. No-one has even noticed that “home fires burn first”. You gine see ’bout fire.

    Last train for San Fernando, Sir….it’s moving…

    Meanwhile, we pray for our contry’s deliverance from the Rocky Gully you and your joker friends have stuck us in.

    • Jennifer March 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Please let it be known that we were in this rocky gully for many, many years. The top rock mechanics were slowly engineered to allow those rocks to grow large preventing light and water from reaching the little plants thereby preventing them from growing or bringing about minimal growth. Now with all of this development…………………………… We truly need an Officer to release the prisoners who are hid in the prison houses.

  9. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 31, 2017 at 11:09 am

    It would be better Todd if you simply declare your sexual orientation. Because if burying your head in the sand like the proverbial Ostrich makes all the doom and gloom presently engulfing Barbados go away, then continue to bury your headi n the sand. Remember while you head buried your rear end is expose. Thinking while your head is buried in more hotel ivenstments to lure visitors to our shores is a worthwhile investment, I hope the needle from Needhams Point don’t do too much damage to your exposed rear end. By then we will not have a problem identifying your particular type of orientation.


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