Workers praised for putting country in tourism rankings

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner has hailed Barbadian tourism workers who helped the island to rank second highest in the Caribbean and Latin America in this year’s World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report.

Barbados took the 58th spot out of 136 countries, which put it ahead of such exotic destinations as Sri Lanka and Morocco. It was one of only seven destinations from the region that placed in the index of countries ranked on factors and policies that influence the travel and tourism sector and contribute to a country’s development.

From the wider Caribbean, Mexico led the way in the Geneva-based organization’s 2017 report. Its closest regional competition was Barbados.

“The top Caribbean destination listed is Mexico, followed by this tiny 166 square mile dot called Barbados which functions with a skeleton tourism staff and economic constraints,” Sandiford-Garner posted on her Facebook page over the weekend.

“I tip my hat to our Team Barbados which includes staff in the Tourism Ministry, Barbadians in the hotel sector, taxi drivers and all citizens who work daily to ensure this industry lives.”

Barbados was followed in the rankings by Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Dominican Republic which came within a few points of each other to bag the 69th, 73rd and 76th slots respectively, and placed ahead of big tourist drawing cards like Kenya and the Philippines.

The least popular regional destinations on the list were crime-plagued Honduras in 90th place, and social and political powder keg Venezuela, which took the 104th slot.

Every two years, each country receives a score in categories ranging from hygiene and information technology to safety and security – the latter of which looks at the extent to which a country exposes tourists and business travellers to risks including violence and terrorism. The final rankings are determined by an across-the-board average.

Taking top spot was Spain, which was crowned the world’s most tourist-friendly country on account of its scenic and cultural offerings, along with its superior tourism infrastructure and airline connectivity.

In spite of the terrorist attacks that have plagued France in recent years, it defeated its European rivals to take second place, buoyed in large part by its cultural strengths.

Germany took third place, Japan rocketed into fourth from ninth in 2015, while the UK retained its fifth place originally awarded in 2015.

The United States claimed the sixth spot, followed by Australia at seventh, then Italy, Canada and Switzerland in eighth, ninth and 10th place respectively.

According to the report, the top ten have “successfully created an enabling environment for travel and tourism to thrive by facilitating travel to their nation, promoting their natural and cultural heritage, and ensuring rewarding and hopefully unforgettable experiences for their visitors”.

Europe had the strongest travel and tourism competitiveness in the world, welcoming 1.2 billion international visitors in 2016. Its advantage is attributed to strong health and hygiene standards, cultural richness and safety.

Japan topped the list of the most improved countries, followed by Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. Japan was rated highly due to its unique cultural appeal, while its excellence for business travel was also noted.

War-torn Yemen ranked at the bottom of the report, narrowly preceded by Chad, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

13 Responses to Workers praised for putting country in tourism rankings

  1. Ecarr Carrington
    Ecarr Carrington May 9, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Show your country some customer service and more people would be coming to visit. beautuful island ! But what’s with the attitude ? From the airport to the gas stations to evm Burger King. I thought it was just a couple of faMillie’s I met in New York but no, now I se the whole island is lacking people skills . And pleas don’t get me started with that airport… 4 and 1/2 hours flight from New York City ok, after that get ready for 3 hours in line with 3 people checking every single stich of clothes you bring into the country And they treat yiu like crap. Don’t buy at the duty free shop either cuz if it is vodka or gin you are paying xtra $35 per bottle on your way out.. they don’t like tourists .

  2. Ecarr Carrington
    Ecarr Carrington May 9, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Bad experience . I go to Costa Rica now , much easier, faster and cheaper to eat and stay. Lots more to do too .

    • Ecarr Carrington
      Ecarr Carrington May 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Stephen D Stewart yeah at JFK with 39 flights arriving at once. bIG with one.

    • Ecarr Carrington
      Ecarr Carrington May 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Mazie Taylor and Steven d stewart , don’t take me wrong, I love the island and I’m married to a bajan but let’s face it… of all the islands it’s the the worse airport service . Go under grantley Adams comments on google , trip advisor and even on Facebook too.. out of 30 comments you will find one positive, the rest killed it too and most are from their own bajan people traveling. I’m not hating and too bad if you can’t take criticism but as long as i have a house there , improve service before you are up there in tourism .

  3. seagul May 9, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Spain was crowned the world’s most tourist-friendly country on account of its scenic and cultural offerings, along with its superior tourism infrastructure and airline connectivity. And it has been for quite some time. Being a popular regional destinations on this list and not having a single direct flight from Spain–Barbados is just not good enough. Spanish is also the number one idioma of the Caribbean.

  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 9, 2017 at 9:26 am


  5. Helicopter(8P May 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Like you Ms Irene Sandiford Garner I would like to extend a mighty “Thank You”! to all personnel involved in the tourism sector. As far as wages Lilian Lioyd is mentioning we need to measure the tax percentage rates on the top seventy five countries and look at where we stand on personal taxes in comparison to their annual rate.

  6. Devon Sealy Zico
    Devon Sealy Zico May 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    COME ON PEOPLE, WAKE UP!! DON’T LET FOLISH DEMS CONTROL YOU ALL !!! If you all vote back DEMS Barbados will getting worse and getting hard like ROCK than before! You all don’t want that happen! IF you vote for BLP they will save the Country, bring back young people jobs, save Transport Board, and They will do everything. MIA is telling the People the truth to people of Barbados. I don’t care what orther People says She is will be a Best Prime Minister of Barbados. Tell the young People MUST COME OUT AND VOTE TO SWEEP DEM OUT 2018 ELECTION!!!

  7. sunshinecanada May 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    well said, Devon, what Dems are saying is not news, not going to makes the people in barbados feels better about Thems

  8. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams May 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Even with a high ranking from a prestigious international organization Bajans still find reason to whine and complain. Meanwhile what is your contribution to making our home the place you would like it to be?


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