No room for complacency – Myers

Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers has told employees of Sandals Barbados to look at the “bigger picture” as they continue to promote the island as the ideal tourist destination.

“While you are in . . .  that Sandals cocoon, keep an eye on the big picture destination because the work that you are doing becomes even more critical when we are out here fighting an economic battle that is becoming very difficult,” she said.

Myers was speaking last night at the second annual Sandals Prestige Awards Ceremony, which recognizes and honours the staff of the all–inclusive resort for their hard work and dedication.

The BHTA official said the island’s tourism product has done reasonably well in spite of the worrisome economic challenges facing the country. But she said there is no room for complacency.

With the country ranking 58th among the Caribbean nations in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness, Myers encouraged the staff to learn from their competitors and be a step ahead in the market.

“If you are looking at the big picture for destination Barbados, you have to look at what is happening in our source markets . . . and what is it we as individual businesses can do to weather those storms,” she said.

“When we look at the big picture, you have to say what can the individual companies do and then what can I as the individual working on a property like Sandals do?

“You have a lot to offer in terms of what you can show people is possible and  . . . once we can get together we can build this industry well beyond what it is today in spite of the challenges that we are seeing because we have a very good record and reputation in the market,” she added.

13 Responses to No room for complacency – Myers

  1. jrsmith May 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    The (BHTA) official said the island’s tourism product has done reasonably well in spite of worrisome economic challenges…… but still the profits is on that electronic transfer out to the tax havens……………………………………….

  2. Suzi Griffith
    Suzi Griffith May 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This article and headline are unintelligible if you know the meaning of the word admonish.

  3. Selwyn Jaisingh
    Selwyn Jaisingh May 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Good to know you the employees got a tax break so they have to go the extra mile. …..

    • Suzi Griffith
      Suzi Griffith May 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      What tax break, staff pays NIS and PAYE just like anyone else.

    • Selwyn Jaisingh
      Selwyn Jaisingh May 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Suzi Griffith , exactly my point! Company gets the tax break and employee not!

    • Suzi Griffith
      Suzi Griffith May 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Sorry Selwyn Jaisingh misunderstood your comment, yes totally misdirected sentiment.

  4. Greengiant May 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Just reading in another media my brother Michael Ray questioning money spent on Queen’s Park Gallery and Theatre. While I do support several points made by Ray, this project should reveal the politics that is involved in these projects in our country.

    Not wanting to disturb the many supporters of the arts in Barbados during the year we host Carifesta, and of course during the silly season. No member of parliament will question the cost of the needed refurbishment of Queen’s Park Gallery and Theatre. Also the construction company involved having certain relationships will also be saved from any political axe grinding.

    However, I’m sure the cost of this project will be mentioned within our parliament at some time in the future.

  5. Mark My Word May 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    The complacency already here in living colour, check down by Paradise now Four Seasons, Thee Big man ain’t get what he wanted tek up he bat and ball done thee game, now come back get all types of Sweet Heart Deals, Tax breaks and Concessions now thee Game for sale with all the deals and Concessions intact, Has nothing to do with the workers. The Truth has to be told stop the propaganda.

  6. Mark My Word May 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    This is Complacency that will surely hurt Barbados ranking in terms of travel and tourism

  7. Peter May 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I heard a few days ago in the news that Sandals was negotiating the sale of its brand and properties. I hope Gordon Butch Stewart is transparent on this. I would have liked Mrs. Roseanne Meyersz to address the issue of the Indian owned and registered as an entrepreneur enterprise company. Air BnB. Airlift Bed and Breakfast. I know this accommodation format has evolved to be marketed via the internet. It is very popular in Europe, Scandinavia, among certain class in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and now Mr. Vinsimal an Indian descendant has introduced it to the Cari8bbean. Good for him. My concern here is are these, some well appointed family run boarding and lodging apartments registered as such and are paying their taxes? Through this network which Mr. Vinsimal’s company gets a small commission which adds up to undeclared millions, It leaves the medium size hotels in a financial quandary and many will be forced to list with him. Is the BHTA to which there is a membership fee paid in on this what I call a legal back door thief? Neeed Answers Rosanne you lovely black, blond woman.


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