Mob violence puts tourism at risk, says Sealy

The island’s all important tourism industry could be hurt by mob violence similar to the recent incidents in The City, according to Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy.

The minister said he feared the outbreak of unruly behaviour captured on video, which went viral on social media, could tarnish the country’s image as a safe tourist destination.

“Barbados depends heavily on tourism for its economic base and one of the key components of tourism in this region is safety. We speak of it as a brand element. We have had our issues but generally speaking people have had security issues with other regions and come to us because they believe we are safe and secure. This is something that we cannot simply take for granted, we have to shore it up,” Sealy said this morning at the Barbados Defence Force mess hall where he attended the opening of a tourism security workshop.

Sealy contended that the incidents which occurred on back-to-back weekends, created a poor perception of this country’s law and order to prospective visitors.

A street brawl on Wharf Road yesterday – allegedly after a party cruise on the Jolly Roger – was captured on video and shared on social media.

A screenshot of yesterday’s street brawl on Wharf Road.

The graphic video of the all out melee captured young men throwing what appeared to be bottles into a crowd while others jumped on top of vehicles to try to escape.

A week earlier, lawmen had been called in restore order after patrons broke down the fence at Pirate’s Cove, Bay Street, during a popular weekend fete.

Sealy said as a heavily dependent tourism economy, Barbadians could not afford to be careless with the country’s image.

“Whatever happens in Barbados could potentially impact our visitors because we do not have a region or an offshore island where tourism is concentrated; larger islands and countries in South America can speak to a tourism region, this is not our reality. Those places actually have tourism police, we can’t talk about setting up tourism police because the island is small and tourism is to be found in every single parish, so therefore we have to take the issue very seriously,” he stressed.

Sealy said while he was concerned about the impact such acts of violence could have on tourist arrivals, he was also concerned about the safety and security of residents.

Therefore, he said it was important that law enforcement officials and security providers were up to the task.

“This is necessary so that they can deal with these issues and rest assured we are working constantly to make sure that our visitors are safe. When I say that I mean both visitors and locals because the other reality about Barbados is that the destination and the nation state are one and the same,” Sealy stressed.

19 Responses to Mob violence puts tourism at risk, says Sealy

  1. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson June 26, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    This and alot of other things .state of roads .inadequate street lights in some places.poor policing in the gap.

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  2. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray June 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    You looking to put blame for your failure. Other places have more violence than here and the people still does go to them

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  3. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes June 27, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Mob violence also puts me at risk, I am human too.

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  4. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt June 27, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Too much harressment in the gap is one of the things that need looking at. Too much guys liming and asking every tourists about drugs. Police must do a sweep before the new season begin. No business there keep moving.

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  5. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose June 27, 2017 at 4:37 am

    De government high frigging prices and heavy taxation…stop blaming those who wanted change

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  6. hcalndre June 27, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I`m wondering if this is a cell phone pix? I hear a lot of talk when persons use their phones and tablets in Barbados.

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  7. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo June 27, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Only mob that show potentially treat is the government officials with there tricks if these ministers will pay the police force as they should these statements will not be made and some will will be in custody and done charge . a tourist gets rob fast so the police got block men in custody . this fight no man got arrested the taxi man car reck by this foolishness and not a man got charge think that is right ?

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  8. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Only tourist what about we citizens ??

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  9. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis June 27, 2017 at 5:57 am

    The Clueless DLP have put the whole of Barbados future at risk.Concentrate on fixing Barbados and Tourism won’t be a problem

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  10. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 27, 2017 at 5:58 am

    The government don’t HOW to make money from some of these promoters of fetes and boats cruises You have to hired 10 police officer at all times for a boat cruise once it’s 300 people. MORE than 300 people more police. Supposed some TOURIST was there and they get damage what will happen

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  11. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Mr. Minister, only the mob violence? That is only a small drop in the bucket to compare with the other things!

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  12. Menace II Babylon June 27, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Guess his priorities in order! Our crime is minuscule in comparison and should be tackled. Any where in the world you find crime from Bora Bora to Timbucktu. Look at our neighbours in Caricom, Vinci, TnT, Jam, Grenada, Guyana, St, Kitts, Bermuda etc

    Unfortunately in the East it is not mob violence with a bunch of teens running around like down by the wharf, but their crime is targeted at tourist seeking wealth as it dread all round. Forgot a crime against a tourist is a crime against the state and ain’t no remand for 3+ years, it is swiftly expedited.

    Both gov will not diversify the economy, you ain’t learn from 9-11?

    Don’t worry protect your cash cow, and grow worthless sugar cane in a market we can’t crack into to make a profit, every year at a loss… Makes me wonder why they have political risk analysts, then again, they chop the canes for villas and golf courses silently without the fan fare, who cares if you see the most Ak and AR at football, no caucus don’t go up there, who cares a youth was shot in his head on on Wotton and Ak on repeat like shots free, no caucus don’t go up there, who cares houses in Gall Hill have been targeted with high power firearms, holes so big you swear it is Syria or Baghdad from the road, no caucus don’t go up there. who cares who cares about sewage affecting locals, only matters when it affects tourist. Who cares sewage runs in front houses off Sobers Lane, that’s natural…..who cares if a road collapse and they are isolated no caucus don’t go up there In the bush. been thinking about an idea to address social issues, I will call it rent a tourist. I will bring a buss load of tourist to any ills in your environment, take pictures, get them to say on camera how revolting and hey presto…….who cares what you poor people think? Vote and give you the impression what you say matters… Neo colonial house negroes……

    You preserve and protect your people and visitors benefit…

    Ummmm they just visit? We live here….. what a wanker!

    MIIB

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  13. Sherry Denny
    Sherry Denny June 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Wanna is who raise them that way

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  14. BimJim June 27, 2017 at 8:27 am

    People go where LEADERSHIP takes them. If the LEADERSHIP is poor or there is no LEADERSHIP at all, then the people will do as they like. For several decades the LEADERSHIP in Barbados – BLP and DLP – have been self-centered, greedy and definitely NOT for the people who elected them.

    As far as I am concerned there is no LEADERSHIP in Barbados, only a sleeping Van Winkle, a bunch of braying jackasses, and immoral unethical yard fowls who support them in return for cash and other rewards.

    DLP GET OUT!!! CALL THE ELECTION!!
    DLP OUT!! OUT!! OUT!!

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  15. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

    “Sealy said while he was concerned about such acts of violence could have on tourist arrivals, he was also concern about the safety and security of residents”.
    SIR, you and your party do have a PM and AG, tell them “DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT”.

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  16. ishaaq June 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Without law and order things break down. When you you loose control of the land we live in we have nothing left. We must not wait for the police to sort this out as we will never live long enough to see things as they was 30 years ago. What needs to be done is both short and sweet and starts and ends with a rope up at Glengarry in a small room out the back.

    This is a task for men. Cowards hide in the shadows.

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  17. Belfast June 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Wunnah sit down pon wunnah arses for the last 9 years and have not lifted a finger to stem the flow of lawlessness in this country, and are now pulling wunnah hairs out over what this lawlessness is likely to do to the tourism industry.
    If wunnah had wunnah ears to the ground, wunnah would have heard the locals complaining about the lawlessness experienced in communities all across the island, and not just in the tourist belt and the Sugar Hills.
    At the eleventh hour, and wunnah now woken up? The chinks that wunnah re-introduced to Barbados must be biting like hell.

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