Sealy expects strong winter

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is anticipating a busy cruise season this year, on the heels of a strong performance in the industry over the past two years.

Addressing the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Shipping Association at the Hilton Barbados Resort this morning, Sealy noted that 390 vessels berthed here in 2014, while the figure for 2015 was slightly higher, at 394.

“In 2016 we had 424 vessels … and it is anticipated that 2017 will be another busy cruise season. As of September there were 553,869 cruise passengers that visited our shores. And by the end of the year we expect that those numbers will be approximately 834,438 passengers – a record year for cruise ship arrivals to Barbados,” Sealy said.

According to him, a study on the economic impact of cruise tourism on Caribbean destinations, conducted by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) revealed that the Barbados economy received approximately US $57.3 million between May 2014 and April 2015.

“This expenditure was generated by onshore spending by passengers and crew as well as monies received by cruise lines for supplies for both services and fees and taxes. The port is therefore looking actively at how we can increase that economic footprint. And we have, since that time, seen record increases in the number of vessels visiting Barbados back in that same period when the FCCA did that survey,” Sealy noted.

The minister said that information from the Caribbean Tourism Association shows that the Caribbean remains the destination of choice for cruise passengers, even in the face of recent hurricanes which caused widespread damage across the region.

“And indeed the numbers overall are increasing. Here in Barbados, we have seen close to a 16 per cent increase to date over last year, and we will also see a record year for long-stay arrivals.”

Sealy’s report came as regional tourism representatives meet in Grenada this week for the annual State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), where they are expected to discuss steps being taken with the cruise lines to ensure that the region’s cruise sector has not been severely impacted by the disasters.

“And yes, some ports have had to be closed temporarily but they are making the adjustments.  And importantly, we are all responding to those who have been affected by these most unfortunate events,” Sealy said.

He lauded the work of first responders in the shipping industry who assisted the affected areas, noting that they provided “not only vessels to take relief supplies and to evacuate people, but platforms for first aid efforts and even allowing other operations to occur from vessels and so on”.

“That was quite commendable, and should be held in high regard for responding so rapidly to those in need,” Sealy said. 

12 Responses to Sealy expects strong winter

  1. John Everatt October 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    So Mr. Sealy, why is the economy in such a mess when our major industry is doing so very well? With this 16% increase and all the port charges etc where is this money going? It seems like all is good all is well but that’s not the way the money markets see it.

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  2. Ossie Moore October 10, 2017 at 12:45 am

    There they go again , blowing smoke up the rear end of the bajans .

    To get bajans to take their minds off and forget about the more serious issues that’s facing the piece of 2 x 4 rock you tell them two things and one of them is what Sealy is saying :

    (1) This is going to best tourist ever that Barbados ( buhbaygus ) has ever seen , 5 cruise ships will be in the Bridgetown harbor everyday.

    (2) And in a few more months from now the Minster and people in charge of crop over is going to tell bajans that ” crop over this year will be bigger and better than ever “.

    And bajans are going to keep on constantly believing all the crap that they are being spoon fed.

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  3. Ossie Moore October 10, 2017 at 12:49 am

    There they go again , blowing smoke up the rear end of the bajans .

    To get bajans to take their minds off and forget about the more serious issues that’s facing the piece of 2 x 4 rock you tell them two things and one of them is what Sealy is saying :

    (1) This is going to best tourist season ever that Barbados ( buhbaydus ) has ever seen , 5 cruise ships will be in the Bridgetown harbor everyday.

    (2) And in a few more months from now the Minster and people in charge of crop over is going to tell bajans that ” crop over this year will be bigger and better than ever “.

    And bajans are going to keep on constantly believing all the crap that they are being spoon fed.

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    • Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 4:48 am

      So Ossie what does this say about “bajans”.

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  4. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 10, 2017 at 12:54 am

    ” Believe me “, I’m a politician…..!

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  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 10, 2017 at 6:09 am

    UR RIGHT, ONE OF THOSE HURRICANES MAY COME ACALLING AND BERTH

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  6. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith October 10, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Wunna politicians wunna know My God watching what the ppl cant see he is seeing give the poor their in come tax

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  7. Carlos Holligan
    Carlos Holligan October 10, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Wait wa crab hole he now crawl outta he still bout hey.like he now run back from out de north pole

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  8. Sue Donym October 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

    May we also hear how our numbers compare to other regional countries’ figures? Yes, let’s get some perspective – with the increase in traffic, was there a similar increase in spending? Do we know how many cruise visitors converted to long stay? What were the corresponding air arrivals numbers – in terms of flights and passenger counts?
    How well do we track the earnings vs the retention of foreign exchange from the sector? Are we sure we are identifying the correct persons/businesses for the flight of FX earnings?

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  9. Ossie Moore October 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Jennifer it tells me that bajans are a very UNIQUE type of people like they always Bragg about being . . . which is that the 95 % are the UNIQUE ILLITERATE .

    Yesterday around this very same time they were numerous comments in relation to the report about the RH bus bench advertisement. Now look at the very same time today and a serious issue that concerns nearly all bajans ( mostly the 95 %) on the little 2 x 4 piece of rock . . .has only received 8 comments so far .

    If this was as issue concerning ” fetes or wuckin’ up ” OMG this comment section would have been blown away with responses by now.

    That’s what it tells me about bajans Lady J !

    All I can say is that the late King Dyall was right .

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  10. Bunn October 10, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Why come to Barbados when I have to pay more for products and services because of the 10% NSRL, 2% Levy, 17.5% VAT and all those importing duties and taxes that businesses will want to recover by charging me? You can blame it on whatever you feel like but money speaks louder than words and tourist will be taking their money elsewhere and you would too when you travel!

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  11. Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    define a strong winter in terms of dollar spend and not arrivals and maybe I will take time off watching molasses on hot barber green attempting to roll up hill and listen to the likes a you

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