Tourism increases not reflected on the ground

Former president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Colin Jordan is insisting that under the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) the tourism sector has reached its plateau.

The former hotel executive was addressing the media as he campaigned throughout St Peter, the constituency he is contesting for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the coming general election.

Jordan charged that the tourism numbers reported by the Freundel Stuart Government were not replicated in the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the employment opportunities for citizens.

“There is an economy that is not growing. There is a tourism sector where while we are told constantly that arrivals are increasing, its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product . . .  is lower than it was ten years ago,” said Jordan.

“Even though we have more people arriving, more people staying, [the citizens of Barbados] are still not feeling the effect of those numbers compared to what we felt ten years ago. We believe that if tourism was contributing as it was ten years ago even with lesser numbers we would be able to provide more in the area of job opportunities . . . and training,” he emphasized.

According to Jordan, there is a disconnect between the reports from Government and what Barbadians were experiencing. He argued that if there was growth in the economy, many of the issues such as poor roads and flooding would have been resolved.

“We need our major industries to be working, to be contributing to the national income so that we can have these issues fixed,” he stressed.

10 Responses to Tourism increases not reflected on the ground

  1. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Too true. The number might be up but the spenders are not.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

    The type of tourists that they bringing these days can hardly PAY $2 to catch the bus. They CRY more than Bajan.

  3. Lynette Rollock
    Lynette Rollock October 10, 2017 at 9:11 am


  4. Lee October 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This industry leaks more than 80% of every dollar spent into imports !! It’s time to change the message and the model. It is costing us more than we are earning !! The future lies in health and wellness tourism not in low end back-packer escapism. Start by building a cadre of therapists and care givers and promoting investments in eldercare facilities.

  5. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder October 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Too many people have told me they’ve visited my island and it was beautiful but expensive

  6. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson October 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Time Bajan’s say stop putting all of our eggs in one basket. That bottom gine drop out soon yah hear.

  7. Donild Trimp October 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    “There is an economy that is not growing. There is a tourism sector where while we are told constantly that arrivals are increasing, its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product . . . is lower than it was ten years ago,” said Jordan”.

    Spend is down compared to ten years ago. No one will dispute that fact with you, Sir.

    Here is the hard question. If you want Barbadians to vote for you please tell us what is your solution to deal with this issue.

    Barbadians will not vote for you unless you can give us a reason for doing so.

    • hcalndre October 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      @Donild Trimp; How many times you`ll are going to ask that stupid question? Ask Dem why should the people give them another 5 years, they never tell you they need any ideas, they say that things are good.

  8. Donild Trimp October 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    @hcaindre –
    It is not a stupid question at all.

    You just do not vote for someone just for the sake of voting. That reasoning makes no sense.

    I intend to run as an independent, why not vote for me?

    I will put forward ideas to improve public transportation, to improve garbage collection, to make the public service more efficient and to diversify the economy by attracting manufacturers to Barbados. I am also going to support small businesses who take a run at agriculture.

    Now that you know what I will be putting my energy into, can I count on you for your support?

  9. coolberryhawk October 13, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The development of all inclusive resorts will pull business away from local bars and restaurants, the access and local transport
    links along with major contribution to roads etc need to be account for by the multi-national resorts..


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