BHTA concerned about possible impact of U.S. health advisory

Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Roseanne Myers,  says she is encouraged by the relevant Government agencies’ assurances that Barbados’ drinking water supply remains safe.

Responding to statements made to this effect during a joint press conference by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Myers said, “This is very encouraging news for us especially as we get ready to promote the island at one of the largest marketing events, Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico from January 30 to February 1. Based on these statements we can take a message to our travel partners that our drinking water is safe and meets the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO)”.

She, however, said the BHTA remained very concerned about the possible impact of the second health alert issued this week by the United States Embassy on the island.

“These cautionary advisories are unfortunate, especially in the peak of the winter tourist season. However, we are heartened by the fact that the south coast issues are now engaging those at the highest level as they seek to bring this problem under control. We know a solution to the wastewater issue is in progress and want to reinforce the urgent need for speed as well as the importance of keeping the public fully informed during the process.”

“The BHTA will continue to offer support to the various agencies wherever feasible, as we have committed over the past few months. We will also continue to keep our members and partners informed and updated as information comes to hand,” Myers added.

15 Responses to BHTA concerned about possible impact of U.S. health advisory

  1. Stephen January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Roseanne Myers was appointed by this GOB.
    The BWA general manager Keithroy Halliday was appointed by this GOB.
    The marketing specialist was appointed by the GOB.
    The minister is responsible for the BWA.
    The only person that has not communicated with the people of Barbados is the minister responsible for all the S… that is happening on the south coast.
    Maybe it is because that he is alledegly trying to finish his personal projects through a private contractor before elections.

    • John Everatt January 27, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      How true. These people al have their reasons to be less than truthful. Minister Estwick may just not want to lie and therefore chooses to say nothing at all.

  2. Adrian Loveridge January 28, 2018 at 6:04 am

    As a former director of the BHTA, it is not true that Roseanne Myers was appointed by the GOB. Surely it is the qualifying membership that appointed her?

  3. hcalndre January 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

    @Adrian Loveridge; she is one of the players regardless of who hired her, this problem was brewing for at least 3 years and with all the people, politicians involved did not pay any attention and now running around like fowls with their heads calling meetings, telling the public et al that the water is safe, safe or not its water that people have to drink and they will not take any chances, so take the blame for your ineptness and whatever the consequences that follow.

    • Jennifer January 28, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Don’t forget to fire at those permanent secretaries. Trust me.

  4. Jonah Banks January 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Two things that make people spring into action, that’s tourism and an election.

  5. F.A. Rudder January 28, 2018 at 11:37 am

    With all said and elaborated,what good measures can we as nationals offer in regard to improving the performance of the sewerage treatment plant ? I have identified two basic problems such as the high level of acidic sludge,and the inferior, plumbing material initially installed at installation; now maybe we can get some positive input on upgrading the performance of the present system. High rainfall runoff creates overburden on almost every system design and higher than usual volume inputs will create bottlenecking if the system’s pluming bore is not large enough on the delivery / intake side.

  6. Sam January 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve been living in Barbados for about 5 months now in the Hastings area and I am disgusted in the lack of action to resolve this sewage issue…how does a government leave this issue to fester for so long is beyond comprehension.What will it take to get this issue fixed? Maybe a class action lawsuit against the water company and the people incharge will get things moving.
    What a shame and an imbaressment.

  7. Ossie Moore January 28, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Barbados biggest weakness . . . . . . Tourism.

  8. Ossie Moore January 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    You live by the sword , you die by the sword.

    You live by tourism , you die by tourism.

  9. Ossie Moore January 28, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Roseanne Myers says : “this is very encouraging news for us especially as we get ready to promote the island at one of the largest marketing events, Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico from January 30 to February 1 “.

    Ossie : Roseanne . please name the country in which you you are making the promotion . . . did you say Puerto Rico ?

  10. Ossie Moore January 28, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    This brings one more thing to mind , how does Camilla Andrews –
    Gibson feels about all of this water testing happening in the midst of tourist season ” ?

    She is the ( white lady wannabe . . with the bleached skin ) owner of Krazy Kravings Cupcake store in Barbados who doesn’t like when things like this happen right in the midst of tourist season.

  11. luther thorne January 28, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    The DLP Yardfowls does keep far away from these threads that show up the clueless inept clueless visionless F.Stuart Sewage Producing and Eating Administration. F S S PEA

  12. Carson C. Cadogan January 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    “”It has been reported that body parts have been found in that (South Coast)sewage system. Why would human hands and feet be found in a waste system? The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is not on the South Coast and I am not sure of what other facility in Barbados routinely disposes of human body parts.””

    Why is Barbados Today not reporting on this???

  13. Mack January 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I think that our officials has now gone into a state of denial.

    And now starting to lash out at anyone who call this sewage mess a health problem.

    This thing has been going on too long!!!!!!

    It is obvious that we have lost the ability to manage our affairs as a people’

    It is sad to say this but we should consider asking the Queen to Re-Colanise us.

    So that we can get back to PUNCHING ABOVE OUR WEIGHT.


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