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Tourism arrivals, bookings up with US market key

Tourism arrivals, bookings up with US market key

Barbados’ tourism officials are reporting a promising tourism performance for the first eight months of this year. Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Martin Ince told the 30th annual general meeting and luncheon at the Accra Beach Resort, Rockley, Christ Church on Thursday that figures for January to August show long-stay visitor arrivals up […]

Tourism researcher warns of new uncertainty in the Canadian market

Tourism researcher warns of new uncertainty in the Canadian market

A Canadian travel researcher is warning Barbados and other tourism-dependent islands that they simply cannot afford to rest on their laurels in the wake of the devastation caused to the region by hurricanes Irma and Maria last month. Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Tourism Institute Jennifer Hendry further cautioned that while the majority of […]

Grenada supports Barbados’ call for new vulnerability index

Grenada supports Barbados’ call for new vulnerability index

In the wake of the recent hurricane devastation suffered by the Caribbean, Grenada is supporting calls made by Barbados for a new vulnerability index to determine the region’s eligibility for concessional aid. Immediately following the passage of Hurricane Maria last month, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had appealed directly to the international community for such support, […]

Barbados urged not to delay on building codes

Barbados urged not to delay on building codes

Barbados has been warned to urgently beef up its building codes and strengthen or rebuild weak infrastructure given the recent super hurricanes that hit the Caribbean. The advice has come from Anguilla’s Minister of Tourism Cardigan Connor, who is beseeching the Freundel Stuart administration not to disregard lessons from the aftermath of hurricane Irma, which […]

Grenada urges Barbados to follow its Airbnb formula

Grenada urges Barbados to follow its Airbnb formula

Barbados is being urged to embrace homestay programmes instead of viewing them as rivals of the hotel sector. The advice comes from Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher, who revealed that her country was well on the way to regularizing this informal sector. Barbadian hoteliers have bitterly complained that homestay […]

Tourism increases not reflected on the ground

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 […]

Sealy expects strong winter

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, […]

Hurricane fallout

Hurricane fallout

Barbados has not been hit by a major hurricane in over 60 years. However, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc. (BTMI) William Billy Griffith is reporting that the island has suffered fallout due to the recent passage of Hurricane Irma last month. Griffith said this was as a result of some […]

Coastal assets under threat, warns CDEMA

Coastal assets under threat, warns CDEMA

In light of Hurricane Irma, the head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, is suggesting that greater attention needs to be paid to this region’s coastal assets, especially those related to the vital tourism sector. Just back from visiting storm-ravaged Anguilla, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands, Jackson said this was […]

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