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New Sandals resort raises eyebrows

New Sandals resort raises eyebrows

Concerns are being raised about possible environmental damage at Dover Woods, Christ Church as a result of the construction of Sandals Royal Barbados resort, the new all-suite property that began as an expansion of the company’s existing resort. Sustainability enthusiast Jim Webster said he was worried that the US$160 million development was affecting the area’s […]

Put politics aside for the sake of country – Myers

Put politics aside for the sake of country – Myers

One of the island’s top tourism officials is pleading with Barbadians to put their political differences aside and focus on solutions to the economic challenges facing the country. What’s more, Chairperson of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers is hinting to the Freundel Stuart administration that it must not be afraid to […]

Hotel upgrades coming

Hotel upgrades coming

More than $30 million will be spent this year on refurbishment and upgrade of hotels to help improve their competitiveness, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Rudy Grant. However, Grant said the hoteliers’ ability to compete was still being stifled by the absence of dozens more items from […]

Hyatt hotel gets BHTA support

Hyatt hotel gets BHTA support

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is throwing its support behind the developers of the controversial Hyatt Centric Resort on Lower Bay Street, The City. BHTA Chief Executive Officer Rudy Grant said today the hotel would significantly benefit the island’s tourism product. While stating that the association would not engage in any public discussions […]

Banks won’t take up VAT payments to hotels

Banks won’t take up VAT payments to hotels

The island’s bankers have shot down a proposal by the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) that would guarantee timely settlement of Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds to hoteliers. The Barbados Bankers Association (BBA) said the factoring programme – through which the banks would pay the VAT refunds to hoteliers and collect the outstanding monies […]

Don’t tax Airbnb yet, says Sealy

Don’t tax Airbnb yet, says Sealy

The Ministry of Finance is being advised to ensure there is clarity on what comprises the informal accommodation sector before imposing taxes on those involved in the programme. The unregistered lodging sector has been generating an increasing amount of interest among the formal sector, as a rising number of visitors choose homestay programmes such as […]

Hotels get $12 million in concessions

Hotels get $12 million in concessions

Government has granted nearly $12 million in concessions to 40 hoteliers since 2015, Minster of Tourism Richard Sealy Monday announced. In a one-hour-and-45-minute presentation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Monday morning, Sealy told journalists and tourism industry officials it was always Government’s intention to ensure the “right concessions regime” was in place to “encourage hotels to […]

CTO keeping close tabs on Barbados

CTO keeping close tabs on Barbados

Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Hugh Riley says he is closely monitoring the debate over the proposed construction of a Hyatt hotel here, as well as Barbados’ deficit economic position, which has come in for increased scrutiny in recent weeks amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves. However, Barbados-born regional tourism boss Thursday refused to […]

Tourism fall off

Tourism fall off

Travel to the Caribbean is expected to slow somewhat this year, following a mixed 2016 in which hotel performance was generally down but arrivals from most key markets were up. Overall, the region welcomed a record 29.3 million long-stay visitors, which represents a 4.2 per cent increase over the previous year. Cruise arrivals were also […]

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