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Business sluggishness affecting Barbados’ tourism competitiveness competitiveness

Business sluggishness affecting Barbados’ tourism competitiveness competitiveness

The slow pace of doing business in Barbados has been identified as a major contributor to the island’s slide in tourism competitiveness. Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers said while the hotel sector had witnessed an overall decline in costs for the 2016 period, which the latest Travel and Tourism […]

Hotel occupancies drop during first quarter

Hotel occupancies drop during first quarter

A chilling warning has been issued to tourism practitioners here that they cannot assume that the traditional winter tourists will continue to visit Barbados. Against the backdrop of a fall in hotel occupancies and weak returns on hotel room rates during the first quarter of this year, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association […]

Tax grab

Tax grab

A senior tourism official has likened a recommendation to raise the cruise head tax and airport exit fees to attempting “some kind of a Hail Mary solution” to the island’s economic problems. Even worse, warned Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers, such a “grab at taxes” had the potential to […]

Bad advice

Bad advice

Don’t raise airline departure taxes! That is the stern warning to Government from hotelier Adrian Loveridge in response to a proposal to increase tourism taxes, put forward by the Foreign Exchange Working Group of the Social Partnership, which was mandated by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to advise Government on measures to boost the dwindling foreign […]

Tourism slide

Tourism slide

Already struggling to keep tourism spend up and adequately compete with more attractive destinations, the Barbados bread and butter tourism industry has become less competitive, according to the latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report. Published by the World Economic Forum’s industry programme for Aviation, Travel and Tourism, the 2017 survey placed Barbados 58 out of […]

Lip service being paid to tourism – Austin

Lip service being paid to tourism – Austin

A non-governmental organization which promotes a motivated, highly skilled and properly compensated workforce in the tourism industry is calling for decisive action to improve the quality of the tourism product and services here. The Barbados Association of Tourism Employees (BATE) said a major review of the industry was needed, with all practical recommendations implemented by […]

Barbados to get its first luxury beach club

Barbados to get its first luxury beach club

Barbados is to get its first luxury beach club property with the opening at Port Ferdinand of the luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand Nikki Beach at the end of this year. Nikki Beach Barbados will sit on 1.4 acres of pristine beachfront property and mark the entry of the first luxury beach club property on […]

Hope for Junior Minister of Tourism

Hope for Junior Minister of Tourism

Jada Hope is the 2017 Junior Minister of Tourism. After two rounds of speeches, the 14-year-old student from The St Michael School emerged victorious at the competition staged by the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTP) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Monday. The competition was formerly known as the Speech Competition, and having been rebranded this year, […]

Elegant in seventh heaven

Elegant in seventh heaven

The Elegant Hotels Group will officially add a seventh hotel to its properties in Barbados in another month. The group is in the process of wrapping up a deal to acquire the four-star 35-room Treasure Beach Hotel in Paynes Bay, St James. Chief Executive Officer of Elegant Sunil Chatrani said in a statement the agreement […]

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