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New partnership proposed to manage impact of sex tourism

February 28, 2015
New partnership proposed to manage impact of sex tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Global Adult Industry Association (GAIA) is embarking on a worldwide initiative to establish strategic partnerships with local, regional and international tourism organisations such as United Nation World Tourism (UNWTO), World Travel and Tourism Council...

Barbados tourism returns to growth path

February 26, 2015
Barbados tourism returns to growth path BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados’s tourism sector has begun to show signs of growth. In 2014, long stay visitor arrivals increased for the first time in two years by 2.2 percent to 519,638 visitors, compared to the previous year. Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), Alvin Jemmott...

Barbados signs agreement for sugar cane industry restructuring project

February 26, 2015
Barbados signs agreement for sugar cane industry restructuring project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Inter-Sugar Partnership Limited (ISP), the Caribbean-based advisor of international private/public partnership (PPP) projects, has signed a legal memorandum with the government of Barbados to proceed with the cane industry restructuring project (CIRP).

Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology

February 25, 2015
Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology ST ANN’S FORT, Barbados -- The Canadian government in conjunction with the Barbados Defence Force hosted the second session of a ten-week information technology (IT) workshop on information technology systems support for military members within the Caribbean region.

Other areas of study in Cuba being considered for Barbadian students

February 23, 2015
Other areas of study in Cuba being considered for Barbadian students BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbadians may soon be able to access scholarships to Cuba to study areas other than medicine. This follows a call from minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, to Cuban ambassador to Barbados, Francisco Fernández Peña...

UWI lecture addresses the impact of the sex trade on tourism

February 23, 2015
UWI lecture addresses the impact of the sex trade on tourism CAVE HILL, Barbados -- At the invitation of Professor Cristina Jonsson of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados, the founder/president of the Global Adult Industry Association (GAIA), Charlie Spice, delivered a guest lecture on “The Impact of the Sex Trade on Tourism” on Thursday.

Canadian trade delegation to develop business linkages with Barbados and Trinidad

February 21, 2015
Canadian trade delegation to develop business linkages with Barbados and Trinidad BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Business and institutional representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, are visiting Barbados and Trinidad in the coming days to forge relationships with local entrepreneurs, clients and associates. The trade mission, organized with the support of...

Double Sol Rally Barbados winner seeks third win

February 21, 2015
Double Sol Rally Barbados winner seeks third win BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Fresh from back-to-back victories on tarmac and gravel over consecutive weekends in the UK, double Sol Rally Barbados winner Paul Bird has confirmed his entry for this year’s 25th Anniversary event. With Welsh co-driver Aled Davies, he will again campaign the Frank Bird...

CLICO policyholders and investors can count on Barbados government, says minister

February 17, 2015
CLICO policyholders and investors can count on Barbados government, says minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- CLICO policyholders and investors have been given an assurance by Barbados minister of finance, Christopher Sinckler, that the government is continuing to do what it has been advised “are the appropriate things” to protect them. Sinckler said the government...

Barbados exploring intellectual property rights business opportunities

February 16, 2015
Barbados exploring intellectual property rights business opportunities BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is positioning itself to take advantage of the connections between intellectual property rights and the International Business sector. This disclosure was made recently by minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Kudos

February 16, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Kudos Kudos to the recently revitalised national marketing organisation renamed the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., by facilitating the production of a series of videos where the airline WestJet partners with the chain store Michael Hill Jewellery and a number of Barbadian tourism interests to highlight...

Commentary: CLICO Insurance: The perfect crime

February 16, 2015
Commentary: CLICO Insurance: The perfect crime On January 2, 1994, CLICO International Life Insurance Limited opened its doors, taking over the life insurance operations in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean of Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad) Limited. CLICO served the Caribbean for over 60 years. The mission of CLICO International...

Sol Rally Barbados entry list filling up fast

February 14, 2015
Sol Rally Barbados entry list filling up fast BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Entries for Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31) have surged past 80, with support for the four-wheel-drive classes now representing more than a quarter of the entries received online through the official web site. As the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) celebrates the...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Record-breaking 2015 motor sport season for Barbados

February 12, 2015
Record-breaking 2015 motor sport season for Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- The opening round of the Barbados Karting Association’s (BKA) Frutee Championship at Bushy Park last Sunday (February 8) launched what promises to be a bumper season of island motor sport, with a record-breaking programme of events scheduled to be run...

Barbados to preserve and build on tourism product, says PM

February 10, 2015
Barbados to preserve and build on tourism product, says PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government is committed to preserving, improving and diversifying Barbados’s tourism product so the country can continue to be on the cutting edge of the industry, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said last Wednesday night when he addressed the...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is there a similar opportunity here?

February 9, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is there a similar opportunity here? Ecuador recently went into history by becoming the first foreign country to take a 30-second television commercial aired during the recent Super Bowl at a quoted cost of US$3.8 million to reach an estimated 112 million television audience. As first thought, any comparison between a country boasting...

British brothers for Sol Rally Barbados

February 7, 2015
British brothers for Sol Rally Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Second-generation British motor sport competitors, brothers Oliver and Philip Hopkins, will both compete in Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), when the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its first International All-Stage Rally.

Royal Navy provides navigation course in Barbados for sailors from RSS countries

February 5, 2015
Royal Navy provides navigation course in Barbados for sailors from RSS countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Participants from Regional Security System (RSS) member states spent two weeks at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, HMBS PELICAN, attending a Basic Navigation course, delivered by a visiting training team from the Royal Navy (RN).

Barbados reports decline in chikungunya cases

February 4, 2015
Barbados reports decline in chikungunya cases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health has disclosed that there has been a decline in the number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados in recent weeks. The levels of mosquito breeding have also fallen. In 2014, there were 1,742 suspected cases of chikungunya.

Maritime tactical planning course held at Barbados Coast Guard

February 3, 2015
Maritime tactical planning course held at Barbados Coast Guard BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Participants from Barbados, RSS countries and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries came together at the Barbados Coast Guard to attend a maritime tactical planning course, delivered by a visiting training team of experts from the Royal Navy (RN).

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Using local produce

February 2, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Using local produce Hardly a week seems to go by without one or two prominent figures calling for or, in some cases, demanding more use of local produce by our tourism industry and especially restaurants. First, I absolutely and totally support this objective, but I wonder if the energy expended in trying to make this...

Government will not tamper with exchange rate, says Barbados PM

January 31, 2015
Government will not tamper with exchange rate, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government will not be interfering with the country’s fixed exchange rate, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has assured, saying that conditions in Barbados today did not justify any tampering with the exchange rate. Addressing the Barbados Chamber of Commerce...

Barbados urges Latin America to support Caribbean lobby

January 31, 2015
Barbados urges Latin America to support Caribbean lobby SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (BGIS) -- Barbados has called on Latin American countries, especially those who are members of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to “lend their voices more forcefully to support the lobby in the Caribbean for a more enlightened...

Regional insurance giant to relocate from Barbados following credit downgrade

January 30, 2015
Regional insurance giant to relocate from Barbados following credit downgrade BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional insurance giant Sagicor Financial Corporation is preparing to relocate its registered offices from Barbados following Standard and Poor’s recent downgrade of Barbados’ sovereign credit rating. In a statement published on Tuesday, Sagicor president...

Education delegation from Dutch Caribbean to visit CXC in Barbados

January 29, 2015
Education delegation from Dutch Caribbean to visit CXC in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An 11-member delegation from the Dutch Caribbean territories of St Eustatius and Saba will visit the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in Barbados on 29 and 30 January 2015. The team will be on a fact-finding mission to gain a better understanding of CXC and its examinations.

Groundbreaking initiative to change youth for good

January 29, 2015
Groundbreaking initiative to change youth for good BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Dozens of students from over 12 secondary schools across Barbados gathered last Friday for the launch of a new initiative to empower youth and develop leadership skills in youth.  Axcel Finance, the leading regional microfinance company, announced the launch of...

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