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Regional drivers confirmed for ROC Caribbean in Barbados

October 31, 2014
Regional drivers confirmed for ROC Caribbean in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- The two-driver teams selected to represent Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural ROC Caribbean during next month’s Race Of Champions 2014 have been confirmed. They will race head-to-head against the host nation at Bushy Park Barbados.

Fiscal consolidation programme is working, says Barbados minister

October 30, 2014
Fiscal consolidation programme is working, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government’s revised fiscal consolidation programme, introduced a year ago to stabilise the foreign exchange market and protect the Barbados dollar, is said to be working. Minister of finance and economic affairs, Christopher Sinckler, reminded members of the media...

Barbados to regulate e-cigarette use

October 30, 2014
Barbados to regulate e-cigarette use BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados is currently reviewing draft legislation aimed at regulating e-cigarette use. The amendment to the health services legislation should be ready for consideration by next year. This disclosure was made by Health Minister John Boyce.

British judge tells Caribbean investors to seek remedy elsewhere

October 28, 2014
British judge tells Caribbean investors to seek remedy elsewhere LONDON, England -- Investors in the financially-troubled Harlequin group, developers of vacation resorts in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and other Caribbean islands, appear to be no further forward in their attempts to recoup their money after a British High Court judge said...

Barbados Ebola preparedness elevated to highest level

October 27, 2014
Barbados Ebola preparedness elevated to highest level BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ Ebola preparedness efforts have now been elevated to the highest level of government under the National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Health Minister John Boyce made the disclosure in an address to the nation on Thursday.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: What is the purpose of the new board?

October 27, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: What is the purpose of the new board? If the media reporting on the recently selected board members of the newly formed Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc is accurate then I have to express enormous surprise at the apparent absence of a senior impartial member of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch joins ROC 2014 field in Barbados

October 25, 2014
NASCAR champion Kurt Busch joins ROC 2014 field in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- American NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch has happily accepted the invitation to participate in the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14. Busch has been a major force in America’s most popular racing series ever...

Susie Wolff to compete at ROC 2014 in Barbados

October 23, 2014
Susie Wolff to compete at ROC 2014 in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- The Race of Champions is to feature its first female competitor as Susie Wolff has signed up for ROC 2014 at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14. Originally from Oban in Scotland, Wolff spent seven years racing in Germany’s DTM touring car series.

No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions

October 20, 2014
No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has not banned travel to or from West Africa but the ministry of health has recommended that residents defer travel to the region unless absolutely essential until the current Ebola outbreak is brought under control. Travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: It's not just about the numbers

October 20, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: It's not just about the numbers A quoted eight percent increase in long stay visitors from the UK over the same period last year is very encouraging news. As often highlighted, it’s not just about the numbers, but the fact that the average British visitor stays longer and spends more, which is an equally important factor.

Climate change fund necessary, says Barbados minister

October 18, 2014
Climate change fund necessary, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Climate change for Barbados and other small island developing states is not just a challenge; it is a fight for survival. As he made this assertion, minister of the environment and drainage, Dr Denis Lowe, called on members of the board of the Green Climate Fund...

Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25

October 17, 2014
Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Health Minister John Boyce has revealed that the number of confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now stood at 49, with another 200 suspected cases on record. Meanwhile, in the Cayman Islands the total number of confirmed chikungunya cases reached 25 this week.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Who takes the ultimate responsibility?

October 13, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Who takes the ultimate responsibility? Sadly it would appear we are losing the summer weekly Thomas Cook (TC) Manchester flight from early May 2015. Perhaps there is sufficient surplus capacity on the Virgin Atlantic Monday flights, but TC provided a lower cost option for many and, while we are lacking in empirical evidence...

Rare treat for motor sports fans in Barbados

October 13, 2014
Rare treat for motor sports fans in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- More than 17 hours of on-track action, including the first stage of Suzuki Rocks! -- the quest for the best in the island – will be packed into the BMF Club Meet on October 18/19 at Bushy Park Circuit, St Philip. With dragsters, karts and race and rally cars in action.

Barbados to host international business and investment convention

October 10, 2014
Barbados to host international business and investment convention BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A new international exhibition and conference in Barbados -- IBIC 2015 -- will run for three days from October 6-8. The IBIC convention is the first of its kind in Barbados, and will focus on encouraging international business relations and promoting investment.

Barbados expands double taxation agreement network

October 9, 2014
Barbados expands double taxation agreement network BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently signed a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) that could significantly enhance trading opportunities between the two countries. The signing, which took place on Monday, September 22, at the United Nations...

Barbados charting new path for tourism

October 8, 2014
Barbados charting new path for tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The future development of the tourism industry in Barbados must not be left to chance, but there must be a concerted effort from government and stakeholders to provide strategic direction to this vital sector. This view was expressed on Saturday night by minister of tourism...

2014 World Rallycross champion to compete in Barbados

October 8, 2014
2014 World Rallycross champion to compete in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Newly-crowned FIA World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg is the latest driver to sign up for the 2014 Race of Champions, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14. Solberg has taken four wins already in this year’s inaugural championship.

British minister for overseas territories to visit Montserrat, Barbados and BVI

October 7, 2014
British minister for overseas territories to visit Montserrat, Barbados and BVI BRADES, Montserrat -- The Minister for the Overseas Territories at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, James Duddridge MP, will visit Montserrat on Thursday 9 October 2014. This will be the minister’s first visit to the Caribbean in his current role, where he is also visiting Barbados and...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Timing can be everything

October 6, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Timing can be everything While not seeing it reported in our local press up to the time this column was submitted, I noticed a recent media release announcing the sale of Fairmont Royal Pavilion by its owners, Quebec-based Ivanhoe Cambridge, the global real estate company with a quoted property portfolio value of...

Confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now at 40, Cayman records 11 new cases

October 4, 2014
Confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now at 40, Cayman records 11 new cases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados now stands at 40, while in the Cayman Islands, 11 of 13 results of samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing during September 16-24, 2014, have come back positive.

On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

October 2, 2014
On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries on Tuesday pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promotions must be implemented earlier and monitored regularly

September 29, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promotions must be implemented earlier and monitored regularly When you are working with miniscule marketing budgets, securing sponsorship is absolutely critical to the overall success of most promotions. The secret is to ensure that any sponsor ‘investing’ in a bigger picture project achieves a cost effective return. That cannot be done without...

Survey raises critical issues for Barbados

September 26, 2014
Survey raises critical issues for Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- While the data compiled in the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Report will close some of the gaps currently existing in available statistics in Barbados, the findings indicate a number of critical issues that need to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: None of this is rocket science

September 22, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: None of this is rocket science While I can see the attraction of corporate Barbados offering Caribbean cruises as competition prizes or sales inducements, it is difficult to accept what if any real benefit the country gleans from the exercise. Payment almost certainly would ultimately be made in foreign currency (FX) to ship operators...

Barbados elected chair of Caribbean Tourism Organisation

September 19, 2014
Barbados elected chair of Caribbean Tourism Organisation ST THOMAS, USVI -- Barbados has been elected chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), with the election of the island’s minister of tourism and international transport, Richard Sealy. The election took place on Wednesday in St Thomas, USVI during the CTO’s annual general meeting.

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