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Barbados announces sweeping overhaul of tourism incentive legislation

August 21, 2014
Barbados announces sweeping overhaul of tourism incentive legislation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has announced a comprehensive and permanent overhaul of its tourism incentive legislation, which seeks to treat tourism as an export industry. The disclosure came from minister of finance Christopher Sinckler on Friday. “What we are going to do for hoteliers in Barbados...

CDB welcomes new regional insurance product

August 21, 2014
CDB welcomes new regional insurance product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has welcomed the inception of an excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commended the countries in the region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Seizing the opportunity to make a positive difference

August 18, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Seizing the opportunity to make a positive difference I have always tried to stay away from the various personalities that have been entrusted to guide our number one foreign currency generator, but it would have been almost impossible not to comment on the remarks credited to the outgoing chairman of the Barbados Tourism Industry recently.

CARICOM approach needed to consumer protection, says Barbados minister

August 16, 2014
CARICOM approach needed to consumer protection, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There is a need for greater co-operation and coordination of action of regional bodies with regard to the issue of protecting the health and safety of consumers. Barbados industry minister, Donville Inniss, who is also responsible for consumer matters, expressed this view.

LIAT reorganises its commercial department

August 12, 2014
LIAT reorganises its commercial department ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional airline LIAT has announced changes to its commercial structure in order to bring a sharper focus on revenue generation. Lloyd Carswell, an internationally experienced chief commercial officer, is being appointed in this role on an interim basis for three to four months.

Barbados government pushing niche tourism

August 11, 2014
Barbados government pushing niche tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ sports tourism niche is reaping success for the island as a destination, and this country’s minister of tourism and international transport, Richard Sealy, is promising more developments in this area. He gave this vote of confidence in the island’s tourism product while...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to do something

August 11, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to do something 2014 will mark the hosting of the fifth annual Barbados Food Wine and Rum Festival and I firmly believe that this event has enormous further potential, especially as it takes place during November, which is traditionally one of our quietest months. While I understand the challenging logistics of spreading...

Commentary: No Caribbean appetite for a rum fight

August 8, 2014
Commentary: No Caribbean appetite for a rum fight It is alarming that Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States, John Beale, has publicly stated that CARICOM (the 15-nation Caribbean Community) is “inactive” and needs to take a position on the issue of Caribbean rums being wiped-out of the US market. Inactivity is not in the interest of CARICOM...

Barbados government wants to create attractive financial instruments

August 7, 2014
Barbados government wants to create attractive financial instruments BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados government is giving considerable thought to creating financial instruments that would be attractive to networkers at home and abroad and which would lead to a greater uptake of the instruments issued. This disclosure came on Tuesday from...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Reward vouchers

August 4, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Reward vouchers Perhaps, not surprisingly, there is a lot of donor sponsorship fatigue out there and who could blame any sensible corporate entity for not at least ensuring that any ‘investment’ has a reasonable chance of being cost-effective. We are now taking the re-DISCOVER restaurant initiative that we have been promoting...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean

August 1, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Bertha formed in the western Atlantic on Thursday night and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent.

Make use of trade agreements, says Barbados minister

August 1, 2014
Make use of trade agreements, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- It makes little sense to sign regional and international trade agreements if the manufacturing sector in Barbados, for whose main benefit these agreements are intended, does not exploit the opportunities for new and expanded market access.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is no profit in an empty seat or vacant room

July 28, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is no profit in an empty seat or vacant room While still a month away, September presents one of the most challenging times of the year from a tourism perspective, especially from our second largest market, the United States. With three flights daily, two from Miami, and one from New York, unless the scheduled aircraft type is changed...

Government working to improve Barbados economy, says PM

July 26, 2014
Government working to improve Barbados economy, says PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has promised that the government will continue to work to mitigate Barbados’ weaknesses and build on its strengths to make this country one of the most progressive small island developing economies in the world.

Barbados and Cayman Islands report first locally transmitted chikungunya cases

July 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The ministry of health in Barbados has reported the first case of chikungunya in a resident with no known travel history. Another six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island. In the Cayman Islands, out of seven cases tested...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability

July 21, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability Trawling through the Internet, when it has been available this last week, I have been almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of beautifully presented and creative local world class websites, clearly built by what appear to be mostly small Barbadian entrepreneurs. Often with stunning images.

Barbados seeks funding for reef rehabilitation project

July 18, 2014
Barbados seeks funding for reef rehabilitation project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- It will cost Barbados a projected US$30 million to execute a reef rehabilitation project to save and protect the island’s coral reefs. Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr Denis Lowe, made this point recently, during a call with Chinese ambassador, Wang Ke.

Caribbean Export awards 2.9 million euros to firms in CARIFORUM

July 16, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the award of BB$8,081,874.06 (€2,992,287) to firms and business support organisations (BSOs) across the region via its flagship programme, the direct assistance grant scheme.

Letter: A reparation apology to Barbados from St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 16, 2014
Shame is a word that is often used in expressing regret for some wrong; however, the word shame means: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have, because you know you have done something wrong. It is also important to note that people can be ashamed because of association.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again When my now wife and I ‘discovered’ a then virtually derelict Arawak Inn back in 1988, we never really set out to become seasoned hoteliers. More like having the privilege of living in a big ‘house’ right on the ocean and sharing it with a few friends and the many clients who followed us over the years.

Reparations debate still up for discussion, says Barbados PM

July 10, 2014
Reparations debate still up for discussion, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states will continue to pursue the issue of reparations with former slave-owning nations until a resolution is achieved. This was outlined by chairman of the prime ministerial sub-committee on reparations, prime minister of Barbados...

Regional security a priority for IMPACS, says Barbados attorney general

July 9, 2014
Regional security a priority for IMPACS, says Barbados attorney general ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Keeping Caribbean Community (CARICOM) territories secure is the number one priority for the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Barbados attorney general and minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made clear last Friday at the just concluded...

Honours shared at Bushy Park in Barbados

July 8, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Host nation Barbados shared the honours with Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago at the opening round of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) 2014/15 at the weekend (July 5/6). Guyana's Kristian Jeffrey...

Barbados and Trinidad still negotiating new fishing agreement

July 7, 2014
Barbados and Trinidad still negotiating new fishing agreement ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are still in the process of negotiating a new fishing agreement; however, a draft protocol is in place, Barbados’ ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris outlined as he spoke to members of the media at the 35th regular meeting of...

Industrial action protocol needed for regional airlines, says Barbados minister

July 7, 2014
Industrial action protocol needed for regional airlines, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There is a need to establish a protocol with regional airlines to ensure that events held in the Caribbean are not negatively impacted by industrial action, Barbados minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, asserted last week.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The bottom line

July 7, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The bottom line In tourism, just like many other businesses we talk frequently about the bottom line but do we really pay enough attention to the subject. For instance, how many hotels have sat down and calculated what difference a ten percent increase in average annual occupancy and a net rise of US$10 or...

CARICOM commission on the economy will continue its work, says Barbados PM

July 5, 2014
CARICOM commission on the economy will continue its work, says Barbados PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Coming up with solutions to the socio-economic problems that are facing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, including Barbados, will be “a work in progress”. However, through the recommendations of the recently-established Commission on the Economy...

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