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Barbados wants more Canadian tourists

November 22, 2014
Barbados wants more Canadian tourists BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes that Barbados must take back the Canadian tourism market. He expressed this view on Wednesday evening during a reception held for 33 Canadians who were in Barbados on a ten-day visit organised by Betty Hope-Gittens.

Legend Stig Blomqvist to drive iconic rally car in Barbados

November 22, 2014
Legend Stig Blomqvist to drive iconic rally car in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- One of motor sport’s all-time greats will be at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados for ROC 2014 on December 13-14 as 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist takes to the track to show off the classic Audi Quattro S1 Group B rally car. An icon of rallying’s halcyon days...

US attorney general visits Barbados

November 20, 2014
US attorney general visits Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Tuesday met with the attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder Jr., at Parliament in Bridgetown. During wide-ranging discussions, which focused on general security issues affecting Barbados and the region...

Barbados and US sign FATCA agreement

November 19, 2014
Barbados and US sign FATCA agreement BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government of Barbados is committed to the implementation of global standards for the supervision and regulation of the international business and financial services sector. This affirmation came today from minister of industry, international business...

Letter: Why small farming sustains poverty in the Caribbean

November 19, 2014
Letter: Why small farming sustains poverty in the Caribbean The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2014 “International Year of Family Farming,” a phrase that is rather superfluous since the organization itself asserts that family farms “… make up 98% of farming holdings” (fao.org/family-farming).

Motorcycling superstar Mick Doohan heads to Barbados for ROC 2014

November 19, 2014
Motorcycling superstar Mick Doohan heads to Barbados for ROC 2014 BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Australian motorcycle legend Mick Doohan, one of the greatest riders in the history of two-wheeled sport, will compete at the 2014 Race Of Champions at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14. Doohan dominated his sport in the Nineties.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to get more involved

November 17, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to get more involved It seems almost inconceivable to accept that the dreaded APD (Advanced Passenger Duty) was implemented in the United Kingdom, or others would say thrust upon the industry, some twenty years ago. There has been a lot of recent misinformation spread in the media, so I think it is time to clarify...

FMX4Ever riders to thrill crowds at ROC 2014 in Barbados

November 15, 2014
FMX4Ever riders to thrill crowds at ROC 2014 in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- There will be high octane action and adrenaline both on and off track at next month’s Race Of Champions in Barbados as the FMX4Ever motocross team bring their latest show to the Bushy Park Circuit. FMX4Ever has a diverse team from all over the world.

Private sector may need to look beyond region, says Barbados minister

November 14, 2014
Private sector may need to look beyond region, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Private sector bodies have been told that they may have to look beyond the region and engage with other similar entities. Barbados minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean, signalled this on Tuesday as she addressed the topic...

No need to panic over telecoms merger, says Barbados minister

November 13, 2014
No need to panic over telecoms merger, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados industry and commerce minister, Donville Inniss, has assured the public that there is no need to panic over the proposed merger between Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications, as the relevant authorities would do what they had to do...

Watson and Skeete to represent Barbados at Race of Champions

November 11, 2014
Watson and Skeete to represent Barbados at Race of Champions BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Rhett Watson and Dane Skeete will represent Team Barbados in the ROC Nations Cup at the Race Of Champions 2014, which will be staged in the island next month (December 13/14). Race Of Champions director Fredrik Johnsson was at Bushy Park on Sunday...

Barbados needs business overhaul, says attorney general

November 10, 2014
Barbados needs business overhaul, says attorney general BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- It will take nothing short of a revolution to make the changes necessary to move Barbados forward and reposition the country. In fact, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said what was really needed was a “complete overhaul” of how business was done over recent years.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Intra-Caribbean travel

November 10, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Intra-Caribbean travel As someone who has championed intra-Caribbean travel for over 40 years and invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of our own money promoting, what for Barbados is still just about our third largest source market, it gives me no pleasure in witnessing the dramatic decline.

Barbados and Colombia to open tax treaty talks

November 8, 2014
Barbados and Colombia to open tax treaty talks BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados and Colombia are in the process of determining the next steps for launching talks on a tax treaty. Minister of industry, international business, commerce and small business development, Donville Inniss, made this disclosure recently.

International colloquium in Barbados to pave the way for private sector growth

November 8, 2014
International colloquium in Barbados to pave the way for private sector growth BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The role of the private sector is particularly vital today amid strong signals by some Caribbean economies of returning to positive growth in 2015. This view has been shared by executive director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency, Pamela Coke-Hamilton.

Barbados prepares isolation centre for Ebola patients only

November 7, 2014
Barbados prepares isolation centre for Ebola patients only BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados has announced that the isolation centre located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s compound will be used by Ebola patients only. Permanent secretary in the ministry, Tennyson Springer, said on Tuesday that a decision...

Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications

November 7, 2014
Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications LONDON, England -- Cable and Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Columbus International Inc., a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband Internet...

Suzuki Rocks! final at Bushy Park in Barbados on Sunday

November 5, 2014
Suzuki Rocks! final at Bushy Park in Barbados on Sunday BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Sunday is D-Day for 20 of the island’s top drivers, selected last month for the Suzuki ROC Barbados Challenge. D is for ‘Decision’ and the quest to find the two best all-rounders to represent Team Barbados against motor sport champions from around the world in the ROC...

Regional disaster management receives boost from EU

November 3, 2014
Regional disaster management receives boost from EU BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Efforts to enhance disaster management throughout the Caribbean received a much needed boost on Friday, with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union (EU). Barbados minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, welcomed the grant, noting it signalled the region’s...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The first litmus test month

November 3, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The first litmus test month November, I believe, will be the first litmus test month of whether or not any changes that have been taking place over this year in the marketing of Barbados will indicate any recovery of long stay visitor numbers to our shores. November 2013 recorded a total of 42,690 stay-over arrivals, which was the lowest...

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...

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