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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Our marketing people have a mountain to climb

August 3, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Our marketing people have a mountain to climb With Sterling reaching an eight year high against the Euro, making most European countries dramatically less expensive as holiday destinations and the Canadian dollar below 80 cents when compared with its southern neighbour, the pressure is on to make Barbados perceived as offering value-for money.

Barbados records record-breaking long-stay arrivals during first half of 2015

August 1, 2015
Barbados records record-breaking long-stay arrivals during first half of 2015 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- During the first six months of 2015 Barbados recorded 303,592 long stay visitors, the first time the destination has ever topped 300,000 visitors in the January - June period in the 29 years of recording air arrivals tourism statistics. This also represents a 14.3 percent increase...

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

July 31, 2015
Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Commentary: Big Dragon on Campus: China's soft power-play in academia

July 29, 2015
Commentary: Big Dragon on Campus: China's soft power-play in academia This past April, in a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador, Barbados announced the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI)-Cave Hill. This institute is one of over 400 Confucius Institutes established in schools across 115 countries.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Dispelling the myth of an expensive destination

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Dispelling the myth of an expensive destination Last week I used a couple of web based hotel booking sites to reserve some accommodation in Charlotte and Kentucky for an upcoming trip. One of them, Hotwire, offers a variety of star rated lodging where you do not actually know exactly which property you are staying at until pre-payment is made in full.

Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers

July 22, 2015
Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers TORONTO, Canada -- The government of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter Canada by air. Effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for visa-exempt travellers to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

Development Bank of Latin America to participate in Barbados development financing

July 20, 2015
Development Bank of Latin America to participate in Barbados development financing BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will sign three agreements on Monday with the executive president of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Enrique Garcia, that will allow CAF to participate in the financing of the country’s development agenda.

IMF concludes consultation with Barbados

July 20, 2015
IMF concludes consultation with Barbados WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 17, 2015, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Barbados. Real GDP growth remained weak in 2014, weighed down by fiscal drag and stagnant tourism inflows, and unemployment averaged 12.3 percent.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: All work and no pay!

July 20, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: All work and no pay! A recent survey released through the US Travel Association (USTA) and conducted by Oxford Economics concluded that, last year, American workers walked away from US$52.4 billion in unused vacation time, forfeiting a total of 169 million paid days off. The amount of vacation time Americans take...

Earthquakes rattle Barbados and neighbouring islands

July 17, 2015
Earthquakes rattle Barbados and neighbouring islands BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Six separate earthquakes were recorded on Thursday northeast of Barbados between 7:01am and 12:23pm local time about 125 km from the capital, Bridgetown. The magnitudes ranged from 3.4 to 6.4 and depths from 61km to 111km. These earth tremors were reportedly felt...

Barbados PM laments new era of industrial relations

July 16, 2015
Barbados PM laments new era of industrial relations BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has lamented what he refers to as a new era of industrial relations in Barbados, describing it as “choke and rob industrial relations”. Stuart was speaking to the media on Monday about the “involuntary retirement dispute” involving the Barbados...

Barbados government retracts Commonwealth claim

July 9, 2015
Barbados government retracts Commonwealth claim BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Following a report by Caribbean News Now on Monday that, according to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), Commonwealth regulations require that a candidate for the position of secretary general must be put forward by the region...

CARICOM summit a success, says Barbados PM

July 7, 2015
CARICOM summit a success, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, considers the just-concluded 36th CARICOM heads of government meeting, held in Barbados from July 2 to 4, a success. Speaking during the closing press conference...

Caribbean leaders undecided on Commonwealth nominee

July 6, 2015
Caribbean leaders undecided on Commonwealth nominee BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean leaders have still not decided on a consensus candidate for the soon-to-be vacant post of Commonwealth Secretary-General. CARICOM chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stated that a decision had not been made.

Caribbean employer organizations hold forum in Barbados to develop policy positions

July 6, 2015
Caribbean employer organizations hold forum in Barbados to develop policy positions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Thirty-two representatives from 19 employers’ organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean participated in a regional forum entitled “Facilitating Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes” in Barbados.

CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda

July 1, 2015
CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With increases in crime being recorded across the region, especially involving the use of firearms, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments are being urged to pay closer attention to the crime and security agenda agreed to by the heads of government in 2013.

Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering

July 1, 2015
Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes.

UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak

June 30, 2015
UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak CAVE HILL, Barbados -- Young people across the Caribbean will have a rare opportunity to directly state their concerns to United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosts a UN youth symposium at Cave Hill campus on Friday. The UN chief will be in Barbados...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Robbing the poor to pay the rich

June 29, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Robbing the poor to pay the rich Although the concept was rolled out some time ago, the details were largely announced in a media conference that took place at the Museum Park in Miami last week. Never shy of dominating the global limelight, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Cruises should have three brand new Italian...

Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda

June 27, 2015
Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government gather in Barbados early next month for their 36th regular meeting, they are expected to continue “fleshing out” the initiatives that have to be taken to push the reparations agenda forward.

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM

June 24, 2015
CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The single market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is “on the march”, says Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while the single economy element has been a little more challenging because it calls for more fundamental...

Barbados prepared to challenge EU blacklisting

June 24, 2015
Barbados prepared to challenge EU blacklisting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is prepared to challenge a recent decision by members of the European Union (EU) to blacklist the country for being a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction, minister of international business, Donville Inniss, said during a press conference. “This issue is very critical...

Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'?

June 24, 2015
Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'? I wish to commend the Barbados Today for the editorial published on June 20, 2015, titled “Haitians merit justice like everyone else”. While reading this piece, I was immersed in joy with a little bit of reservation that the fourth estate is once again putting itself ahead of the snail-paced and, often times...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense

June 22, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense I had hoped to dedicate this week’s column to the new measures put in place announced in the 2015 budget to stimulate spending, especially in the tourism sector. Unless I missed something while trawling through the 57 pages, not a single ‘incentive’ has been announced that would be likely to...

ICC annual conference week starts in Barbados on Monday

June 22, 2015
ICC annual conference week starts in Barbados on Monday BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (ICC) -- The International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference week will begin in Barbados on Monday, with the associate and affiliate members’ meeting, and will conclude with the IBC board meeting on 26 June. The conference is being hosted by the West Indies...

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