News from Barbados:
September 1, 2014
Later this week, for three days, one of the most important travel trade events takes place called Connect 2014. It is estimated that around 97 tour operators representing 74 companies from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Continental Europe and the Caribbean will attend.
August 30, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened three regional consultations to discuss the findings of a major consultancy on government procurement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The consultations are being facilitated by...
August 25, 2014
Even if the repeatedly broken promises confirming that all registered hotels will qualify for the same concessions given to Sandals last year came into practical effect this week, it is now far too late for the vast majority of properties to make any meaningful use of them this year, at least in terms of major upgrading.
August 21, 2014
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...
August 21, 2014
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.
August 18, 2014
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.
August 16, 2014
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.
August 12, 2014
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.
August 11, 2014
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...
August 11, 2014
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...
August 8, 2014
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...
August 7, 2014
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...
August 4, 2014
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...
August 1, 2014
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.
August 1, 2014
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.
July 28, 2014
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...
July 26, 2014
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.
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...
July 21, 2014
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.
July 18, 2014
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.
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.
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.
July 14, 2014
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.
July 10, 2014
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...
July 9, 2014
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...
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...
July 7, 2014
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...