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Barbados Ebola rumours untrue, says health ministry

December 17, 2014
Barbados Ebola rumours untrue, says health ministry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Any rumour of an Ebola case in Barbados is untrue, the ministry of health stated in response to persistent rumours of a suspected case of Ebola at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. According to chief medical officer, Dr Joy St John, the ministry can confirm that...

Barbados initials oil exploration licence

December 17, 2014
Barbados initials oil exploration licence BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados has initialled an exploration licence with the international oil exploration giant BHP Billiton to begin the search for oil and gas offshore. This disclosure came on Tuesday from minister of finance and economic affairs, Christopher Sinckler.

IDB backs program to give SMEs in Barbados greater access to credit

December 17, 2014
IDB backs program to give SMEs in Barbados greater access to credit WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of US$35 million, of which US$17.5 million come from its ordinary capital and US$17.5 million from the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean, to help boost productivity in Barbados.

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: What a wonderful opportunity for sales

December 15, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: What a wonderful opportunity for sales I picked up on a newspaper article recently that highlighted what was described as the world’s third largest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, “dropped anchor” in Barbados last week with its “4,600 passengers and 1,600 crew”. You would think along with other ships that arrived the same day...

Coulthard lifts Race of Champions trophy in Barbados

December 15, 2014
Coulthard lifts Race of Champions trophy in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Multiple Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard put in a stunning performance to eclipse 15 fellow stars of motor sport and win the Race Of Champions on a thrilling afternoon of action and entertainment at Bushy Park Barbados. Following Team Nordic’s triumph in...

Motor sport legends prepare for the Race of Champions in Barbados

December 13, 2014
Motor sport legends prepare for the Race of Champions in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Many of the world’s greatest drivers have arrived at Bushy Park in Barbados ahead of this weekend’s Race Of Champions. The annual end-of-season event, which has been running for over 25 years, brings together some of the world’s best drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines.

Volkswagen Polo RX completes ROC 2014 car line-up in Barbados

December 12, 2014
Volkswagen Polo RX completes ROC 2014 car line-up in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- The stunning Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar will be in action at this weekend’s Race Of Champions at Bushy Park Barbados. The cars have now arrived in Barbados fresh from taking part in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship. Featuring permanent four-wheel drive...

Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel

December 11, 2014
Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel BELLEVUE, USA -- Travel to the Caribbean has long been focused on the US traveler, but new data from the Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, revealed that intra-Caribbean travel is on the rise, with a 50 percent bump in demand in the first three quarters of 2014.

Mercedes Formula 1 car to appear at ROC Barbados

December 11, 2014
Mercedes Formula 1 car to appear at ROC Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- This year’s Formula 1 world constructors’ champions Mercedes will bring their 2012 F1 car to the Race Of Champions at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend. The car, which features a spectacular screaming V8 engine, will be driven round the circuit by official Mercedes F1 reserve driver...

Barbados and Trinidad sign fishing protocol

December 8, 2014
Barbados and Trinidad sign fishing protocol PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (BGIS) -- The governments of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have taken steps to protect the crew and fishing vessels of their nationals when detained in each country’s territorial waters, by the signing of a protocol on common procedures for dealing with this issue.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Our next big challenge

December 8, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Our next big challenge Just weeks after writing in this column about the need to explore further smart partnerships, British Airways have announced they are working with two rail companies, Heathrow Express and First Great Western to offer seamless connections for travellers living in the West of England and Wales.

Bushy Park Barbados prepares for Race of Champions

December 8, 2014
Bushy Park Barbados prepares for Race of Champions BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- With less than a week to go to Race Of Champions Barbados (December 13/14), hundreds of workers are putting the finishing touches to the second massive facelift that Bushy Park Barbados has enjoyed in the past 14 months. Already redeveloped between...

Barbados welcomes inaugural nonstop Delta Air Lines flights from New York and Atlanta

December 6, 2014
Barbados welcomes inaugural nonstop Delta Air Lines flights from New York and Atlanta BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- On Thursday, the island of Barbados welcomed the arrival of inaugural nonstop Delta Air Lines flights DL 483 from New York and DL 697 from Atlanta, respectively. These flights marked the start of the twice-weekly service operating Thursdays and Saturdays.

Robby Gordon brings his Stadium Super Trucks to Barbados

December 5, 2014
Robby Gordon brings his Stadium Super Trucks to Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- American motor sport superstar Robby Gordon will compete at the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held at Bushy Park Barbados on December 13-14. But Gordon’s not travelling to Barbados alone: he’s bringing his stunning Stadium Super Trucks.

Monitoring and evaluation key for drug court success, says Barbados minister

December 4, 2014
Monitoring and evaluation key for drug court success, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Monitoring and evaluating the successes and failures of a Drug Treatment Court to see how they can be improved will be at the centre of such a court’s success. Barbados minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, reiterated this point on Wednesday, as he addressed...

Caribbean gay groups ask Barbados PM to end silence on minister over LGBT protection

December 2, 2014
Caribbean gay groups ask Barbados PM to end silence on minister over LGBT protection BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- CariFLAGS, a 17-year-old coalition of the leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations in the Caribbean, has entered the debate now swirling around Minister of the Environment and Drainage Denis Lowe over faith, equality and “gender-neutral” legislation.

David Coulthard heads to Barbados for ROC 2014

December 2, 2014
David Coulthard heads to Barbados for ROC 2014 BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Thirteen-time Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held later this month at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados. Ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday December 14, Coulthard will partner...

Barbados signs tax agreement with Colombia

December 1, 2014
Barbados signs tax agreement with Colombia WASHINGTON, USA (BGIS) -- Barbados and Colombia have taken significant steps to improve the exchange of information on arrangements with the signing of a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) recently. The Barbados-Colombia signing took place on November 25, in Washington, DC.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Just one of many oversights

December 1, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Just one of many oversights One thing the last few months have taught me, as if I really needed reminding, is that however much you change the structure of an organisation, if you cannot fundamentally improve the way things are done within it, then very little has been accomplished. Implementation, or rather the lack of it...

CDB hosts CEOs, senior managers at water utility reform workshops in Barbados

November 28, 2014
CDB hosts CEOs, senior managers at water utility reform workshops in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- While Caribbean countries have made consistent progress in expanding the coverage of drinking water services, there are gaps that need to be filled to improve access, delivery and quality. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), along with partners, has been working closely...

Historic Caribbean-wide Black Friday sales event set to launch

November 27, 2014
Historic Caribbean-wide Black Friday sales event set to launch CHARLOTTESVILLE, USA -- Six Caribbean nations are making history by holding the largest, multi-destination Black Friday sales event. With nearly 400 participating hotels and resorts, travel enthusiasts have never seen such wide cooperation among the Caribbean's top destinations.

Barbados participants hail broader benefits of Suzuki Rocks

November 25, 2014
Barbados participants hail broader benefits of Suzuki Rocks PORT ST CHARLES, Barbados -- At a function hosted by Suzuki, motor sport champions from race track and rally stage gathered at Port St Charles last week to reflect on the Suzuki ROC Barbados Challenge, which selected the two drivers who will represent Team Barbados in the Race Of Champions.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Retaining brand loyalty

November 24, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Retaining brand loyalty While it may initially seem off-topic, I wonder if we could better apply the same concept to tourism. Out of the blue I took a call recently from our television network provider. A nice lady stated that as we had been customers for ten years that they were going to give us a month’s trial of a movie channel.

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...

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