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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promotions must be implemented earlier and monitored regularly

September 29, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promotions must be implemented earlier and monitored regularly When you are working with miniscule marketing budgets, securing sponsorship is absolutely critical to the overall success of most promotions. The secret is to ensure that any sponsor ‘investing’ in a bigger picture project achieves a cost effective return. That cannot be done without...

Survey raises critical issues for Barbados

September 26, 2014
Survey raises critical issues for Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- While the data compiled in the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Report will close some of the gaps currently existing in available statistics in Barbados, the findings indicate a number of critical issues that need to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: None of this is rocket science

September 22, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: None of this is rocket science While I can see the attraction of corporate Barbados offering Caribbean cruises as competition prizes or sales inducements, it is difficult to accept what if any real benefit the country gleans from the exercise. Payment almost certainly would ultimately be made in foreign currency (FX) to ship operators...

Barbados elected chair of Caribbean Tourism Organisation

September 19, 2014
Barbados elected chair of Caribbean Tourism Organisation ST THOMAS, USVI -- Barbados has been elected chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), with the election of the island’s minister of tourism and international transport, Richard Sealy. The election took place on Wednesday in St Thomas, USVI during the CTO’s annual general meeting.

Barbados PM gives thumbs up for Caribbean leadership project

September 18, 2014
Barbados PM gives thumbs up for Caribbean leadership project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described the Caribbean Leadership Project’s Leadership Development Programme for senior civil servants as being critical to the region’s development. He made the comments recently while hosting...

Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched

September 17, 2014
Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Domestic workers and artisans in five countries who want to move to another country within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) now have access to support services through collaboration with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC).

Open letter: Crimes, violence and declining morals can be stopped

September 17, 2014
“I will never vote again, and do not desire to live any longer in this nation!” These words resonated through the airways in Barbados from a caller on Friday, September 12, CBC’s weekly programme Talk-U-Talk Priest during the topic of same sex marriages.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is a lot of work to do

September 15, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There is a lot of work to do While this may not be universally accepted by all, can and should the private sector tourism industry do more to help itself? The simple answer must be yes! I firmly believe there are so many more ways that we can build smart partnerships to build our destination awareness in all the key markets.

International business and financial services high priority for Barbados

September 13, 2014
International business and financial services high priority for Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government has placed “high priority” on ensuring the sustainability of the international business and financial services sector, and is seeking new ways to improve the value offered to those who view Barbados as the international financial centre of choice.

Challenges faced by Barbados judiciary to be addressed

September 13, 2014
Challenges faced by Barbados judiciary to be addressed BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has signalled his willingness to meet with members of the Barbados Bar Association (BBA) to address the challenges being experienced in the island’s judiciary, and seek out ways in which they could be improved.

Barbados offers solar water heating assistance to other countries

September 11, 2014
Barbados offers solar water heating assistance to other countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With over 40 years’ experience in the development of solar water heating, Barbados stands ready to lend assistance to other countries in establishing their own programmes. This was disclosed by minister of the environment and drainage, Dr Denis Lowe.

Letter: Same sex marriage: Will Barbados open its door?

September 10, 2014
Letter: Same sex marriage: Will Barbados open its door? On Tuesday morning, September 9, 2014, I awoke to the news item that “same sex marriage is knocking at the door of Barbados”. I am an African Barbadian elder age 71 years old. I was brought up to belief in a culture that indoctrinated me to abandon my traditional African culture.

Barbados and Guatemala explore ties

September 8, 2014
Barbados and Guatemala explore ties BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The impact of drugs on societies and the management of UNESCO heritage sites were among the areas discussed when Guatemala’s ambassador, Giovanni Castillo, paid a courtesy call on Barbados minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: How low can you go?

September 8, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: How low can you go? It reminds me a little of the rather repetitive ‘ad’ aired on local radio, “How low can you go?” There are almost always consequences for the failure to implement policies and address the overwhelming concerns of an entire industry. Therefore it was inevitable that it would manifest itself in the...

Eleven confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados

September 6, 2014
Eleven confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There are now 11 confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados while 77 other people are suspected of having the virus. The update came from senior medical officer of health, Dr Karen Springer, who disclosed that, of the 11 confirmed cases, three were imported cases.

OAS tourism congress concludes in Barbados

September 6, 2014
OAS tourism congress concludes in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The 12th Inter-American Congress of ministers and high-level authorities of tourism, convened by the Organization of American States (OAS), concluded on Thursday in Barbados with the adoption of the “Declaration of Bridgetown on Tourism Competitiveness...

Airlift key to diversifying tourism product, says Barbados minister

September 6, 2014
Airlift key to diversifying tourism product, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As more destinations compete for a piece of the world’s tourism pie, this country’s tourism minister, Richard Sealy, has stated that the diversification of Barbados’s product must be accompanied by airlift from non-traditional destinations.

International community can do more for SIDS, says Barbados PM

September 5, 2014
International community can do more for SIDS, says Barbados PM APIA, Samoa (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has lamented that even though small island developing states (SIDS) have kept their side of the bargain in attempting to implement sustainable strategies consistent with the Barbados programme of action...

Barbados hotels to get tax relief soon

September 4, 2014
Barbados hotels to get tax relief soon BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Hoteliers in Barbados will get much needed tax concessions to assist them with upgrading their properties soon – a move that will transform the sector for generations to come and shift the way business is done in the industry. Minister of finance and economic affairs...

Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa

September 3, 2014
Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa APIA, Samoa -- Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: No significant improvement

September 1, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: No significant improvement 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.

CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations

August 30, 2014
CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations 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...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Instant solutions

August 25, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Instant solutions 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.

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.

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