The Nation Newspaper is reporting on a new initiative in the Barbados tourist industry to educate tourists about how to better protect themselves from crime when on vacation.
In our view, this is an excellent strategy – and it highlights what we previously stated about the security of tourists being one of the greatest strengths of the Barbados "tourism brand".
As we mentioned in our previous post "Best Wishes To Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch"…
Why Is Barbados A Better Tourist Destination Than Other Carib Islands?
One of the conference discussions of great importance to Barbados will be about how to distinguish our "Barbados Brand" and product from so many other small Caribbean islands. Think about it… to the tourists, all the islands and all the beaches generally look the same. What can Barbados offer that others cannot?
Tourist Safety – Security
Think "Tourist Safety – Security" and then compare Jamaica with Barbados. No contest. Barbados is a very safe country. Even our few "bad" areas aren't really so bad. Jamaica has some of the most beautiful natural sights in the world – in truth, even prettier than Barbados – but many tourists won't set foot on the island because, as they see it, Jamaica is just not worth the risk…
We in Barbados shouldn't forget about that when the issue of policing comes up. The Royal Barbados Police Force should be the highest paid, best trained and best equipped policing organization in the Caribbean. The police are the true guardians and promoters of the most important segment of our economy. If the tourists don't feel safe in Barbados, you can kiss goodbye to about 80% of our gross national revenue.
No doubt about it. The Royal Barbados Police Force should be the highest paid, best trained and best equipped policing organization in the Caribbean.