Who’s In Charge Of This Mess Anyway?
In a StarCom newscast at 12.30pm Tuesday, November 28th, followed by a media release by Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA Inc.), it was announced that the controversial 140% increased (but seemingly acceptable) former “departure tax”, now called a “service fee” – will not take place until 1st February 2007 and will then be hidden in the overall ticket price.
Of course it was far too simple for the common director that sits on both the board of GAIA Inc., and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association to advise the BHTA (and perhaps the Barbados Tourism Authority at the same time) so they could jointly agree a national policy and implement it.
Instead, the tourism partners who we are led to believe formulate policy decisions in the national interest don’t talk about it until after the rest of us discover the news through the media.
Then belatedly when all the damage is done, they leap in and supposedly rectify poor channels of communication with retroactive damage control.
Is This Another Trolley Situation?
Order the trolleys,
have them delivered,
place them in the airport terminal
and then talk to the redcaps!
Its just as well that there are some of us left who are brave enough to ask questions.
… Our thanks to BFP reader and frequent “letter to the editor” writer, Adrian Loveridge, for his take on the Airport Exit Tax. Adrian’s original (unedited) comment can be seen here.
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