Barbados Airport Exit Tax: Has Partial Sense Prevailed?

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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.

Related BFP Articles…

Barbados Airport Exit Tax Now Hits $60 Per Person!

Barbados Tourism Killer: Airport Departure Tax To Double

 

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6 responses to “Barbados Airport Exit Tax: Has Partial Sense Prevailed?

  1. Hants

    Maybe they will remove it after World Cup. Have to take advantage of the 30,000 visitors coming for the Cup.

  2. Carl Moore

    The latest on Concorde.

    It’s going to be the centrepiece of a musuem. No, a visitors’ centre. No, a museum again. It will open in September ’06. No, make that November. Not yet, let’s make that “during the winter tourist season around March”!
    Where else could this nonsense take place with hardly a whimper from the patient taxpayers? How much has this thing cost Barbadians since November 17, 2003, when British Airways parked it off at Grantley Adams International Airport, “on loan” to Barbados?

  3. Jerome Hinds

    The newest pimp ( Barney Lynch) in the BLP propaganda machine should be telling the taxpayers of Barbados about what is really happening with the concorde. After several failed promises it is a mystery if any positive thing will be done with the concorde/proposed museum. This BLP government has now reduced itself to spin and extravagance….

    1. Another $ 25 million dollars on Grennland after wasting over $ 30 million before.

    2. NHC building in Warrens over $ 130 million dollars. The building still closed. The government refused to abide by the arbitrator’s decision and now place the matter before the law courts. More money down the cess pool……!

    3. More money recently allocated for CWC . Good gosh! What will be the final sum before a ball is bowled?

    While all of this and many more shenanigans are going on,

    Sir Allan Fields joyriding in New York on taxpayer funds while on private business!

    Supporters of this BLP government getting free MultiChoice service at the taxpayers expense!

    The Director of RDC is declared a candidate for the BLP while being paid from the public purse!

    St. Lucians voted against such levels of graft and hoodwinks.

    Barbadians make your X count against such practices here as well!!!!

  4. Jerome Hinds

    The newest pimp ( Muscle Mary!!! ooops Barney Lynch) in the BLP propaganda machine should be telling the taxpayers of Barbados about what is really happening with the concorde. After several failed promises it is a mystery if any positive thing will be done with the concorde/proposed museum. This BLP government has now reduced itself to spin and extravagance….

    1. Another $ 25 million dollars on Grennland after wasting over $ 30 million before.

    2. NHC building in Warrens over $ 130 million dollars. The building still closed. The government refused to abide by the arbitrator’s decision and now place the matter before the law courts. More money down the cess pool……!

    3. More money recently allocated for CWC . Good gosh! What will be the final sum before a ball is bowled?

    While all of this and many more shenanigans are going on,

    Sir Allan Fields joyriding in New York on taxpayer funds while on private business!

    Supporters of this BLP government getting free MultiChoice service at the taxpayers expense!

    The Chairman of RDC is declared a candidate for the BLP while being paid from the public purse!

    St. Lucians voted against such levels of graft and hoodwinks.

    Barbadians make your X count against such practices here as well!!!!

  5. what else has changed at GAIAInc since the partial shake-up of the board?we know that that exercise was akin to ptting one’s clothes on the wrong-side.when will the minister look at the management-team to see which drivers are reckless don’t know how to drive.maybe,he will find out soon who is using it as a soup-kitchen.perhaps the auditor-general might be able to shed some light if his office is utilised.

  6. So the HR Director is at it again.! Treating staff like cattle,making them to stand for hours listening to her drivel and CEO seems to see nothing wrong with that.well in a few months his contract will end and he’ll be out of here.’CUSTER’S” last stand should be to make his HR misfit pay for the damages done to the company’s vehicle by her children and also teach the tattooed-where the sun don’ shine-lady some manners before she deals with staff.