Where Is The Deluge Of Tourists That Was Supposed To Happen From Cricket World Cup?
‘This year could be a disastrous one for the small hotel and accommodation sector in Barbados if bookings do not increase for the period before and after the Cricket World Cup finals’.
Not my words, but part of an interview with the chairman of the Barbados based Intimate Hotel group, chairman, Denis Tull, who is also a board director of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and Barbados Tourism Authority.
As a small hotelier, it’s a stunning and deeply concerning admission.
Of the 160 plus registered hotels, apartment complexes and guest houses on Barbados, over 110 are classified as small.
The Intimate Hotel group state they have around 40 member properties.
It must be incredibly difficult for tourism industry watchers, when one day they hear that a ‘sluggish summer’ has been transformed into ‘a relatively good year, cushioned by the winter’.
And these quotes are taken from the same publication separated by just 24 hours.
Months ago, I suggested that a national accommodation computer bank be established, where any currently available accommodation could be offered.
Cricket fans still seeking lodging could access these rooms and the cost of operating such a service would be funded by a booking fee.
Our small hotel (Peach & Quiet -ed.) is already fully booked, with the exception of a few overnights from now until May 2nd, so the statement ‘that bookings for the small-hotel sector were traditionally last minute’ certainly does not apply to us.
So why is this, can someone logically explain it?
1st January 2007
‘HOTELS UPBEAT’ Sunday 31st December 2006 Sunday Sun
‘HOTEL BOOKINGS TOO SLOW FOR FINALS’ 1st January 2007 Daily Nation
Editor’s Comment by Robert:
Anyone who has seen Adrian Loveridge’s beautiful Peach and Quiet Resort knows why people want to stay there and why the place is always quite booked up well ahead. That said, there are lots of beautiful places on the island, so Adrian and his folks must also be making people feel very welcome
I have no need to stay at a hotel, but if I did, Peach and Quiet would be one of the first places I would call for a reservation. The above photo is from the Peach and Quiet website (link here).