Barbados’ New Travel Industry Competition: Dubai

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Last Year Over 600,000 Brits Went To Dubai When They Could Have Come To BIM

Tourism now constitutes 30% of Dubai’s GDP. In 2006 over 6.5 million hotel guests stayed in Dubai and generated US$3.1 Billion dollars.

In 2006, 245,000 Brits Visited Barbados…

… but during that same year, 600,000 Brits chose Dubai over Barbados. That disparity will keep growing as Dubai uses tourism profits and oil revenues to invest heavily in tourism infrastructure. World famous attractions like the Burj Al Arab Hotel (Acknowledged as the best hotel in the world) and the Palm Islands development are tough for Barbados to match. (Palm Island is the largest land-reclamation project in the world, and can be seen with the naked eye from the space shuttle!)

Want to go snowboarding or downhill skiing in Dubai? No problem.

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Only a short five years ago, Barbados Tourism authorities made jokes about tourism in Dubai – saying “Sure, sure. Take a tour of the sand dunes. Ha ha ha!”

Guess what? Thousands and thousands of tourists now tour the desert in Dubai.

What else is there and coming in Dubai?

How about the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest theme park “Dubailand” and two more man-made islands giving Dubai the three largest man-made islands in the world. (see TravelMole article here)

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Time To Look At Our Current Travel Leadership In Barbados

Our own small hotel owner Adrian Loveridge is far more knowledgeable about the travel industry than I will ever be, so I hope he reads this article and gives us the benefit of his wisdom. (Type quietly please, Adrian. I’m still recovering from last Saturday night at Crop-Over!)

As this layperson sees it, Barbados tourism has two main problems, and two huge assets.

First, the problems…

1/ Lack of Focus and Identity – We Have Lost Our Way

Under the current leadership, Barbados Tourism has suffered from an identity crisis. We don’t know what we want to be anymore and our messages to the world reflect this confusion and desperation. Noel Lynch says that Barbados will never be a “mass destination” and he is correct. Being a “mass destination” relies upon two things – proximity to major markets and price. We have neither compared with, say, Cuba or Florida.

Yet our tourism leadership persists with the “Best of Barbados” – pouring tax dollars into heavily subsidizing certain markets in an attempt to put us on a par price-wise with “mass destinations”. Linda Thompkins of My Barbados Blog is an American travel agent who specializes in Barbados travel. She estimates that less than 15% of her “Best of Barbados” clients return to our island as they are only seeking sun, sand and cheap.

Best of Barbados doesn’t seem to me to be a very wise strategy to attract long term loyalty from quality tourists. Pushing Barbados as a “budget” destination also sends the wrong message to the better quality traveler. We are trying to be all things to all people, and that is a recipe for disaster in any business unless you are Walmart or Orlando, Florida.

2/ Deteriorating Tourism Product Features Including Accommodations, Tourist Attractions and the Natural Environment

Instead of spending our tax and tourism revenues on areas that reinforce our main industry, our leadership built mega-projects of dubious value when it comes to supporting tourism. We have no reliable mass or rapid transit, but we will have half a billion dollars of flyovers when that project is finished. Many areas of the island lack reliable water, but we have a hundred million dollar cricket venue that will never again be used for Cricket World Cup or any other major event within the foreseeable future. (Hey… do you really think that FIFA championship is coming to Barbados after our performance with cricket?)

We still have raw sewerage running onto some of our beaches and despite the best efforts of Ian Bourne and the gang, there is garbage dumped everywhere on this island.

The GEMS hotels scam has produced fabulous world class hotels like Time Out At The Gap – which is only rivaled by some of the seedier whore houses I stayed in when visiting New Jersey a few years back. (No, I didn’t really stayed in a whore house, but a certain Super 8 Motel near Atlantic City was pretty close!)

The government is committed to walling off the coast with new condos and time share scams and would rather pave over our most beautiful natural areas or make them into garbage dumps.

In short – the spending priorities of the Government of Barbados have been all wrong for at least the last ten years. This failure of priorities, coupled with wanton corruption and thieving on a scale never before been seen on this island, has slowly but surely destroyed our tourism industry.

What’s Good About Barbados And Tourism?

We still have our island as it is and the fabulous resource of the Bajan people. These are our two most important tourism assets.

Coming Next: Part 2: Barbados Tourism – Where To From Here?

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31 responses to “Barbados’ New Travel Industry Competition: Dubai

  1. jamaicangirl2007

    I am one of those people who think that the Caribbean’s heavy reliance on tourism for revenue is not feasible. I think the region needs to take a long hard look at building up a knowledge based work force as opposed to pumping every last cent into tourism. That’s what we do here in Jamaica at any rate….my thing is this….If a Tsunami comes our way, and it is not impossible, at least we will have something to fall back on…OUR BRAINS! The tourism sector could blow up overnight…The Tsunami is just one thing….but when I think about terrorism etc and how peoples of the First World are afraid to leave their homeland…I mean clearly our tourism product requires some revisiting. Dubai is hard to compete with I agree….but don’t you think we have a different type of tourist who comes to the Caribbean as opposed to the one who visits Dubai? Just asking….

  2. Wishing in Vain

    Very well said until we get a sensible minister involved we will continue to struggle actually until we get an honest bunch in the house we will continue to stuggle, it will only improve when we wipe out the corruption as it exist these politicians need to stop thinking about their own pockets and lining them with millions while we the taxpayers struggle.

  3. John

    …. O$A says that there are 40 million Chinese tourists.

    One of the great benefits to accrue from his visit to China was that Barbados received the designation from China of an “approved” destination.

    This opens the way to a new tourist boom in Barbados.

    The 600,000 Brits are chicken feed. O$A is aiming high!!

    … thought I was listening to Minister Lynch.

  4. Linda

    Here’s what I wrote in a previous posting . . .

    “As for the percentage of first time Best of Barbados clients that return to the island, it appears to be around 15% for 2006. These clients usually invite their friends and families to join them on their next trip, and those numbers are not factored in. ”

    I had our admin person re-check the the numbers for 2006. Actually 14% of our client base booked the Best of Barbados program for that year.

    Out of the 14%, our records show that 9% of those visitors have made plans to return, and the remaining 5% have expressed interest in another trip to the island.

    Barbados has a lot going for it. When I first started marketing the island many years ago, I told my clients about flying fish, green monkeys, whistling frogs, great restaurants, wonderful beaches, interesting geography, and friendly Bajan people. That worked then, and it still works very well.

    “Just beyond your imagination” is too vague, and does not indicate anything to the client base I work with – or to me. And that also goes for “discover, dream and enjoy” which is on Barbados.org site.

    Travelers want to know what Barbados has to offer versus other destinations. What is Beyond our Imagination? What’s there to Discover and Enjoy? And as for Dreams – what is there to dream about?
    Just “slogans”, not effective marketing.

    As for Dubai, trillons of dollars of oil money has made Dubai into the “new” destination of choice for the upscale traveler. This destination appeals to those who have “seen it all”, and looking for new thrills and sights.

  5. A Sustainable Paradise

    In the 70s Barbados was the jetset destination for the stars of the time; the Rolling Stones, Paul McArtney, Bjorn Borg, etc, etc. Gradually we have settled into a sophisticated upmarket niche. Jetset still moves in and out, without hassles.

    You can’t be the new kid on the block forever, so if we are to develop in such a way as to remain the attractive, sophisticated we need to focus on what we do and can do, best. We aren’t Dubai, we are beautiful Barbados, Gem of the Caribbean Sea.

    John King brings calypso to the plantation and woos the tourist. Rihanna is out and up there. If we can develop our cultural cropover talent towards the tourist industry there is money to be made, and the tapestry of our culture to share. Our friendship.

    We should be growing and cooking more local foods for the tourists, so they can experience our world. They will like our yams, eddoes, maybe some baked sweet potatoes.

    Botanical gardens, national parks, the Careenage, museums, aquariums, art galleries and craft villages (like Pelican) are local, unique and cultural. We Bajans should get to know our local talent, our enterprises, and patronise them.

    We also have one of the highest density and widest choice of good restaurants out of probably any island in the Caribbean. From ‘Oistins’ right over to ‘The Cliff’. A different restaurant each night for months!

    One may not favour some types of generic attractions, like casinos and water parks, which are not necessarily unique to our image, or one may favour them.

    Which does one think would do more for our image along a main drag: a national park, or a generic water park? Maybe a water park should not be on a main drag?

    Casinos and gambling brings criminals, drugs; and cash-money laundering. We don’t want that.

    5 years of road blockage may start to try the patience. What next: the west coast sewage project?

    In the end it is not only building condos and developments for our snow birds, and our loyal repeat tourists, it is what we give them, and whether we have made them happy for the time that they enjoy(ed) here in Bim. Wther they will come back, and/or give a recommendation. This is a pivotal time for us. We should be vigilant.

    Knowing what will help them to retain the impression of a well-managed, extra-special place. The place for them.

    Make them happy, a fair price for whatever we give, something special, more than ordinary. The extra mile, with love.

    They’ll tell others.

  6. J. Payne

    Anything the Prince in Dubai wants… He gets…

    Doan forget I think that ‘Dubai’ owns we Sunbeach Internet company.

    The Nation always reporting about the new owners VTEL Holdings….

    http://www.vtel.ae/home.php?page=contact

  7. Paradox

    Tourism has been going in the same direction as this Government.
    The problem is that it knows everything. It has failed to do its ‘homework’, period. I need not tell you what is the difference between a child who does its home work and a child who doesn’t.
    It’s no surprise to learn that the government has lost its way. This government has been shuffling in the dark for ages.When it gets too embarrasing, a Minister is swapped from one post to the next. No one can run a buisnees like that. You must have a plan.
    When advertising a quality product it must be able to better the next person selling a similar product. Barbados cannot compete with the likes of Dubai and should avoid doing so at all cost. The tourists coming here are those who saved from one year to the next, to spend ‘a two week’ holiday in the sun. On arrival they are looking for reasonably priced items, but cannot be found.There are few places can be found to eat which are reasonably priced except at the road-side and we see more and more tourist buying from them. It is good for the owners of such businesses, but the touris are also looking for a change of menu. When a touris returns home he needs to remember the high-light of his holiday to tell others.
    It is a long way from Europe and the fare is increasing. Our neighbours prices are much cheaper in comparison. When he has completed his holiday he is hit again by another tax.”What how much……?” he says.

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  9. MaMa

    There is no comparison, come on…Dubai is a point of curiosity.

  10. Wishing in Vain

    COMMENT DELETED BY BFP – AUNTIE MOSES

    Wishing In Vain…

    We have ASKED that you stop using your sexual innuendo.

    Then we DEMANDED that you stop it.

    NOW you are being sent to your room for the rest of the week.

  11. Wishing in Vain

    Just having some fun with the handle.

  12. Anonymous

    Barbados has successfully killed the golden goose.
    We have overpriced ourselves out of the average(bulk tourism) market.
    There is no decent value for money spent, to be found here.
    It’s all rip rip RIP.
    Barbados is for the wealthy, the seriously,stinking-rich wealthy: just take a drive down the West Coast and see the BIGtime MUNNYY being poured into the island, not for Joe Blow, but for The Concorde Crowd.It’s so patently obvious.
    Barbados Tourism has moved UPscale,baby, catering now to the wealthiest 2-3% at the very VERY top of the pile…the private jet elite,
    all brought to you by the rip-roaring Business Labour Party,baby!

    We’re still charging Grade A prices for Grade B and C services and goods on this island of worms.
    Christ how we deserve a hurricane or a tsnunami, it would serve us right!
    Our National Karma absolutely SUCKS right now, and we have one big shakeup in our futures!
    The Order Of The Universe makes it so,not my saying so.
    You’ll see…no jippy doyle shit here just plain talk

  13. PiedPiper

    As JamaicaGirl has already stated, comparing Dubai to Barbados is like comparing apples to oranges. Dubai, as a vacation experience, is a niche market aimed at those who are travel jaded and “been there, done that,NEXT!” I, personally, would not go anywhere near the Arab Emirates even if I could afford it.
    When you consider the Muslim stance on the infidel and all the terrorist acts that the world has been subjected to in the past decade, it seems to me that Dubai could be more than just the next tourist “hot” spot. I’m, frankly, amazed at the number of celebrities and the very rich who have purchased properties there. I don’t think I would be able to relax for a second.

    Tourists who travel to Barbados, do so,not just for the sand and sea but to wind down, relax, feel at peace with the world and to mingle freely with Barbadians who are the most welcoming people in the world.

  14. BFP

    Pied Piper said…

    “Tourists who travel to Barbados, do so,not just for the sand and sea but to wind down, relax, feel at peace with the world and to mingle freely with Barbadians who are the most welcoming people in the world.”

    BFP replies…

    You get it, Pied Piper!

    Barbados and Bajan hospitality IS our tourist product.

    Not Waterparks, Not Cricket Extravaganzas designed to kill the soul of the Bajan experience.

    Not slogans like “Beyond Your Imagination” and other rot.

    So our priorities should be keeping the island beautiful and the people friendly… and telling folks about that!

    But our government believes that making walls of concrete condos is the key to success. Stupes.

  15. Dubai is great at marketing their attractions as well. Just this week I watched an hour-long documentary on mini islands they built.

    They’ve managed to get people curious, and obviously to visit them.

  16. Bizzy Lickum

    I am hear a lot of criticism of Barbados’ dependence on tourism but very little by way of offering viable alternatives. To see where tourism has proven its resilience one only needs to look next door at Grenada after Ivan and New Orleans after the hurricane and flood. Barbados is not alone in targeting the high-end segment of the market since that seems to be a current worldwide trend. Ten years ago I could vacation relatively cheaply on Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd, now it’s all high-end condos and super luxury hotels like the St. Regis. This is true from South Beach straight up the coast for the next eighty or so miles. Even Las Vegas is getting more into the luxury act this week announcing that the iconic Luxor is dropping its Ancient Egypt theme for the fancy rugs and upmarket amenities demanded by the rich and famous. I would love to see Barbados do more to diversify its tourism offerings in terms of accommodation but market forces seem to be dictating that the tourists with less wherewithal are heading for the casino resorts and the mega cruise liners.

    What Dubai has accomplished and what it has in the pipeline is simply astounding but given the current world political climate if I were a British tourist, I would think long and hard before investing in its tourism product or spending a vacation there. Just last week we had the terrorist attack killing Western tourists in nearby Yemen, and I don’t have to mention the security situation in neighboring Saudi Arabia. I am not a prophet nor the son of one but IMHO if and/or when America fails or withdraws from Iraq, all of these oil-rich medieval regimes in that part of the world will tumble like a pack of cards to even more medieval despots hostile to the West and everything it stands for including tourism as we know it today. I am not trying to rehash the domino theory of the Vietnam era but even there we did see Cambodia falling to the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot.

  17. Linda

    The tourism authority needs to hire people like “A Sustainable Paradise” who fully explains why travelers visit and then return to Barbados.

    No one needs to come up with anything new to market the island. I’ve always said and truly believe that Barbados is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean, and all that’s needed is to explain exactly what the island and its people offer.

    It’s interesting that one of the best known Bajans in the U.S. has topped the billboard charts for the 7th week in a row. I’ve read that back home many Bajans find Rihanna’s latest video not to their liking, but here in the U.S., that’s the kind of person you put in front of your product – one that’s pleasing to the eye, on top of their game, and who can relate to the product.

    There are literally no TV ads for Barbados and very little newspaper marketing in the U.S – with the exception of New York.

    I subscribe to ALL the Caribbean travel publications, and only in the luxury market is Barbados mentioned again and again – this is the market tourism officials are targeting here in the U.S. Can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I know Caribbean marketing here in the U.S.

  18. Adrian Loveridge

    Linda…

    I hope that our tourism policymakers read your comments and take note!

    14%/15% repeat conversion rate for Best of Barbados bookers doesn’t sound too good to me.

    I would be looking for a programme that brought back everybody but realistically somewhere between 40/50%.

    Even if the BTA could not afford prime time TV ‘ads’ they could place them to a lower number but more focused viewer on channels like Discovery of History.

    And as our historians remind us, around 7 million Americans can trace their lineage back to Barbados.

  19. Gastronome

    Re. “We should be growing and cooking more local foods for the tourists,
    so they can experience our world.
    They will like our yams, eddoes, maybe some baked sweet potatoes.”

    I’d like to introduce a comment made by a UK visitor who comes here quite often.
    He remarked that Bajan cuisine is all right,yes..
    but it’s the same danged thing, wherever you go.

    You know it just as well as I do…
    Fried flying fish, Macaroni Pie(no cheese,please) same ole same ole.
    I hear you saying..but but that’s our national cuisine!
    and maybe it is.

    But it’s also boringly the same at every single (inexpensive) place you eat,
    other than Atlantis, where at least they offer Spinach Balls and Pumpkin Fritters(way to GO,Atlantis!)
    – and their desert table is also quite ‘local'(coconut pie which, although not to my liking, is probably very popular with the tourists, as is their Rum Cake…whoooeee!)

    In short, we need to get seriously creative with our indigenous cuisine,
    and stop with the (easy) copy cat routine.
    MY restaurant cuisine should be different,
    as should YOURS and everyone else’s.

  20. political pimp

    We have thousands of chinese tourist working on paradise instead of bajans. Tourist are tourist

  21. political pimp

    Sorry I forgot to mention the illegal Guyanes

  22. You are right Adrian, 14 – 15% conversion rate is not good – our conversion rate is twice as high marketing Barbados outside the program each year.

    I’m waiting for the year that the program actually brings in a better rate – and it doesn’t appear to be 2007.

    Tourism officals and worldwide travel suppliers talk about the success of Best of Barbados numbers, but when you divide bookings up by hundreds of thousands of individual agencies, I wonder just how their conversion rates stack up.

    Clients who have a real interest in the island want to book at a particular hotel or resort, for the number of days they want, travel when they want, take in island activities, and are prepared to spend their vacation dollars.

    Clients looking for bargains (especially Americans) tend to go elsewhere.

    Barbados is the most unique destination in the Caribbean since many of the visitors return – and once they become familiar with the island surroundings, they tend to make lodging deals on their own – especially with smaller property and individual owners.

    In my business it’s a fact of life for repeat Barbados travelers. Our Canadian and European clients are the best at finding their own lodging. The majority of Americans (not all) tend to stick to what they consider as brand name hotels, and rely on an agent they trust.

    Others book their vacations for the next year when they arrive at many of the smaller properties we book for them, so that leaves my agency out of the equation since they are booking on their own for the next year.

    Aside from that repeat visitors build up frequent flyer miles, so there is no need for a travel agent.

    Within the last five years, our most lucrative market in Barbados are villas. Most of the villas on the island are handled by management companies of which many work exclusively with travel agents – and clients expect us to take care of all the details.

    We assist in making the villa choice, airfare arrangements, assisting with meal choices, and food shopping with the villa cook, and other island activities – so that’s my Best of Barbados program!

  23. Adrian Loveridge

    Linda..

    Thank you again for your insight.

    I concur with many of your comments.
    When I questioned ‘our’ Minister of Tourism earlier this March, he stated that the Best of Barbados programme produced less than 5,000 per year across all markets (US, Canada and UK).

    I have noticed the increased volume of business with villas. Is it because they are getting better value for money with the villas than our top end hotels?
    The villa renters can still eat where they like, rent a car and stay in some fabulous surroundings, overall at a cost per person less than a 4 star plus hotel?

  24. Barbados tourism suffers badly from an overdeveloped case of COMPLACENCY.

    Those in authority assume tourists will continue flocking here just because they have in the past. Meanwhile our hotels get worn and shabby, food nondescript by international standards, service often poor. Thank the Lord for our scenery.

    There is no excuse, for instance, for Government not to have provided a continuous pedestrian pavement along the Worthing coast road all the way to St. Lawrence Gap. I have watched tourists, some in wheelchairs, take their life into their hands negotiating the narrow excuses for a sidewalk where there is one. Many of those staying in The Gap want to do their shopping at a full size supermarket and walk along that stretch. Does Government assume such persons will take a taxi to go to Big B? No way!

    Rendezvous is a natural walking destination for those along The Gap wanting a reasonable walk, but after 25 years it is still an unpleasant experience. Government have, in their “wisdom” put in pavements along other stretches of Highway 7, but not where it is most needed.

    The attitude seems to be, “It’s always been this way, they’ve always accepted it, so why change it.” Really dumb!

    By contrast in the major tourist destination of Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands, the tourist authorities recognised the black volcanic beach of Puerto de la Cruz was unpopular, and that hotel pools were not a satisfactory alternative. (That one city in Tenerife has more hotels than the whole of Barbados)

    This caused them to make a huge investment, over US$100million in today’s money, in the Martianez Complex, where for a modest fee (US$2) locals and visitors could spend the day sunbathing, eating and swimming in the individually landscaped FOURTEEN salt water pools on a stretch of formerly rocky beach.

    It was considered a bold venture at the time, but has really paid off.

    Can you imagine our politicians ever having such foresight? With our glorious beaches we need no artificial beachfront complexes, but there are many other areas where our tourism “product” needs improvement, not from private enterprise but by Government. Wake up, Barbados.

  25. Yardbroom

    naive

    I agree with your sentiments completely, with regard to the pedestrian pavement on Worthing’s coast – or lack of one – it is a disgrace, a pavement beautified with plants could have a significant visual impact, and make tourists feel they are in a holiday environment. Of course it is not a flyover, that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars so who cares, we never seem to get the basics right.

    With regard to tourism, Barbados’ greatest asset is its people, tourists like to be made welcome by friendly people, who are prepared to offer excellent service to which they are entitled.

    Tourists when selecting holidays, can have holiday brochures by the dozens, the world has become smaller and accessible tourist destinations are almost limitless. What often tips the balance in a destination’s favour is a safe environment, reasonable prices, friendly people and being able to relax unmolested. A polite response to an inquiry, and a desire to take that extra step to be of assistance is often noted.

    The above are just basics I know, but if they can be inculcated into those in the service sector as the norm not only for tourists, but as general, Barbados will hold its own.

    In any enterprise you will have competition, but there will always be a place for those who can carve a niche for themselves.

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  27. Linda

    Adrian,

    Two types of client profiles for villas –
    Those looking for upscale lodging, privacy, personal maid and cook, beachfront property. Also a personal driver to take them around the island.

    And the others rent villas, and always bring along family and friends to share in the villa rental price.
    This group is more budget conscious, but want also want privacy, and beachfront – and don’t care much if they have a personal cook or not.

    Once again Barbados is unique is that most of the best villa properties come with a cook. Many of our villa clients do not eat out, except for a special restaurant or while on an island tour. The majority do visit many of the islands attractions.

  28. Rumplestilskin

    Dubai competition for Barbados? You kidding?

    Have you looked at the Palm Islands?

    Barbados properties are not on that level, the service will not be on the level that will be found on Dubai (we have lost our service ethic generally, there may be exceptions only) and the operating costs will not be much different.

    We have sun, sea and sand. Up to a some years ago good service, which is now gone. Political and social tranquility which is fast turning into churlishness and resentment of ‘foreigners’ (without good reason). I even meet returning nationals who are made to feel unwelcome and in some cases downright resented. I have known of a few to pack up and leave becuase of this, back to UK or wherever.

    If I were from overseas I would not buy a condo here. I am here because I am Bajan and this is my ‘home’, that is it.

    A visitor is looking for enjoyment, peace, excellent service, value and appreciation for their business.

    Some of these are now sadly lacking. Why do you think so many foreign hotels shut and condos are replacing these?

    The owners/ investors just cannot be bothered dealing with all the ‘issues’ in managing a difficult workforce. It is not about exploitation, it is about being reasonable.

    Having said that, now we need to get our heads around foreign nationals working here, in many positions. This is because skilled bajans are leaving for overseas e.g. nurses, Police.

    How do we replace these? With nurses from the Philipines, Africa etc check the QEH.

    This is only the beginning.

    Get used to it.

  29. Straight talk

    I am beginning to wonder what benefits the new buzz-word “globalisation” could possibly bring to Barbados.

    We have nothing on this small island to compete successfully with the multinationals leading this new thinking.

    For even if we merged with our Caricom neighbours, which BS&T shows we are loathe to contemplate, we are still minnows waiting to be swallowed by the international conglomerates.

    The joke that is NISE proves the majority are unwilling to change our attitudes and regain the excellent service mentality.

    Maybe a return to reality and striving to be a more self sufficient island, looking after our own citizens as the priority, may be a more attainable goal.

    An island with pride and self-confidence restored may even be more attractive to visitors, than one which is pitching beyond its means, employing cheap foreign labour to entice investment, and embarassingly chasing first world standards but never quite getting there.

    Just a thought.

  30. That’s very interesting, with the lower number of available vacation packages and escorted tours, however, mixed with western/middle-eastern relationships, I think Barbados will be OK for a while longer.

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