Why won’t our newspapers print the truth?
Why don’t their journalists question statements made by leading political and business figures?
The following was submitted as a letter to the editor of the Barbados Advocate, which has so far refused to print the contents.
TO: Letters to the Editor – Barbados Advocate
It was reported in a section of the print media that a recent recipient of The Minister Of Tourism personal awards was behind the formation of the Intimate Hotels group.
This is the excerpt.
‘Resultantly, Intimate Hotels of Barbados was born. Frustrated with the overall negligence of the small hotels by various sectors of the tourism industry, Dennis Tull decided that it was time that someone would step up and stand up for their rights’
In the interests of factual coverage and to recognise the substantive work undertaken by a number of people, I would like to seek to clarify these various erroneous comments.
Intimate Hotels was the brainchild of veteran tourism professional, May Hinds. She conceptualised the idea of small hotels working together in terms of marketing and collective purchasing, and in fact launched an Intimate Hotels brochure way back in 1988.
While chairing a private/public sector Small Hotels Committee, two of the board members, including myself decided to re-launch a grouping called Barbados Treasures in 1999.
The Barbados Tourism Authority together with a number of private sector partners sponsored the design and printing of Barbados Treasures first brochure and the entity developed a number of unique packages which were enormously successful.
Barbados Treasures dissolved after two of the hotels involved were sold.
In 2002, the Small Hotels of Barbados Inc, (trading as Intimate Hotels), was launched, adopting many of the innovations introduced by May Hinds and to a lesser extent, Barbados Treasures.
17 July 2007