“If tourism is doing so well, why are we losing so many of our hotels, so many jobs in tourism?”
…Small hotelier Adrian Loveridge of Peach and Quiet Hotel, Christ Church, Barbados commenting in 2007.
New Government Should Be Commended For Appointing A Critic They Will Not Be Able To Control
A strong and vocal critic of the previous BLP Government’s tourism policies has been appointed as a board member of the Barbados Tourism Authority.
Adrian Loveridge is the co-owner of the award-winning small hotel “Peach and Quiet“ at Inch Marlow on the south coast. His “2 star” hotel thrives in an area where many other small hotels have failed – and has won many awards including Fodors First Choice and “Best Bargain Caribbean” by TripAdvisor.Com. (That’s Peach & Quiet Hotel in the photo.)
Mr. Loveridge was so feared as a critic by the previous Barbados Government that the BLP Tourism Minister Noel Lynch had him fired from his part-time job at the Barbados Advocate newspaper. (The cowardly editor and publisher said “YES MASSA” when the Tourism Minister gave a choice of firing Loveridge or being cut off from government advertising revenues. Story here)
The same BLP Tourism Minister also arranged to have Adrian Loveridge excluded from a radio talk show panel where he was appearing. (That didn’t work out so well as public pressure forced the Starcom Radio Network to reverse that decision. During the show, Minister Lynch famously stormed out of the studio when the host asked him how he became a millionaire on a government salary. Listen to that exchange here)
The Nation News also banned Adrian Loveridge, either in self-censorship or upon request of the government. (See BFP’s Barbados Government Mouthpiece Newspaper “Nation News” – Refuses To Publish Column By Adrian Loveridge)
And Now The Spineless Lapdog Nation News Prints The Name “Adrian Loveridge” In A Story
We found out about Loveridge’s appointment when we read the Nation News article Taylor Taking Over At BTA and saw the list of new board members.
Didn’t the editor/publisher at The Nation News feel just a tiny bit embarrassed and ashamed to print the name “Adrian Loveridge” after all these years of censorship? Or perhaps the editor/publisher doesn’t really care because she knows her paper is a journalistic prostitute at best anyway?
Adrian Loveridge Can’t Be Bought, Bribed Or Forced To Bend To Government Policy
What can you do with a person who has proven himself to be both a big picture thinker about our tourism industry and incredibly successful at running his own business in the industry?
That’s easy if you are a government that is trying to make some positive changes and bring the best talent it can find to the BTA table: you hire Adrian Loveridge.
And have no doubt: the government knows that they are hiring a man who has already being banned in the news media, threatened with death, fired from employment, had his business broken into and arsoned and still would not be silenced.
In short – the DLP Government knows that Adrian Loveridge will give them and the public the unvarnished truth along with the best effort he can make.
And if anyone has any doubts about Adrian Loveridge holding back the truth about anything just because of a government appointment, they should read his latest comments about how the useless so-called detectives at the Royal Barbados Police Force have done nothing about the death threats against Adrian and his wife. (Adrian’s comments can be found here.)
We at BFP and our readers have some questions and suggestions for Adrian but we’ll leave those for another day.
Right now we just say to Adrian “Thanks for caring enough about Barbados and our tourism industry that you would accept a position with BTA”
Our best wishes and thanks also goes out to the other members of the Barbados Tourism Authority board. Here is the complete list…
Chairman: Ralph Taylor
Deputy Chairman: Austin Husbands.
Denis Roach, Roseanne Myers, Adrian Loveridge, Dr Jeannine Comma, Eric Mapp, Shelly Williams, Michael Yearwood, Sunil Chatrani, Alvin Jemmott, Dean Jean-Marie, Steve Alleyne, Bernard Weatherhead; and a representative of the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs, the Barbados Workers’ Union; president of the BHTA or his nominee; and the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism or his nominee.