Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

Adrian Loveridge and Dennis Jones ask “Why not court the many and close South, Central & North American tourists?”

Two comments recently posted by BFP readers Adrian Loveridge and Dennis Jones question whether Barbados Tourism is paying enough attention to the large markets in the Americas. We’re chasing after the Chinese market which is fine, but why should we be ignoring a substantial market that is much much closer?

Fired BTA Member asks inconvenient questiions

Fired BTA Member asks inconvenient questiions

by Adrian Loveridge…

I am not sure what investment is needed by the BTA to attract economically viable numbers of residents from mainland China to Barbados for the purpose of tourism.

Straight line distance from Beijing to Barbados is 8,772 miles, so a minimum of 17 flying hours non-stop, assuming that we could fill a suitable plane that could fly that distance within permissable crewing requirements.

You would also have to ask (as many people have) WHY they would travel to Barbados, especially with resorts like Hainan Island virtually on their doorstep?

Also WHY any investment to procure tourists from China would be put above our sleeping giant to the south?

South America has a combined population of over 382 million. Add the other 40 million in Central America and its difficult to fathom how we cannot fill just ONE aircraft per week.

Brazil with 186 million persons alone is within remarkably easy reach. Belem, the capital of Para state is just over TWO flying hours away and offers nearly 40 other connecting Brazilian cities.

COPA, the Panama based airline could provide the best one-stop connections into almost every part of South and Central America to Barbados with the single risk of supporting a 98 seater jet three or four days a week flying Panama/Barbados.

I also have to ask the question again.

We are are now just 15 days away from seeing an additional nearly 100,000 airline seats per year flying into Barbados from the United States. So nearly DOUBLE the capacity from a market that has not achieved an annual growth of more than an average of 1.3% over the last seven consecutive years. Put that in perpective and its less than an additional 2,000 seats per year.

Having just returned from six days in the USA, I personally saw no evidence of television or print media advertising of Barbados.

by Dennis Jones & Colin L. Beadon…

Dennis Jones, writer of the excellent Living In Barbados blog and Colin L. Beadon are having a talk in BFP’s Open Discussion section.

Says Colin…

We’d say, we’d better all start learning Chinese. If we want to keep tabs on our possible offshore oil, our airlines, and business in general, the teaching of Chinese better start,…. right away in our schools, and in our newspapers. Or to use an expression in Trini Chinese, we are going to end up with ‘Macafushait’ ,…. meaning ,…. ‘Leftovers’.

Dennis Replies…

A lot of students (~100) are already on scholarships to learn Chinese (Mandarin), I understand from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That’s a big number relative to the total national and student population. It still begs the question about whether focus on China makes much/more sense than tapping the large and close markets in Latin America and the USA.

FURTHER READING

You can also check out our earlier article: Everyone Has The Same Idea: Chinese Tourism Will Save Us!

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‘Clean Up Barbados’ needs more volunteers – BFP’s Auntie Moses will be there. How about you?

Clean Up Barbados

500 Volunteers registered so far

The inaugural Clean Up Barbados event is on for Saturday, September 19th but needs many more people to participate because, frankly, the place is in bad shape. This littering and garbage dumping business is not only impacting our international reputation as a desirable place for a vacation, it’s costing us money and trouble every time we have a big rain. Much of the flooding is directly caused by garbage plugging the catchments and runoff areas. Two of us at BFP have been hit hard by water damage in the last little while and there was no reason for our loss except the garbage that blocked the runoff up the end of the road.

So we’ll be out on Saturday with Auntie Moses and the little ones.

How about you?

Here’s the media release with the details…

Preparations well under way for Clean Up Barbados

After inspection of some of the twenty two sites registered for Clean Up Barbados Day taking place on Saturday September 19, Ms Nicole Garofano, Administrator of The Future Centre, is confident the event will be a success.

The event, which plans to become an annual contribution to the Barbadian environmental calendar, aims to highlight the many impacts of waste to our communities and their environs. Not only does the haphazard disposal of waste look unsightly, it of course creates health hazards through the harbouring of vectors. In addition, this waste contributes to the blockage of drains and gully areas, and also prevents clean filtration of rainwater as some examples of the impacts of unmanaged waste.

In the planning of the inaugural Clean Up Barbados event, Ms Garofano carried out several site inspections this past weekend to gather some pre clean up photo and video footage. “The sites we have registered so far cover each coastline of the island. We also have two sites registered inland, focused on gully clean ups. The sites inspected in preparation for the event, vary in their visible waste. The East Coast sites are probably the worst areas and will require the most attention” Ms Garofano stated.

She added, “The gully areas identified have had a history of illegal dumping, so these will also require some good manpower. In the case of Blackman’s Gully, Island Safari, Adventureland Tours and Innotech Services Limited, have taken their clean up one step further to make available heavy machinery.”

The event has so far brought together some five hundred persons via the registration of some twenty seven groups. Some of the areas included will be working alongside the Caribbean Youth Environment Network as local implementing agency for the International Coastal Clean Up Day, also taking place on September 19, in addition to the Environmental Protection Department. These two organisations will be working to add to their extensive database of information relating to marine debris, which is studied each year on this weekend.

Contributors to Clean Up Barbados include Starcom Network, SBI Distribution (who have also registered a group), Realtors, B’ Recycling, First Caribbean International Bank, Realtors, and Virgo Communications who have created the branded website www.cleanupbarbados.org.

The Future Centre is proud to be undertaking this initiative as it strives to continue to raise the profile of environmental awareness. “Educating the public, primarily young people, is our key focus, with this event a great example of this mission”, Ms Garofano offered. She added that “during these next few months and leading into the next three year phase, we look forward to a greater place in the community to build this awareness and attempt to reconnect with the earth and its resources to our daily living in an attempt to live more sustainably”.

Clean Up Barbados forms part of Clean Up the World, a year-round community-led environmental campaign that takes place in local communities involving an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries each year. Clean Up the World is a campaign held in conjunction with Primary Partner UNEP. Sponsors – Brambles and Qantas. Supporters – The Australian Government through the Department of  Foreign Affairs and Trade, Armor and Marriott International Inc.

For further information or to register a group for Clean Up Barbados contact The Future Centre on 425 2020 or by email at futurecentre@sunbeach.net or visit our newly developed website www.cleanupbarbados.org. You can also find us through the Clean Up the World link at activities.cleanuptheworld.org.

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