Online Protest over cancellation of the Show Time Band at the Barbados Hilton
There were rumours flying that the Show Time Band was canceled by the Hilton because too many locals were coming in and enjoying themselves while making the place too lively for the hotel guests and travelers. That might sound improbable to some non-Bajans, but you have to put this into historical context. We’ve been down this road before many years ago.
Today we received the following email that is obviously part of a protest campaign being circulated. We haven’t said who sent it to us because we don’t know if it was their intent to be named. This is third similar email we’ve received from different folks in as many days, so we’ll publish this one and see what our readers think about the matter.
Mr Mathew Mullan, General Manager Barbados Hilton
Mr Mark Welch , F & B Manager Barbados Hilton
Ms Gina Sealey, Sales & Marketing Barbados Hilton
Dear Sirs & Madam,
There is much speculation is making the rounds as to why the Show Time Band was terminated.
As you are aware the Show Time Band performed on Tuesday and Saturday nites, which was patronize by many locals and guest alike. Thus, as a former patron who is in the above age 40 group, I was not deterred by the high prices of the drinks and food, as the prices were reflective of the ambiance.
For many years our tourism agency has appealed to locals via the slogan “Tourism is our business lets play our part”. Thus, we find it surprising that a Hotel which has government share ownership would unceremoniously canceled such a popular show. You must be reminded, that you need not make locals feel alienated as there are social repercussions when locals in countries feel marginalize. Why could not an accommodation have been found?
Can you truly do without the patronage of locals at your Friday and Sunday Buffet? I hope that your organisation does not see itself to big or arrogant to make a public statement to clear the air on this issue.
Curious & Concerned Barbadian
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