UPDATE: Bajans pitching in!
Peach and Quiet Hotel offers up to 14 days of accommodation to the Wilsons, including some meals! What a wonderful contribution by Mr. & Mrs. Loveridge.
Who’s next to help out? Does Sir Richard Branson read Barbados Free Press? We could use some air tickets. Maybe someone can send this to Virgin Atlantic?
Meanwhile, let’s hear from some other folks. It doesn’t have to be a huge offer. If you’re in the tourism business, just do something nice within your means.
Come on folks, it’s time to show what Barbados can do!
We should do something nice for these newlyweds – and the publicity wouldn’t hurt Barbados either.
* This article was suggested by one of BFP’s readers via email.
Yvonne Wilson and her new husband Dennis planned on a Barbados honeymoon and saved for over a year, but that was before she collapsed twice at her wedding reception and had to have surgery. It turned out to be benign tumour, but when they discovered there was a six month waiting list for the operation and Yvonne was in such pain, Mr and Mrs Wilson decided to cancel their £3,000 holiday in Barbados and instead use the cash for her operation.
Then Yvonne’s wedding and engagement rings were stolen in a burglary, and to top it all off Dennis was declared redundant and laid off at his work.
Now there’s a wedding story for you!
The Daily Mail has a fairly large story on the couple, with Yvonne being dubbed “Britain’s unluckiest bride.” (Our thanks to Daily Mail for the photo too.)
Someone at the BTA could pick up a phone and make this happen.
Okay… we know we have one or two empty hotel rooms ’bout this place, and I’ll bet we could talk Sir Richard Branson into throwing in a couple of round trip tickets on one of his big Boeings. Do that and have the Minister of Tourism greet the airplane and take the couple on a few side trips and I’d bet the worldwide news media would lap it up.
Barbados would come off looking like the great honeymoon place we are with friendly and concerned Bajans pitching in to do something nice for newlyweds who had a rough first few weeks of marital bliss.
We at BFP think it would be a great idea and that the cost would be chicken feed compared with the positive news coverage. The Tourism Minister was saying the other day that we have to get creative, but we’re not the BTA or hotel owners, so…
How about it, tourism folks and hotel owners? We know the Barbados Tourism Authority would recognize the value of our reader’s suggestion to help out the Wilsons. It would make all Bajans feel good to see the couple on honeymoon in Barbados as they originally planned.