Loveridge: One politician’s verbal diarrhea about the Barbados tourism industry

Let’s play… Name that politician!

by Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner

Debate, whether it takes place in the Upper House, Elected Chamber or through the various forms of media, demonstrates the presence of a healthy democracy, but unless its informed, does it really have any meaningful relevance?

Sometimes you have to stop and think exactly why certain people utter particular things and the timing of those comments. Ultimately they either believe what they saying is credible and truthful or have become a victim of a sudden and virulent attack of verbal diarrhea. Perhaps what is also so surprising, is why at this time, with a general election constitutionally due in less than a year, would a person voice such controversial words?

Does he feel that his party has no realistic possibility of being re-elected, so it doesn’t really matter if you alienate those generating your single largest contributing sector of foreign exchange? Even from someone who has a long track record of expressing often outrageous  and incredulous statements, frequently from a place of rare privilege, this particular verbatim quote must take the biscuit.

The claim was that ‘the private (tourism) sector was 98 per cent profit and 2 per cent social obligation’.

If it wasn’t so grossly insulting and inaccurate, perhaps many of us could excuse it as another puff of political hot air, but the phrase is so critical to the lack of understanding of this industry, it is frightening.

Whatever your partisan leanings, I sincerely believe the private sector has done an extraordinary job of trying to support Government in their attempt to protect employment and these ill-advised words simply slap those in the face that have defied almost insurmountable odds to stay in business. This despite the current administration’s policy of imposing unbudgeted increases in taxation, that without doubt have contributed substantially to the erosion of any possible profits.

Perhaps a wise undertaking might have been, before giving the impression that he actually knew something about the subject discussed, would be to check, which if any, of our remaining hotels had declared any corporation tax liability. At least this might have indicated a realist level of profitability.

Or did this person not hear the remarks made by the President of the Barbados Bankers Association a few weeks ago, where he stated that a staggering 43 per cent of all non performing loans were tourism related.

Sadly, this is another classic example of the increasing use of square pegs in round holes, and will do nothing to endear the thousands of Barbadians dependent on tourism to feed their families, and who may be less forgiving at the ballot box.

Not everyone of course can be an ‘expert’, but if you are clearly deficient on the subject in question, at least do your homework before engaging the mouth into gear. This is not the time for bluster and bravado, but surely to galvanise all the very best players, who can make a positive difference.

We all welcome constructive criticism, but let is be based on fact rather than conjecture.

Then finally, ask yourself a simple question, if owning and operating hotels was all about ‘98 per cent profit’, then why would over 30 of them have closed during the last 16 years?

Editor’s note: This article was printed as received from Mr. Loveridge with the exception of the title and subtitle that were added by Barbados Free Press. BFP also changed some of the paragraph breaks, punctuation and spelling.

And yes, it was Senator Jepter Ince who just can’t seem to get it through his thick head that being elected doesn’t mean you can spout off on anything without doing your homework – and not look like a fool.


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Business

23 responses to “Loveridge: One politician’s verbal diarrhea about the Barbados tourism industry

  1. what will they think of next

    As usual you are not making any kind of sense at all.
    No wonder the BLP government used to take the mickey out of you.
    Have you paid the family of the little child who drowned in your swimming pool yet?

  2. @What wiil they think of next, why go down that line,the gentleman is entitled to his opinion. You hide behind the nom de plume and fire shots across. You are a coward

  3. what will they think of next

    My god, the pot calling the kettle black.

  4. Stop being racist

    @ what will they think of next..what does he owe the family of the child that drowned again? if a child walked un invited on to your yard and drowned in your pool tell us…what would you pay them for? you arrogant racist person. stop knocking the guy and judge his opinions not his affairs.


    @What will “you” think of next? Hopefully something that isn’t such a bore to read.

  6. robert ross

    @ Integrity Police et al

    Good on ya. Run the runt.

  7. Nostradamus

    Was it a Minister?

  8. what will they think of next

    Stop being racist

    You obviously have no understanding of the Law. I think this is why Adrian is closing the place, trying to escape his legal obligation to the parents of this drowned child.
    He was negligent and it cost a little child its life. He must not escape.

  9. Adrian Loveridge

    what will you say next,

    You sadly have absolutely no idea of the circumstances behind the incident and you are being grossly irresponsible in making the comments you are uttering.
    I understand you have a vendetta against me personally but stop and think for a moment about the parents and family, especially at this time.

  10. Steupse

    “Pot calling the kettle black”. What?!!!!!

  11. what will they think of next

    You on a vendetta against the DLP.

  12. Adrian Loveridge

    what will you say next,

    First I am guilty of being against the BLP and now its the DLP. Can you not imagine that some people can think independent thoughts?
    If the DLP lose the upcoming election it will be entirely down to people like you and your intolerance, the placing of square pegs in round holes and the endless broken promises.Not anything I say or may say.

  13. Nostradamus

    Adrian “what will they think of next” is your typical political lackey, incapable of even imagining that most of us are capable of independent thought and our lives don’t revolve around BLP and DLP. And you know what? The political leadership of each party uses them and discards them when they have served their purposes.

  14. Adrian Loveridge

    Sadly, I totally agree with you. I wonder just how much this type of partisan politics holds the country back. We have this wonderful asset of free education and when people use it, they are branded as heretics.

  15. rastaman

    I am convinced that “MOST ” if not “ALL” politicians are pathological liars.

  16. what will they think of next

    Adrian, you are so good at what you do that your little Inn was forced to close its doors.
    You really have a nerve talking about square pegs in round holes. That description fits you to a Tee.

  17. Adrian Loveridge

    what will you say next,

    WHY is the truth so alien to you?
    ‘forced to close’ – what absolute rubbish. Now what have YOU ever achieved in your little life?

  18. cas

    Don’t lets us get angry but ask a few questions. Why do the Crane and some other hotels do so well? What are they doing right? I think that some hotels are manage badly and the sweets are spent by the owners when things are green and not planning to renew and rebuild their plant. When things get bad they always crying fro help. I know that the Vat has a tremendous impact on the cost but with good service and a quality product, people will spent extra for the comfort and good service. I think we really need to look at the business model and practices of these hotels that have issues to see what is the source of the issue rather than blaming vat etc… I think our hotels are in poor condition and service level is too low in general. What do you say?

  19. what will they think of next

    Many of these hotels are owned and operated by beggars.
    They are are worst than “Ninjaman” in Broad Street begging for a handout!

  20. CuriousBaje

    Wow, the hatred for you Adrian, is so terrible here, though our views have differed a few times, I have to commend you on your continued battle to enlighten readers to some of the horrors that the hotel and tourism Industry is enduring.

    Bringing the unfortunate death of a minor to this forum is obviously a “last straw grasp” trying to disillusion the readers away from the realistic content of your points.

    I would now like to cast in my 2 cents to some of the questions asked here.

    Cas: – “Don’t lets us get angry but ask a few questions. Why do the Crane and some other hotels do so well?”

    Firstly I am not sure which “Other Hotels” are being referred to as the majorities are in serious trouble.

    Unfortunately most of the so called failing hotels have never had the capital to start a venture like the Crane. The Crane is a massive land development that would swallow the majority of small, medium and is some cases the large resorts on the island. Because of the start-up capital and their location, they have been able to design their product to cater to the wealthy and as I hope you know, these are the last to change their lifestyles in times of crisis.

    I scratch my head wondering which other properties you are thinking of…Maybe Sandy Lane??…same reasoning associated with the Crane; however see how the mighty also show cracks in their armor, please see the following link

    Anonymous: – “Many of these hotels are owned and operated by beggars. They are worst than “Ninjaman” in Broad Street begging for a handout”

    Gees man, was ninja man singled out because he is the most notorious? Have you seen Bridgetown, actually have you seen Barbados??? There are hundreds of beggers, another clear indication of “SOMETHING GONE REAL WRONG”

    Also some of these owners have been struggling for so long without real assistance..they have actually become beggers.

    Adrian, you have faced the fury of the BLP, you have faced the wrath of the DLP, the hostility and anger of many writers here but you continue to contribute..well I have just put on my armor and stand-up, waiting on my attack.

  21. Adrian Loveridge

    I made a particular point of NOT naming the individual that uttered what I consider the disrespectful comments that were the basis of this particular Tourism MATTERS column. But after listening to his budget reply in the Senate a few minutes ago, he has confirmed that we have the wrong people in critical positions.
    He referred to Silver Sands Hotel and Tropical Escape as being part of the GEMS project. It could have been dismissed as a slip of the tongue but then he repeated it again. It was of course SILVER ROCK HOTEL partially owned by the St. John family. The sad thing is that the other 20 Senators between them did not have sufficient knowledge of the industry to raise a point of order and state he was talking nonsense.
    How much longer can we go on like this treating this industry with such disregard?

  22. CuriousBaje

    @ Adrian Loveridge

    Unbelieveable….a golden opportunity to show-up the ignorance and lack of knowledge…actually this UNFORTUNATELY clearly shows it.

    I for one hope that our people think very seriously about what they do with their power (thier almighty X) in the coming months. Firstly though everyone needs to truly understand that all businesses in Barbados depend on this critical industry, you can’t even sell a window if no one brings home a salary.

    With over 1,900 + (Z) taxi’s / almost 700 (ZM) maxi taxi’s / and at least 110 (BT) tour coaches on the island, one must realize how many household are dependent on this golden goose.

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