Canadian firefighter criticises lack of Barbados Tourism promotion in Ottawa, Canada

“Every Saturday the newspaper travel section comes out and there are trips everywhere except Barbados.”

Dear Barbados Free Press:

Thirty years ago I met my wife in Barbados, and the one promise I made was I would get her home every year if she moved to Canada. So you can imagine I am always watching the newspaper travel section about flights or packages to the island. Every Saturday the travel section comes out and there are trips everywhere except Barbados. What does your tourism authority do in Canada????

Ottawa is where we live and your embassy is should be ashamed of the lack of promotion of probably the best island in the Caribbean. When the average firefighter in Ottawa earns over 180,000 Barbados dollars a year, is this a market to be overlooked? The time is past for only name recognition to keep people coming. The Barbados Tourism Authority must be actively pursuing new tourists. That’s what the BTA are they paid for!

name withheld by BFP editor



Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism

3 responses to “Canadian firefighter criticises lack of Barbados Tourism promotion in Ottawa, Canada

  1. cheryl waterman

    Hi firefighter, I am a Canadian of Barbadian descent living in American and I agree with you that Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I grew up in Quebec and my kids were born in Mississauga, Can you contact or visit the nearest embassy in Ottawa to see how Barbados Tourism can tap into the firefighters’ network.

    The Barbados government is presently under an initiative to bring second generations and to increase tourism in the island. Perhaps you can be the link. We have a national organization in the US called NABO (National Associations of Barbados Organizations) and we had a very successful conference with the Diaspora during the summer in Barbados. We had people from with Barbados descent as far as Cuba, Panama, Canada, US, Guyana, Jamaica from all walks of life including the movie community, culinary, artists etc and it was a wonderful feeling to be home.

    Next summer we have Barbados comes to West Palm Beach and last year we had Barbados comes to Charleston. In addition we have conferences in the Us through NABO in a different US city every year. In fact I was hoping the Canada and England would join and make it a strong networking system. I agree that you should spear head the local network to advertise Barbados in Ottawa. Thanks for being so loyal to Barbados

    Cheryl Waterman

  2. They too busy targeting the wrong markets and cussing each other.

  3. Check-This-Out

    They have been kidnapped and are being held hostage in St. Lucia; where the St. Lucia tourism authorities are interrogating them to pry their knowledge and an expertise out of them