Barbados Tourism in death spiral: Government Minister congratulates Tourism Minister

Richard Sealy Barbados Tourism Minister

Richard Sealy Barbados Tourism Minister

From our “If it weren’t so tragic, it would be hilarious” department…

“Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy, has been lauded for the exemplary job that he has done during his tenure, to keep the tourism sector together and performing, especially during the current economic climate.

Kudos have come from Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler…”

“He said that it has been under Minister Sealy’s stewardship that Government has been able to put forward a major policy document on tourism, an achievement that the previous administration cannot lay claim to.”

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7 responses to “Barbados Tourism in death spiral: Government Minister congratulates Tourism Minister

  1. RLL

    Very sad that the politicians are reduced to standing around giving praise to each other while the tourism economy tanks. Not much else need be said.

  2. Adrian Loveridge

    I really must have missed something here. ‘we didn’t set tourism prices’
    Then PLEASE tell me who put up VAT by 16.6 per cent, Land Taxes by 50 per cent. water charges by 60 per cent and contributed to raising electricity charges by 72 per cent. Plus the windfall benefit of increased VAT charges on fuel.
    And then compounding the damage by keeping tourism businesses like us waiting OVER two years for VAT refunds.

    I am afraid the figures speak for themselves.

    Long stay visitor arrivals:

    2004 – 2007 = 2, 234, 531
    2008 – 2011 = 2, 186, 135

    Therefore in simple terms, we are DOWN 48, 396 long stay visitor arrivals for the same same four corresponding years.

    If the prediction for 2012 is correct, that we will be down overall another 6 per cent,that equates to another LOST 34, 063 long stay visitors. Add the lower average stay and spend and it would stretch anyones imagination that we are doing well in tourism.

  3. St George's Dragon

    I like the “We don’t generate our own tourists” quote.
    Probably true but why do we spend $95 million on tourism development.

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    St George’s Dragon,

    or BDS$92 million a year by the BTA and employing nearly 150 staff.

  5. Gavin

    So we are to laud Minister Sealy because his crowning achievement is to “put forward a major policy document on tourism”?

    Wuhloss! A document put forward! A stunning achievement of unprecedented difficulty. Can “Sir” RIchard be far behind? One can only imagine the future headlines as Sealy continues to impress:

    “Sinckler lauds Sealy, says Minister learned Microsoft Word without outside help.”

    “Sealy completes To-Do list, will send to printer during next year.”

    “Sealy writes letter to editor, gets it published in The Nation — Sinckler calls for renaming of Niles roundabout.”

  6. lawson

    He deserves a raise, , he managed to keep more than he lost, in govt thinking that means he is outperforming.

  7. Well Well

    Praise each other, while drinking grey goose vodka at taxpayers expense. self praise is no praise