Barbados not immune from the coming storm

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The Greek experience: terrifying for ordinary people

Can you feel it? Can you see how Europe’s troubles will touch Barbados in a big way?

It doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict the future in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean. We’ve counted on tourism and offshore banking and excluded manufacturing and hi-tech industries and services. Agriculture is in ruins with sugar a liability not an asset to the economy. We have failed as a region and as a country to embrace energy creation and conserving technologies to any meaningful extent.

Our leaders counted on the same old same old ability to sell our version of the sun, sea and sand that everyone else is pushing at much lower prices. Our tourism plant is old and many of the new projects are stalled or dead in this economy. We have no savings. We spent everything and more during the good years. Our leaders for the last 15 years are bailing out for Canada, Europe and the USA and taking their families with them. In most cases the children have already been educated over and away.

So what can the ordinary folk do? We’ve said it time and time again:

1/ Shun debt. Shun expenses. Live as frugally as you can.

2/ Work hard, save what you can.

3/ Look after family and friends as you are able because you might need their help someday.

4/ Learn to grow food, repair your own car, maintain your home.

It’s coming folks. Can you feel it?

20 Facts About The Collapse Of Europe That Everyone Should Know

Submitted by Tyler Durden

The economic implosion of Europe is accelerating. Even while the mainstream media continues to proclaim that the financial crisis in Europe has been “averted”, the economic statistics that are coming out of Europe just continue to get worse.

Manufacturing activity in Europe has been contracting month after month, the unemployment rate in the eurozone has hit yet another brand new record high, and the official unemployment rates in both Greece and Spain are now much higher than the peak unemployment rate in the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The economic situation in Europe is far worse than it was a year ago, and it is going to continue to get worse as austerity continues to take a huge toll on the economies of the eurozone.

It would be hard to understate how bad things have gotten – particularly in southern Europe. The truth is that most of southern Europe is experiencing a full-blown economic depression right now. Sadly, most Americans are paying very little attention to what is going on across the Atlantic. But they should be watching, because this is what happens when nations accumulate too much debt. The United States has the biggest debt burden of all, and eventually what is happening over in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece is going to happen over here as well.

The following are 20 facts about the collapse of Europe that everyone should know…

  1. 10 Months: Manufacturing activity in both France and Germany has contracted for 10 months in a row.
  2. 11.8 Percent: The unemployment rate in the eurozone has now risen to 11.8 percent – a brand new all-time high.
  3. 17 Months: In November, Italy experienced the sharpest decline in retail sales that it had experienced in 17 months.
  4. 20 Months: Manufacturing activity in Spain has contracted for 20 months in a row.
  5. 20 Percent: It is estimated that bad loans now make up approximately 20 percent of all domestic loans in the Greek banking system at this point.
  6. 22 Percent: A whopping 22 percent of the entire population of Ireland lives in jobless households.
  7. 26 Percent: The unemployment rate in Greece is now 26 percent. A year ago it was only 18.9 percent.
  8. 26.6 Percent: The unemployment rate in Spain has risen to an astounding 26.6 percent.
  9. 27.0 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Cyprus. Back in 2008, this number was well below 10 percent.
  10. 28 Percent: Sales of French-made vehicles in November were down 28 percent compared to a year earlier.
  11. 36 Percent: Today, the poverty rate in Greece is 36 percent. Back in 2009 it was only about 20 percent.
  12. 37.1 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Italy – a brand new all-time high.
  13. 44 Percent: An astounding 44 percent of the entire population of Bulgaria is facing “severe material deprivation”.
  14. 56.5 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Spain – a brand new all-time high.
  15. 57.6 Percent: The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 in Greece – a brand new all-time high.
  16. 60 Percent: Citigroup is projecting that there is a 60 percent probability that Greece will leave the eurozone within the next 12 to 18 months.
  17. 70 Percent: It has been reported that some homes in Spain are being sold at a 70% discount from where they were at during the peak of the housing bubble back in 2006. At this point there are approximately 2 million unsold homes in Spain.
  18. 200 Percent: The debt to GDP ratio in Greece is rapidly approaching 200 percent.
  19. 1997: According to the Committee of French Automobile Producers, 2012 was the worst year for the French automobile industry since 1997.
  20. 2 Million: Back in 2005, the French auto industry produced about 3.5 million vehicles. In 2012, that number dropped to about 2 million vehicles.

One thing that these shocking numbers cannot convey is the tremendous amount of pain that many average Europeans are living through on a daily basis at this point. To get a peek into what life is like in Greece these days, check out this short excerpt from a recent Bloomberg article…

Anastasia Karagaitanaki, 57, is a former model and cafe owner in Thessaloniki, Greece. After losing her business to the financial crisis, she now sleeps on a daybed next to the refrigerator in her mother’s kitchen and depends on charity for food and insulin for her diabetes.

“I feel like my life has slipped through my hands,” said Karagaitanaki, whose brother also shares the one-bedroom apartment. “I feel like I’m dead.”

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A big THANK YOU to a longtime BFP reader and friend for suggesting this article.

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28 responses to “Barbados not immune from the coming storm

  1. Rob

    You have hit the nail on the head. Today in the uk we have anouther of our well known companies HMV which has gone into receivership. 5000 jobs gone. Every week we in the uk we are losing our companies and if you have no job then you can’t fly to barabados. So when people do get to travel they are booking whoever is the cheapest offering the most and that’s it. I would like to see the ministers who are supposed to be running Barbados spend more time looking at ways to stabilise the Barbados economy and less time at Simpsons picking out there new car.

  2. just want to know

    All the MP’s have SUV or similar vehicles,whil the ordinary people can’t even buy food for their children.

  3. Well Well

    That news is really, really bad!!

  4. Moneybrain

    This financial mess, which was self inflicted by crooked Pols and business people, who just had to glance at economic history of the 1920s-1930s to appreciate where their errant policies/ behaviour would eventually lead, is far from over. History clearly illustrates that this gargantuan mess will last a minimum of 10yrs. NB It was estimated that given what we know the projection of 22yrs could well prove accurate, especially in the light of Japan’s experience from 1990 to today. Can you say LOST GENERATION!
    Can you imagine the social upheaval? WAR????

    Anyone contributing to this situation should face Justice, BUT they will not because the Pols were obviously on the TAKE.

    At the risk of being accused of being radically pessimistic, i will now include some other facts that are very scary.
    The people that really run this planet are the very rich. Look at it from their jaundiced perspective as follows
    1 Robotics and nanotech will reduce jobs by a billion or more in the next 25 yrs. Robots will work for $3.50 /hr all costs in!!!!! They dont strike. Even cheap Chinese et al labour will not be required. Each robot will replace at least 1.5 humans+.
    2 If the Rich dont need the masses then why share the wealth with these surplus 2-3Bn people?????? Can you say CULLING People?

    In Bim, the irony is that Whitey was held out as the enemy BUT it turns out that the leaders are running up the ladder and then kicking it down pun the ground! Masses be damned!!

  5. LOOK

    @ Money Brain

    Barbados at moment is chaotic. It’s just a mess. The S&P and Moody’s said so. There are lots of theft there [Barbados]. The United Nations says so. The tourism industry [Barbados] is breathing on life support and Oh well, Owen Arthur can drink only so much rum. Barbados is no longer a desired destination and well the Myrie Rape embarrasses Barbados. Terry Schwarzfeld and Colin Peter murders embarrasses Barbados. Derrick Crawford and the police commission, Darwin Dottin embarrasses Barbados. Barbados according to Clyde Mascoll is flat broke “all in the red” but Barbados before entrance of David Thompson and the DLP in 2008 was not financially sound. Three S&P downgrades proves this. Before 2008 Owen Arthur and the BLP enjoyed fourteen years of government rule. A ship wrecked Barbados now the ultimate result, fourteen years of government enjoyed by Owen Arthur and the BLP. The DLP since 2008 didn’t know what to do with matters of vitality put before them because the BLP before them didn’t know what the hell they were doing. Guess you are right, right on the spot, the financial mess in Barbados is self inflicted. Send them a thank you card, Owen Arthur and the BLP.

    Everything happens for a reason. There is a reason for everything under the sun. The supervisor in 2006 issued a cease and decease order against CLICO. Owen Arthur in 2006 did not trumpet this, the cease and decease order of which he had knowledge, but the recent S&P downgrade, Chris Sinckler’s assets, etc. he did. There is certainly a reason.

    Arthur and the BLP started fires in Barbados that are still burning. One, Al Barack. The BLP gave birth to Al Barack. Thompson in 2008 accepted Al Barack, without choice. Another, the Violet Beckles fire commenced also during the administration of Arthur and the BLP. David Thompson we know was not an honest man but made effort to investigate the validity of Violet Beckles’ claim. The investigation apparently told the truth about Violet Beckles and told the truth about the National Housing Corporation (NHC). . . . moving tax numbers from one person with deed to another person with no deed and no proof of sale. Mia Mottley has likely has no deed nor proof of purchase, the Britton Hill property; likely, there was no sale; tax number moved from person with deed owner [Violet Beckles] to her, Mia Mottley. Him too, Gline Clark. He, Clark likely has no deed nor proof of purchase; likely, there was no sale; tax number moved from person with deed to him, Clark and or government.

    Prime Minister Thompson I think was prepared for a fencing match with his foe party members: Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, etc selecting [epee weapons] only and likely would have prevailed had he not expired, but everything happens for a reason. There is a reason for everything under the sun. Prime Minister Thompson successfully impeded the Owen Arthur regime of fourteen years. He, Prime Minister Thompson had no intentions of relinquishing his title. He was preparing himself for fencing finding epee weapons needed, that 75,000 campaign cheque, massive land fraud, etc. Prime Minister Thompson like PLANTATION DEEDS went about looking for things [hiding] and finding them, preparing himself for a damn good fencing match.

  6. Moneybrain

    @LOOK
    “Leadership” in the West and including Bim is MORALLY BANKRUPT and yet most of the masses are still playing party politics without realising that B and D are virtually the same. (in US, R and D) The masses are mostly drones/ pawns!
    These poor suckers have been had in a major way! When the masses wake up there will be serious social consequences BUT will they point their anger in the correct directions or will the mass hysteria effect innocent people?
    Remember the Rodney King riots in LA and the poor black businessman who witnessed his small business being set on fire and lamenting to the effect that he was totally innocent. It was very ridiculous that he should suffer.

  7. LOOK

    @ Moneybrain

    Agree, Barbados is morally bankrupt in large part due to those underground scams perpetrated by the politicians and high elites. Karl Slover one of the last surving munchkin- actors [Wizard of Oz] passed away, recently, and brings to mind the munchkin scene. The munchkins remember come out from hiding when called. They come out from hiding to meet the lady Dorothy from Kansas and to celebrate death of the wicked witch, Remember. Masses of people in BIM are still hiding, don’t care or just in denial. Owen Arthur is a drunk, inept and corrupt yet has mass supporters. The judicial system and the police department beneath is far behind, can’t seem to catch up.

    Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall awarded Al Barack a government contract. Barack built the complex at Warrens in St. Michael but had never built a complex that size. Bajans, of course, know of the Barack explosion but didn’t know that George Payne and Dale Marshall were in the mix, kickback parties. Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall awarded VECO (Alaska) a government contract. VECO built the prison at Dodds in St. Philip but had no record of building prisons. Surely VECO gave them something for such generosity, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall; those three are cake topping, this too, A sitting black judge[in Barbados], allowed criminals to return to England for the Christmas holidays expecting them to RETURN TO BIM TO GO TO PRISON. LOL

  8. just want to know

    Look you should put David Thompson ( those of his family who are here should pay the penalty, because they are enjoying the ill- gotten gains ), Leroy Parris & the DLP yard fowls who enjoying some of the sweets from being in Parliament. What about the porno MP? what should be done with Him? Don’t jump on one band wagon, the DLP in office now for the past 5 years, & so far poor people are reduced to living on small change, I see them at the super market counting out the small change in their purses for the cashier. And another MP who was caught in the US with millions of dollars in his bag. All of them need to be in jail.

  9. Rastaman

    @just want to know: In a case like that does the MP have diplomatic immunity?

  10. LOOK

    @ Just want to know

    Interesting, Mara Thompson and family has possession of CLICO money and rightfully should surrender it. Well now let’s be genuinely fair on both sides of the road. Mia Mottley should release the Britton Hill property to the estate of Violet Beckles. Speaking at a political meeting at the corner of Deacons Road, Owen Arthur said “the island had been humiliated by the recent S&P downgrade.”We have been reduced to junk status and someone has to be held responsible for it. He Arthur said also that the S&P downgrade report must be taken seriously butttttt Violet Beckles. That old woman Arthur has been humiliated by massive land fraud. This must be taken seriously. Someone has to be held accountable.

    Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall don’t you think should cover the Al Barack IOU now approximately seventy seven million entirely, not taxpayers. Owen in 2006 invested 2.4 million dollars in a Nigerian Water Heater project. No water heaters were produced and the 2.4 million was lost and or unaccounted for. The 2.4 million was taxpayers money not solely Owens’. So, Owen should schedule a trip to Nigeria to somehow collect that 2.4 million. Ohhhhhhhh Just Want to Know [poster] the prison project you know extended millions over budget. The three stooges: Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall don’t you think should pay it not Bajans.

    Tax payers in the soon coming general election will choose a ruling party for the next five years. It’s possible the BLP could win. It’s possible the DLP could win. If the DLP wins, tax payers care nothing about CLICO money that Mara Thompson has in her possession. If the BLP wins, taxpayers care nothing about FACT that Arthur is a drunk, inept and corrupt, care nothing about what happened during fourteen years of the BLP with Arthur at the helm.

    The recent S&P downgrade is MAJOR NEWS due to Arthur and the BLP. Arthur and the S&P surely have not forgotten that Richard Francis, an S&P associate in 2005 interviewed with the Daily Nation from his Wall Street office and stated that the [Barbados] deficit of ten per cent was “much too high” and the debt level of between 43 and 50 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), although less than a half of Jamaica’s and is even smaller than St Kitts-Nevis’, was unacceptable and should be reduced if the island were to maintain its high credit rating. Francis, further stated that the S&P worried about the Barbados deficit which he said should jump even more. How about that.

    Don’t forget the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), in 2009 was near bankruptcy. The result was enforcement of a 60% water increase.Arthur and the BLP were morally responsible for BWA problems totaling thirteen years. The BWA for thirteen years was apparently LEAKING WATER. The BWA for thirteen years apparently entertained with greed and corruption as did its superior head, the BLP. Someone’s INCOMPETENCE was responsible for this. That would be Owen Arthur and the BLP.

    Now, now the BLP issued a public announcement “it has an enviable record of keeping promises. Bajans must not forget this either. Opposition Spokesperson, Mia Mottley in June 2012 outlined a number of measures a new Barbados Labor Party (BLP) government would IMMEDIATELY put in place. This was a public announcement. Mottley has promised Bajans cookies and candy, lots of it and immediately.

  11. sith

    Turn out the lights, the party is over.

  12. LOOK

    @ Just Want to Know

    Mara Thompson has CLICO money, lots of it. Think so. Maybe. [If] so, she should release it, REALLY. Why? Owen Arthur in 2006 invested 2.4 million in a Nigerian Water Heater Project. No water heaters were produced and the 2.4 million dollars belonging to taxpayers were lost and or unaccounted for. Owen is responsible for the 2.4 million loss and must be made accountable, NOT taxpayers. Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall awarded Al Barack a government contract. Barack erected the complex at Warren in St. Michael but had never erected a building that size. Al Barack has in his possession a government contract and must be paid. Someone was responsible and must be accountable, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall NOT taxpayers. Those three, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall awarded VECO (Alaska) a government contract. VECO built the prison at Dodds in St. Philip but had no record of building prisons. Low and behold, the prison project extended millions over budget. Someone was responsible and must be accountable, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall, NOT taxpayers. Speaking at a political meeting at the corner of Deacons Road, Owen Arthur said “the island had been humiliated by the recent S&P downgrade.”We have been reduced to junk status and someone has to be held responsible for it. He Arthur said also that the S&P downgrade report must be taken seriously butttttt Violet Beckles. That old woman has been humiliated by massive land fraud. This must be taken seriously. Someone was responsible and must be held accountable. Six Men in St. Peter belongs to the estate of Violet Beckles, Britton Hill belongs to Violet Beckles. Kensington Oval and The famed Sandy Lane was constructed on property belonging to Violet Beckles. Someone is responsible and must be made accountable, NOT taxpayers.

    Time now for change in BIM, can no longer tolerate corrupt lawyers, politicians, etc. Persecute and convict them. . . . confiscate everything they own and auction it. That’s what the United States does. It’s time, time for change, NOW

  13. 44

    Just come on the news that blockbuster has just gone into adminerstration in the uk. 4000 jobs gone. So that’s two companies in two days with 9000 jobs gone. People in the uk are now saving every penny as they don’t know what’s going to happen next. Barbados must diversify and not rely on tourism. If you have no job you can’t eat let alone fly to Barbados on holiday. The airlines know this and that’s why the air lift capability has been reduced. One option may be to look at attracting more long term travellers. But the government would need to make it easyier for this to happen.

  14. LOOK

    Surely there are some bright minds there [Barbados], could surely think of something to stave-off that Barbados sinking ship. Ohhhhhhhh that has to be Owen Arthur and the BLP group. Arthur according to Barry Alleyne of the Nation News [06/11/2012 says “it [economy] is a mess right now. But we will fix it. The Barbados Labor Party sees it a duty to remove Barbadians from the grips of this current government”. LOL

  15. 44

    The bank of England went looking for the best person they could find to keep the uk going. They was able to secure the services of Mark Carney who really knows his trade. He’s a Canadian. The point is this, when you need a job done and done well you need to find the best man for the job. I would like to see whoever gets into power appoint individuals in key positions regardless of where there from. Find the best people you can and pay them on there results. The government cannot keep doing the same old thing and expect a different result.

  16. LOOK

    @ anonymous

    Ed Whitacre is credited with taking over the corporate reins at General Motors (GM) when the automotive manufacturer was on the brink of bankruptcy during 2009 and turned the company around in magnificent fashion. It was President Obama who reached out to Whitacre to come out of retirement and take over GM in 2009. Whitacre was reluctant to come out of retirement to work at GM, but he’s that rare EO with great charisma and extraordinary management instincts, came to Detroit and got GM back on track in record time. Would like to see Owen Arthur do what he didn’t do in fourteen years and or put out fires still buring from his administration, Violet Beckles especially.

  17. train wreck in waiting to happen

    While there are many bright young people in Barbados ( usually educated abroad), and who are completely Internet savvy and capable of solving problems on a muti-level basis, Barbaians continue to elect those from the dregs of the barrel who simply have no clue and no interest in working for the whole.

    Blockbuster is a technology that has been winding itself down for some time now as users are downloading from home more and more each day.

    Similarly, the Barbadian tourist product is stale and in need of constant upgrade but there is no one in charge who has their job on the line other than the owners of the Hotels and some of their staff.

  18. 5

    Just so you know the world is broke, B,s or D,S without revenues we’re not going anyway so please come up with a comprehensive plan together and get engines going “people all over the world has this saying things in Barbados is too expensive so let me spend my money somewhere else bottom line”

  19. 91

    One of the problems that I saw on my last visit was the amount of empty property and construction sites with no construction going on. Yet there are new sites being started but there are no buyers. The real estate market is a clear reflection of what’s happening in the world. Most of the empty developments are way over priced which means even if someone wanted to buy one the bank wouldn’t lend them the money. So that leaves the cash buyers to buy these empty properties and lets face it there isn’t many of them. I would like to see a stop to building on the coast as the beaches and access to them should be for the people and not developers who can’t even finish what they start and the few that do get finished can’t sell and sit there empty for years. It is a crime to build these places knowing full well that there is nobody to buy them.

  20. LOOK

    Barbados at moment is choatic. It’s just a mess, but was a mess before 2008, before entrance of David Thompson and the DLP.

  21. Name.

    Barbados is indeed a train wreck just looking for the right/WRONG bend, to happen in!

    It’s only a matter of time now,
    regardless of which Mickey Mouse local political party gets in, next election.

  22. Anonymous

    I was sitting on the beach at Mullins when I was last on holiday. I just wanted to sit and relax but non stop harassment wouldn’t allow me to do that. So I went into the sea for a swim. I swam out then looked back at the beach. There was 11 tourists like me trying to chill out and twenty three hustlers selling everything and anything you can think of. Everyone is entitled to earn a living but when someone like me a repeat visitor is unable to go to a beach and relax then its time for the government to step in. I’m not suggesting for one minute to make beaches private but it would be nice to have at least one beach on the westcoast where it’s easy to swim that is free from hassle and intimidation. In London I’m doing twice the work that I done 10 years ago to earn the same and pay my bills. I have been coming to Barbados for many years but this was the first time in 15 years that I didn’t come down for Christmas and the new year. I normally come down for three weeks but after having so much hassle in September I just couldn’t be bothered. And that’s a shame. It’s not because I couldn’t afford it, it just feels like everyone is just squeezing every penny out of you from the taxi at the airport to the guys on the beach. I really want to see things bounce back in Barbados and when I does I will be back with my family to support you.

  23. Colin Leslie Beadon

    World Status today, agriculture, and gross fat.
    Good. There are a number of well read people who are perfectly aware how Barbados is going, and that the true picture is far from the hype put out by our politicians and newspapers, who don’t seem to read world news, or have any inkling what is going on across the globe.
    While some little start is being acted towards an attempt at recovery of a viable agricultural industry, so much other ‘tatter’ is going on that agriculture will have a most difficult chance of raising above the morose, and taking a fresh breath of air. Besides, Barbadians don’t want to work the soil. They have little or no interest in it, and the few agricultural Barbadian strongbacks, are up against almost insurmountable odds where the government won’t pass the needed laws to allow a tight grip on those who do their best to make farming difficult in every way.
    There will come a time, soon enough, when we will all wish we had vegetables growing in our own patch, close to the house. People who want small agriculture plots, should be encouraged in every way. Their plots should be in short walking and viewing distance from their homes, as much as possible. Hunger, is a good incentive to get people back to the land.
    This, we shall find out soon enough. Far too many people are grossly overweight, starting from the politicians of both sexes. Working a plot is a good way to burn off that fat.

  24. Mr BROWN

    B Baywatch
    Further to my post of some months ago,re the hassle visitors suffer on the beaches of Barbados,I expect you have read the post on one loyal visitor’s trip to Mullin’s Bay.
    A 2 to ! ratio of Hustlers to Holidaymakers! Having to go for a swim to escape unwanted attention! This holidaymaker vowing never to return until this menace is sorted!
    You quoted ” Jack, this beach belongs to we ” It increasingly appears that the locals will soon be the only visitors to the beaches of Barbados. Thus the question of ownership will not arise.
    Only 11holiday guests on one of your most beautiful beaches?Get this problem sorted,fast.The fat lady is waiting in the wings.
    P.S. Maybe the missing guests are on the beach in Buccament Bay!

  25. BBaywatch

    Mr Brown – do you ever actually read what others post or just go into some kind of knee jerk reaction to any negative mention of Harlequin who you shill for? For a start I am not Bajan, just a visitor with over twenty years experience of the Caribbean – most of it involved in promoting the region as a holiday destination and working with local businesses through to national government organisations. Part of my experience has been watching the sad decline of Barbados as a destination and a large part of the reason for that has been the relentless over development of the coastal region. This has had the effect of making access to the beaches increasingly difficult for both visitors and local vendors and inevitably this can cause conflict. No excuse for bad behaviour but you have to understand cause and effect. Exploit a foreign country without benefitting its citizens and there will always be some resentment. Remember that the Caribbean has one of the worst records for ‘leakage’ the percentage of the cost of the holiday retained in country. This is currently at only 20% so very little of the visitors money remains in the local economy – exactly what will be happening at Buccament Bay, except it will likely be less than 20%.

  26. Mr BROWN

    B Baywatch
    Take a look at Calypsolover jan27 2013.Two visitors to Barbados were viciously stabbed (and raped) hours after arriving on the island.
    Yet more evidence of the horrendous treatment of your paying guests
    The reputation of Barbados does not,as you so ridiculously try to convey,need any help from anyone in it’s rapid slide down the “Greecey” pole Many hotels have ceased trading.Several airlines have reduced services to the island.Visitors are going elsewhere in their thousands.Yet YOU have the gall to suggest that one developer (the only one currently building at that!) is in some way to blame for the declining reputation of Barbados as a tourist destination.Are you for real? I have read lots of rubbish before now,but your input comes bottom of the heap. What a joke you are! Who pays your shill to come up with such garbage?

  27. fentymark@yahoo.com

    Bbaywatch, I hardly think that the overdevelopment of the coastal region is in anyway solely responsible for the decline of the Barbados Tourist Industry. I would argue that the decline is somewhat multifaceted in nature, and that the economic- crisis, poor advertisement, and desirable Caribbean destinations are all contributing factors to its decline.

  28. LOOK

    @ Mark Fenty/fentymark@yahoo.com
    We disagree – partly. The tourist industry in Barbados is on life support and may not live. It tourism is victim of circumstance – partly. Barbados had/has nothing to do with a global recession and weakened economies but it has a lot to do with increasing crime. Terry Schwartzfeld and Colin Peter were tourist, JUST TOURIST there [Barbados] but murdered there [Barbados]. Two others – women – British – JUST TOURIST there [Barbados] were brutally raped, one of them 62 and grandmother of nine. Now, now the Myrie woman from Jamaica was raped too. She unfortunately had possession of drugs. Barbados police arrested her then raped her. Barbados has right to protect its borders, it does not have right to enforce sexual assault. There are other Caribbean islands and beaches, peoples choice are apparently those other islands.

    Beyond tourism, Barbados is chiatoic. It’s just a mess.