“Please publish this article to bring balance to Loveridge’s arguments”
This man Adrian Loveridge tries to prove that Barbados is the worst place on earth for tourists to visit. This week he is highlighting the fact that Barbados has nothing to offer tourists in comparison to other destinations. I wonder if Mr. Loveridge ever visited the Bahamas? Apart from beaches and casinos, there is nothing for a tourist to see. Has he gone to Turks and Caicos? There is nothing apart from beautiful beaches. What about Cayman Islands? Nothing apart from the Iguana lizards, turtles, a gift shop with rum cake. There is nothing else to see.
Oh what about my lovely Roatan? Talk about poverty? Visit this country and you would wonder if the people are living in the 18th century. Loveridge, stop criticizing Barbados, take a trip to this country and report back to Barbados Free Press.
Then there is Costa Rica. What is so great about this place? What do they have to offer that Barbados doesn’t? Same old, same old sun and sand. St. Maarten is famous for its duty free shopping and its beaches. All Barbados has to do is turn Swan Street into a duty free area and St. Maarten has nothing to offer different from Barbados. I like Aruba for reasons which have nothing to do with tourism. It is taking on the look of a big city and in ten years time, you can call it ‘Little Miami”. There you can find a greater selection of International brand name products than any other country in the Caribbean or South America. Curacao is a big disappointment. All they have to offer that Barbados doesn’t have, is more street vendors.
And now to the countries which have natural beauty apart from sun and sand. St. Lucia is naturally beautiful and they are capitalizing on this feature. However a visit to the country would leave one wondering what is the Government doing with the returns they are getting from tourism. I wonder if the feature writer for the Barbados Free Press has ever gotten out on the streets of St. Lucia and spoken to the nationals. Yes, Barbados is seeing hard times but we are the envy of the average St. Lucian who wonders how Barbadians can still enjoy such high standards of living, education, housing, transportation, health facilities etc. etc… I just left this beautiful island and I am sorry to disappoint Mr. Loveridge, the Mall at Rodney Bay can’t touch our lovely Lime Grove. I saw more staff at their Mall in May this year than tourists. I am happy for them. I wouldn’t say a bad word about a neighbouring Caribbean country but I wonder what does Rodney Bay have to offer that the West Coast of Barbados doesn’t offer.
Now I turn my attention to Jamaica. Parts of that country are heaven on earth. They have everything a tourist could want to see but again where is the tourist money being channeled? If Barbados could only get half of their tourist numbers, we would be a first world country. My house guests from Jamaica two years ago asked me to show them the slums of Barbados. I took them to the worst places here and had a beer or two with them at shops in the respective neighbourhoods. They laughed till they cried and asked if I couldn’t find any place worse, since they felt happy and comfortable where I took them. Mr. Loveridge seems to think that Barbados Government should spend every cent on tourism and neglect the other ministries.
Then there is the Dominican Republic. While visiting the Catholic Basilica in that country, I had the urge to visit the bathroom after a long journey on the bus. What did I experience? The bathrooms are stink stink stink stink. The plumbing reminds me of what existed at public conveniences in the early 60’s in Barbados. Even if I had any intentions of using the facilities, I had to change my mind because there was no toilet paper. Outside of this said same Basilica, the nuns were chasing little school children from begging tourists for money instead of attending school. Is this what Mr. Loveridge wants for Barbados? He can fool the gullible but not me, who have visited 99.9 % Caribbean and Central America, either by plane or cruise ship. Still waiting for my first trip to Cuba. Have I forgotten any of the other tourist destination . Yes…Oh how I love Belize. They have natural beauty and you can see what the Government is doing for the people. I know they have copied our tourism and NIS models and are moving smoothly along.
Barbadians possess that ineffable quality that allows them to be knocked down by life and come back strong than ever. We will ride out this recession. We have been hit hard by the reduction of tourist numbers from the U.K. but that country is having serious economic problems. People like Loveridge should be ashamed to knock the Government for spreading the little money which they have available. His country is seeing hell. If Barfbados is so bad, why doesn’t he return to the U.K? The Daily Mail on its front page of 13th February, 2013 , published a story captioned Millions of British families will NEVER see their finances recover from the economic downturn, admits government. Read the article and then you’ll know why Barbados is in trouble.