My second class homecoming was someone else’s first impression of Barbados

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Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner - now selling!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner – now selling!

First impressions and attention to detail in tourism, I suspect like most sectors can make all the difference whether you retain a customer, or in this case, a visitor, or not.

While flying back into Barbados last week my thoughts were that despite all the time ‘we’ have been involved in the hospitality industry, have ‘we’ really learnt from our mistakes?

While exiting off a Virgin Atlantic plane, the second half-full flight on this route that I was personally experiencing in eight days, I funneled through with the other passengers to immigration.  Looking up, many of the overhead walkway ceilings were dirty, cobwebbed and frankly, badly in need of painting.

Reduced airport earnings may be an issue, but what does it take to use some of that currently wasted space to offer advertising opportunities that would in turn pay for any increased maintenance costs to keep these areas clean?

Next you are confronted with what must have been relatively expensive full colour large decals promoting not as you would reasonably expect, upcoming events, but a 2013 Crop Over Season that ended weeks ago.

With an American Airlines arrival just minutes before, our 146 Gatwick passengers filtered in behind the Immigration queue. Yet despite the overwhelming number of passport holders being ‘International’,  just two Immigration Officers  are ‘manning’ the many booths.   Seemingly lacking any logic or planning, four officers are on the ‘Caricom’ desks, with far fewer persons to process.

Perhaps it’s long past time that tourism is better explained to all the human  component parts of the industry who are there to help make it work.

Even before our average British visitor boards an eight to nine hour flight, there is an airport check-in requirement of up to three hours. Very few of our cherished guests actually live on the doorstep of Gatwick or Manchester.

Many will have to undertake a road or rail journey, sometimes involving hundreds of miles, perhaps under adverse weather or traffic conditions.

So, when that traveller finally arrives at Grantley Adams, paramount on their mind is to get to their booked accommodation, relax, unwind and if they are very lucky, take a daylight dip in the inviting warm ocean.

This is what lingering memories are made of.

After all, the overwhelming number of our visitors have worked 50 weeks of the year to justify the cost of this precious holiday. The very last consideration on their mind is to experience what many of us feel are unnecessary delays in entering their destination of choice.

And choice is a very big factor here.

If we make it a too difficult or prolonged process, next time we risk them opting for another holiday location choice, where more time can be spent actually participating in what they have paid for.

These observations are not new or groundbreaking. The immigration situation has been going on for as long as I can remember, but surely now is the time to be doing something positive to improve the status quo?

As we end what is traditionally the quietest tourism month of the year, is it time to reflect on how we do business, by viewing the industry through our customers eyes?

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160 responses to “My second class homecoming was someone else’s first impression of Barbados

  1. robert ross

    A three hour check-in requirement? Eh? Gatwick?

  2. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘Virgin Atlantic recommends you arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart’

    ‘International departures require a 2-3 hour check-in’.

  3. Mistaluvva

    Send them to Grenada to see how it’s done properly. A welcoming colourful arrivals area and big smiles from all the officials. Sometimes I do wonder why we keep coming back to Barbados.

  4. robert ross

    Adrain…do get real….”recommends”….not “you are required”

  5. Anonymous

    Montego Bay does it best with a costumed folk group singing “Welcome
    to Jamaica” before immigration to the readily available spliffs in the car-rental parking lot..(not really sure I recommend that for BGI though).

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    Robert, not my wording but Virgin Atlantic’s and please NOTE – I clearly stated ‘up to’…..

  7. Ivan Taylor

    Adrian you hit the nail on the head once again but as a Bajan who has seen Barbados Deteriorate in front of my eyes for the past 50 years I do not think the Government is in effect practicing pride as we know it – But then Pride and Industry are two things of the past so why bother – The average Bajan just does not care and it comes from the top

  8. Adrian Loveridge,
    You go on ‘Caribbean News Now’, Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground week after week telling British tourists not to come to Barbados. I am wondering why you returned to Barbados if it is so bad. Why didn’t you remain in the U.K where you are not recognized? Can you imagine a tourism expert looking for cobweb at the Grantley Adams Airport? Are you telling me that there are no spiders living in the airport terminals of the UK? I have already asked you on ‘Caribbean News Now’ to take a break from writing rubbish.

    You know that a UK traveller is required to spend a maximum of 3 hours at a UK airport before booking in. You know that some travellers have to travel by train and other means of transportation which is a further delay. However when the traveller arrives at Barbados he/she must pass through customs without any delay. You are suggesting that the traveller goes to another destination where there is less delay than Barbados. I wonder which airport that is? When I arrive at Gatwick, I have to walk as far as from Bridgetown to Grantley Adams Airport before I see a customs or immigration officer. Between disembarking the plane at Barbados and seeing an immigration officer, there is a time lapse of 3 minutes. The only Englishman who would complain about the few minutes clearing customs and immigration, is Adrian Loveridge. Your plot remains the same week after week i.e “ Find another to spend your overseas holidays apart from Barbados’’. Again Loveridge, you appear to be only Englishman who has never studied Shakespeare. However you are not too old. One of the bookstores in Bridgetown would have copies on sale. I would suggest you read a couple of the Shakespeare plots and see how you could write one without appearing to be a simpleton.

    I am appealing to any past visitor to Barbados or any prospective visitor who reads this Blog, Caribbean News Now or Barbados Underground to disregard the contents of Adrian Loveridge’s weekly , disjointed ramblings. They are meant to destroy the tourist industry of Barbados. Barbados’ strength as a tourist destination lies in its people. There are many destinations which have more natural beauty than this small island but visitors are not free to roam the streets of these countries. They are corralled like horses into a particular area protected by military or police personnel. That is not the case in Barbados. To the fun-loving English person, I say, come and enjoy the local Banks Beer which are retailed at four-for-5U.S dollars at the pub opposite the Grantley Adams Airport. Ask the person who is transporting you to your destination to give you a ten minute break at the pub after the long hours between waking, traveling by train, arriving early at Gatwick and the 8-hour flight. Banks Beer, the beer of Barbados has been awarded five gold medals from the internationally recognized Monde Seléction, theBelgium-based International Institute for Quality Selections
    If you want a nice tasting fish and chip while sipping your Banks Beer, it is ready within minutes. Life in that pub is no different from the Six Bells Pub in Horley . I doubt Adrian Loveridge ever visited it, although he is English and flies out of Gatwick as he says.
    When you leave the Bajan pub, turn down your vehicle’s windows and let the fresh Atlantic/Caribbean breeze blow through . You don’t need any air-conditioning or heating. The temperature peaks to 32C most months but occasionally drops to 20C in the months of December and January. You do not need any police escort to your destination. You do not have to live in fear of any terrorist attacks. Barbados second motto is ‘Friends of all, enemies of none’’.
    Again I invite one and all , come to Barbados. Ignore Adrian Loveridge. He is a cry-cry baby . He didn’t get out of tourism what he expected . I shall henceforth refer to him as Little Tommy Tucker. I am sure the English visitors are familiar with that little nursery rhyme

    Little Tom Tucker
    Sings for his supper.
    What shall we give him?
    White bread and butter.
    How shall he cut it
    Without a knife?
    How will he be married
    Without a wife.

  9. Adrian Loveridge

    As someone who has made a living from tourism for 47 years, of which 25 have been on Barbados and who has invested their life savings in our current tourism business, it would be rather stupid to imply that I have anything but the interests of Barbados at heart. However, some feel that ‘we’ should stay silent and not admit to 18 consecutive months of long stay visitor decline and the fact that September 2013 recorded the lowest stay-over visitors in ANY month over the last 11 years. Clearly, our tourism industry is in crisis and any amount of ignoring this FACT will not make it go away.
    I am not an armchair observer, but a hands-on tourism person that has no other source of income and certainly does not rely on a Government job to keep me alive, as some other contributors do. Getting paid, whether or not I perform in my ‘work’.

  10. Constructive criticism is great but biased comments every week inviting visitors to bypass Barbados because you see cobweb at the airport and a miniscule delay when compared to 14 hours between waking and arriving at Barbados, is nothing short of an outright attempt to kill the tourist industry. Use the same media, Caribbean News Now/Barbados Free Press/Barbados Underground to promote the island that you claim you like. Tell the world the truth. One third of Barbados’ budget is spent on maintaining airline capacity into Barbados. What more can you expect from a country which is deep recession? The British people apart from you understand the meaning of a recession. They have had to make many sacrifices over the last 5 years. You, Tommy Tucker would like the whole budget being spent on tourism and other sectors suffer. Your mantra ‘Barbados industry is in crisis’ has been heard. Bad mouthing the country would not help. It hurts.

  11. Nobody wants you to be silent . Yes, speak up. Invite your lazy friends in the tourism industry to market their businesses for themselves. I visited one of them earlier this year after the season was coming to the end and all the proprietor was concentrating on, was marketing ‘pudding and souse’ on Saturdays and Karaoke on weekends. He hasn’t spent a single cent on marketing his business overseas in the summer months. In the winter he depends on Government to do everything for him, hoping that there would be a large influx and he would get piece of the action. Are you telling me that he should be in the hotel business? He is not the only one on the South Coast that depended on Government when the economic situation was better but is now helpless that the country is in recession.

    Promote Barbados, man. Turn your poison pen into a tool that could attract visitors to our lovely island. Yes, I travel widely. I have seen deplorable conditions all over the Dominican Republic and they attract on average 4 million tourists a year. If cobweb used to turn back visitors, the Dominican Republic would be a less popular destination than Barbados.

  12. yatiniteasy

    Good example here of shooting the messenger.
    Even when “constructive criticism” is offered by Adrian, he is chastised, insulted and ridiculed. How dare an Englishman, no, a white Englishman, say that things in Barbados are not all rosy for tourists. We Barbadians just don’t like to hear the truth about the many negative forces that are hurting our valuable tourist Industry.
    Has there ever been a high level meeting held by the Ministry of Tourism,
    the Sanitation Department, The Police, Immigration, Customs, Barbados Union of Public Workers, Chamber of Commerce etc …to even discuss the problems that are affecting our society, and therefore the Tourism business (And I assume it is still considered a viable Business) and to come up with an action plan.
    Every year we just keep drifting deeper and deeper into a hole that we may not recover from.
    We have for too long paid lip service to “service” and Visitors to the Island now do not feel that they are getting value for money.On top of it, our famous Barbadian Friendliness and Hospitality that we were famous for is disappearing fast.
    The whole place is full of garbage, overgrown bushes and a general look of untidiness and squalor that is not inviting to visitors.
    So shout at Adrian because he sees cobweb at the Airport…at least HE sees it, whereas our Government officials apparently see nothing.

  13. robert ross

    Antoinette Sealy,

    Please pinpoint where Mr Loveridge tells potential visitors not to come to Barbados.

    How and in respect of what should hoteliers seek to market themselves?

    As a matter of fact, how can and should Bim be different from other Caribbean Islands? What have we got that others haven’t whether we realise it or not?

  14. Party Animal

    Dear Antoinette. I follow Mr. Loveridge on BFP and think that we Bajans should be glad to have someone like him who has the guts to speak out for us as most of us are affraid on our shadows, yes if it takes a white Englishman to do so for us then we should ask him to keep it up.
    This Government is bringing this Country to it’s knees and no one has the GUTS to do anything about it. I admire the St. Lucians some years ago when they put their tools down and sent the Government packing, you will never see that happen here
    This Government is bringing this Country to it’s knees and no one has the GUTS to do any thing about it, I take my hat off to the St. Lucians when the people put their

  15. Carson C. Cadogan

    That’s telling him Antoinette!

  16. C4

    Antoinette

    Gatwick is also a piece of a dump. Next time have a look at the metal overhead air condition grills and tell how many of the hundreds down have black duct and grime covering them.

    Adrian is just upset that the DLP cabinet fired him / revoked his appointment as a director of BTA. The Minister of Tourism referred to him as a chronic and compulsive complainer and person who could disrupt the peaceful sole of Mother Theresa if given a chance.

  17. Mr Coco

    As a frequent visitor to Barbados, I could care less about the state of the airport terminal, but Adrian nailed it about the line ups at Grantley. They f ucking suck. Especially when your travelling with small children. Always lots customs cops swanning around, very few actually doing anything. Just like Pearson.

  18. To all of you who have political axes to grind , I say good luck to you. I am a Barbadian. When Barbados is pulled down, all the citizens are included.

    @ Robert Ross, you either understand English subtlety or you don’t. Tommy Tucker” Loveridge writes in an indirect manner which prevents people,apparently like you, from understanding what he is trying to do.That is called subtlety. I was born in Barbados, educated lived and worked/work in England. I don’t care what colour Adrien, Tommy Tucker” Loveridge is. He could be green as far as I am concerned. Most of my former school friends and workmates are white . What I do know, is that he does not mean well for Barbados. A blind man should see what his intentions are,week after week . Read the caption of this article.Quote ”My second class homecoming was someone else’s first impression of Barbados”. If Barbados is second class, why the hell he still returned here?

    To All English visitors past and future, who read this Blog, keep coming. Ignore Adrien Loveridge. He is a bad ambassador. I didn’t know that a former Minister described him as a chronic and compulsive complainer and a person who could disrupt the peaceful sole of Mother Theresa if given a chance.

    If you haven’t booked your flight for the Rihanna concert, do so as soon as possible. Tickets are going like hot cakes. Book your ticket on line at http://www.TicketMaster.com. Where to stay? Dover Beach Hotel is the place for you. Dover Beach Hotel offers the enviable combination of being tucked away on a secluded white sandy beach, yet within easy walking distance of the St. Lawrence Gap party area. When you are tired partying there, go to Oistin”s the following night and mingle with your fellow Brits who meet there in their numbers on weekend. Come and have a grand time in Barbados a.k.a Little England. Yes, you will see policemen at Oistins and St. Lawrence Gap but their duty is to mainly to direct traffic.

  19. robert ross

    Antionette Sealy

    You have given us froth. Certainly you have not addressed the questions I raised with you.

    C4 and (apparently) Antionette Sealy

    Whatever else, Mother Theresa did NOT have a peaceful soul alive and only God knows the state of it now.

  20. Canadian Tourist

    The tourists are complaining!

    “Let them eat (rum) cake!” – Antionette

    Really lame, attacking the messenger.

  21. @yatiniteasy
    I would suggest you listen to someone who has the interest of Barbados at heart . Read a lead article in the Advocate published a week ago which states in part

    Quote ”
    Country must come first
    10/7/2013

    FOR some time now, from various quarters, we have heard the plea that the general elections are over and that Barbadians must settle down to the business of getting their country out of this crisis. Last week, businessman Ralph “Bizzy” Williams echoed similar sentiments as he called for a halt to all the negativity which continues to permeate the society in view of the ongoing economic difficulties. Ends quote”

    You feel proud going a step further than Loveridge to publish nonsense just because you might be grieving at the loss of your Party at the polls. That gets you no where. The visitor doesn’t care who forms the Government of Barbados . He/she wants to have an enjoyable holiday.

    I have visited every Caribbean island, most of Central America, North America and some European countries. Everything which you find bad in Barbados exists in the countries which I visited. I cried, yes I cried when my coach left Higuey Basilica in the Dominican Republic. I saw little children , the ages of my kids , begging alms and shining shoes to support their families. When I asked one nun why they weren’t at school, she told me that they attended the afternoon sessions but illegally worked in the mornings to make ends meet. Stinking streets were the order of the day. That didn’t prevent 4 million visitors from enjoying the otherwise natural beauty of the country.

    Early last year , I traveled overland from the Pacific side of Panama to the Atlantic side in order to cruise the canal because the ship, I was traveling on, was too big to pass through the waterway . I passed some streets where I am sure, garbage has not been collected since 2010. It was the rainy season and mosquitoes were as big as human beings . Traffic literally came to a halt in order to negotiate the numerous potholes in the roads.
    In case you don’t want to venture far from home, go to your favourite USA inner cities and you would stop pulling down Barbados with your negative comments.

  22. @ Robert Ross

    Look up the meaning of the word ”subtlety”. Then read Tommy Tucker’s article. As a matter of fact , he insulted you by calling your country his second class home. Cud dear, you mek me shame defending Tommy.

  23. robert ross

    Antionette Sealy

    I do not feel the least bit insulted by Mr Loveridge’s efforts. Equally, I do think he needs some prodding. In your case, I have to say that I do feel, if not insulted, at least embarrassed by your attack on him and that as you present yourself no amount of prodding would do any good at all.

  24. @ Robert Ros
    You neither understand the meaning of the word ”subtlety” nor the meaning of the word ”insult”. That being the case , you would feel embarrassed by anything I say about Tommy Tucker

  25. While Tommy Tucker bad-mouths Barbados , the DailyMail published the following article about Barbados . Read it at
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2461815/Coleen-Rooney-dotes-baby-Klay-neon-pink-bikini-Barbados-holiday.html.

    All you football fans, come down to Barbados and have an enjoyable holiday when Wayne Rooney joins his wife and family on the beautiful island of Barbados.

  26. robert ross

    Oh dear….the self-fulfilling prophecy. Sad really.

  27. TWWIFOS

    Antionette, you & Carson should have a cup of tea together, since clearly your both delusional. BTW: Advertising in the middle of this discussion is pathetic.

  28. TWWIFOS

    …..and don’t give me any of that BS about a recession. If we can’t afford a few gallons of paint or put a few more immigration officers on during peak arrival times, exactly what “CAN” we do?

  29. Adrian Loveridge

    TWWIFOS, the late Sir Harold St. John came up with what I thought was a good idea. To employ some of the retired Immigration Officers at peak times to cope with the known busy times.

  30. @ TWWIFOS

    i am a proud Barbadian. Wherever I travel, I promote my country as the ideal tourist destination. I market Barbados products wherever I travel. Once I visited a liquor store in Philadephia which sold Puerto Rican, Jamaican and Bahamian rum. Not a bottle of Bajan was on display. I called the relevant authorities in New York and gave them my observations. On my return to the State some time after, I saw two leading brands of Barbados rum on the shelves of that store. You and whoever care to be unpatriotic, that’s your business.

    It is most heartening to see an English tabloid promoting the country as the place of choice for Wayne Rooney and family to spend their holidays.
    I am happy to use this medium to invite European footballers, their families and fans to visit our beautiful island. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t invite all sportsmen , their families and fans to share a similar experience. Sports Tourism plays a major part in our tourist product.

  31. @yatniteasy

    Here is what a prominent business man recently said.
    Quote
    FOR some time now, from various quarters, we have heard the plea that the general elections are over and that Barbadians must settle down to the business of getting their country out of this crisis. Last week, businessman Ralph “Bizzy” Williams echoed similar sentiments as he called for a halt to all the negativity which continues to permeate the society in view of the ongoing economic difficulties. Ends quote”

    You feel proud going a step further than Loveridge to publish nonsense just because you might be grieving at the loss of your Party at the polls. That gets you no where. The visitor doesn’t care who forms the Government of Barbados . He/she wants to have an enjoyable holiday.

    I have visited every Caribbean island, most of Central America, North America and some European countries. Everything which you find bad in Barbados exists in the countries which I visited. I cried, yes I cried when my coach left Higuey Basilica in the Dominican Republic. I saw little children , the ages of my kids , begging alms and shining shoes to support their families. When I asked one nun why they weren’t at school, she told me that they attended the afternoon sessions but illegally worked in the mornings to make ends meet. Stinking streets were the order of the day. That didn’t prevent 4 million visitors from enjoying the otherwise natural beauty of the country.

    Early last year , I traveled overland from the Pacific side of Panama to the Atlantic side in order to cruise the canal because the ship, I was traveling on, was too big to pass through the waterway . I passed some streets where I am sure, garbage has not been collected since 2010. It was the rainy season and mosquitoes were as big as human beings . Traffic literally came to a halt in order to negotiate the numerous potholes in the roads.
    In case you don’t want to venture far from home, go to your favourite USA inner cities and you would stop pulling down Barbados with your negative comments.

  32. @ all the naysayers

    I have visited every Caribbean island, most of Central America, North America and some European countries. Everything which you find bad in Barbados exists in the countries which I visited. I cried, yes I cried when my coach left Higuey Basilica in the Dominican Republic. I saw little children , the ages of my kids , begging alms and shining shoes to support their families. When I asked one nun why they weren’t at school, she told me that they attended the afternoon sessions but illegally worked in the mornings to make ends meet. Stinking streets were the order of the day. That didn’t prevent 4 million visitors from enjoying the otherwise natural beauty of the country.

    Early last year , I traveled overland from the Pacific side of Panama to the Atlantic side in order to cruise the canal because the ship, I was traveling on, was too big to pass through the waterway . I passed some streets where I am sure, garbage has not been collected since 2010. It was the rainy season and mosquitoes were as big as human beings . Traffic literally came to a halt in order to negotiate the numerous potholes in the roads.
    In case you don’t want to venture far from home, go to your favourite USA inner cities and you would stop pulling down Barbados with your negative comments.

  33. TWWIFOS

    Hey, I think it’s great that you want to promote Barbados. I just think that this is just about the worst place that you can do it. Besides, your missing the whole point of the article – which is that it would not take massive amounts of money to make some key changes which will get people to return. In addition, to the paint and additional immigration officers, how about a couple of steel pan players at the airport during those peak hours? Your giving people work (which will be spent right here in Barbados) and helping boost that first impression. Easy stuff to execute that will give you a big bang for the buck.

    The problem, as with so many other Bajan business people that I have delt with, is that there is no interest in repeat business, and that’s a fatal mistake for a country that depends so much on tourism.

    STOP DEFENDING THE STATUS QUO! Some changes need to be made around here….and quick.

  34. @TWWIFOS

    The point of the article is the same week after week i.e to tell tourists to bypass Barbados. The postings are sugar-coated ramblings of cynicism, subtlety and insult. I am all for change and play my part on a daily basis. However I will not join the naysayers to pull down my country on this blog, Caribbean News Now or Barbados Underground as ‘Tommy Tucker’ Loveridge does..

  35. @ TWWIFOS

    I forgot to tell you that no place in this Global Village is bad for promoting one’s country. Yes , I miss the steel pan players from the arrival hall at the airport but they are still at the seaport. How about a phone call to the BTA? Together we can convince them to bring back the panmen with their beautiful outfits.

  36. Tell it!

    Barbados is in such bad shape with tourism revenues falling off the cliff because for years people like Antionette Sealy refused to discuss or even acknowledge our faults. When the cracks became craters she and her friends told people to shut up. Now our product is old and worn out. Our streets are a mess with rubbish thrown everywhere. Crime is out of control and our underpaid and understaffed police can barely keep the lid on the boiling pot.

    Antionette will stand proud until the last tourist leaves the island never to return. Look at the prices! Look at our product! Loveridge has been warning everyone for years but none listened. His place was one of the best, always full and always people traveling about from Peach and Quiet and buying and eating locally. Loveridge place was no “all inclusive” that isolates the people from the tourists.

    The people in the area owe Loveridge and the Zed’s surfing school a big thank you.

  37. Bad Bob

    Antionette, you crazy person. You have either taken too much, or too little of that psycho-med your doctor has prescribed. Take a rest and drink some Banks or Cockspur. You badly need it, you silly-pilly.
    Give Adrian a break-he’s one of the sensible posters in here.
    And by the way, where are Willie and Rib Bone? Surely they can contribute to the madness.

  38. TWWIFOS

    @TWWIFOS
    The point of the article is the same week after week i.e to tell tourists to bypass Barbados.

    Well, maybe if something was done about the problems in question, Adrian would not have to keep going on and on about it! Clearly, things are going in the wrong direction. People who speak up about it should not be condemned.

  39. @ Tell it
    You need to take a break from Barbados. Get out from under the wings of Tommy Tucker. Go and see the stinking places with crime in our sister countries. If you don’t want to spend the money to see first hand, read the papers on the Internet. My apologies to you if you are on Adrian’s paysheet. Anything I say about the rubbish he writes, will obviously offend you.

  40. TWWSIFOS

    Adrian had a chance to serve at the highest level of the Industry in Barbados. It is reported that during the time he was a director, not one sensible , meaningful, thought-provoking submission was made by him. All he did was to sit and grumble like an old woman at every meeting he attended. I don’t know the man but someone who knows him well describes him as follows

    Adrian is just upset that the DLP cabinet fired him / revoked his appointment as a director of BTA. The Minister of Tourism referred to him as a chronic and compulsive complainer and person who could disrupt the peaceful sole of Mother Theresa if given a chance.

  41. @ Tell it

    As I said earlier, I have visited every country in the Caribbean and Central America as part of my job, happy to say not the same profession as Myrie’s. The two countries where the tour guides volunteered to show the touring party the other side of the country i.e poverty, stinking streets, potholes etc, were Belize and Costa Rica. In all the other countries you have to request a drive-through of these areas. I am not sure how many of them your feature writer Tommy Tuckewr Loveridge has visited but surely he doesn’t give the impression that aware that these conditions exist elsewhere.

  42. Adrian Loveridge

    Just to remind readers that I was one of NINE Directors of the BTA revoked at one time. Others included the Resident Manager of Sandy Lane, Shelley Williams, Roseanne Myers and several other very capable tourism professionals with a proven track record. Our replacements included those with almost no knowledge of the industry at all.
    I am not sure how the MOT could have reached the conclusion stated above, as I was one of the very few Directors who attended EVERY meeting and I can only recall him at attending two, very briefly.
    Meanwhile 18 consecutive months of long stay visitor decline with September 2013 recording the lowest arrivals in ANY month during the last 11 years. Clearly the industry is in good hands!

  43. Richard

    I am a Jamaican living in New York, I have read Adrian’s article and I have read every single comment on this subject-matter. The first and foremost thing I have to say is that we have to be fair and honest in our arguments. The point raised by Adrian, I have personally experienced in Barbados, but I have also experienced that in my own country Jamaica, New York, and the UK. A case in point, when you land in New York there is a line for residents/visitors and a line for US citizens, sometimes there are few persons on the US Citizens line, but yet you have 85% of the Immigration Officer attending to them, and like Adrian, I have always wondered why there are so many processing US citizens and literally none processing residents and visitors, it would make more sense to reverse the numbers, but you stand in line and you wait until your turn. I think every airport across the globe might have some cosmetic deficiencies, Barbados being no exception, what would be more helpful is if Andrian, would bring those issues to the airport authority, through a phone call or a letter to the Airport Administration. I feel confident that they would remedy the situation(s). I think lamenting about cobweb in the ceiling borders on being trivial, at least so is my opinion. When Jamaicans, Barbadians etc travel to the UK, Canada and the States, we find many things that we don’t like, of which long lines is the least of them. But some how when white folks travel to the islands they expect everything to be done the way they would like them, and if that doesn’t happen they bad mouth the country, even when those very same conditions or worse exist in their own country. The tone of Adrian’s letter does not reflect the tone of a letter trying to bring awareness to an issue, it has a sort of caustic element to it. Maybe he has had enough with Barbados, and if that’s the case then the best thing to do is move on, as I doubt he is being held hostage there, but there is hardly any reason to tear down an entire country and to go on a campaign to dissuade others from visiting the country, simply because you might have an issue with that country. I think that is malicious and should be discouraged, but the issue Adrian raises are all issues that we should look into and make the necessary changes, not only because Adrian brings them up, but because correcting them serves in the best interest of Barbados and its people. Let us find a way to talk to each without attacking each other, without using offensive language, without being insultive and without losing the central point of the arguments being raised here. Walk good people until next time.email: biopsyche @yahoo.com

  44. TWWIFOS

    “It is reported that during the time he was a director, not one sensible , meaningful, thought-provoking submission was made by him”.

    Reported by exactly whom? Probably from the some lazy, incompetent, greedy people who did not like that someone was rocking their boat. I’ve read Adrian’s ideas over the years and many of them, (like the ones suggested here), seem pretty logical to me. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that we need more people at immigration during peak hours. Why that has not been done is beyond me. I think it’s always been a question not of the ideas, but more like who has been the one suggesting them. Seems really petty to me that just because people don’t want their ego’s hurt, the country suffers.

  45. @TWWIFOS

    No man, the laziness, incompetence and greed exist on the South Coast. I told you earlier of one hotelier who wouldn’t do anything for himself except sell pudding and souse during the lean period.. I believe that another one of them, not you of course, is blogging here .

  46. @TWWIFOS

    No man, the laziness, incompetence and greed exist right there on the South Coast. Adrian should know them.. I suspect that the pudding and souse hotelier is on this blog defending Adrian. Talk to some of them and you will discover that if they weren’t monied, they would find it difficult to be gainfully employed elsewhere.

  47. PhilOfficer

    ASSealy,
    Is there a point to your nonsensical rambling? So you are some second tier bureaucrat who MUST travel to third world cesspools as part of your job; count me ultra impressed. Rather than attempt to find some common ground from constructive criticism(s), there is a faction of die hard Bajans—like you—who are hell bent on arguing to the world that Barbados’ shyte tourism economy smells better than the competition: “oh they are shyte, but ours smell better!” If this guy AL is correct and there has been 18 months of declining arrivals, do you NOT think something MIGHT be wrong with the current government’s policies? Are you or your neighbours better off than you were 2/3/4 years ago?
    What is wrong with selling pudding and souse?

  48. @ Richard

    I suspect that most of the people who are agreeing with Loveridge don’t travel . My first overseas posting was to Puerto Rico 10 years ago. I stayed at the Hotel Miramar on Ponce De Leon at the time. I walked the length and breadth of Ponce de Leon during the day and at night . Hotels on that stretch were full to the max throughout the year. Last year I returned there and could hardly recognize the place. Almost every hotel on Ponced de Leon has gone out of business. The sidewalks are filled at night by the sleeping homeless and druggies. I was warned by the hotel to avoid walking on the street after sunset.

    I asked my driver what was the reason for the closure of so many hotels and he told me that the only answer he could give, was that the recession was affecting business. He said that he stopped plying his trade around the seaport in summer last year because only one ship ”Carnival’ was visiting once a week. Royal Caribbean withdrew its weekly cruises outside the winter seas last year. Some of our contributors to these blogs are either downright dishonest or don’t know what happens outside of Barbados.

  49. @ Philofficer
    I pity thee. Where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise. I know that I would have drawn you out of your South Coast hotel shell. Keep on supporting Tommy Tucker with your filthy mouth. That’s how all of you down there behave. Money and no brains.

  50. PhilOfficer

    Oh this could be fun. You are clearly the superior intellect not to mention a WOW big up complete with a driver. You are the envy of all on this blog. So back to the point: Ok, so PR is nasty, St Lucia is nasty/dangerous, Barbados is….perfect? No changes needed? Then why is your country broke, babies in crisis without adequate ventilators, middle class (you) getting taxed into the poorhouse, drug shortage (accept on de beaches!), crime issues like the rest of the world, and an absolutely UGLY rep on TripAdvisor. So pray tell, you lil blissful folly you, is this the conditions you as a Bajan are prepared to endure for, say, another 18 months? (I just washed my mout cuz de girl here said you gine put goat mout pon me)

  51. @Philofficer

    It is a pity t you don’t understand that a taxi-man is a driver. Wow!! You are a typical South Coast hotelier. Money and no brains . Scroll back and you would see who first mentioned garbage, nastiness etc. in Barbados. I will not engage you in any political discussion. i would suggest you Google international newspapers and read them . If you can understand what is published therein, then you would see the hardships people worldwide are experiencing. If you don’t know how to Google, switch your remote tv channel from HBO, cartoons and movies to the news networks.

  52. Richard

    Well, I believe we just have some dishonest people among us Antoinette, and they are not willing to speak without bias. Mind you, I am not disagreeing with Adrian that some stuff at Grantley Adams could be better,.I have been to Grantley Adams myself, but that particular situation he describes is not unique to Barbados, and Adrian is fully aware that when you arrive at any UK port of entry you have to wait and wait long too. Additionally, they racially profile you too, I don’t think Adrian has that kind of problem in Barbados. Antoinette, I have read your posts on here and I think you have command of that which you speak of, I wouldn’t lower my standards by responding to crass remarks, particularly those not relative to the subject matter being discussed. People are always going to disagree, that’s fine, but when the personal attacks begin that’s when I gracefully bow out. I will re-state what I said earlier, Adrian has brought our some issues that is worth addressing, no one can honestly deny that, but I suspect Adrian has other issues and the way he channels his own frustrations with those issues come across as being a little antagonistic and some how gives one the impression that he is on a witch hunt to smear the reputation of Barbados and to put the island on the global map as a unfavorable place not worthy to vacate, and that is what I find troublesome to say the least.

  53. Carson C. Cadogan

    Antoinette, ask ADRIAN to explain why when BLACK people visit Jolly ole England they are treated so shabbily at the airports.

    Once you are BLACK the customs and Immigration guys have it in for you and you are given the third degree.

    Why is none speaking about that? Including ADRIAN.

    England is making BLACK people pay huge sums of money when they want to enter the country.

  54. @ Richard
    Thanks for your balanced commentary. Yes I know of the problems which one experiences at UK and US airports but as I told Adrian in another forum and on a different topic (substance identical, plot never changes) , I don’t bother about the delay since I always have something to read and occupy my mind till it is time to board the plane when leaving or till I clear customs when arriving in the country.

  55. Carson C. Cadogan

    “Asians and Africans Will Have to Pay £3,000 ‘Cash Bond’ to Enter UK”

    “Visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other “high risk” Asian and African nations will have to pay a £3,000 “cash bond” to enter Britain under a pilot scheme to be introduced by Theresa May, the home secretary.

    The scheme, beginning in November, will target visitors from seven countries as part of a drive to bring down immigration and curb abuses of the system.

    Visitors will forfeit the bond if they fail to leave the country by the time their visa has expired.

    The controversial move to introduce the Australian-style system comes as the Conservatives face a growing threat from Ukip, whose message about the impact of migrants on jobs and public spending appears to have struck a chord with the public.

    The scheme will initially target hundreds of visitors before being rolled out to target many thousands.

    The introduction of bonds is likely to be criticised by pro-immigration groups as it does not target applicants from the “white Commonwealth”. A similar scheme was rejected in Canada amid claims it discriminated against immigrants unlawfully.”

    Blatant English racism aimed at BLACK people.

    Do we do such when WHITE English people visit Barbados ? Of course not! As soon as this pilot project gets going then the English will target all BLACK people trying to enter England from any country including Barbados.

    Has anyone heard anything from ADRIAN LOVERIDGE on this outrage?

  56. Adrian Loveridge

    Richard, I share Antionette sentiments that you trying to bring about balance, but am puzzled why you think I have any detrimental agenda against Barbados. As already pointed out, my life savings are here with a independent valued investment of BDS$9 million and I have been actively promoting the island for 40 years. The first group (76 people) I brought out to Barbados was in 1973.
    Interesting observations about Puerto Rico from Antionette, which seem to be at completely at odds with the long stay arrival figures, where they experienced the following growth:

    2012 – UP 8.4 per cent
    2011 – UP 5.8 per cent
    2010 – UP 5.1 per cent

    and that’s despite all those ‘stated’ problems, she pointed out.
    In proportion to their overall total hotel room stock, how would the 37 closed hotels on Barbados compare?

  57. PhilOfficer

    Thanks @AS. It worked switching the remote (you’re a genius!), although I still have the cartoons playing in a separate window just in case this banter with you becomes intellectually unsustainable. Indeed, you point out the obvious: the hard ships here are being insanely amplified by an absolutely clueless, xenophobic government who refuses to accept that they are solar systems out of their depth. CLEAN UP THE COUNTRY and the airport and the parliament and the laughable sweetheart deals (you see all of those empty sweat box houses painted pretty colours all about?). Stop sanctioning stealing and corrupt deals. Scroll yourself over to TRIPADVISOR as that is the reality! True or not, exaggerated or not, deserved or not, it becomes the reality when independent visitors to Barbados all have a common complaint. Hence, dirty cobwebs at the airport and all the rest of the “fixable” issues get blown out of proportion and people refuse to spend cloud coo coo land prices to stay and eat in Barbados. Lying to people, stretching the truth, that all is well in Barbados is a sin, wunna. You unnastan that, limo girl? My issue with your ilk is that nothing, and I mean nothing ever gets done in Barbados. Patriotic pluhhh. Takes forever even to buy a rake in the hardware store although a breeze compared to the fun time for all trying to navigate the immigration queue. BTW, sorry I have never had the pleasure of staying pon the south coast but from an alarming number of the reviews, I am glad I didn’t. Deal with Richard the psychoanalyst, mind reader, and messenger shooter, I done here.

  58. @Philofficer

    A political cancer is the worst form of cancer anyone can live with. It is going to worry you to death. Call up your South Coast friends and discuss the politics.

  59. Carson C. Cadogan

    Antoinette just ignore “Philofficer’ he seems to be “Miller” from over at Barbados Underground, different name, same garbage.

    ADRIAN is just doing his best to damage Barbados, simple as that. He is very bitter with the Democratic Labour Party because they booted him off the Barbados Tourism Authority. So he is willing to throw out the baby with the bath water.

  60. Carson C. Cadogan

    Under Tom Adams ADRIAN’s backside will have been put on a plane back to England a long time ago.

    He seeks to do more economic damage to Barbados than a serious Hurricane.

  61. @ Adrian

    I told you in another forum to read and understand what you are reading. . My references to Puerto Rico had nothing to do with long stay visitors. I told you that I returned to Puerto Rico and saw hotels on Ponce de Leon over-run by bush and in some cases with the wrong type of occupants i.e druggies and homeless. I also told you that the taximan said that things were so bad around the seaport that he had to switch where he plied his trade in summer 2012 since only Carnival was visiting their shores.at the time. You completely ignored what I said and checked the statistics at the Caribbean Tourism Organization, producing figures on long stay visitors and stating that what I said was at odds with what you produced. For God’s Sake Adrian , give your brains a rest. Then check the column which highlights cruise ship arrivals for 2012 and you would see that there were 1.051,719 visitors i.e 6.5 % less than 2011. This confirms what I was told by the taximan and I reproduced a few minutes ago. I have already told you to stop misleading people and especially those lazy buggers for hoteliers on the South Coast.

  62. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘Almost every hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue had gone out of business’

    Antionette,
    please tell us then what , was the total hotel room stock on Ponce de Leon Avenue was in 2003 and what is it now in 2013?

    You can fool some of the people, some of the time!

  63. @Adrian

    You should rival Suki King for his draughts championship. You produced long-stay visitor numbers to disprove cruise arrival visitors. When I brought it to your attention you switch to hotel room stock on Ponce de Leon. Please Adrian stick to what you are good at i.e fooling South Coast hoteliers. You can’t win an argument based on logic and facts with me.

  64. Adrian Loveridge

    Antionette, start by telling the truth and then maybe you will have a bit more credibility. You named Ponce de Leon Avenue first and then lied about the closed hotels on that avenue.
    FACT: a thing that is known to be true.

  65. @ No wonder you were kicked off the Board of Tourism. You couldn’t think on the foot. Same showing up here . You rushed to the CTO statistics, without understanding what is published there , to prove that Puerto Rico didn’t have a downturn in cruise tourist arrivals in 2012. You produced long-stay arrivals instead. Having realized yourerror, you are now citing hotel room stock on Ponce de Leon to disprove what I said. . I already advised you to attend evening classes at the Springer Memorial School or the St. Leonard’s School where you would be taught how to interpret statistical data. .

  66. Carson C. Cadogan

    This is hilarious!

    Go get him, Antoinette.

    In blind man land, the one eye man(Adrian) is King.

  67. Richard

    @Adrian
    The reason why I said you seem to be on a witch hunt to smear Barbados is because you highlight problems at the Grantley Adams International Barbados, which is are legitimate problems, but those problems are not unique to Barbados, and I know you know that, so I find it a bit disingenious that you would speak about it as though Barbados is 100 years behind civilization, when this is routine across the globe at different ports of entry including the UK. Additionally, you seem fixated on other trivial things that person your ilk would not even have the time to notice,almost like nit-picking. There is also this condescending tone aimed at the locals, as though they can’t run anything or get anything right. There are enough bright, talented and well educated people in Barbados to get things done, I do believe politics sometimes get in the way, but that is true even in the UK. I am not how much money you have invested in Barbados is relevant to this conversation, because it does not advance any argument you are making or trying to make. I hope I have answered your question, believe me sir I tried. Have a great evening.

  68. Richard

    @Philofficer, your point is well taken, but please go back and read my posts, in all of them I made it clear that Adrian has highlighted some issues that is worth looking into. So, the argument that I am shooting the messenger here is kind of hallucinatoryon your part, to say the very least. I have no special training in psychoanalysis, but even if I did, I would use that training to psychoanalyze my own children, who just happen to be a handful currently. Stay with the substance of the argument if you can Philofficer, I know that can be a Herculean task at times, but it does not hurt to try. Antoinette Sealy has made some very important points that are not really too hard to comprehend either, you don’t have to agree with her, but respect her stance. She seems relentlessly unwilling to allow a person that makes unreasonably unfair remarks about her country to go unchecked, and I personally respect and applaud her for that. It is one thing to be critical, but it is quite another thing to be unfair in your criticism. Most well-thinking persons would do exactly as Antoinette does. I am Jamaican, I have no relationship with Antoinette, but we should always press for the truth and do everything within our powers to call out those who will stop at nothing to deliberately distort truths in order to advance their own selfish personal agendas, I am just saying this generally and is in no way making any specific reference the the gentleman Adrian. Just thought I would disclaim that.

  69. Anonymous

    Stay with him Sealy

  70. @Richard

    You couldn’t have said it better. Amen and Amen. By the way what makes you feel that you are not a psychoanalyst? Any time you are part of a minority whether it be class , colour or creed and don’t bow to the pressures therein ingrained, you are a practicing psychoanalyst. However it is easier to become qualified in USA than in UK. lol. You can see through a Yankee the first time you observe his behaviour but it takes you ages to find out how a Brit thinks.

  71. Adrian Loveridge

    Now that the CTO has updated long stay visitor arrival figures.
    January-August 2013

    St. Lucia – UP – 2.9 per cent
    Barbados – DOWN – 6.7 per cent

  72. Adrian Loveridge

    And before the political hacks starting mentioning just how well Barbados is doing in cruise ship passenger arrivals, the FACTS:

    January-August 2013

    Barbados – 381,387
    St. Lucia – 392,960

  73. TWWIFOS

    Wow, I went away for a couple of days and your still going at it. Seems like some people have too much time on their hands. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Sealy & Cadogan are “delusional”.

    Delusional thinking is kind of like deceiving yourself by believing outrageous things. Delusional thoughts are often a sign of mental illness, but the word can also be used more loosely to describe behavior that is just not realistic. If your friend thinks he’s going to get rich playing video games, he’s probably not mentally ill, but it’s not a stretch to call him delusional.

    I guess you can say that they think Barbados is going to get rich playing video games, when all the facts lead us in another direction.

    Stop wasting your time responding Adrian. Like the American Tea Party, you can’t educate them with your pesky facts. They live in an alternate universe.

  74. It is quite apparent that the demented Sealy bint has an agenda here – a political one, and as pols are the scum of the earth, should be ridiculed for the self-sever she is.
    Full marks Adrian for continuing to point out that Barbados has a BIG problem, one exacerbated by the like of Sealy.

  75. Carson C. Cadogan

    The good thing about it is that no one who matters take ADRIAN LOVERIDGE seriously!!!!

  76. PhilOfficer

    @Richard. Fair enough comments. I stand down in tone but not content. Still solves none of the epidemic of backward decisions, voodoo manipulation of arrival numbers, and the painfully DUMB tourism policies with your admonition not to hurt these poor delusional people’s feelings by pointing out the obvious. But what about their stereotypical I DEMAND RESPECT comments, lowbrow myopic view of the world, and the very huge PERMANENT chips on their shoulders? They will always be what they are, nothing more. Defenders of the status quo and vicious attack dogs toward those who dare challenge the state of the affairs in a once prosperous and proud nation. Whereas they have no choice but to take what is given to them after the piggies have lined the trough and to suffer the harsh economic sanctions around the corner, the rest of the world, including the airlines, is saying bye bye to de ROCK. RIP. You should be quite proud that Jamaican bonds are a more attractive investment than______.

  77. Carson C. Cadogan

    I keep asking ADRIAN and he keeps refusing to answer, if St. Lucia is doing so well from a Tourism point of view how is it that the overall economy of St. Lucia is performing so poorly?

    Unemployment rate is 23% and climbing equaling Greece.

    Where are the Tourism dollars going Certainly no into the pockets of St. Lucians and since this is so can we really say that any increase numbers of tourists going to St. Lucia is any benefit to St. Lucians?

  78. @Loveridge
    To engage you in a dialogue in reading and understanding statistical data is an exercise in futility. Anyhow let me see if I can make sense of your most recent rant.

    From 2007 all cruise lines which visit Barbados have included St. Lucia in their itinerary. Prior to 2007 there was a 200,000-visitor differential as was the case in 2006 when Barbados attracted 539,092 and st Lucia 359,593 visitors. Should the Barbados Board of Tourism tell the cruise lines not to include St. Lucia in their itinerary?

    Barbados is part of what is called thed ‘’Caribbean South’’ cruise packages . On the other hand St. Lucia because of its geographical location , enjoys visits from ships doing the ‘Caribbean East and Caribbean South’’ packages. Take Holland America as an example.
    Caribbean East :- Starting in Tampa with stops in Key West, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Johns, Castries, Soufriere, Willemstad, Oranjestad, Georgetown.
    Caribbean South :-Starting in Fort Lauderdale with stops in Half Moon Cay, St. John, St. Johns, Terre-de-Haut, Castries, Soufriere, Bridgetown, Port Elizabeth, Samana, Grand Turks

    What should the Barbados Board of Tourism do? Should they change the geographic coordinates of Barbados ? You were a director of the Board of Tourism in 2008 when Barbados attracted 595,523 cruise visitors and St. Lucia 611,680. It was the first year that St. Lucia overtook Barbados in cruise tourism. What did you do about it then? What is breaking news about St. Lucia numbers being greater than Barbados’ for the first six months of this year?. It has been like this ever since 2008 when you were appointed as a tourism guru to the Board of Tourism. No wonder you were kicked off the Board of Tourism. You just didn’t have a clue. You couldn’t answer questions at Board meetings.

    This is the third time I am asking you to attend evening classes in statistics at the Springer Memorial or St. Leonard’s School . If the problems is memory loss, I can’t make a recommendation. That is something personal.

  79. Adrian Loveridge

    I would rather go to the school that the current MOT went to, so I too could say silly things like ‘If we had to be perfectly honest, St. Lucia is at least 30 years behind Barbados in terms of tourism….that’s the reality.’

    Perhaps you have heard of something called home porting, that way you can help protect airlift.

  80. @45govt

    I now get around to you. It is sad when people like you and the other lazy South Coast hoteliers can’t think for yourselves. Loveridge’s advice is akin to ‘the blind leading the blind”. Each time the man makes a statement, do a fact-check on what he says..This is 2013. You have the same access to information as Loveridge. Gone are the days when he was privileged to get copies of overseas newspapers posted to him and less fortunate Bajans had to wait till bits and pieces of the same information appeared in the local newspapers. You have the Internet. Use it. Unfortunately he has the Internet and misuses it. Don’t believe for one moment that everyone and everything from overseas is supierior to Barbados’. I will use a bit of Caribbean jargon to you. ”Because Loveridge, an expatriate, says so, it doesn’t means that it is so ”..

  81. @ Loveridge

    There you go again. You were on cloud nine 2 hours ago boasting about your newly found home , St. Lucia , doing better than Barbados in the first 6 months of 2013, forgetting that under your watch in 2008, St. Lucia for the first time did better than Barbados. Since then I have punched holes in your hot air balloon and you are back on terra firma with a stupid mantra ” 30 years behind’ and stupid response about if I know what is home porting. . Take a break ‘Little Tommy Tucker’ Loveridge, you had a chance in 2008 to use your knowledge about home porting and you blew it. You had your supper in 2008 and didn’t know how to use it. Give somebody else a chance to fail like you or succeed.

  82. TWWIFOS

    Yes, my Tea Party comparison seems very accurate. Not only for the reason I have already mentioned, but for the reason this thread has gone on as long as it has, with most posts saying nothing.

    The Tea party’s hatred of Obama takes precedence over everything. No matter how good an idea Obama has, or where it originally came from, it’s BAD.

    BAD…BAD… BAD…BAD.

    The same is true for what’s happening here. As long as Adrian is the one to suggest something…..well, it’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

    I have to give Adrian credit for hanging in there under these circumstances. Many would have given up. Good to see someone standing up for what he believes no matter what the reaction. Change is hard.

  83. Richard

    @TWWIFOS, It’s one of two things you are hopelessly clues about what the Tea Part really symbolizes, or you are incapable of distinguishing attributes that sets them apart from any other entity of person. I don’t see anyone on here spewing hate, or making vile racist remarks which is signature to The Tea Party. I don’t see people on here saying he has good ideas, but because it originates from him it’s a bad idea. I have not seen any incidence of hate either coming from Adrian or directed at him. Persons on here could make the same argument that your posts are meaningless, but to you they are not, so, it is a waste of time to even make such inference. Change is not hard my friend, it is the mindset that is hard to change, because sometimes we get in our own way. Adrian is not the only person on here standing up for what he believes, you are, so is everyone one else. Change is easy, unreasonable changes are hard.

  84. TWWIFOS

    “I don’t see anyone on here spewing hate”

    I guess your not looking very hard Richard. It’s not hard to see if you have your eyes open.

    Anyone who follows what has been going on here for last several years, knows what I’m taking about. Have we brought up the dead kid in the pool yet, Carson? What about when his property was set on fire? Maybe no one has made any direct threats on this thread, but it’s not hard to see what these people are about. Hate is not too strong a word to use.

    “Adrian is not the only person on here standing up for what he believes, you are, so is everyone one else”

    What exactly do these people believe in? The status quo?

  85. Carson C. Cadogan

    Antoinette

    Maybe ADRIAN didn’t notice that St. Lucia overtook us in cruise arrivals since 2008 when he was a member of the BTA.

  86. 45govt

    Silly Sealy – you are so desperate to roll a turd in glitter that you assume that anyone who questions your bombastic drivel must be your enemy, to whit, a South Coast hotelier.
    I am not now or ever have been in the tourism business- but I can recognize a moron or moroness who wants to shoot the messenger when I see one.

    Mr Loveridge, who I have never met seems to me to be telling you something that you just don’t want hear, that Barbados’ tourism industry is going down the crapper, and it is those like you in loud denial who are happy to shout him down and watch it happen.

    You should be ashamed of yourself, and would be if you had an ounce of nous or humility in you.

    Now, go play the race card again you silly bint.

  87. TWWIFOS

    “Change is not hard my friend, it is the mindset that is hard to change, because sometimes we get in our own way. Change is easy, unreasonable changes are hard”.

    In the original post (so long ago), all that was suggested was a few minor tweaks at the airport. What’s so difficult about having a few more immigration officers available during peak hours? No one wants to wait on the immigration line after flying all day. The excuses that “it’s like that at other places” just does not cut it with me. The whole idea “is” that we want to be “better” then those other places. At least I do. Little things like that make a big difference. The airport is the first and last thing they see – so we should have our act together over there. I think that’s what get’s people coming back.

    Instead of talking about what the post is about, just as sure as the sun rises in the east, the same trolls come out like clockwork, with the same old attacks….”We don’t have to listen to what you have to say Mr Loveridge”. Bout time you do. “You break your house with pride”.

    ….blah….blah….blah. That gets REALLY old after awhile.

  88. Know all

    WOW! Adrian is a tourist professional with 40 years of Hotel experience and 11 rooms to show. Wah you run in no hotel yah; dat is a guest house. How come with all your fancy expertizy and knowlege you can tell the govenment how to run tings but can’t get nahbody to buy yah fancy guess house. I bet yah it is because you probably spend too much time bad mouting Barbados.

  89. Richard

    @TWWIFOS, I am not saying we should accept mediocrity simply because it exists elsewhere, I was just contextualizing what Adrian said about Barbados, because the tone seems to suggest that Barbados is the only country where you would find that kind of situation which is the furthest from the truth. I can think of many things that I don’t like at different port of entry, but not because we don’t like it, or because it does not suit our personal needs means it is a problem. Barbados can do better, Barbados will do better, with or without Adrian. In the meantime, you should recognize that no one is compelled to listen to Adrian, no matter how compelling his arguments are, I just feel if Adrian really wants to help Barbados he can channel his ideas and expertise to the relevant sources for the relevant actions to be taken. I notice him referring to some of the folks in government as political hacks, this is not the kind of language you use, when you want people to take you seriously. I am sure the Barbadian authority will look into how they can improve the airport situation, because it benefits all to do so, and every point that Adrian has brought up will be taken into consideration, as I am positive Adrian is not the first person who has brought these issues to the forefront. I will personally find out why we can’t hire more Immigration officials and post the response here sometime tomorrow. Although many can predict the reason why already. Right?

  90. 45govt

    I could see that you have a problem with the truth. You have written a whole lot of turd (Barbadian equivalent ‘pup’) .. I am sure Loveridge who can speak for himself, does not and cannot conclude from my postings that he is an enemy of mine. I operate above that level. Our views differ but why use the word enemy if you don’t know the meaning of it? You seem to have a chip on your shoulder or should I say, a boulder. I don’t have to play a race card to expose Loveridge’s weakness in understanding statistics. Loveridge could be green as far as I am concerned. Obviously you don’t understand the meaning of the phrase ‘to shoot the messenger”. .If there was any shooting, it was Loveridge who shot himself in his foot this morning when he rushed to print with the earth-shattering news that St. Lucia’s cruise arrival numbers for the first six months of 2013 have surpassed Barbados’. What he didn’t realize is that it happened for the first time in the tourism history of the Caribbean, when he was an hotel guru adviser on the Barbados Board of Tourism in 2008.

    Launcelot told his father Gobbo in the Merchant of Venice ” Give me your blessing: truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out. You and Loveridge can ponder on that quotation.

  91. Adrian Loveridge

    Quoting the Merchant of Venice now, must be closely related to the current PM.
    In the year (2008) you have referred to, the Minister of Tourism had not uttered his now infamous proclamation ‘If we had to be perfectly honest, St. Lucia is at least 30 years behind Barbados in terms of tourism…that’s the reality’.
    He did not make this ‘honest’ observation until addressing the Barbados National Trust at their AGM in June 2013 under the banner headline on the back page of the Barbados Advocate ‘BARBADOS AHEAD’.
    Clearly, The Minister and yourself have a completely different definition
    of the words ‘HONEST’ and ‘REALITY’ than many of us.
    Still waiting for that list of closed hotels on Ponce de Leon Avenue and all those lost rooms over your quoted 10 years.

  92. @ Adrian ”Tommy Tucker’ Loveridge

    You have no shame. The first time your realized that you were the Board adviser when St. Lucia in 2008 overtook Barbados in cruise ship arrivals , was yesterday. You have created history in the Caribbean.. You are in no position to advise anybody on tourism. No wonder you were kicked off the Board of Tourism.

    A drowning man will clutch at a straw. Both the Prime Minister and I are rounded. You had an opportunity while at school in UK to study English Literature and statistics. Apparently you opted for Home Economics only. For your information I did it also but in addition to other General Proficiency CXC subjects. It is not too late to get a grasp of Literature and statistics , since both St. Leonard’s School and the Springer Memorial offer evening classes in these two subjects. Then again you give the impression that you are a slow learner. You didn’t even realize that under your careful watch on the Board of Tourism in 2008 that more cruise ships included St. Lucia on their itineraries and it recorded 611,680 cruise ship visitors while Barbados on the other hand attracted 595,523. It took you 5 years i.e from 2008 to 2013 at 1pm yesterday to come to the realization. What did you do when you were a member of the Board apart from complaining at every meeting?

    I stated a fact about the hotels on Ponce de Leon. You are incapable of challenging the veracity of the statement but like a sore loser, asking me to give you a list of the names. I am no tourism guru like you who looks out for details such as cobweb at an airport . I can’t even give you a list of names of the hotels in Barbados which have closed their doors to business on the South coast . . Why should I commit to memory the names of the ones on Ponce de Leon.?

  93. Adrian Loveridge

    No! You would prefer to spout blatantly untruthful statements and give the impression that you actually know what you are talking about.

  94. @ Loveridge

    You have mastered the art of publishing untruths in your weekly colums of Barbados underground, Barbados Free Press and Caribbean News Now.. Instead of babbling like a baby in your response, tell the readers of this blog why, as a director of the Board of Tourism, it took you 5 years to realize that St. Lucia overtook Barbados in cruise ship arrivals .

  95. “I am no tourism guru like you….blah…blah”

    Then what are you, apart from being bombastic, cloth-eared, self-opinionated and verbose, Silly Sealy?

  96. Adrian Loveridge

    I have just read Antionette’s FaceBook site and it explains everything.
    No wonder we have so many problems!

  97. @ Loveridge
    i am still waiting for the reason for the 5-year lapse in remembering what happened under your careful watch as a director of the Board of Tourism. A simple answer would suffice like “‘ i was never in a state of mind to understand what was being discussed or I slept through most of the sessions .

  98. Old_CT

    Well, well, I’ve read all the posts shown above and at first I laughed, then I almost cried, then I was angry. I’m angry because each and every one of you that has responded to the original piece must take some responsibility for doing harm to the very industry that you all profess to want to protect. This discussion/argument should not be fought out on the internet. This is not a local matter any more, hello, you’ve gone global.

    From what I can glean from these posts we all seem to have a special please in our hearts for Barbados, so why introduce political and racial comments. The facts are there for all to see, I think that deep in our hearts we all know that Barbados can do, and must do better if it is to compete with the larger islands. Many of you may not like what follows, but I’ll tell you this, for example Cuba and the Dom.Rep are doing what Barbados did, and they are doing it cheaper.

    I was born in Barbados but now I’m resident in the UK. I’m retired and in the last 12 months I’ve been to the region, but I’ve not been to Barbados for the past 5 years. My question to you all is this, “What would you do to encourage me to visit again in the next 6 months or so.

  99. @ 45govt

    You are a pot-shotter.i.e a person who makes criticisms without careful thought.

  100. Silly Sealy – I thought very carefully, in fact this is the first time in many months I have felt like joining a discussion here, and the reason is your obvious vested interest in shutting down debate on an issue of national importance. If you think I’m a pot-shotter, then I am aiming at the Stasi
    you are acting like.

  101. @ Old_CT

    As a born Barbadian you would know that our strength in tourism is the affable and loving people with whom you can interact. I am sure you read the Daily Mail where Wayne Rooney’s wife are having a whale of a vacation in sunny Barbados. I ask you to spread the word as a true ambassador to the U.K. I will do my part wherever I go unlike other contributors to this blog who find it difficult to speak the truth.

  102. @45govt

    Think before you aim.Think about what you plan to say before you publish it or as the Trinidadians would say publi-shit.

  103. marsdalebear

    Carson C. Cadogan
    October 17, 2013 at 11:48 am
    The good thing about it is that no one who matters take ADRIAN LOVERIDGE seriously!!!!

    In fact it is the complete opposite. If people who matter took his points more seriously then maybe Barbados will have a tourist industry in the future.

    I cannot believe that Ms? Sealy is serious, does she really think that everything in the garden is rosy? Is she really advocating the acceptance of mediocre because other destinations are no better?
    Maybe a reality check by “those that matter” is in order. Maybe they should ponder over why tourists came to Bim in the good old days.

    Bim had a very good USP, it was an aspirational destination full of romance and luxury, sun, sand and sea.
    This sustained the trade untill the rot set in.
    What is aspirational about empty rotting hotels on the much vaunted boardwalk? What is aspirational about surly service? What is aspirational about litter strewn streets? Add to this stories about an inept police force that arrest and detain a man for rape even when the victims say it was not him.
    A government that would not be trusted to run a parish council and seems hell bent on lining their own pocket is just the icing on the cake.

    Other places are worse I hear you say. A valid point BUT they do not charge top dollar for the privilege.You can have the same sun, sand and sea closer to home and at a much better price.

    I have posted before how guests of mine have compared Bim to the Gambia.

    Stop name calling , take off your blinkers , discuss solutions rather than making excuses for the status quo.

  104. marsdalebear

    @ Antionette Sealy

    I would not quote the Daily Mail as a reliable source!!

    “our strength in tourism is the affable and loving people”

    Give me strength! when did you last shop in Bim?

    And maybe if you stuck to the point instead of trying to be clever, it would be easier to take you seriously.

  105. marsdalebear

    @old_CT

    Well said!

  106. @ marsdalebear

    It is a pity I can respond to others but not you. WOW!! Truth is you published a few lines of emptiness

  107. marsdalebear

    @Sealy
    What is that drivel supposed to mean?
    Try having a discussion without being a smartarse, you might get somewhere.
    That is the trouble with having a little education and thinking you are clever.

  108. Richard

    Assuming that the statistical data is correct, and that St Lucia did in fact attract more tourist than Barbados did under Adrian’s watch as the Director of Board of Tourism, is it fair to just blame him solely for that, are there other variables that would drive tourists to one destination and not the others and what control would Adrian have over those variables. I am just saying this in all fairness to Adrian, because as Director I am sure many responsibilities lie with Adrian, but I don’t know that you could blame it entirely on him. Maybe his leadership/directorship skills are questionable in some circles, and there seems to be enough evidence to support that notion, but in my humble opinion blaming him, principally because he was the Director at the time, just seems at tid bid unfair to me.

  109. @ @marsdalebear

    Unfortunately I can’t glean from anything you have said so far that you have a little education.

  110. marsdalebear

    @Sealy
    Yet more incomprehensible drivel.Or is it that English is not your first language, in which case I can excuse you.

  111. @ Richard

    I draw your attention to my earlier statements that St. Lucia was added to the itineraries of cruise ships traveling from North America to the Southern Caribbean in 2008. I am not blaming him for what the cruise ships did. I am blaming him for not paying attention to what was going on around him in the area of cruise tourism. I asked him why he waited till yesterday to realize that cruise arrivals to Barbados were less than to St. Lucia. He was in the privileged position of director of the Board of tourism to get airline and cruise line news before ordinary members of the Board.

  112. @MARSDALEBEAR

    I am well versed in the English language both oral and written. Say something in English longer than 2 lines, let me see if you have a little education.

  113. marsdalebear

    @Sealy
    I am glad to hear it, now put it into practice and stop posting drivel and trying to be clever.

    Here is my smartarse bit, I cannot “say” anything on here, I can only write it.

  114. @ masrsdalebear

    You call that splitting hairs. That is your literal interpretation. Point taken. Go ahead and write something in English longer than 2 lines let me dtermine whether or not you have a little education

  115. @marsdalebear

    Furthermore you were glad to hear what I wrote. How do you explain that. lol. We are using the same interpreter

  116. marsdalebear

    @Sealy
    The question is not my, or your education and we should not go further down that path.
    It is the state of the Barbados tourist industry and the lack of action or urgency to deal with it.
    I cannot accept your position that everything is ok and tourists will flock to us just to interact with the populace.
    Things are not ok, whatever Barbados offers is available elsewhere at a much better price and tourists are voting with their feet.
    Over the past 15 or so years it has become very obvious that there are fewer and fewer tourists. We need to accept that and find ways of reversing the trend.
    Adrian can be a right miserable Jeremiah at times but that does not mean that his points are not valid.Try to see past the person and address the issues.
    Try to answer these questions to see if we have some common ground to explore
    Is everything ok with the tourist industry?
    Do we need to do anything?
    Do you find Barbados to be neat and tidy?
    Do you get friendly service in the stores?
    Do you feel welcome at immigration?

    Don’t answer comparing to other sunshine destinations.

  117. Well said marsedalebear. I fear the ludicrous Silly Sealy is being paid by the taxpayer to sit in her air-conditioned office and spout ignorant bile on behalf of those whose incompetence are at the root of the troubles outlined by Mr Loveridge.
    It has always been the habit of the thicko to be bombastic, and the more they get annoyed with rebuttal, the more ludicrous they become.
    I fear the increasingly ridiculous Sealy creature is turning puce, reminding me of Violet Elizabeth Bott…

  118. Richard

    @marsdalebear

    I don’t think everything is ok in the tourism sector in Barbados, and I have not read one line where Antoinette postulates that it is. Certainly, there’s a lot to be done to improve what exists on the ground and I think Antoinette agrees with that too, as a matter of fact, that’s precisely what she chastises Adrian for, for his inertia while he was Director, she felt he could have done more, so there is hardly any doubt in my mind that she feels more could and should be done. I didn’t find Barbados neat and tidy when I went there, particularly Bridgetown, which I find to be a mess, it reminds me of Kingston Jamaica which is in a horrible condition,so, if you find it unclean, I am sure all other Barbadians find it unclean too. Remember, this is just not some of us country, Barbados belongs to all its citizens, so there is a collective desire to see a cleaner and better Barbados. Your last two points are really behavioral issues, and unfortunately you cannot legislate behavior, so there is no way to make the Immigration Officers at Grantley Adams friendlier, although I wish there was, and there is no way to make a store clerk ,who is probably underpaid, be friendlier to their patrons. But overall these are all issue that’s worth resolving, but again, Antoinette does not take a stance that everything is ok in Barbados, at least I don’t read where she has said that, but she fiercely oppose unfair criticisms, particularly criticisms that are devoid of balance and does not offer meaningful solutions to the problems that persist.

  119. @ marsdlebear

    Now that we are communicating similarly, let me try to answer some of your questions. First and foremost let me inform you that I am no tourism expert. My line of work involves traveling to Europe, other Caribbean countries , North and Central America. Having said that I wouldn’t deny that I make my observations and comparisons between the Barbados tourism product and that of all the countries which I visit.
    Question1 :-
    Is everything ok with the tourist industry? The answer is ‘no’ and no country can boast of having a perfect product.
    Question 2 :- Do we need to do anything? The answer is “Yes’ and judging from statements by the relevant authorities, Ms Sue Springer and a Mr Elcocok, they are trying their best to improve the situation. I don’t know the individuals . I just read their comments in the Newspapers and listen to their pronouncements on tv.

    Question 3 :-Do you find Barbados to be neat and tidy? My answer is that I will have to make a comparison in order to be truthful in my response. There is a lot of work to be done to educate Barbadians how to keep their garbage off the streets. Then again are Barbadians listening to the advice given?. However it would be remiss of me if I didn’t say that I see similar conditions in more developed countries and more popular tourist destinations.

    Question 4 :- Do you get friendly service in the stores? The answer is ‘i can’t paint all store employees with the same brush’. I visit Carter’s Hardware outlets and there is no store any part of the world with friendlier employees.. On the other hand there are stores where their employees lack training in customer relations. Whom are you going to blame for that? I don’t expect every manager to train every member of staff at institutions like BIMAP, but at least they could train a couple who can pass on what they were taught to the other employees. .Before I leave this question, let me tell you that I see frustration , unfriendliness, tiredness written all over the faces of many employees wherever I travel worldwide. I don’t know if it is the recessionary times where employees are asked to double up in their duties as a result reduced staff. I recently visited a Macy’s store in Florida to buy a pants suit in the lady’s department. I waited for about 15 minutes before I could get help. Incidentally the person who came to my assistance was working in the shoe department.
    Question 5 :-Do you feel welcome at immigration? The answer is ‘yes’. I am not a complainer. As I said earlier, things like long delays in clearing customs and immigration are expected at most airports and I don’t make it a big issue. I spend the time preparing for my next assignment, reading or writing something relevant. Somebody made the point about a sign advertizing ‘Crop-Over 2013’ which passed 4 months ago. Somebody needs to take responsibility for such an error. That cannot be condoned. Somebody else mentioned a steel-band welcome. Yes, I support that suggestion. As a matter of fact , I support any constructive criticism but unnecessary nit-picking just to impressive as a tourism expert gets under my skin.

    I have done my best trying to answer your questions. Feel free to pose more so that your questions and my answers will get the attention of the relevant authorities who read this blog from time to time.

  120. @45govt

    Your response tells me that you spend all your time watching movies. I am not of that ilk. Good luck to you and all like you who can’t think outside the both literally and figuratively

  121. @45govt

    The above should read quote ‘
    Your response tells me that you spend all your time watching movies. I am not of that ilk. Good luck to you and all like you who can’t think outside the box , both literally and figuratively”

  122. PhilOfficer

    @ASSealy

    1) Bitter
    2) Lonely
    3) Delusional
    4) Myopic
    5) Mean spirited
    6) Intolerant
    7) Belligerent
    8) Self absorbed
    9) Dishonest
    10) Macy’s Plus Size

    You make the top 10 list! Congrats.

  123. Know all

    Everyting about edducation nobody cares about common sense. De british has driven dis concept into we. All I here is foolish talk; Barbadoes good, Barbadoes bad. I smart you stupid. I was in Barbados last year and I had a good time man; even went to Limegrove and Shady Lane and Oistins and up in the coutry was so pretty. When I lft the customs girl said something that was so swwet. She said thank you for coming back home I hope you enjoyed it. And de lady at American earlines was so sweet at 6 in de morning. Great memories. Adrian I know that de locals aren’t meeting your stands; just remember there is always de whip.

  124. @ Philofficer

    I am in the good company of millions worldwide. Unfortunately you fall into the category of the ignorant. Not many share your company.

  125. Richard

    @PhilOfficer
    Using cruel adjectives to describe a person instead of dissecting the argument the person has and providing counter arguments is an indication that you have accepted the arguments being made and that you have surrendered due to your inability to provide a counter- argument. How else do you describe a person who ignores an argument being made and instead launches a vicious personal attack on the individual making the argument. Unless that person is just Bitter, Lonely, Delusional Myopic…………. I suspect you get my point.

  126. Richard

    @ kNOWALL,
    Your comment was well received by me until you mentioned that “whip” nonsense. Free your mind from mental slavery if you can. If you believe a white man is always right, go right ahead and believe what you must, but you will not be able to impose such nonsensical thinking on people with independent minds. I am sure Adrian “probably” wished he had that whip too, but those days will NEVER come back, I promise you that.

  127. Adrian Loveridge

    Richard,
    sufficient evidence exists to indicate my family first came to Barbados in 1685/6 (well documented) after fighting on the losing side of the Duke of Monmouth (Monmouth Rebellion) for religious reasons. Family members were either hung or transported to Barbados to serve as indentured servants. As predominantly Quakers, we were opposed to slavery of any kind. It is sad, sometimes this part of our history is conveniently ignored. I, as a single human being cannot ever make up for all the world’s injustices but nor can I admit to ones that were carried out in other people’s names.

  128. Willie and Rib Bone

    “My line of work involves traveling to Europe, other Caribbean countries , North and Central America. ”
    Antoinette-you gwan to be struttin’ long da coast road dis weekend? Me an Rib Bone want a pease of yo ackshun since you does seem to be in da same bidness of some of da famous ladies from Russia and Ukraine.
    Maybe we can use you as a greeter at our new stablishmint?

  129. Poor Silly Sealy, you have no idea who I was talking about, do you dear? Movies! Ho-ho.

  130. Anonymous

    @Richard
    Not worthy of you at all Richard. Just because Adrian is white does not mean that he wants to whip black folk. Not cool to play the race card there.

  131. Richard

    @Adrian,
    When where you born sir? I fully understand your point, but it certainly does not discount the fact that “some” white folks still have this imperialistic mentality and truth be told, if “some” of them could turn back the hands of time, they would stop at nothing to do just that, you don’t have to believe me, just know that that is the truth. But again, you or no one who entertain such thoughts will never openly admit that. The same way you won’t admit….., you know what, let me just leave it at that for now, because essentially, that’s not what this thread is about. I will leave that for another day and time.

  132. Anonymous

    @ Sealy

    Now we can get into a discussion.

    We broadly agree on the first two questions although I would like to point out that pronouncements on TV and in the press are worth diddly squat. Action is what would convince me, words are cheap.
    Question 3 is again common ground. But how do you instill pride in environment?
    Question 4 I have also found isolated pockets of great service,but you would have to grant me that generally the service is abysmal. Why this is I have no clear idea but suspect that the answer lies in history.
    Question 5 was probably badly framed. I always feel welcome in Bim, but only after I have passed through the scowls and monosyllabic treatment of the immigration clerks. The wait is no problem,been doing it for years but the attitude is more than terrible.
    You see, we are singing the same song, just different versions.
    Now all we have to do is to convince those that have the power to act to do so. There is no need for tourism gurus, just plain common sense.
    I am buying a property in Barbados and if you think that tourism is bad you NEVER want to get into the banking sector!

  133. Richard

    @Anonymous
    When I wrote that, I really meant it in a figurative and not literal way. I fully understand that not all white folks think alike, particularly along racial lines, one would have to suspend basic common sense in order to believe that, but in retrospect, I probably should not have made that comment at all, because it irresponsibly alludes that Adrian is racist, and i have no basis on will to formulate such premise,so, I take back that statement and personally apologize to Adrian, and to thank you for pointing that out to me.

  134. Richard – you are a gentleman and a scholar, Sir!

  135. Peltdownman

    I can’t say (write?) that I have enjoyed what I have been reading here, and it just maybe that one of the problems that we have in Barbados is that we love to argue, discuss at infinite length, and yes, insult each other, and in the end nothing changes. It is a fact that tourism to Barbados is falling-off rapidly. It was useful for a couple of years to blame the worldwide recession, but in the last 12 months, some countries have shown signs of economic growth and long may it continue. It has also meant that people have started travelling again, but not to Barbados. Instead, it appears that they now prefer other Caribbean destinations. I don’t want to read about growth on a smaller base, or how dirty and poverty-stricken the Dominican Republic is. I want to know why they are not coming to Barbados. In any walk of life, when you encounter a problem, you find out what is causing it and hopefully put it right. We are not doing that. Instead we sit wringing our hands, hoping that it will get better soon. That will not happen! We have to act. Money is short, but surely cleaning-up the country and then boasting about it is not too expensive, or too difficult. Barbados is a wonderful place but it’s going nowhere. We need leadership to take us beyond the current state of affairs, and we need to commit ourselves, as individuals, to do everything we can to make Barbados a better place.

  136. Anonymous

    @all
    Anonymous is actually marsdalebear on another computer,sorry

  137. Richard

    @45govt
    Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated. When I say something that comes across as offensive, I take personal responsibility for it, and I am ALWAYS ready to apologize, because I am of the firm belief that we don’t have to insult anyone in order to get our point across, I think we should all be beyond that.

  138. Know all

    I din mean for Adrian to whip nobody but i worked for 30 years as cleanup in a banquet facility and I use to here good tings and bad things from the speakers. Some hated the poor and i use to go home to my wife real mad when I here them talk about how lazy we where. About 25 years ago i hered a speakar talk accentate the positiv and that is the key to success. I din know what it meant but my friend said it mean you should dwell on the good thing and stop always bringing up bad things. I use this idea to get a house hear. I paid 38,000 for my house all because of that accentuate the positive. When I read these stories from Adrian I wish he would start doin like that speaker said years ago so de island can build on his positiv commments.

  139. Adrian Loveridge

    Richard, No problem. I have been incredibly blessed to have travelled extensively, sometimes in areas of conflict and poverty. Along the way the vast majority of people, I have come in contact with, have been hospitable and generous, even beyond their means, and race has never come into it.
    I am not naïve enough to realise there is still tremendous disparity, but honestly do not try and add to it.
    Perhaps I have been too vocal, but it has always intended to be for, for what I consider, the right reasons.

  140. @Anonymous/marsdalebear

    Happy to know that after a bit of banter we got around to a meaningful discussion.. My views are free for the take. Re question 4 above, I only observed/observe it within the last few years. I can’t be precise and say 5,4 or 3 years ago but something tells me that job uncertainty, resulting from job cuts , is a factor. However as I stated earlier, management must carry some of the blame for not training their staff in customer relations. I would be dishonest if I tell you that I am only observing it in Barbados. Standards have dropped wherever I travel.

  141. Richard

    This is what happens when we reason honestly instead of being partisan. The real issues can be looked at for what they are worth. I don’t recall who said it, but what was said is “that the officials in Barbados need to address the issues discussed here in”, for example, an event that has passed weeks ago should not be advertised in the arrival terminal, As Adrian correctly points out, a more practical thing to do is to advertise upcoming events that arriving passengers can check out while they are there, so stuff like that are indeed fair critique, and the relevant agencies should act with exigence to remedy things like those, but as I have stated before, it serves in the best interest of the citizens of Barbados to correct these things for the mutual benefit of all people and political affiliations should not obstruct efforts to get these things done. It is 622pm on a Friday evening here in New York City, I suspect it is Friday evening in many other parts of the world, I am heading out of my office to go have a couple cold ones and listen to a live Reggae band, by the way, all are invited. Have a great weekend folks and be nice to each other. Blessed Love Mon(in my Jamaican accent). Mannaz and Respect!

  142. Carson C. Cadogan

    If Butch Stewart used to sit on his ass and complain, complain, complain about Government wont do this and Government wont do that and Tourist Board don’t now what it is, where would he be today?

    The Hoteliers in Barbados need to get up off their fat asses and get the job done.

  143. Carson C. Cadogan

    Should read “Tourist Board don’t know what it is doing”.

  144. Carson C. Cadogan

    The thing is what things were going well in Tourism the Hoteliers took all the credit, now that things are not so rosy they are putting the blame on everyone else.

    Go figure!!!

  145. Lovderidge is always the first to bring you the bad news in Barbados tourism , including cobweb in the ceiling at the airport. However here is some good news that he will not give you.. Then again he might still find something to complain about, if he does mention the name ‘Sandals Barbados”. Anyhow if he does find something negative to say, he can’t deny that it has the potential of increasing long stay visitors which he has been belly-aching about for the past 5 years. Here is the story

    A Sandals resort and a Beaches resort will be opening to Barbados, Sandals Resort International announced Friday.

    Sandals and the government of Barbados reported their agreement following “months of negotiations.”

    The agreement will see the former Couples Resort in St Lawrence (which had just officially opened) reopen as a Sandals resort, while the former Almond Beach Resort in St Peter will become a Beaches Resort.

    “We are delighted to announce the opening of, not one, but two of our first ever resorts in this wonderful country of Barbados,” Sandals Resorts Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart said in a statement. “Barbados and its people are so rich in culture, charm and personality and has been one of the leaders in Caribbean tourism for decades. We have been in discussions to bring our award-winning brands to this country for some time and are thrilled that negotiations have now been successfully concluded.”

    The company will soon launch a programme of enhancements to “Sandalize” the property, which has 280 units.

    According to Couples, the lease agreement it signed for the former Casuarina Beach Resort included an option for the lessors to sell the property by October 2013, which led to the Sandals purchase.

    Stewart said the new Sandals property would honour all existing commitments with guests who had booked up until Nov. 6.

    The brand-new Beaches Resort will be constructed at the former Almond Beach Resort, a deal that had been rumoured for several months.

    “We are a Caribbean company that has been in business here for almost 33 years and no one knows this region like we do. It is an exciting time for Barbados and its people not to mention those looking for the best vacation experience imaginable. We believe the best days of Barbadian tourism lie ahead,” Stewart said.

    Sandals has resorts in Antigua, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St Lucia and, soon, Grenada.

  146. Richard

    @Joan Worrel here is Adrian’s take on this announcement, copied directly from his Facebook page.

    “Of course this is good news, BUT much of the media coverage is grossly misleading. The Barbados Advocate quoted the Minister of Tourism today (19th October) ‘The two resorts would bring an additional 800 rooms to the island’s hotel stock and, according to Sealy, could result in 130,000 more visitors heading to our shores’. The current Couples HAS 280 rooms, so it’s a re-branding exercise, not (at least yet) ‘additional’ rooms. Of the remaining quoted 800 rooms Almond Beach Village has 396 rooms and even if they are modified to Beaches standards, then another 124 would have to be built. As to the ‘130,000 more visitors’, then to produce MORE visitors, individual room occupancy would have to be dramatically increased. Even with 100 per cent occupancy and four persons per room, based on a average stay, if ALL 520 ‘additional’ rooms were available tomorrow the real number would be closer to 108,000. I realise Government is looking for good news, considering the current dismal tourism performance, but please, lets keep it real.” END QUOTE

  147. Richard

    When Sandals markets, it promotes the whole island. I am sure you have seen their advertisements on tv. Even if all the prospective visitors can’t be accommodated at the two Sandals hotels, the excess can be taken up by other hotels which aren’t prepared to do anything for themselves.

  148. Richard

    Even Loveridge’s Peach and Quiet Guest House is waiting to ride piggy-back on Sandals advertisements which are powerful.

  149. Richard

    Just a little taste of what Sandals can do for Barbados.. It can put the name of Barbados on the Global map.

    http://www.sandals.com/main/barbados/

  150. Anonymous

    It’s a nice revolution I see going on in Barbados…But all this ranting is against the wrong people. The media mainstream papers. Radio or T.V. never did tell the bajan national the real happenings of the island …and never the world, but this blog keeps them honest. As a Jamaican I lived in Barbados for 7 years I must tell you all barking up the wrong tree…With all the problems Jamaica has it never hid its problem from the world….but people still come why you ask? Just as you hear about crime in London or New York people want to come from a reason …a vacation with value for money and memories they can live on till the next time they return. Barbados is no different. But if you hide the bad news from them and they experience otherwise they aint coming back. The economic revolution now on in BIM must be handled properly or else it will be turmoil and utter chaos down the road. With all the negative utterances about the CCJ decision on Miss Myrie case. A few people have really embraced it a positive turning point to milk the goods out of it. DO NOT fall into the same Jamaican Trap. You now see the proliferation of guns shooting and other serious crimes in Barbados. This is a slippery slope Ordinary law abiding citizens of Barbados must get up and let their voices be heard and actions be seen….and not wait till it’s too late and all is lost. DO NOT ignore the Mr. and Miss Big Wig in the involvement of crime in all areas. Because they wear a nice suit and live large they have the money to control media and get away with a lot. So Blogs like this will help spread the word that others will have not even have mentioned at the rum bar. Knowledge is power

  151. opps that was me TREVORPLANT

  152. Jenny

    A simple but very essential.. Welcome to Barbados and a smile would suffice – as I step off Virgin Atlantic into the blazing heat of beautiful Barbados. Cobwebs and dirty ceilings !! not nice – but not a major or life threatning issue.. and immigration – yes I agree the officers need to to be assigned in a more effective manner which would definitely improve on waiting time, but as A Sealy said and I agree arriving and departing at Gatwick is like going from Bridgetown to Grantely Adams which has made myself and many people ask for WHEELECHAIR ASSISTANCE!! on numerous occasions.

    I have seen Barbados slowly deteriorate over the last few years, but is the same for many other islands..I am saddened by this and want the Government Officials to stop mis-managing their affairs start addressing the real issues that matter, one of many being sanitation..Only a few weeks ago I read about the influx of Mosquitos and having been on the receiving end of these pesky killers I want the Government to re-structure their sanitation system and start taking action against people who refuse to clean up their surroundings..Barbados depends on Tourism so I urge the Government and the people of Barbados to act now!!

  153. Adrian Loveridge

    S. Brian Samuel – ‘The La Source Saga’

    Concessions granted to Sandals Grenada included:

    29-year waiver of corporate taxes
    25-year waiver of property taxes
    25-year waiver of customers duties on capital goods
    25-year waiver of customer duty on consumables
    15-year waiver of VAT (Value Added Tax)

    Perhaps, Carson’s transparency administration can enlighten us as to what concessions his Government gave to Sandals/Beaches Barbados.

  154. Carson C. Cadogan

    ADRIAN LOVERIDEG

    You do what you have to do.

  155. Richard

    The concessions given by government to persons trying to invest in Barbados must make sense, and it should be extended to locals trying to expand their businesses too. Clearly, it should guarantee employment for the people of Barbados and contribute to the tax base. But just giving out waivers for the sake of giving out waivers where the country does not benefit, really does not make too much sense. Yeah agree, that Sandals advertisement could put Barbados in the global spotlight and small hotels could benefit too, but at what cost. Loveridge is correct though, the people of Barbados should very well know what the details of this Sandals deal really is. The deal given by Grenada Gov, if true, does to seem to make an awful lot of sense, at least to me.

  156. Richard

    Correction, Should read:
    The deal given by Grenada Gov, if true, does not seem to make an awful lot of sense, at least to me.

  157. repeat visitor

    Pinch me! Did I really read more than 150 comments? In Canada, most of these would have been deleted before seeing the light of day. I don’t know the author or any of the commenters personally, but I can say the airport in Barbados could and ought to do more to welcome visitors (seems to be 20 years ago we used to look forward to a sample of rum punch and steel band music as we arrived), but certainly whatever Mr. Loveridge is saying here won’t impact on whether anyone decides to travel to the island. In Canada, people making holiday plans make their southern travel decisions on the cost, safety and attractiveness of the destination: Barbados remains expensive, its safety is still better than most places and the island is beautiful. The real problem? It’s not what’s said here — it’s what is not being sold to potential visitors — that is, the big attractions of Barbados. Every weekend there are colour advertising spreads in Canadian newspapers for St. Lucia or Cuba. You wouldn’t even know Barbados exists. Whose fault is that? I can only think that somewhere there are very very poor marketing decisions being made and there’s a clear failure to reach Canadians in even the most basic ways — and probably that goes for other North Americans as well. That being said, I don’t get why everyone’s attacking each other in such personal ways here: it’s so incredibly clear that tourism in Barbados needs a lot of help.

  158. marsdalebear

    The Ministry of Tourism is no better or worse than any other Bajan government department.
    Money for projects is allocated but only a fraction filters down to where it is needed. As for the rest, who knows. Just use your imagination.
    I give you the Barbados Olympic Association as an example. How big is it, how much money does it have and all of this to send how many to London?
    Nice job if you can get it.

  159. MT Pockets

    So like, ah, has anybody asked the Immigration dept at Grantley why?
    Hundrednfifty plus comments pon dis an not one from anyone at Immigration? Guess they don read BFP? Must not have invested in Harliq…
    I know some travelers who just get in the line for locals (to even though they’re vistors and get through – the process is exactly the same. I suppose if everyone started doing that they’d put a stop to it.
    Just to address some of the stuff in the +150 comments above…
    a) Everyone I know that looks for travel info looks it up on tripadvisor. No one without a vested interest in Bim checks BFP or would be turned off of Bim by A.L.’s criticisms anyway.
    b) Tuck band at the airport? What did the termites eat the cardboard cut out tuck band? As a tourist coming to Bds a tuck band is of little help. I can’t help but think of the tuck band in the airport of another island a few months back that were selling weed to the arriving passengers.
    c) When we all get together and say ‘lets all go on vacation somewhere warm’ and I says ‘Barbados’ – the number 1 response from everyone is that the flight price is too expensive. They (think they) can spend less and get the same sun and beach at other destinations (Ja, Cu, DR, Mex)
    d) The generation of the typical tourist of the 70’s that Bds has so long relied upon is fading away, but Bds offering has not changed to keep up with the expectations of the new generations (single (or worse), poorer, shorter attention spans, internet de-educated…etc)

    Barbados is such a great place to vacation, for me, I wish I could go more often.

  160. iabingy

    yes barbados line ups and hot and uncomfortable entry is disgusting.
    big new air port but still the same lazy bajans.
    a little ac might help in that insane area.
    wow when you get out it is more bedlam outside.
    taxi taxi,
    crowded little space.
    not very well set out atol.
    like something a n word would set up.lol