Barbados tourism performance worst of 25 Caribbean Tourism Organisation members

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How is the Rihanna tourism campaign going? Not well at all.

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner - now selling!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner – now selling!

When you read such emotive statements as ‘In two months we would have reached the enviable target of over one billion earned impressions on our digital properties supporting brand Barbados’  you perhaps cannot fail to be left in a condition of awestruck wonder.

But then, reflecting on the words, what does this actually mean and how does it impact on our current tourism performance?

It’s quickly realised that while the less informed may get blown away with the flowery phraseology, certainly in the last seventeen consecutive months it has not had any positive effective on driving increased long stay visitor arrivals.

We are also now in the third year of the quoted multi-million marketing arrangement with superstar Rihanna and ten months since her long delayed campaign video has been aired. When I last checked YouTube, it had received over 450,000 views. On reflection, at least the inclusion of a ‘call to action’ or proven method of monitoring the level of booked holiday conversion ratio, would have demonstrated any cost-effectiveness.

Surely, by now, we should have started to see some sort of return on ‘our’ investment.

Other promotions like the $11 million Barbados Island Inclusive initiative have clearly not made up for the dramatic decline. This now stands at over 61,100 ‘lost’ long stay visitors from April 2012 until August 2013.

September tourism figures this year, have yet to be disclosed, but indications point to the continuation of a dismal performance.

Yes! we know that ongoing national tourism policy direction is largely led by Government agencies, but if the same scenario was being experienced by a private sector company or corporation, how much longer could it afford to go on losing market share, month after month?

While those in control of directing our tourism industry continue to function in a flagrant state of denial, it is very difficult to know, if this persists, what more can be done to address the crisis.

The facts speak for themselves. In 2012, of the 25 reporting Caribbean Tourism Organisation members, 19 reported positive stop-over growth.

4 recorded a fall of 1.8 per cent or less and only one, Grenada, approached anything like the 5.5 per cent fall experienced by Barbados. Simply put, of the 25 countries submitting their arrival data, Barbados had the worse performance.

Yet right up until a few days ago, the media is quoting excuses like ‘some destinations may argue have seen growth, but usually they are emerging destinations which results will reflect, but they are not a mature destination such as Barbados’.

This continued facade of delusion must concern us all; and the longer we go on denying there is a problem, the path to recovery becomes more arduous and prolonged.

After all, what other practical choice do we currently have?

Barbadian tourism marketing prowess used to be the envy of most of our regional neighbours.

Nowadays, ‘we’ have almost become the laughing stock in the Caribbean, when plan after plan are proclaimed publicly, then months and sometimes years later, the majority fail to materialise in reality.

Adrian Loveridge

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52 responses to “Barbados tourism performance worst of 25 Caribbean Tourism Organisation members

  1. marsdalebear

    I have the popcorn and drinks out and will now wait for the inevitable attacks on Adrian and the ignoring of the ,imo, valid points that he has made.
    Regarding Rhianna, what is this multi million campaign? I have not seen ANYTHING about it here in the UK.
    It would be interesting to find out who among those in the government departments, from the Minister down, who direct tourism, have any qualifications or track record in tourism or marketing.

  2. Anonymous

    Must be a combination of factors keeping us away eg high air travel, high hotel bills , high cost of food there. I just returned from BIM . An irritating example – go to any Subway – order your baguette and fillings. Pay one price. No not Barbados. Pay a set price then extras for sauces and some extra fillings. Big rip off. All Subway stores should charge standard prices

  3. lost opportunity

    And now that the Rihanna Barbados concert has been postponed (cancelled more likely) that is another blow as I suspect quite a few tourists, reporters, crew and the like would have been coming in and spending money in the normally quiet low season. I do not know the real reason why it was postponed. I heard it was a logistical problem of getting the equipment from Puerto Rico to Barbados in 3 days. But they have had plenty of time to work that out and if they can get the equipment from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi in 3 days and Sydney to Auckland in 2 days, that should not be such a big challenge – whatever the reason it represents another lost opportunity for Barbados tourism.

  4. marsdalebear

    And another thing. Is Rhianna really the best thing that Bim has to offer? Really?
    Who came up with the genius idea that tourists would flock down just because of Rhianna?

  5. lost opportunity

    Some tourists might have come in especially for the concert or, if they were coming anyway, might have bought a ticket to see her in concert – there were plenty of visitors at her last Barbados concert. However, her fan base in the world is very young, when you look at the crowds at her concerts most look under 25 and few of them will have spare cash for a Caribbean holiday with its relatively high flight costs and hotel prices and anyway they would probably prefer to be clubbing in Ibiza.

  6. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    The Government performance is even worse DLP/blp

  7. Carson C. Cadogan

    Letter: Barbadians are saints compared to SVG

    Published on October 28, 2013

    Dear Sir:

    One of the worst airports for rudeness and sheer stupid ignorance is St Vincent’s E.T. Joshua airport.

    A few weeks ago an English family arrived at the airport. Retired father and mother, with their 28-year-old daughter. The family was well dressed and well presented obviously a very nice class of persons.

    The daughter is training to be a doctor at a British university, she came to SVG for six weeks to get some experience at the Milton Cato Hospital; she had a hospital invitation letter and evidence of staying in a known beachside apartment.

    The family was travelling as a group; the parents had decided to come with the daughter to make a holiday of it for themselves. Mum and dad had a return ticket; the daughter had a whole bunch of money, several credit cards and a British passport. The daughter had air tickets reading London, Barbados, SVG, Grenada, London. The immigration said she had to have a ticket that showed her departing SVG, her tickets showed her leaving Grenada. The explanation was that she was taking a trip through the Grenadines by ferry services [which is not pre-bookable] then on to Grenada from the end destination of Carriacou. The immigration would not accept that explanation, no ifs, no buts, no ticket departing SVG, then entry could not be allowed into SVG and she and the family would have to leave. The alternative was for the girl to buy a ticket. So in the end, after three hours and threatening the parents with the police, the girl brought a ticket that said SVG-Grenada.

    Now what this meant was that this very charming young adult daughter, cancelled her once in a lifetime trip through the islands, a great disappointment, loss of revenue for the ferries and loss of revenue for the hotels had she stopped at various islands on her way to Grenada.

    The damage done to SVG is unending; she has said that when she gets back to her university, she will notify the students union that SVG immigration is unfriendly and not a place they should visit.

    Whilst she was in SVG she was pestered by men making crude and sexually rude comments to her as she walked through Kingstown. Do Vincentian men think such disgusting behaviour would impress any woman, never mind a visitor?

    The parents went and stayed in Bequia and they were robbed in the middle of the night whilst in bed by a burglar. The police then to add insult to injury made them pay for a written report. The robber was caught later the same night, but not all those items stolen were returned. It cost these people a day of their holiday to come to the mainland to get a police report, and the police report cost as much as the missing items.

    Can you imagine how much future tourist revenue has been lost by ignorant immigration officers? How many times can we multiply this by, how often does this happen?

    The family ate in restaurants whilst they were in SVG; that’s where I met them and got the information from. Hundreds of people during their stay heard the story, people off boats, tourists, business travellers, local business men, and at least one ULP MP.

    One act of stupidity can undo Vincentian advertising fees of $250,000 or more in a moment. Multiply that by hundreds of incidents and we are wasting our annual advertising budget. We may as well just give up, stop building the airport and all continue as we have always been, because we are just not ready yet as a tourist destination.

    Some people think Barbados is bad; it’s nowhere near as bad as SVG, land of king ‘Wun-Phatt-Pratt.

    Ignorance is contagious; it spreads from the top and eventually reaches the bottom.

    Peter Binose
    Self appointed keeper of the whistle

    http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/topstory-Letter%3A-Barbadians-are-saints-compared-to-SVG-18334.html

  8. Canby

    Follow the money.
    Where did the money go for the various ineffective and obviously poor results campaigns. Who got the contracts? Who made the decisions? What is their level of accountability for the continued failures of various efforts.
    Certainly, there are external factors but the efforts so far are shown in the dismal results and there is no indication that it will improve anytime soon.
    For example.
    Why spend $5 million dollars to open 138 rooms at Almond for one year? That’s $36,231.88 per room. That obviously includes services, staff. Will each room bring in that amount of money to at least cover the costs? It is late October, so how does the message get out to the potential clients, visitors in time for them to plan their vacation and get flights for the period of December to May? Are tour operators set up for Almond sales?
    The government and their aligned Barbados partners are not getting the job done and that is undeniable as the results show.

  9. Adrian ‘Cobweb-at-the-airport’ Loveridge must complain every week because he represents a lazy group of hoteliers who are determined to destroy tourism in Barbados if they can’t get Government money without accountability. However there are decent ones local and foreign who want to see the industry improve. One of them , Bernie Weatherhead (a local hotelier) doesn’t have time to waste with Loveridge and the other Southcoast saboteurs. Bernie took over the Savannah Hotel which was a member of the GEMS group, which left the former Government with 105 million dollars debt.He is making a success story of Savannah as a player in the tourism industry.

    In yesterday’s edition of the Sunday Sun, a local newspaper, the same Bernie is looking at keeping Almond Beach Village Hotel open till Butch Stewart takes it over as part of the Sandals empire. These are people who mean well. They are different from Loveridge who predicts gloom and doom 24/7. Nothing is perfect in this world and if one looks hard enough faults can be found with anything . Last month there was a big huillabaloo on the news about whether or not Jesus ever existed. Yes, there will be stupid critics and sensible critics.

    Here is a copy of the article to which I referred earlier.

    MW Sun Hotel to Open Almond For One Year
    yesterday, 16:12

    Nation News Article nationnews.com/articles/view/almond-again/

    Before Sandals takes one step into St Peter, Barbados will get another taste of Almond.

    Well placed sources have revealed that the Ministry of Tourism has selected MW Sun Hotels Inc., owned by wealthy businessman Bernard Weatherhead, to reopen and operate the now mothballed Almond Beach Village at Heywoods, St Peter, for at least one year.

    In fact, in correspondence obtained by the SUNDAY SUN, Weatherhead explained to chief executive officer of Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. (BTI), Stuart Layne, that with an injection of $5.1 million from Government and speedy movement by Government’s operatives, they could have 138 rooms and related facilities ready to receive guests in mid January, missing only the first few weeks of the 2013-2015 winter tourist season. BTI is looking after Government’s interest at Almond Resorts.

    Government is anxious to get the once popular 500-room all-inclusive resort reopened again, but recognize that even with the agreement with Sandals of Jamaica to take over the property, bulldoze and rebuild it as a family resort, its doors will not be thrown open until 24 to 36 months after construction begins – and the date for that could be as much as two years away, sources said.

  10. marsdalebear

    @Carson C. Cadogan
    And that proves what? It only proves that other islands have their issues.It does not prove that Bim is an attractive destination for tourists.
    Some have fallen in to the habit of justifying the shambles of Barbados tourism by favourably comparing the problems to those of other destinations, how this can help things is beyond me.
    The sooner that everyone accepts that we have a problem then the sooner we can take some action.

  11. marsdalebear

    @Antionette Sealy
    Hello again.
    What you portray is indeed an initiative that may help this blighted hotel. It may even bring in more visitors.
    Where I take issue is that it does not address the basic malaise of the industry.
    I have no axe to grind regarding hoteliers, lazy or not,but handing out cash to them is not a solution.
    We have to accept that tourism is the only viable global industry that Bim has. It is the major earner of exchange.To attract this we offer run down derelict hotels and abandoned building sites on the major coastal road.We offer generally surly service, garbage strewn streets and crumbling buildings in the Garrison historical area and Bridgetown.
    There is no shortage of hotel rooms in Bim so opening a few hundred more is not the answer.
    Cleaning up the island and making folk feel welcome when they are here just might.
    We have tried just about everything else so why not?

  12. @marsdalebear

    Greetings once more. I too believe that handing out cash is not a solution but let us be realistic, Barbados is a welfare state. The mendicancy has crept into the tourist industry and perfected by the South Coast group.

  13. marsdalebear

    @Canby
    This is what you get when the Ministry for Tourism is headed up by a politician not capable of running Sunday Craft Fair.
    This department is so bereft of ideas that you almost have to have pity for them.
    I am unaware of anyone in the department who has qualifications and/or a track record in tourism or marketing and that is especially true of their gloriously inept leader.

  14. Richard

    @Carson
    So, we have a bunch of idiots manning an airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines masquerading as Immigration officers, that information was helpful to me, at least that is another destination that I will stay away from, but it says nothing about the existing conditions in Barbados, we cannot look at countries who are worse off than us to make us feel good about our country, why not look at countries who got it right and emulate them, wouldn’t that make more sense? Like one other blogger asks, “and that proves what” not to sound redundant, but I ask the same question.

  15. @marsdalebear/Canby

    The Ministry is supposed to be the facilitator not the owner or manager of the hotels.The author of the posting to which we are responding, was a director of the BTA and what happened? He was a miserable abject failure. The former Minister of Tourism in the previous Government was a business expert. His Prime Minister was an economist. The GEMS project which they conceived , ended up owing the Government 105 million dollars and had nothing to show for the time the hotels were in operation.

    The current economic adviser to the Barbados Labour Party , former member of the Democratic Labour Party and former Opposition Leader is quoted as saying the following of Owen Arthur , a Prime Minister who had all the foresight in the world

    OCTOBER 25, 2002 – Mascoll attacks Arthur on his connection with close friend, GEMS boss, Rodney Wilkinson, and accountant David Shorey.

    “How could you not know that your best friend [Rodney Wilkinson], who was in your ministry, who then turned around and got a job as chief executive officer of Gems that was under your portfolio, how could you not know of his elevation? . . . There is lots to be revealed. I am a researcher and I intend to research this to the bone.”

    “. . . This is the same Shorey of GEMS fame, chairman of Hotel and Resorts Limited. The same Shorey who was consultant to Cable & and Wireless at their failed rate hearing. The same Shorey that Government paid a quarter-million dollars for a cricket study for the BCA (Barbados Cricket Association)”

    OCTOBER 25, 2002: Mascoll attacks Arthur on his financial stewardship.

    “What I would like the Prime Minister to do is to identify where the money in Eastry House gone? Where the money in Dover Convention Centre gone? . . . I also want to know about the purchase of Ocean View Hotel.”

    Ends quote.

    That is what Loveridge and company would like the current Government to do but two things prevent it from happening i.e the country is still in recession and the current Prime Minister has no time for the likes of Loveridge who are waiting for handouts without accountability.

  16. Canby

    That is my point Antoinette Sealy. No one in the government present or past appears to have the ability to run the tourism industry. That is why I said follow the money, who gets what and why? Who gets the various jobs, contracts, who is favoured or not. That’s not to say that Barbadians should not be involved, quite the contrary, but a business plan requires hard thinking, decision making and the ability to put monitoring systems in place to make sure “the plan” is followed and also to evaluate results and make adjustments as required.
    The amount of money spent and the results so far are totally disproportionate and it is the tax payers who foot the bill.
    There is no easy way out of this problem except hard work and that starts at the top. Talk is cheap, it’s time to “walk the talk”. If not the problems will continue and be even more costly.

  17. Richard

    What is the solution folks, starting with you Adrian, I am yet to see you outline strategies that you believe might help improve tourism in Barbados, or is It that you just like to harp on what you perceive as problems, with no interest in being a part of the solution. Just asking. Because it is one thing to talk about the problems day in day out, but if that does not follow with tangible solutions then maybe we shouldn’t bother to even talk about the problems.

  18. marsdalebear

    @Canby
    If there were more of us around, and if some of us had the authority, then the current issues would have a chance of being solved.
    The hand out of money, to hoteliers or government ministries has to stop.This money comes from our tax dollar and it is galling to see it frittered away on misconceived projects that are not monitored and managed.
    I shudder to think what the ROI has been over the past 5 years!

    BTW, I am still waiting for someone to point me at the Rhianna campaign here in the uk to increase tourist numbers.

  19. marsdalebear

    @Richard
    Adrian is very good at pointing out the problems but not so good at solutions. This does not invalidate his issues though.
    More and more of us are recognising the dangers in not stopping the rot right now.

  20. @Canby
    The what’s-in-it-for-me-and-my-friends principle works in times of plenty but it is a no-no in times of famine (a.k.a recession). It is cripling even the great United States of America.economy. Congress was shut down couple weeks ago because ,with the advent of Affordable Care, the big insurance companies’ and their friends in Congress would not get the kickbacks they got previously. Unfortunately business plans in this side of the world must include kickbacks. It is a fact of life. Yes, I agree that we must ‘walk the talk’

  21. Anonymous

    PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLP and DLP = Massive Fruad

    Where is the information accompanying this article and by who? Why so much secrecy? Is it no time to individually expose Barbados property fraudsters as being done in every other country worldwide?

  22. TWWIFOS

    “Congress was shut down couple weeks ago because ,with the advent of Affordable Care, the big insurance companies’ and their friends in Congress would not get the kickbacks they got previously”.

    This statement proves you know even less about what’s happening in the US then you do about Barbados. The ACA is the big insurance companies dream, bringing them millions more customers. Until the US sets up a single payer system, the big insurance companies will continue to rake it in. As for congress, until campaign finance reform passes, things will remain just the way they are. The rich get richer – just the way it is here.

  23. @TWWIFOS

    You seem to know more about America than the USA networks. May be you can tell me who is the founder member of the Tea Party and his connection with the insurance companies in which the middle and lower class have no faith.

  24. @TWWIFOS
    While you are at it , may be you can tell me why Forbes described him as being fearful of Central Government having the ability to force citizens to buy health insurance .

  25. lost opportunity

    ‘Unfortunately business plans in this side of the world must include kickbacks. It is a fact of life’. – what a truly sad indictment. However, I have to say that it is not something I have ever experienced in my various dealings with the present and previous administrations in Barbados.

  26. @ Lost Opportunity
    I said ”business plans” not ”business approvals”. I was referring to the ”what-is-in-it-for-me’ principle. It is a daily occurence worldwide. It is left to the respective Government officials to say ”Yea or nay’. If you feel that Democrats business people in the USA don’t benefit from a Democrat administration and likewise Republican business people benefiting from a Republican administration, you are living in a dream world.

  27. Gringo

    Barbados is a very expensive destination, what one pays for a two star hotel in BIM you easily can get a five star hotel in other Caribbean destinations.

    The cost of everything you need is extremely high relative to the other countries. I can recall being sat in Miami waiting on a flight to return to BIM, only to hear a family speaking about how excited they where to be coming to Barbados and that they had been saving for six years to be able to go… “We know it is one of the most expensive places to visit, but we have always wanted to go”.

    People’s disposable income is not what is use to be… Why should I pay three times more for the same product when I can get it somewhere else for less? Especially when I don’t have the money in the first place.

    Barbados seems to target primarily the European Market which is over eight hours away while North America is just over four hours away. Other countries actively target all markets. I was very excited to learn of the flights to Brazil, but I am not sure what type of returns that is generating.

    The experience at immigration seems far too hostile for a nation solely dependent on the tourist dollar and foreign investment. I met a female visitor from the USA who had made her booking months in advance only to have the ownership of her hotel change hands and name a few times.. The long and short of it was that she was detained for hours as her travel agent tried to ascertain what the hotel was now called as immigration officers had told her that there is no such hotel and hence not landed until to new name was given.

    I have had the opportunity to travel to several European, North American, Caribbean destinations and Barbados is the worse place based on the reception I received at the airport. I was made to feel as if I had done something wrong by coming here.

    Despite all of this I still like Barbados, but all the issues previously mentioned is going to negatively affect the nation if it is not corrected soon. I also believe that Adrian has the best interest of the country in mind, which should translate into greater earning for him as an hotelier.

  28. lost opportunity

    @ Antoinette Sealy. Well I can only comment on my personal experiences and the Barbados Government officials, at all levels, that I have been fortunate enough to deal with demonstrated both professionalism and integrity and I have never experienced the ‘what-is-in-it-for-me’ principle in my dealings with these officials – maybe I have just been lucky, or perhaps there really are decent people working in the public sector.

  29. robert ross

    There are some very odd comments here. Eg

    1. Bajan people are unfriendly. Actually, I agree but NOT in the tourist spots.

    2. The Garrison is run down and dirty. Do give over.

    3. Immigration people are professional and respectful. Tell that to Shanique and the rest of us who have to deal with them.

    4. You pay for extra toppings at subway…you what? So you get unlimited toppings in UK? Do give over. Anyway, try Sheraton.

    5. You pay three times more in Bim but in other places it is less. Oh dear – what on earth does that mean?

    The comment I liked the most was the one where it was questioned whether Rihanna’s abortive Concert would be a tourist puller. Well, you got that right but then I’m jaundiced since I don’t think her vocal chords are up to much.

  30. marsdalebear

    @Robert Ross
    An interesting post, but where are the suggestions for improvements?
    Also interesting to read that you do not think that the Garrison and Bridgetown have crumbling buildings (which is what I wrote). The run down part was in ref to the abandoned hotels and abandoned building sites along the coast.
    Just sayin’

  31. robert ross

    Improvements? You see Marsdalebear everyone is an expert here. As I said in another post somewhere, for me it’s not a question of dots and ‘i’s and jabber jabber. The whole edifice needs to be rethought – back to basics. All we have been doing, I suggest, is tinkering.

    1. How, if at all, is Bim any different from anywhere else which ‘sells’ sea and sand?

    2. If it isn’t, how can we make it so?

    3. Mr Loveridge has a Switzerland model – cleanliness, efficiency all that. OK. That’s a given but where do you go from there?

    4. I think in pictures – St Tropez, Vegas, not names.

    But these are conceptual things. So what do we need here? A change of mentality? A willingness to change? Less religion and more fun? But I’m not a holiday expert. Perhaps Adrian will address these things. And then, of course, there’s the obvious thing – that things change. For many St Tropez is no longer the hot spot it was. ‘Adventure’ is not the bare nipple any more. People find adventure in pretty Thai girls and Cambodian waterfalls (or what you will). Given ease and cost of (package) travel Bim has little more than southern Spain status I should have thought – as a sort of ‘has been’. The other islands have simply caught up – and most have far more natural beauty.

  32. Know all

    I would stop dogging Rihanna. I am part of an institution quite a distance from Barbados and as a result of Rihanna many people now know of Barbados. Just recently I spoke with a group of people who I had no idea knew of Barbados. To my surprise they knew I was Bajan with so much details about the island thanks to Rihanna. I am always wary about knowalls and shortsighted persons who fill the air with garbage pretending that they are smart.

  33. marsdalebear

    @robert ross
    I have no issues with what you write ,in particular: “Given ease and cost of (package) travel Bim has little more than southern Spain status” and “The whole edifice needs to be rethought – back to basics.”
    These two statements neatly sum up the problem and the solution.
    In my opinion of course.

  34. marsdalebear

    @Know all
    Now we should hail Rihanna as a geography teacher?
    Knowing that you are a Bajan,knowing where Barbados is,knowing lots about the place is nice but actually visiting Bim is what we need.

    As for your last comment, you chose your name!

  35. Know all

    I have fun using names that represent the writer but Marsdale.. in your great wisdom why would people come to Barbados if they don’t know of Barbados. I suspect you go to places you have never heard of. Good candidate for working with Adrian on his 9 point plan.

  36. Betty coper

    I have visited barbados several times,the attraction for me being .the EDgewater hotel,the one part of the island that seems not to be completelytrashed it is so sad that such a beautiful island is littered beyond description’ that driving is so dangerous and that lots of the people are so rude. I would still return,however theEdgewater is closed,do any of the investors realize what a treasure that place was ..? I would imagine that Barbados will just become. A lost treasure that it,s own citizens decided it wasn’t worth saving!,,, what a loss to the visitors. wake up and save the island!

  37. D Oracle.

    Antoinette Sealy’s personal feelings about Adrian Loveridge preclude her from successfully answering his points. Try, dear, to over-ride those egoistical failures and direct your considerable but self sabotaged acumen to answer his well researched statistics. While you write well, you say little which invariably dribbles off into nothing. PS. Don not think of taking me on , you are a minnow intellect against a leviathan of facts, information and application of same. Stay and prosper where you belong.

  38. Know all

    Sabotaged acumen; leviathan of facts; minnow intellect. Such poop! who writes like this and is an intellectual. John Lyly, aka D Oracle, you are now voted in as the newest member to help Adrian with his 9 point plan.

  39. Due Diligence

    Antionette Sealy 
October 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm 
@marsdalebear/Canby
“The Ministry is supposed to be the facilitator not the owner or manager of the hotels.The author of the posting to which we are responding, was a director of the BTA and what happened? He was a miserable abject failure.”

    DD may be wrong; but understands that, in the purge of the BTA Directors some years ago amongst those who received letters advising that their contracts were were not being renewed and were not invited to join the new Board was Bernie Weatherhead. Was he too considered an “miserable abject failure”?

    Or was he, like Loverage, an independent thinker who spoke his mind; and BTA did not want to hear what he had to say?

    Why then has Ministry of Tourism selected MW Sun Hotels Inc., owned by wealthy businessman Bernard Weatherhead, (who was apparently not considered suited to sit on the BTA Board), to reopen and operate the now mothballed Almond Beach Village at Heywoods, St Peter, for at least one year.

    Also from the same Nation article you were kind enough to post; “with an injection of $5.1 million from Government and speedy movement by Government’s operatives, they could have 138 rooms and related facilities ready to receive guests in mid January”

    Are these the same speedy government operatives who, after 5 years, have still not produced the promised Tourism Mater Plan. or the ones who could not facilitate the delivery of the 33 containers of equipment to stage the Rihanna concert?

  40. D Oracle.

    Know all, who raised the toilet seat and let you out? Get back where you belong. Who’s Lyly? You know nothing.

  41. Know all

    John Lyly, You being bad boy. Naughty boy! You should be nice boy. Say Rihanna. Go head; Go head. Isnt dat better. Dats better! I love Barbados dont care what you tink of Barbados. Hotel owners destroyed de product now governmant got to repiar it. It is a great deal for the Adrians.

  42. D Oracle.

    Only thing Government can repair is roads and that badly and late.

  43. Due Diligence

    Antionette Sealy

    Where are you?

  44. Anonymous

    Barbados has an opportunity (I suppose I mean the government of) to
    begin a program to rectify some of the mess it has allowed to happen
    by seizing all the Harlequin Dvplmt properties for non payment of taxes,
    public safety or whatever and do two things:
    1. Implode the H-Hotel, clear the beach, build a public cabana and
    create parking ACROSS the street allowing a clear view of the water.
    and
    2. Turn the entire Merricks acreage into a National Park with picnic
    shelters and possibly a horticultural garden.

  45. Getagrip

    At last. A positive suggestion (from Anonymous) on something which could improve the island’s tourism prospects.
    When you really think about it, many tourists visit a country/island simply because it’s a nice place to visit!
    So here’s my suggestions: Implement a ‘Keep Barbados Tidy” campaign; introduce a Barbados Tourism Police force; get local University/college to introduce degree in Tourism; start up a local cookery school and get support from local hotels, etc; use billboards to emphasise how important tourism is to the local economy; level derelict seaside properties and make parks and parking; sack the BTA and start anew; sign up a decent PR company to promote the island.
    It shouldn’t be difficult. IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME.

  46. Anonymous

    It’s nice to see the PM taking a strong stance against illegal construction on the Island.

    His efforts could also be further reinforced if he looked into Town and Planning’s lack of efficiency and gross incompetence, regarding the processing of building applications.

    We have had plans sitting there for over eight months, after numerous phone calls being made, and given all sorts of frivolous excuses, we are still waiting its approval.

    This application by the way, is to facilitate construction of a five bedroom Inn to accomadate tourists.

    Way to go Barbados Government.

  47. iabingy

    watch and learn, yaaaaaaa heerrrrrrr

  48. Anonymous

    The above video clip certainly is not applicable to Barbados. Quite contrary, Barbados is probably the only country I have seen (and I have seen 7/8 of the world) where there is “over employment” in both the public and private sector.
    It’s the only country that houses and employs 15 people to do the job of one and YET it’s not done on time and for what it actually costs.

    Go to a KFC or Chefette and you see 10 people serving or supposed to be, while a line of 20 hungary tourists and locals are waiting for food. The girls all dress up talking about where they going for the weekend, who sleeping with who man, who like fe show off and a bunch of garbage than do what they are paid to do.
    You enter the airport, the immigration officer looked like some body beat he to go to work, either he mother, he wife or maybe he wife boyfriend get he mad.

    The entire island needs a complete overhaul as far as service goes. People there need to do one job well and then learn what multitasking is all about.

    Barbados is full of potential, but the backwardness, unnecessary bureaucracy, self entitlement, laziness, power struggle, showing off, snobbiness, rip off prices and an aimless government collectively needs epic eradication.

    Some Bajans are hard working and they have to fight against a rusty, slow and dying system.

    The list above just captures the basics.

  49. Anonymous

    LMAO! Biggest joke ever, ya, blame China for Barbados deplorable economic state.

    Bajans and the Government ALWAYS compare themselves to countries that are doing worse than Barbados.

    NEVER will they try to uplift themselves by comparing themselves to countries which are doing better like St. Lucia, St. Marin, Guyana whose GDP is the highest in the Caribbean and even Cuba and the Dominican.

    In fact China is lending and investing so much into Barbados and they are loving it, you guys watch, who will own what and where that island will be.

    Better look sharp, China might tow Barbados to Asia soon because they will own it sooner than later…… You think it’s a joke, you guys better wake up soon.

  50. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Antionette Sealy @
    October 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm @ THE FOUNDER OF THE TEA PARTY , ,
    WAS A MOOR, THIS MOOR BECAME THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1781-1782 ,,, GW WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TWO DIFFERENT THINGS,
    THE FIRST TEA PARTY WAS OF BOSTON , THE KNOWN BOSTON TEA PARTY , TEA DUMPED BY PEOPLE DUMPED IN THE OCEAN .

    TEA PARTY NUMBER 2 , WAS FUNDED BY THE SAME JOHN ACCOUNT . IT SEEM TO BE A PRESIDENTS 770 ACCOUNT, NO TAXES ON THESE ACCOUNTS AND BETTER THAN ANY 401K PLAN AND THE IRS CANT TOUCH THEM ,
    AS WE MOVE ON JOHN HANSON THE FIRST PRESIDENT ALSO PAID THE US TROOPS AFTER THE WAS WITH OVER 700 TO 800 POUNDS OF SILVER FROM HIS BROTHER THE MOOR FROM FRANCE, ,,
    IT TAKES MONEY PLENTY OF MONEY THEN AND NOW TO START A NEW PARTY.
    THIS IS YOUR START ON THE TRUTH,

    SOON WE WILL HAVE A SIR COW PARTY ,,,, CROOK OF THE CARIBBEAN
    CLUES

  51. Price

    We nickpick as to if it is the Hotel owners or the Barbados government to blame. Emphatically it is the Hotel owners who always said we charge what they, the tourist are willing to pay. In 2006/2007 the Caribbean had an Average Daily Rate (ADR) which was twice that of Europe and North America. The Rev Per Available Room (REVPAR) was also double that of North America and Europe yet occupancies were the same. The Hotel owners took it on themselves to rob the tourist and now there are no tourist to rob. Well lets blame somebody – probably the people of Barbados also known as the Government