Monthly Archives: December 2014

Barbados must regulate, tax and ensure the standard of all tourism accommodations

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Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

I would imagine (and hope) that one of the imperatives of the newly formed Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) in the new year will be to indentify and register all currently unlicensed tourism accommodation offerings.

Frankly I have never understood how you can ever successfully market any product, in this case the destination, without knowing what ‘our’ room inventory consists of.

I will be quick to point out that I am in no way advocating imposing any overtly deterrent restrictions on persons wishing to mount the first rungs on a tourism ladder.

It should also not be a big stick approach implying potential threats and intimidation. My initial thoughts would be to build an online enrollment site, which could be entirely self-funding through a small license fee. This surely should not be a challenge as the BTPA has yet to launch a functioning website.

It’s all about protecting our quality, and making a level playing field

Any portal should allow for registering critical quality assurance evidence like fire, health and swimming pool certificates and public liability insurance together with the capability of paying the annual fee online and revalidating participation each year. Continue reading

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Barbados natural gas stoppage: Government lapdog Nation newspaper blames hotels, restaurants, bakeries for “lack of business continuity planning”

Dog eats garbage

New Bajan tourism attraction: Dog eats garbage

by Passin Thru

In true Bajan and Caribbean “Island Time” style, a Nation newspaper editorial says that no one should be blamed or sacked for the disastrous stoppage of natural gas these past three weeks during the Christmas and New Years season.

The Nation says that those businesses, restaurants, hotels and other natural gas users are the problem. They foolishly didn’t have a backup plan and necessary technologies in place to prepare three meals a day for thousands of tourists for several weeks of outages.

Who wrote that editorial? Such foolishness from presumably an adult. They must be high on drugs or from another planet.

And what of the DLP Government’s failing to keep the gas flowing? Here’s what the suck-well Nation has to say about the government’s role in the crisis:

“The efforts of the Minister of Commerce, Donville Inniss, to personally interact with both the NPC and affected businesses, were very commendable.”

Fabulous! Government Minister Donville Pornville Inniss went about the place talking! What a fabulous job, Pornville, just fabulous!

Perhaps if Minister Inniss and his government paid the VAT refunds owed to business within say, a year of request, those businesses might be able to buy a gas grill or thirty to sit waiting “just in case” the government can’t deliver natural gas for a month in tourist high season? Should the hotels do the same with drinking water too? A month’s worth for 500 people?

Such foolishness.

And then there is the garbage problem… 

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Barbados Tamarind Hotel dresses black man as monkey, making monkey sounds to entertain white tourists.

Barbados Tamarind Hotel Racism

“Tamarind Hotel Boxing Day cultural extravaganza”

submitted by West Side Davie

Dignity and a sense of history are concepts way beyond certain people at the Tamarind Hotel. And perhaps at the Nation Newspaper too – judging by their happy take on the monkey story.

Perhaps next year the Tamarind could add a “Who dat say who dat when I say who dat?” performance, and have all hotel staff address guests as “massa”. If the middle-aged white tourists could grab one of the young hotel staff anytime they felt like a quick boink with no resistance or repercussions that would pretty well complete the plantation experience that the Tamarind Hotel is obviously attempting to achieve.

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This is how far we’ve come Bussa: wearing a monkey costume with tail, making monkey sounds and calling it Bajan culture.

Dear Jesus, please come soon.

Nothing more needs to be said. Headline says it all.

You should read the article at the Nation News, but you know how it is ’bout hey – if we don’t reprint the whole thing here, the Nation editors take it down and change history…

Monkey-mania at Tamarind

The Bajan Green Monkey can be a cheeky little fellow and yesterday his antics at the Tamarind Hotel cultural extravaganza endeared him to several visitors.

The pretend primate pranced and hopped around while getting up to mischief, like giving little Ellen McKay a little scare.  Continue reading

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Thank you to all who work over Christmas taking care of our visitors

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Good possibilities for 2015

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

Around this time of the year it is difficult not to spare a few thoughts for all those involved in tourism, directly or otherwise, who sacrifice their quality precious time with family to take care of our visitors over the Christmas period. Of course they are not alone with other sectors including the essential services assuming the same responsibility.

As someone, through work commitments, that has only celebrated a personal Christmas four times during the past 40 years, my thanks and admiration to you all for your dedication.

There have been many predictions and projections made recently over an anticipated increase in long stay visitors in 2015 when compared with this year.  Continue reading

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bailey bridges a showcase of SVG government incompetence

Above: Washington State erects a Bailey Bridge in 3 days!

by Peter Binose

Let’s get one thing straight, the Bailey bridges are a ULP election propaganda project. Why on earth would we need a ceremony to celebrate the start of installing three temporary bridges, why? Because that is what they are: temporary, bolt together structures, they are not meant to be permanent.

There is currently a battalion of Ecuadorian Army Corps of Engineers posted in St Vincent [3×16 men platoons and three officers make a 48-man battalion]. That’s the official number according to reports posted in St Vincent’s media. Yet only 25 Ecuadorian goosestep-marching soldiers paraded in our so called independence day celebrations. Perhaps 48 goosing Ecuadorians would have been nice for the ladies, but would have been a little intimidating for the spectators — 48 foreigners goose-stepping in the park named after and gifted to us by Queen Victoria: Victoria Park.

We need to examine the Bailey bridges being installed and exactly what a Bailey bridge is. A Bailey bridge is a temporary structure that is used during an emergency to temporarily substitute a previously built bridge that was destroyed by flood or war activities. The bridge simply bolts together in sections, like a toy ‘Meccano set’ or even a jigsaw puzzle. The British Army has been known to assemble one of these bridges overnight. But the normal time during an emergency installation is one week for 35 men plus three engineers to install an 80-foot span. See this YouTube video.

We have had the bridges for six months; they could have been assembled and installed months ago, so why wait for the election time to come before bringing in the troops?  Continue reading

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Barbados welcomes thousands of cruise ship visitors with closed shops on Sundays

Quantum of the Seas Barbados

Welcome to Barbados – It’s Sunday so we’re closed

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

I picked up on a newspaper article recently that highlighted, what was described as the world’s third largest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas ‘dropped anchor’ in Barbados last week with its ‘4,600 passengers and 1,600 crew’.

You would think along with other ships that arrived the same day, what a wonderful opportunity for sales. The problem was it happened on a Sunday and according to various social media sites the majority of shops were closed.

I then thought of the Pelican Village Craft Centre and was frankly amazed that they do not appear to have a website or Facebook presence.

Individual businesses operating out of the location may have, but if you are a potential customer and have not been here before, how would you know?

“Quantum of the Seas coming to Barbados should inspire confidence in the cruise industry specifically and tourism generally. It means that we will experience tremendous increases in our numbers and along with other initiatives produce expanded economic opportunities for Barbadians.”

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy speaking to Barbados Today on June 6, 2013. A shame that many shop owners remain closed when thousands of tourists are wandering about looking for places to spend their vacation cash.

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How many Bajan lawyers have accounts in the USA, UK, Switzerland or Canada?

barbados-lawyer-crookDear Barbados Free Press

I would like to speak about an experience here in Barbados with lawyers charging VAT to foreigner clients living abroad and demanding that their invoices be paid directly into to USA and Canadian Banks.

Has anyone else experienced this situation as happened to me???

(Name withheld by BFP)

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