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Barbados luxury tourism image becoming a long-term liability?

Typical roadside wildlife: The not so rare Genus "plasticus baggis trashisus"

Typical roadside wildlife: The not so rare Genus “plasticus baggis trashisus”

“Barbados an upscale tourism destination? Really?

Open your eyes and your nostrils! Clean up the garbage strewn throughout this island.

Until we do that, the demographics of our tourism business won’t matter.”

Aging demographic of British tourists prompts questions about the next generation, but we have a more immediate problem…

submitted by Passin Thru

Barbados has never been, and will never be, a mass-tourism destination. We’re too far away from our main European markets, the farthest Caribbean destination from the North American markets, and not different enough from the closer South American markets to ever sustain mass-tourism at competitive rates. Nevermind considerations about the small size of the island, the need to import most supplies for tourists and the overpopulation of the south around the Bridgetown corridor – it is the higher transportation costs and longer time necessary to the destination that ensures we can never be competitive on a mass basis.

And that’s good on the cultural / lifestyle side of the coin, but bad on the economic side.

Barbados has always had to offer something other than mass tourism, and what we chose to offer was the image of luxury and upscale destination where the upper-middle class could run shoulders with the super rich and famous (or at least enjoy the same air and views.)

That choice worked in the past, but there are problems now that the younger generation of Brits (our main market) doesn’t have the money that their parents did.

Blame it on the weak UK / European economies, blame it on out of control EU socialism and mass unsustainable immigration into the UK from Third-World African, Middle East and near-Asian countries. Blame it on whatever you like, but it is obvious that younger Brits don’t have the disposable incomes that their parents once did.

So our largest group of tourists – the Brits – continue to age, while the next generation is either going elsewhere or can’t afford Barbados like they used to.

This is not a good trend for Bim.

What’s to be done about this demographic trend of aging Brit tourists and retirees?

I’m no expert, but obviously from the lack of ideas, plans and strategies emanating from government and the tourism organisations, I’m not the only one without a clue about what to do.

I do have one suggestion though…

Barbados is an upscale tourism destination? Really?

Open your eyes and your nostrils! Clean up the garbage strewn throughout this island.

Until we do that, the demographics of our tourism business won’t matter and we will continue to lose our image of an upscale destination.

Passin Thru

 

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Anonymous Barbados rumours about CPL T20 and Kensington Oval Corruption

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Take it with a heavy does of rum and salt my friends. It’s probably just bad rumours by some drunk on this anonymous blog…

Pay no attention at all…

CPL T20 Cricket made the decision to hand control of the ovals back to the local entities. KOMI invited a groups to bid on the Party Stand tender for CPL t20. Omar Robertson’s group consisting of Sirom SLD, Makin Moves and Infusion Catering Services his caterers came together to create a proposal as we are all service providers who own their own equipment. The board set a deadline of May 22nd for all proposals to be in. Robertson’s group was the only one to submit it by the deadline.

Chetwyn Stewart of Power by Four strategically refused to remove his staging from Kensington after The Test Match and tried to have the Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley give him the contract out right.

The CEO of Kensington refused to allow this and demanded that it go through proper procedure.

At this point it was decided to extend the deadline to that another proposal could come in to be compared to ours. Chetwyn still had not submitted his yet still tried to have the Minister give it to him.

Chetwyn finally gave in and handed in a proposal. When judged on merits by members of the board Robertson/Infusion’s plan was voted the best. Other members decided to vote whatever way the Chairman Mr Anthony Walrond decided to vote.

The Chairman of the Board, under claims of receiving pressure from above decided by 30th May 2015 to give the contract to Chetwyn.

Despite admitting in confidence to an inside source that the Infusion plan was the better choice.

Contract has been awarded with unspecified conditions potentially relating to outstanding monies owed to KOMI by Mr Stewart.

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