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Barbados Government’s predatory pricing and large sector support destroys small hotels

Barbados Tourism Authority couldn’t care less about the small hotels sector

“Show me where you spend your money and I’ll show you what’s important to you.” That phrase goes way back to the Bible and it’s as true now as it was back then. In his latest article Adrian Loveridge says that the government “props up” Government GEMS hotels while ignoring the small hotel sector and he’s correct.

What he doesn’t say right out in this article is that the Government of Barbados failed miserably with every GEMS hotel it touched while hard working small hotel owners and staff who were successful made it on their own. The DLP and BLP governments wondered why nobody wanted to invest in the Barbados hotel business and the reason was the government was the “competition” and subsidized poor quality GEMS Hotels with hundreds of millions of tax dollars. What private sector can compete with that kind of government “competition”?

And even with the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidization, the amateurs running GEMS Hotels couldn’t make a go of it. That’s what happens when the government hires managers who have no personal stake in the business and couldn’t make it in the private sector if they tried.

All things considered, Barbados is a very hostile business environment for the small hotels sector. I think that the Barbados Tourism Authority ignores the small hotels because they believe their first duty is to the government owned and lower quality mass market hotels.

The Barbados Tourism Authority might say they care about small hotels, but considering 0% (yup zero percent) of the BTA budget is dedicated to the small hotel sector, you don’t have to be a farmer to smell the cow droppings.

And just for the record, the following title “The Big Lie…” is ours. Mr. Loveridge’s words start with the quote below our title…

The Big Lie spoken by David Rice of the Barbados Tourism Authority

by Adrian Loveridge - Small hotel owner

“What needs to happen is this…we have to get out of this notion that the Government is here to prop up every business.”

David Rice CEO/President – Barbados Tourism Authority
Barbados Advocate – Thursday 24th February 2011

From a tourism perspective that is of course unless your business is called Hotels and Resorts Ltd (GEMS). In which case you will receive almost unlimited support to ‘prop’ you up, including a reported BDS$247 million (losses) or nearly three times the annual budget of Mr. Rice’s organisation! Continue reading

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Why is Peach and Quiet turning away guests while other Barbados hotels cry the blues?

Fodor’s picks Peach and Quiet as one of 11 Best Value Caribbean Hotels – again!

“Don’t tell all your friends about this place. It is a jewel and the bargain of the century. If you can handle not having air conditioning, which by the way is not necessary, and can accept towels that are not as fluffy as you might want, then this is the place for you. Great location, great food available if you like, wonderful hosts, close to the airport. A real bargain.”

Member Rating: 4.6 – Ratings details: Room: 4.0 Atmosphere: 5.0 Service: 5.0 Value: 5.0

… from Fodor’s member reviews

Last year two of our visiting friends tried unsuccessfully to book rooms at Peach and Quiet hotel – with the emphasis on the word “unsuccessfully”. Our friends’ situation is not unusual because even in this disastrous economic climate where hotels are closing left, right and center, Peach and Quiet Hotel still pre-books 100% occupancy for weeks at a time.

Margaret and Adrian Loveridge are obviously doing something special because you read TripAdvisor and other travel websites and people rave about the place, but moreso they talk about the feeling of being made welcome by the owners and staff. They also talk about the “can do” attitude and great service by the staff – a distinctly different review than is generally given to, say Time Out at the Gap and some other larger hotels. Continue reading

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Almond Resorts addresses blog’s renovation story: Nation Newspaper doesn’t ask about sewage leak story

Lesson #57,922 why Bajans don’t trust The Nation Newspaper

On January 13, 2011, West Coast Blog asked Is Almond Beach Village Closing? and told of staff being laid off at the Almond Beach Village resort, and that Almond was having trouble paying staff on time. The blog described a rumour that Almond Beach Village would be shut down in the middle of the high season for renovations.

Barbados Free Press picked up on the West Coast Blog article and published our story Barbados Almond Beach Village: Two very different reports, what’s the truth? on January 21, 2011.

On that same day, January 21, 2011, Professor Robin Mahon, Director of the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), at the University of the West Indies, posted a video at YouTube proving that the Almond Beach Club sewage well was running into the sea and that Almond Beach tourists were swimming in their own sewage. This was the second video posted and is just the latest strategy in a seven-year campaign by Professor Mahon and other concerned citizens to have Almond Resorts be responsible for their sewage runoff.

On January 22, 2011 at 2am, Barbados Free Press covered Professor Mahon’s video in our story Video Proof: Almond Beach Village tourists swimming in their own sewage. The story was read by Nation staffers at least five times in the first 24 hours, as were our other Almond Beach stories.

Almond’s say… and silence Continue reading

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Peach and Quiet Hotel welcomes first guests from new Brazil and Dallas flights!

Tourism MATTERS

by Adrian Loveridge

Over the last few days our Peach and Quiet Hotel welcomed our first guests arriving on the GOL/Varig flight from Sao Paulo and the new non-stop service AA514 from Dallas.

These bookings have made up in part the room nights lost by some of our British visitors, who were unable to travel due to the horrendous weather conditions they have been forced to endure over the last couple of weeks.

To me, this reinforces the recent comments made by the Minister of Tourism that we cannot be dependent on any single market, and in my own words, fail to explore emerging markets. Continue reading

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Barbados will never be a cheap vacation destination – but it can be a bargain.

Adrian Loveridge’s new column at The Nation makes it clear that Barbados has a reputation for being a higher priced destination and that we must do something about that.

We agree with his analysis, especially in this economic climate, and we also believe that delivering a quality product is far more important than chasing after the bottom-feeders of the “somewhere warm and cheap” market segment. As we’ve pointed out many times, there’s lots of sand, sun and water in the Caribbean and we’ll never compete with Cuba, the Bahamas or Mexico if price is the only factor.

That’s why Adrian is talking about value. He is correct that there is much that we could be doing to maximize arrivals and occupancy rates by focusing on value for the money – and he knows first hand about delivering a quality product for a reasonable price. That’s his Peach and Quiet Hotel shown at the top of the page – an establishment that has one of the highest occupancy rates in the country and a loyal fan base from around the world.

As always, Adrian’s latest newspaper article is well worth reading…

TOURISM MATTERS: Value for money great marketing tool

VALUE FOR MONEY is a frequently used phrase, but I wonder, from a tourism perspective, if we fully exploit it as a marketing tool or mission statement. Continue reading

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Please visit our friends at… Little Good Harbour villas

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Please visit our friends at… Peach and Quiet Hotel

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