Peach and Quiet:Small Businesses Should Have the Right to Offset

The following is a communication which was sent to the VAT Office by Hotelier and social commentator Adrian Loveridge.

Adrian Loveridge - Owner of Peach & Quiet Hotel

Adrian Loveridge – Owner of Peach & Quiet Hotel

On or before the 15 March 2013, we will be expected to pay over to Government the amount of $37,526.60 in Corporation taxes due for the last financial year [2012]. If we do not pay on time, then there will be an immediate fine of 5% of the amount due, which equates to $1,876.33 plus interest accrued of 1% per month or 18% annually, which is 3 times the latest rate of Government borrowings to sustain a bloated public service and pay for dismally failed projects like GEMS (Hotels and Resorts Limited) and the chartering of Carnival Destiny for CWC2007.

As a small business that has operated on Barbados for twenty five years and has honoured all statutory obligations, it is a significant amount of money. Yet the same Government has owed us outstanding VAT refunds of nearly $30,000 for up to two years. Of course they have not paid us any late penalty charges or interest.

Before going public, I have written personally to the Ministers of the various Government bodies involved, but up until today not received any form of response.  It appears they feel they have no obligation to businesses that are successful, sustainable (through there own efforts) and those who have demonstrated viability over decades of operation. Yet week after week, it is almost impossible not to read or listen to endless rhetoric about the importance that small businesses will play in the recovery of our economy.

As a frequent writer on tourism matters, I have become used to attracting a high level of attention in Government circles with all the negative consequences this has brought over the years but this is another matter. We are left with three simple choices. Go into overdraft and pay commercial bank interest to pay the corporate taxes due, pay the fine and interest or receive the monies we are owed by Government. At the same time, the new administration must define its priorities and decide whether it is going to be its policy to support and encourage small businesses to grow and survive or whether through its actions, it is going to bury them, with all the employment implications that brings.

Tags: , , , , ,

No Comments on “Peach and Quiet:Small Businesses Should Have the Right to Offset”

  1. ac March 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

    it is incumbent upon all of us to want our democarcy to survive and not condone those with self interest to penetrate or do harm to the system cause in the end all would suffer.it is therfore we as a people to do our civic dutiesand openly without fear of reprisal to question those within our system would want to cheat the govt and people of their fair share and rightfully OURS.

    Like

  2. ac March 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM #

    My friend bush tea have a good idea about having a “watchdog committe “to look into the goverance of our democracy however the people he has chosen to be leaders are tainted and bias. it would be like asking OSA to guard the treasury he knows too much

    Like

  3. Well Well March 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM #

    Don’t care how many watch dog commitees, inquiries, studies (they love the last two, wonderful chance to waste more taxpayers money) they hold; unless and until the government start doing DUE DILIGENCE, something that should be already written in the legislation, and stop kissing the ass of those with hidden agendas and lots of money to buy hotels, run ponzi schemes, etc, etc,; unless governments start exposing the dishonest hotel owners, then it would just continue to be more of the same for decades to come.

    Like

  4. millertheanunnaki March 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

    @ ac | March 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM |

    Ac, why don’t you call a spade a spade, at least in this case?

    The reason why the payment of taxes is a statutory obligation is because “people’ given an option based on moral suasion would not pay taxes willingly.

    That is why we elect a political administration to form the Government to make sure people pay taxes in the same way we have a police service to enforce the laws of the land.
    Why does this country employ a whole army of occupation called a civil service? To get in a pulpit like a priest and with words frighten people into not “sinning” because of some afterlife consequences?
    NO, we employ civil servants to administer the affairs of State. And a major responsibility is to impose and collect taxes from citizens not to beg them to adhere but to ensure they adhere.

    Like

  5. David March 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM #

    @Adrian

    To repeat, stick to the script. You run a legit business, you pay your taxes ontime. Government is required by law to do the same. It is not your problem to worry about government’s inability to collect taxes.

    Here is the link to support your earlier point. And to think our populated is thought to be highly educated.

    http://www.smithsgore.com/property-single.php?id=1001143

    Like

  6. Well Well March 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    That’s called due diligence and it is supposed to be rigorously adhered to, but from what I have learned over the years is that local bajan whites call and some foreign whites, can call up and demand what they want in very rude and obnoxious tones with some of these same people bowing and scraping and being subjected to the telephones being dropped in their ears. Why would governments allow this kind of disrespect to be visited on employees at the expense of the taxpayers.

    Like

  7. Dr Love March 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM #

    I have been following this particular blog with interest as it is the clear example of one of the big reasons why Barbados is in it up to its neck.
    The politicians FCuk the ones they can and put their butts up at the ones they cant and take it straight and strong lubricated with $.
    Fcuking Immoral prostitutes. Its a shame $ dont carry aids.
    But in passing as this blog is about “business.Another reason why poot ole Bim in the deep chocolate .Follow this.
    I have a good freind a wealthy business man in France(well who wants poor freinds?)He was looking to invest in Millions in the Caribean.He is linked to an Arab company in Dubai.
    We talk on Skype.So being the patriotic person i am .I put forward Barbados as a HUB for his business.He speaks four languages fluently.Told him that bajuns are well educated, sensible people. that proerty was depressed here so he would find some good deals for his new Hub.
    That I had some freinds who would be able to give him assistance to intigrate.
    He had just flown back in from the Seychells where he has other business interests.
    So he asked me where he could get some basic rundwon on the matters that were of concern an he didnt want to fly again to the Caribbean.I looked up The Barbados Embassy in London so that he could make and appoinment and see them as London France is now just a quick hop on a nice first class train. I gave hime the # and said .I am SURE they will be able to help you
    Attached is his reply AFTER calling OUR EMBASSY in UK:
    **
    useless pricks, they do not understand anything
    and obviously friday is not a good day to work
    they kept passing me on to several people without even bothering to listen what I had to say
    : then, they kept telling me that” ***** was not in charge of VISA***

    I ask myself why I bothered.
    Anoother host of Jobs gone.

    How much does it cost us for an Embassy in UK??

    .

    Like

  8. David March 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    The statement made that Plantrac building has been sold to Trinidadians is erroneous. Those of us who want to be honest know that PLANTRAC was a Neal and Massy company which has always been a T&T owned company.

    What we need to ask is who are the new owners and what will be the nature of their business bearing in mind it is a huge residential neighbourhood.

    Like

  9. Well Well March 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

    Easy to find out the new owners of plantrac, check corporate affairs on belmont road, they are suppose to register all new businesses.

    Like

  10. Well Well March 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    No surprise that the overseas consulates would turn away business people who may have honestly genuine agendas and by some mysterious display of genius let in the real dishonest business people………….makes you ponder.

    Like

  11. NEW BLOOD March 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    Independent Senator John Watson, newly appointed , will have lots of info on this subject. Is a tax audit done prior to such appointments ?

    Like

  12. Sargeant March 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

    Miller etc.
    If the Gov’t as you intimated is engaging with some Corporate scofflaws in a quid pro quo arrangement whereby donations/benefits to a political party/politician is used as a tool offset noncompliance with tax liabilities then that Govt/Party is cheating the citizenry.

    I hope that you would encourage your Party to raise this issue ASAP (the Estimates) is an ideal opportunity so the naming and shaming can commence.

    As always I don’t have a political horse in this race just hoping for a more equitable Barbados.

    Like

  13. ac March 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

    Stick to what script .the script involves what is right and it must also call for one and all to seek out and embrass the doers of corporate thief . thescript does should only stop short on adriens plight which involves the lifeblood of a country. far be it for average joe or mary citizen to owe taxes/and not pay for years. “woe unto them” one must not only call for there share butas a citizen one must also call on others to pay their fair share .

    Like

  14. Steupse! March 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    I have been in business for a very long time. My company is totally up to date on BIDC rent,NIS, PAYE, VAT, and Corporation Tax. As a matter of fact, we have no current claims on government for any type of refunds, but if we did, what the hell has government paying us got anything to do with the those in the private sector who do not pay their taxes? The Minister of Finance used this feeble excuse when the Chamber of Commerce complained about tax refunds due. Most of you making excuses for government probably do not know that most VAT refunds are due when a company exports more than it sells locally. So, we don’t need the foreign exchange? When an exporter has to borrow money to cover his expenses, and pay interest on it while government owes him money, that is tantamount to levying a tax on exports. There is absolutely no doubt that a very large number of companies owe government agencies millions, but are they large corporations, or are they a myriad of small to medium sized businesses like lawyers and accountants, and yes, entrepreneurs who have got themselves in way over their heads? You have to stop this nonsense that the tax dodgers are large white or foreign-owned businesses. This is simply not the case. As for the closed-down hotels, many were family-owned. When things start to go south and the business cannot find its way out of difficulties, are you saying that the owners should continue until they themselves are absolutely penniless? Don’t forget that most small/medium-sized businesses do not operate pension schemes, and these owners still have to live through old age. So ac, CCC and your cohorts, get a bit of perspective – understand the facts. Or shut up! Steupse!

    Like

  15. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

    DAVID

    Your information about Plantrac is out dated.

    Just like a lot of things you speak about. No wonder your BLP is still in opposition. Listening to you it is simply the blind leading the blind.

    Like

  16. ac March 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM #

    If the media was inthe business of looking out for the country,s best interest by now all that is owed by these rich fat cats would be paid however we know that,s not going to happen cause as seen from this very isssue once the alarm has been sounded the ones who are always calling for FOI in govt resorts to the tatic of protecting the staus quo the very thing which they accused the govt of. prefering to stick to the script.

    Like

  17. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    mrcorrecto(Adrian)

    Why is it you are always gloating when things go wrong in Barbadoos, England is no different. I was watching a documentary on TRU TV where it was shown that three quarters of all robberies in a certain section of London go unsolved.

    Like

  18. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM #

    ADRIAN

    Excuse me but I dont want to send this thread off track.

    BUT>>>>>

    “BARBADOS MOVES UP IN TOURISM RANKING

    Barbados has been ranked third in the Americas Region and 27th in thw World overall in Travel & Tourism competitiveness index complied by the Geneva based World Ecconom Forum.”

    How is it that you are always ready and able to barge onto this blog with GLOOM AND DOOM about Barbados but never, ever able to comment of news such as this?

    Like

  19. peltdownman March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM #

    @CCC
    Will you never stop?! 27the in the world in competitiveness? 27TH IN THE WORLD?! Yippee!! We have made it to 27TH!! All we need now is tourists. Er..oh!

    Like

  20. peltdownman March 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    @CCC
    So everything’s okay then. No need to clean up the place, no need to stop the crime, no need to develop on our UNESCO heritage sight, no need to promote the island, no need to keep hotels in business, no need to attract new investment. We can relax and just drift along in the same old way. After all we are 27th in the world. We can sleep easy.

    Like

  21. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    You are so stupid. Name the Caribbean country ahead of us?

    how many countries are listed?

    Like

  22. lawson March 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

    Great you didnt move up because of anything you did,it was Cyprus is a mess because of Greece and Estonia was the second biggest loser economy in the EU. This reminds me of when I played football, and everyday we would have sprints and one fat lineman Dennis would always come last.One day another fellow to the coaches astonishment was last, and he yelled Tom why are you last.. he said cause Dennis isnt here.

    Like

  23. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    Boy oh boy, you Barbados Labour Party supporters are something else.

    Like

  24. Dr Love March 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM #

    I was visiting Uk and I was robbed,the outcome was I ended up laughing.
    I called the police,to be told; sorry we cannot attend we have only one and quarter policeman to patrol that area.
    Whaaaa???!!

    Like

  25. lawson March 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

    What rubbish I dont know anything about blp of dlp but I can tell you this I had a relative of one of your ministers working for me in canada and he was one lazy f#$ker hopefully it is not a family trait.

    Like

  26. peltdownman March 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    @CCC
    Name the country in the Caribbean ahead of us? Do you mean in tourism growth this year? All of them!

    Like

  27. Georgie Porgie March 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

    Someone said that CCC was a jackass. A jackass nearby overheard the conversation and went berserk with laughter! Yes CCC is more stupid than even the lowest of the equinoids.

    Like

  28. Prodigal Son March 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM #

    Dr Georgie,

    Take ten marks! That was out of the top drawer!

    Like

  29. David March 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM #

    @GP

    Understand a lot of the vitriol levelled at Adrian is personal because of public positions as a social commentator as well as those with political axes to grind.

    Like

  30. peltdownman March 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM #

    @Georgie
    I thought you were going to say that the jackass committed suicide in shame!

    Like

  31. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

    Georgie Porgie | March 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Is this the best that you can come up with?

    Like

  32. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

    I should have added that your age is catching with you!!!!!

    Like

  33. Bush Tea March 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM #

    Not that Carson don’t deserve some licks in his behind, since he delights in sharing same to others, but wunna SURELY can see the point about a destination ranked 27th out of 200 being in decline as against one ranked 160th experiencing growth?

    Give Jack his jacket…

    All over the world Billionaires are becoming multi-millionaires while some poor-boys are picking up a few berries.
    Comparing GROWTH RATES are meaningless in such circumstances.

    If COW experience a 10% decline and Bushie buys a bobcat and grab a few small jobs that would have gone to COW in the old days…with 50% growth..does that make Bushie a better businessman?

    The FACT is that Barbados has operated WAY above its weight category in tourism for a VERY long time – and such performance CANNOT be sustained in difficult economic times without brilliant leadership, management, people engagement and marketing.

    Such skills are NOT apparent anywhere nearby at this time….especially from the jokers who run our industry at all levels.

    Like

  34. ac March 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

    @stuesope shut up what! if corporations owes money to govt they out to pay so govt don.t have to go begging the taxpayers for bailouts in the form of increase vat cause these corporate lackeys think they are in a special category all by themselves

    Like

  35. UnderSea March 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

    Government is useless and run by a bunch of mutts who are either not interested, on sick leave, on unpaid leave, transferred to another department, on vacation or traveling on business.

    Like

  36. UnderSea March 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

    And standard working hours are 9 to 3 with 2 hours for lunch.

    Like

  37. UnderSea March 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM #

    20 percent of them dont work on a Monday, which is slight better that on a Friday.

    Like

  38. lawson March 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM #

    thats right I heard they dont like to work wednsdays…. it screws up both weekends

    Like

  39. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM #

    The problem with some of these jokers is the fact that they are willing to go out of their way to damage and besmirch the good name of Barbados.

    It pains them to say anything positive about Barbados. The reason being the population is largely BLACK PEOPLE who must be velified at all turns.

    The sad thing about it is they have willing BLACK ACCOMPLICES.

    Like

  40. Gingerbread Girl March 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

    Carson

    The public service in Barbados is a frigging joke and for you to be making lame excuses for them does Barbados no favours in the long run, trust me brother.

    Like

  41. lawson March 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM #

    Are you for real …I dont have to do anything to damage Barbados reputation your doing a pretty good job on your own. To the contrary I could have bought a house in downtown ottawa in what I have spent over the years visiting your island. So maybe I feel I have earned the right to say it is not the place I first visited, the people arent as friendly, it is not as safe, it is not as pretty. so whos to blame???? Well I dont care if its blp or dlp its the people collecting a salary to make sure these things are always at there best and that is the govt. I am glad to see the blacks and whites are getting together to accomplish something, its a start. Now bugger off

    Like

  42. Truth March 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    One of the reasons hotel owners, big shareholders (not hired managers or employees) close hotels is to selfishly pocket or safeguard their private millions. The national interest or workers are of no concern to them. Silver Sands close, Blue Horizon close, Escape close, Almond Beach close, Sandridge close, Sandy Beach close, Allamanda close. Adrian let us know if the chaps who owned or operated these properties are in personal financial difficulty.
    ——————————————————

    Adrian Loveridge we still waiting on you to let us know about the poverty stricken owners/operators of the hotels above who close them because they were broke. Those properties are part of the closed 37 you like to regale us on.
    Your cronies undersea, lawson, dr.Love ,steupse can help with the answer they close to the action.
    You selfish progeny of the slave owning class think majority of Bajans are dunces.

    Like

  43. John March 8, 2013 at 9:20 PM #

    David | March 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM |

    The statement made that Plantrac building has been sold to Trinidadians is erroneous. Those of us who want to be honest know that PLANTRAC was a Neal and Massy company which has always been a T&T owned company.

    What we need to ask is who are the new owners and what will be the nature of their business bearing in mind it is a huge residential neighbourhood.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Here I am thinking Plantrac was a company owned by Plantations Ltd. which was bought way back by CLICO …. so long ago that it might have been during another DLP administration …. in another lifetime!!

    Maybe it was Tractors and Equipment in Warrens and Plantrac was the BS&T equivalent.

    Nope, Tractors and Equipment was on the BS&T compound at Warrens so I am betting it was Tractors & Equipment that was BS&T.

    (Actually I checked the shareholders some time ago … Tractors & Equipment was definitely BS&T)

    Plantrac supplied tractors and equipment to the erstwhile booming Agricultural sector so the building at Eagle Hall will have been custom made and not of much current use.

    Looks like the Trinis are unloading non performing assets and converting them into cash!!

    Ah boy, I remember getting my innoculations as a child at Bosvigo at Dr. Manning …. it had a wonderful Sweet Lime hedge.

    I always feared the Penicilin shots …… rear end!!

    If there is a CLICO connection I sure hope some of the BIPA members are benefitting!!

    Like

  44. Dr Love March 9, 2013 at 8:22 AM #

    @TRUTH
    Your cronies undersea, lawson, dr.Love ,steupse can help with the answer they close to the action.
    You selfish progeny of the slave owning class think majority of Bajans are dunces

    Well Written TRUTH.

    What is it got en yuh Boxy yuh ent able tuh sit comfortable?

    Like

  45. Carson C. Cadogan March 9, 2013 at 8:28 AM #

    john

    “Ah boy, I remember getting my innoculations as a child at Bosvigo at Dr. Manning …. it had a wonderful Sweet Lime hedge. ”

    You are dating yourself.

    On a more somber note I remember there was a shop opposite Dr. Manning where one saturday night one of the guys from the area beat to death his girlfriend. A guy called “donlikemuh”.

    Like

  46. Carson C. Cadogan March 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

    “What we need to ask is who are the new owners and what will be the nature of their business bearing in mind it is a huge residential neighbourhood”

    I told you what it is going to used for: a huge storage complex for Trinidadian goods.

    Every one has until FRIDAY next week to vacate the property or be thrown out onto the Bajan streets by the new TRINDADIAN owners.

    See if you get that now.

    Like

  47. millertheanunnaki March 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM #

    @ Carson C. Cadogan | March 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM |
    “I told you what it is going to used for: a huge storage complex for Trinidadian goods.”

    And to think this is all taking place under the auspices of a black Bajan only DLP administration!
    Are you the same CCC who cussed OSA and the BLP for selling out Barbados to foreigners especially our Caricom “brothers” Trinidad?

    Man, CCC, get your placards together and along with ac, “I”, Fractured, TPP and the ‘anti-foreigners’ gang to assemble in George St. and march to Eagle Hall. The miller will be taking up the rear just behind ac to prod her along with a barge pole made by Wickham.

    BTW, CCC, before you set political fire to the place you should ask if the 5 tractors promised by the “silenced’ Minister of Agriculture has been delivered and currently stored in that warehouse as promised in the last budget speech.
    After all, he gave his hot air promise that these tractors were on their way to the Island to plough from St. Lucy in the North to Penny Hole. But what can we expect from this vocally castrated Chihuahua whose gun-ho word is not even worth what Paddy Marshall shot at in the empty bond.

    Like

  48. Well Well March 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

    Estwick also declared last year that he would be giving up the ministry of agriculture unless he got the finance needed to run the ministry, he also declared that it was the most neglected ministry. We know what happened to all that TALK. They sicken me.

    Re the hoteliers debate……Truth, said it well………..in all their delusions of superiority, they really do think the majority blacks on the island are nothing but DUNCES, that is also how they judge the leaders (with some truth) who encourage the scams and cons against the taxpayers.

    Like

  49. ac March 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    Ac not anti nobody but is for fair play not allowing the fat cats to make up the rules of the game accordingly while the those who play fair are left to hang out to dry and the the ordinary bajan having to refill the empty baskets. People are wiseto how the games are played and understand the deceit and “show me your hand mentality” that is engrained .

    Like

  50. Carson C. Cadogan March 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

    well well

    “they really do think the majority blacks on the island are nothing but DUNCES, that is also how they judge the leaders (with some truth)”

    You must be refering to the Barbados Labour Party LEADERS. That is why even in opposion the Barbados Labour Party campaign was flooded with WHITE PEOPLE AND MUSLIM terrorist money.

    They all know that the BLP can be bought.

    Like

  51. Well Well March 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

    Carson…………I am trying hard to be neutral here, only this morning i got some information that privatization will be inevitable among some other horrible news yet to be verified.no one my be able to blame the opposition this time. word of caution, keep an open mind.

    Like

  52. lawson March 9, 2013 at 12:24 PM #

    White people and terrorist money ??? Are you really this stupid or is this some kind of act. It must of been very confusing for Dr. Manning at which end he was giving the injection.

    Like

  53. Well Well March 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM #

    I warned him.

    Like

  54. Dr Love March 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM #

    Hey .Chill out.
    Check out this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=f309fSTWYo4

    link en Laff.

    Like

  55. Carson C. Cadogan March 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM #

    well well

    Dont you all get tired trying to predict what the DLP will do?

    Like

  56. Carson C. Cadogan March 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

    The blog owner predicted that the DLP would call elections in November 2012, remember?

    That is just one example of folly on this blog.

    Like

  57. Well Well March 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

    I am not predicting anything, I am hoping that one party or another one day find the strength to do right by the majority. I am not a party person.

    Like

  58. Well Well March 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM #

    If they would both lead the way in making sure the majority have total control of the wealth in Bim, it would make me happy. As things are right now, they are both lacking…………….can you say not???

    Like

  59. Well Well March 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM #

    The first set of leaders who successfully and professionally manage to stop the con artists and foreign criminals from slithering into the island with millions, start checking to see where they earned that money while stopping them from thinking they can dictate what happens on the island because they see themselves as superior, will definitely grab my attention.

    Like

  60. lawson March 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

    Just returned from the travel show,overall lame thank god the tickets were given to me. however there were some bright spots Cuba was giving out drinks of Havana club, Newfoundland and the atlantic provinces had a large area, and had a lot of people working creating an energy,Barbados was small and run by one lady from the consulate Harriette Smith she was friendy and informative, more than happy to help me find a place for crop-over but if the future for Btu is tied to Rihanna it was certainly missing, Rather than some-one standing there handing out pamphets the think tank has to get together a plan and like a snake oil salesman of old bring the people in and sell Barbados An energy or buzz has to be felt by the people so when they are thinking of a vacation Barbados pops into there heads and not just in the winter, all year round.

    Like

  61. David March 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM #

    @lawson

    Thanks for your follow up, can’t say your report reveals any surprises.

    Like

  62. Adrian Loveridge March 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM #

    lawson,

    Thank you. Harriette is a lady I have personally worked with several times and I have the utmost respect for. It is not her fault that she was the only representative, as the stand was booked by the BTA at the last minute (4th March) after it was questioned WHY there was no Barbados presence at the show. Despite the financial limitations of the private sector tourism industry on Barbados, they would have supported this event, IF THEY HAD KNOWN ABOUT IT!

    For eight years we largely funded and organised a unique annual event called the re-DISCOVER the Caribbean Show, which filled scores of hotel rooms, attracted up to 400 overseas delegates and brought around a BDS$1 million in foreign earnings each year. The BTA withdrew their support, citing as the reason that they could not persuade one or two of their 130 Barbados based staff members to ‘man’ the stand for one and a half days.

    Until the BTA is manged properly and restructured, I really dont’s think its going to get much better.
    Now think about it for a moment, which market is likely to produce more business in the near future. Canada or Germany?
    So where are many of the BTA staff currently?

    ITB in Berlin. Can you possibily imagine the cost?

    Like

  63. lawson March 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM #

    The weather here today is beautiful and looking out the huge glass windows of our new congress center at the parliament and arts center watching the ice on the canal melt you can feel spring in the air. I was thinking there should be two shows one in the fall because thoughts of winter are disappearing and cottage time is soon apon us.An idea I have is rotating Barbados booths at the larger shopping malls on weekend in the fall for a month ., a blitz if you will.like we have for fire prevention week. I am sure this would create a Barbados buzz for the winter and the spring show geared strictly towards crop-over and Rhianna . If the people dont want to work weekends… easy solution… get new people.

    Like

  64. TO THE POINT March 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM #

    @Miller

    why u dont leave me alone, u aint see how quiets i was last few days, dont wake a sleeping giant yah hear. How soon yah going on ur trip, i taking one within a few days.

    Like

  65. de hood March 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM #

    @ TO THE POINT

    And are you taking this trip courtesy of the hard-earned money of the taxpayers by any chance? Also, are you by any chance taking along CCC, ac and another 10 or 12 others in the junket? We are all aware that when party people travel it has to be 1st class airline tickets and Penthouse hotel reservations. Ah Lie?

    Like

  66. John March 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM #

    I tried looking for Plantrac on the CAIPO website and it seems to have vanished …. no such company exists or existed!!

    Maybe it wasn’t a company.

    I’ll check and early phone directory and see.

    !996-97 says Plantrac Engineering Limited was in existence.

    So how it could just vaporise and disappear from CAIPO?

    Maybe I searching wrong!!

    I just can’t find it.

    Something funny (not ha ha) going on here.

    Like

  67. Well Well March 10, 2013 at 8:11 AM #

    The corporate affairs website will not give as much info, you will have to go and physically ask to do a search of the company, all documents are supposed to be given to you leading back to original registration and ownership. If there is no info on who bought or owns the company, someone has something to hide and paid handsomely to have it hidden.

    Like

  68. Hants March 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    Lawson wrote “Rather than some-one standing there handing out pamphets the think tank has to get together a plan and like a snake oil salesman of old bring the people in and sell Barbados.”

    Clearly there is a problem at the BTA and it may be budget.

    You should always have at least 2 people manning a booth. Everyone needs a washroom break so 1 person means the booth will be left unattended during breaks.

    What someone I know has recommended to others is that they have two 42″ led monitors running video so there is always something to attract visitors if staff must leave the booth.

    Lawson’s “booths at the larger shopping malls” idea is great.

    Like

  69. John March 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM #

    Well Well | March 10, 2013 at 8:11 AM |

    The corporate affairs website will not give as much info, you will have to go and physically ask to do a search of the company, all documents are supposed to be given to you leading back to original registration and ownership. If there is no info on who bought or owns the company, someone has something to hide and paid handsomely to have it hidden.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It has not been my experience that a company just disappears of CAIPO. Sometimes I may spell it wrong and the Company is not found … it is usually my fault …. not always.

    Very occasionally the company is ancient.

    My concern is that Plantrac Engineering Limited may have been owned directly or indirectly by CLICO which as we all know is going through its own troubles.

    Its disappearance, if indeed it has disappeared, seems extrremely suspicious.

    I’ll try a few other search avenues.

    Maybe it is me doing something wrong!!

    Like

  70. TO THE POINT March 11, 2013 at 2:30 AM #

    @De Hood

    yes i am taking along one person and to dump that person in the atlantic ocean and that is you. I have enough to travel at my own expense and have been doing that since 1974..

    Like

  71. John March 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM #

    I found out Plantrac is now RIMCO.

    Seems strange that CAIPO would forget a company name.

    Like

  72. nathanmcbhqsgf September 5, 2013 at 6:07 AM #

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

    Like

Join in the discussion, you never know how expressing your view may make a difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,412 other followers