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The Adrian Loveridge Column – 2016 Tourism Wish List

If I had a tourism wish list for 2016, it might look a lot like this and not necessarily in any particular order, that:

1) Norwegian Airways code shares with JetBlue to seamlessly connect their nonstop Scandinavian flights through the new service to Fort Lauderdale to Barbados from April.

2) The same Norwegian Airways operates a route from Dublin or Belfast to Barbados in partnership with St. Lucia or Grenada as a triangle service to minimise the initial financial risk.

3) Thomas Cook brings back it new flight from Glasgow in winter 2016/2017 and keeps it going weekly from November to April. Glasgow is closer to Barbados than Gatwick and this service saves our Scottish visitors unnecessary inter-UK flights, trains and overnight airport accommodation.

4) WestJet operates a seasonal (October until May) Winnipeg to Barbados flight. They have long range versions of the B737 which is quite capable of covering the six hour journey nonstop.

5) Air Canada operates a nonstop winter service from Ottawa, initially just one day a week, ideally on a Saturday or Sunday. Again, by Great Circles measurement, Ottawa is closer to Barbados than Toronto.

6) 20 per cent of the annual spendable budget allocated to the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) is placed into an ‘opportunity fund’ to drive up to ten private sector led promotions each year. The BMTI contribution would be matched by the participating partners and each initiative would be carefully monitored and assessed for cost effectiveness after implementation.

7) Stand-alone restaurants are given the same duty-free concessions than those promised to hotels.

8) The rate of VAT on car rental and all other registered tourism entities,

pay the same lower percentage as already granted to hotels.

9) Our villa rental agencies work together in joint marketing initiatives

to spread destination awareness and lower individual company advertising costs.

10) A Barbadian who has had a proven exemplary career in tourism is finally considered for a national honour, devoid of party political influence.

In reality, sadly I don’t expect any or all of the above to be put in place, but no-one can stop me wishing and hoping.

Changing the subject, I am still trying to comprehend what the likely overall effect the hiking of the VAT threshold to $200,000 per annum is going to have on consumer prices, especially in the tourism industry and particularly in the accommodation sector. There is already a massive grey area of taxation on unlicensed villas and apartments including overseas residents who may rent out their second homes for instance, as just one example.

Just a glimpse at lodging websites like AirBNB clearly shows that hundreds, if not thousands of properties are not registered at all. $200,000 per year could represent five rooms each over the year being rented out for 200 nights at US$100 per day. Do these unlicensed accommodation offerings currently charge, pay or claim VAT on inputs now?

Could some research be gleaned from completed landing cards?

I also wonder if the current administration has really thought this through and have even tried to calculate the potential cause and effect.

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10 Comments on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – 2016 Tourism Wish List”

  1. Angela Simpson January 4, 2016 at 7:30 AM #

    Excellent ideas! Unfortunately, like you suggest probably non will be implemented. My father always said Procrastination is the thief of time and this government is a great example.

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  2. lawson January 4, 2016 at 9:11 AM #

    especially Ottawa to Barbados direct

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  3. David January 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    We should clean the garbage and remove the derelict buildings first!

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  4. Adrian Loveridge January 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM #

    David, literally tons of our neigbours garbage is dumped on our land every week awaiting collection from the SSA, which can be any day and is often once every two weeks. Inevitably the plastic bags are torn open by stray dogs and vermin and when you see the contents, so much of it could be recycled. While Government can be fairly blamed for the state of the SSA, they cannot be held responsible by the lack of individual residents to sort their own garbage. Like clockwork, B’s Recycling collect our seperated rubbish (glass, plastic, metal, cardboard) once every week for free.

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  5. David January 4, 2016 at 9:51 AM #

    @Adrian

    Check the centre spread of the Nation newspaper today. Enforcement must come into play to protect the society from those who are not sensitive to the needs of the environment. Ironically we have Anderson Cherry in same newspaper fighting to keep a recycling concern going. Not to forget an executive of EMERA begging government to be more forthcoming it its renewable energy plan.

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  6. Colonel Buggy January 4, 2016 at 11:02 PM #

    David January 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM #
    We should clean the garbage and remove the derelict buildings first
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    The voice of one crying in the wilderness………………..of garbage and decay

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  7. Colonel Buggy January 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    What ever happened to the proposed new Sugar Point Cruise terminal ? Looks like while we are talking, others are doing. Will we be left behind,again?
    &utm_campaign=2997ccae94-Vol_11_Issue_001_News1_4_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_350247989a-2997ccae94-39463553

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  8. Colonel Buggy January 5, 2016 at 4:04 PM #

    Lets see if this link to my last post works
    New Cruise ports
    http://www.caribbean360.com/category/travel/

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  9. Vincent Haynes January 5, 2016 at 4:33 PM #

    Tourism’s future seems to be linked to AirBNB or some such entity who in turn will establish their own regulatory framework.Small hotels can survive but the days of the mega hotels appear to be numbered like the travel agencies.

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