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2015 Crop Over and Rihanna

Crop Over 2015 is about to slide off the calendar and by the measurement of many it was a success. BU will reserve judgment until a more respectful  time but we offer this: is Crop Over […]

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Adrian Loveridge

Santander Bank Research Identifies Barbados and the UAE Expensive Destinations

With Sterling reaching an eight year high against the Euro, making most European countries dramatically less expensive as holiday destinations […]

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Reducing Dependence on Booking Agents

Last week I used a couple of web based hotel booking sites to reserve some accommodation in Charlotte and Kentucky for an upcoming trip. One of them, Hotwire, offers a variety of star rated lodging where you do not actually know exactly […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column: Opportunity to Attract Frequent Flyers

All work and no pay! A recent survey released through the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and conducted by Oxford Economics concluded that last year, American workers walked away from US$52.4 billion in unused vacation time, forfeiting a total of 169 million paid days off. The amount of vacation time American’s take as a nation is […]

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A VIRGIN Opportunity

While the concept was rolled out some time ago, the details were largely announced in a media conference which took place at the Museum Park in Miami last week. Never shy of dominating the global limelight, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Cruises should have three brand new Italian built ships in the water by […]

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Trevor Carmichael, Jepter Ince, Chris Sinckler

Chris Sinckler and David Estwick Saga Continues – Money is Sweeter than Sugar

Originally posted on Barbados Underground:
BU understands the Minister of Finance & Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler will play hardball with the sugar industry deal unless Minister of Agriculture David Estwick appoints BNB Capital Corporation to provide the financing for the new sugar factory. It is being discussed in certain circles that the minister of finance…

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

2015 Budget Ignores Important Tourism Sector

I had hoped to dedicate this week’s column to the new measures put in place announced in the 2015 budget to stimulate spending, especially in the tourism sector. Unless I missed something while trawling through the 57 pages, not a single ‘incentive’ has been announced […]

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Sunil Chatrani: STOP Discounting!

While not attending the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Annual General Meeting recently, if media reports are accurate, the outgoing Chairman is quoted as stating ‘discounts were not the way to attract visitors to these shores’ […].

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Adrian Loveridge

Help Car Rental Sector

Whether travelling on business or pleasure, I usually hire a car, because for me it adds a huge dimension to the experience and dramatically increases the options available. With a budget on the horizon, I implore the Minister of Finance to look again at our car rental sector, if we are going to maintain

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Adrian Loveridge

Incentive Travel the Way to GO!

One of the first and largest groups I brought to Barbados was back in the 70s. Seventy two people in total which included salesmen, their partners, distributors and the company’s senior management. While the firm, Cavalier Caravans, was headquartered in Sweden it had a substantial manufacturing plant in the Eastern English port town of Felixstowe […]

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Barbados Tourism Numbers Achieve Double Digits Growth

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS. May 27, 2015 – Barbados’ tourism sector broke a 25-year record during the first quarter of 2015 to reach 171,471 long stay arrivals.BTMI Chairman, Alvin Jemmott, noted that there were record arrivals in each of the first three months of 2015 and extended his congratulations to all industry workers and partners for their […]

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Adrian Loveridge

Sandals Barbados Not Doing Enough to Help Food Production

First let me declare my absolute and total support for those advocating the use and consumption of more locally produced items especially by our tourism industry. When the head of the Barbados Agricultural Society recently boasted that Sandals Barbados promised to purchase 1,000 pounds of local produce each week, no-one thought to question him as […]

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Adrian Loveridge

Let Us Execute Please!

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was kind enough to invite me and a large number of representatives from both the private and public sector to a half day discussion forum last week. To quote from documentation provided the objective was to ‘Maximise Bridgetown’s economic and cultural activity’ by leveraging ‘existing institutions (tangible and intangible) and infrastructure […]

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Barbados is an Attractive Product

The double positive whammy for our tourism sector last week was the number of English cricket supporters who came for the Kensington staging of the cricket test match and the announcement by JetBlue that it was introducing a weekly seasonal flight on Saturdays non-stop from Boston. From the first flight which began on 7th November […]

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