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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Tourism Sector in Barbados on the Rise

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Breakfast Press Conference held recently Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and trying to put partisan politics aside, in my humble opinion it was one of the best presented meetings of its kind that I have ever attended on Barbados. Apart from the many representatives of the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column–Delivering a Pristine Destination

Some years ago we pioneered a concept that was dubbed Tourism Enhancement Month. The simple idea was to persuade our paint manufacturers and suppliers, hardware, equipment rental and landscape companies to extend an extra discount to what was then our 100 plus small hotels during what is traditionally one of the quietest months, September. The […]

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Sandals Barbados Withhold Stipend

It has been brought to the attention of BU that Sandals Barbados has been training prospective employees for 10 weeks, 8 hours per day, 5 days a week WITHOUT paying them a stipend to pay bus fare or buy a sweet drink. BU understand they do get a free lunch! To rub salt in the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Cushioning a Weak Canadian Currency

Is there any creative way that our tourism planners can turn the current depleted value of the Canadian Dollar against its US counterpart into an advantage? One means could be by enticing the massive United States populace who live along the border to use a Canadian airport to reach us. Take for instance flights with […]

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The Loveridge Column – Secret to Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes maybe is not a travel company that immediately comes to mind when thinking of booking a holiday, but, they have created a loyal discerning and massive following in a relatively short time. Founded only in 2010 by Alex Saint and Tom Valentine, who trace their careers back to Unilever, eBay and fashion brand […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Fuel Charge Adjustment

According to a statement issued recently, the 200 plus airline members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are poised to deliver a higher than forecast record profit in 2015 and should see a further earnings increase in 2016, literally ‘fuelled’ by oil prices near seven-year lows. Profits for last year are estimated at around […]

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The Spectre of Baha Mar

Under even normal conditions when times are good, even in the 14 years the Barbados Labour Party was in office, not even then [would we get such a low interest rate],” he said…Very few funders…in the world would lend a developing country the size of Barbados and with the issues facing Barbados financing at the […]

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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 […]

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Elegant Hotels Group a Model for Success

Hearty congratulations to the CEO, Sunil Chatrani and his team at Elegant Hotels Group plc on their latest results for financial year ending 30th September 2015. Included in the highlights is overall revenue up 4.3 percent to US$60.1 million, RevPAR (revenue per available room) up 4.9 percent to US$255, ADR (average daily rates) up 5. […]

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re-Discover Restaurant Promotion an Asset

If I had to identify one of the single biggest challenges restricting the growth of the re-DISCOVER restaurant promotion, other than funding and the inability to obtain VAT refunds, it would be to persuade some of our tourism partners to fully embrace the concept of revenue control. It is now a fully accepted ‘given’ that […]

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Time to Win Back the ‘Middle Class’ Visitor

Submitted by Andrew Nehaul In the early 1970’s it seemed that the marketing policy of the Barbados Board of Tourism was literally ”Fill Sandy Lane and the other hotels will fall into line” […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – More Opportunities

As we enter the peak winter season, for many tourism partners, especially the smaller accommodation providers, the next four months play a critical if not pivotal period in the long term survival of many businesses […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Garbage and Tourism

I am always extremely reticent to stray away from the intended objective and topic of this column, there comes a point when every concerned resident has to speak up to help […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Opportunities Abound

It’s now over five years since we organised and held the last re-DISCOVER the Caribbean Show and wonder if the timing is now right to resurrect the event again, especially as there are positive signs being shown by LIAT […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Millennials May Prefer Cuba

When you look carefully at long stay visitor arrival figures over the last twelve years from the United States to Barbados, at least until this year, it’s frankly a dismal picture. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Non Stop Service Los Angeles to Barbados is Possible

Is the launch of a direct nonstop service between Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast and Barbados an impossible dream? Personally I do not think so. Los Angeles to Barbados is 3,931 miles (Great Circle) or 3,416 nautical miles, […]

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Customer Service is the KEY to SUCCESS

Following last week’s column, I had a surprising and very welcome email from Terry Layne, jetBlue’s man in charge of Barbados, who took the time to comment on my observations. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – jetBlue is Coming!

More good news with the announcement that jetBlue will commence a daily flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) airport to Barbados from April next year, opening up a second main gateway from the South Eastern United States. Depending on the final flight times, it also may present […]

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