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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Six Month Tourism Review

With well over half the year over it’s probably about the right time to look carefully at our long stay visitor arrivals for the first six months of 2017, which at this stage are ‘preliminary’. Virtually every market is up with the two exceptions of Brazil and Germany which showed a decline of 47.8 per […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – A Critique of the Carib Food and Hospitality Exhibition

Having spent three full days, from opening until closing, on a stand at the recently concluded Carib Food and Hospitality exhibition, I feel that I can comment fairly objectively about the first of its kind event to be held on Barbados. First the positive aspects! Great to see the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – No Local ecommerce Product for Small Businesses

After going through a seemingly complex ‘hoops and hurdles’ experience that certainly could not win any user friendly awards, I just wonder if our ‘local’ financial institutions have not missed out in a massive way to assist small businesses to grow and attract additional foreign exchange earnings for the country. We recently tried to set […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Push

I must admit that after hearing the phrase Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after the still to be fully explained 3S SRL (road widening project), then more recently the companies associated with the Barbados Sandals development, CPH Property Holdings and Grand Cass Management, not of course forgetting the Cahill saga, it is perhaps no wonder that […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Barbadian Customers Not Being Respected by Big Business

There seems to be some doubt whether Mahatma Gandhi was the original person who articulated the following quotation, however,t few can doubt the meaning and intent of the message. ‘A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – 2017 Budget Effect on Tourist Spend

I just wonder  prior to the announcement of the last budget if the Minister of Finance sat down with the Minister of Tourism and discussed how the possible implications of the proposed huge price hikes would affect the average visitor, their length of stay and spend. This follows the recent TUI chairman’s pronouncement warning of […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Tourism Stakeholders Must Work Harder

Barbados is just about a month away from hosting the very first Carib Food and Hospitality Show and frankly I have been surprised at the seeming lack of interest expressed by many of our manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and some of the trade organisations dedicated to the interests of their members. As well as filling beds […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Attracting Top Class Hotel Brands Without Concessions

Even for those who have spent years in the tourism industry, the name Belmond, may not at first, mean anything at all. In July 2014 their name was changed from Orient Express Hotels Ltd, which was originally founded in 1976 after buying the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, to Belmond Ltd which now has its headquarters […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Implications for Barbados If Sandals is Sold

Originally carried as an ‘Exclusive’ by Reuters on Wednesday 10th May 2017 under the banner headline Caribbean resort operator Sandals explores sale it took barely hours to spread throughout the travel trade and public media. According to Reuters Sandals Resorts International have hired investment bank, Deutsche Bank AG (DBKgn.DE) ‘to explore several options, including a […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Will Barbados Have to Recruit Hotel Workers to Staff the Hyatt and Sam Lords?

I read with some incredulity an article entitled Hotel school’s funds ‘drying up’ – Principal in another section of the media. Knowing the critical importance tourism is to sustaining our economy and the various, proposed or under ongoing hotel projects around the island, which by all the various figures quoted will necessitate hundreds of skilled […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – What Will be in the Black Box?

As this could well be one of the last Tourism MATTERS’ column before the imminent budget, even if it’s my humble and probably futile attempt to influence Government policy, I would join with those who are far better informed and make a passionate plea that no additional or higher taxes are imposed on the tourism […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Besides Tourism What?

Last week’s column attracted a lot of interest and discussion, with a tiny number inferring that I had a personal agenda, as a hotelier, to obstruct Airbnb and its counterparts, given any opportunity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Since buying a derelict hotel almost thirty years ago, and spending nearly three decades helping […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Participants Possibly Violating Mortgage Agreement

According to a recent UK Telegraph newspaper article, almost 80,000 British home owners are earning income by renting part or all of their homes through Airbnb – ‘and this number is doubling by the year’. The popularity of the short term rentals website was boosted further in last April’s budget when the Chancellor of the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Up De Ting

As we enter the long eight month summer period, I would imagine that our tourism planners have increased their focus on how to maintain both visitor arrival numbers, duration of stay and equally importantly the average spend. As the Chairman of the main trade association recently pointed out, our British visitors are increasingly looking for […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Travel Agents Worth Their Weight in Gold

During my time in Canada, starting back in the late nineteen sixties, I worked as a travel agent in Winnipeg. It was an amazing learning experience and one opportunity that I will always be truly grateful for. I threw my all into attempting to understand all the myriad of complex options and choices, knowing that […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Brexit

While it is very tempting to second guess the possible effects of the now declared Brexit, I think our tourism planners have to be fully cognizant over the implications it may bring. In a recent TravelMole article under the alarming headline ‘UK airlines told to move to EU (European Union) or be forced to axe […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Boutique is the Solution

While I can see all the merits of attracting big brand named hotels, I still feel the destiny for us and at least partially differentiating Barbados as a destination lies with our smaller boutique hotels. Of course I will be the first to admit being biased, but as my personal time as an hotelier is […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – More Local Food

When I hear various vested interests lobby for the greater use of our tourism sector using more locally made and available product, I am a hundred percent behind this concept, but after almost three decades pursuing this ideal, I have to admit that it is not easy as it is made to sound. It should […]

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