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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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The Adrian Loveridge Column – 100 million Dollar Budget for Tourism

According to media reports on The Estimates, the amounts of BDS$87.7 million has been awarded to the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) for the fiscal year 2017/2018 and BDS$8.6 million to the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA). At first, certainly in the case of the BMTI these seem like very large amounts of money, but […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Competing to Win!

Leading UK based specialist insurer, Columbus Travel Insurance Services Ltd trading as Columbus Direct recently published the results of a survey which was picked up and carried in most major British newspapers in print and online including mass circulation tabloid, The Sun. Based on the responses of 2,000 British adults it revealed that 16 per […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Level Playing Field Required to Encourage Greater Sector Investment

Sometimes it is fascinating how numbers can be used to create what at best is a false impression and at worse what can simply be described as ‘fake news’. In one media report a Government spokesperson is boasting of the increase one property on the South coast has made to recent arrival numbers. The fact […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Call to Remove VAT On Accommodation and Breakfast to Spur Growth

The Government of Argentina has taken the bold move to remove, with immediate effect, the 21 per cent VAT (value added tax) on accommodation and breakfast, where included in a package element on hotel stays for foreign tourists. There are of course conditions. To qualify, payment must be made by a foreign credit or debit […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Working Harder to Encourage Greater Tourist Interaction in the Bridgetown Area

Frankly I have always felt that it is essential for so many reasons to involve all sectors of the economy, large and small, in the business of tourism. In an interesting experiment the Tourism Foundation, 100 market traders at the Montego Bay Harbour Street Craft Market, have received business training and guidance on what types […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Strikes Strategic Alliance with Resy

Airbnb has taken yet another step in its quest to broaden its influence beyond accommodations, according to a recent article in the industry news source, TravelMole. It has led a US$13 million funding round in the dining booking app Resy Network Inc, which values that company at around US$70 million, not bad for a business […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Argyle International Airport Will Open for Business Soon

Five years later than planned, Argyle International Airport in nearby St. Vincent will officially open on 14th February 2017 at a cost of EC$700 million (roughly US$260 million) including ‘in-kind contributions’. According to a radio interview with Glen Beache, former Minister of Tourism and currently Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Thank You Hotel Workers Everywhere

I can only recall three or four Christmas’s in the last fifty years being involved in tourism that I have not actually been working over the festive period. It goes with the job and around this time those who are not meaningfully employed in the industry should spare a thought for all the persons that […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Global Tourism on the Increase

When I repeatedly hear that tourism is a fickle and unpredictable industry that cannot be banked on, apart from notably exceptions due to conflict situations, it is difficult not to express a wry smile. According to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Barometer destinations across the globe welcomed 956 million international travellers between […]

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Minister Richard Sealy Should SHUT UP on the HYATT ISSUE

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy would be well advised to keep his mouth shut on the issue of the application by Visions Development Inc. (Mr. Mark Maloney’s company) to construct a 15 storey Hyatt hotel on Browne’s Beach. The Law of Barbados — as spelt out in […]

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The Adrian Loveridge COLUMN – Competition in the Airline Industry a Good Thing

After nearly three years of delays, the US Department of Transportation has finally given approval to what some with vested interests referred to as the ‘controversial’ air carrier permit application of the Norwegian Air Group’s Irish based subsidiary. The application had drawn fierce opposition from legacy carriers including Delta, United and American, as well as […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Supersonic Travel to the Caribbean a Possibility

Already nicknamed the ‘Baby Boom’ the planned introduction of a new supersonic jet could yet prove another wonderful opportunity for Barbados and the Caribbean. Many of us will recall the golden days of British Airways delta wing Concorde arriving early morning into Grantley Adams having left Heathrow, if you allowed for the time zone difference, […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Well Done Sue Springer

As Sue Springer prepares to demit her post as Chief Executive Officer at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, I would like to dedicate this weeks’ column to her amazing contribution to tourism over several decades and around 15 years in her current position. Frankly, I have marvelled at her incredible ability to juggle with […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Making it Cheaper to Travel to Barbados

The British Government is being urged to use the upcoming autumn financial statement to remove Advanced Passenger Duty (APD) altogether in a bid to ensure the UK remains attractive in a post Brexit world. Airlines UK and the Board of Airline Representatives (BARUK) in the UK have teamed up to appeal to Chancellor Philip Hammond. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Visitors Prefer to Eat Local

I have spent much of the last week identifying any restaurants that currently are not in the re-DISCOVER lunch initiative to give them all an equal opportunity to participate in this promotion during 2017. Frankly what surprised me was the number of establishments’ who do not use what amounts to free social media opportunities to […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb and the TAX Conundrum

What can only be described as a battle royal to bring the ‘home sharing platform’ Airbnb into line with the traditional compliant taxpaying alternative accommodation providers is intensifying in the United States. In a recent report by AllTheRooms it is estimated that about US$440 million in tax would be payable if Airbnb had collection agreements […]

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