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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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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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