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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Children Approved to Travel During School Period

HARRISON/ SOLENT NEWS & PHOTO AGENCY/TOM HARRISON/ SOLENT NEWS & PHOTO AGENCY For as long as I can remember it has been one of the most contentious laws in the United Kingdom for many years. Until a landmark court ruling last week, local education authorities had the right to charge and judges or magistrates enforce […]

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Cruise Ships Allowed to Spew Toxins in the Caribbean Space

Submitted by Anthony Davis Venice is visited by 10 cruise ships per day. There is no law which stipulates the use of ultra-low-sulphur diesel in the Mediterranean…More and more Germans love cruising the high seas. However, when it comes to environmental protection many passengers and shipping agencies still turn a blind eye. Great expectations are […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – A More Rustic Tourism Product to Add Value

I still find it remarkable that after so many years that such an exceptional property, like Villa Nova remains unsold and empty. Yes of course it has its geographical challenges competing with what is perceived as the traditional form of tourism accommodation, but when you have only 24 or so rooms to fill, there are […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Technology Changing the Airline Industry

The United States Department of Transportation has reported that airlines made more than US$25 billion on after-tax profits in 2015, an increase from US$7.5 billion in 2014. These figures were based on 25 US-based passenger airlines. Pre-tax operating profits were US$28 billion in 2015, up from US$14.6 billion in 2014. According to a USA Today […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – #tourism

With a little more time on my hands I have been reflecting on my early days in tourism. While in Canada, over forty years ago, working for a travel agency I was tempted by an advertisement that appeared in the British Sunday Times and placed by one of the early pioneers in the European travel […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – JetBlue Offers Mouth-watering Opportunities for Barbados

Later this week JetBlue start their new daily non-stop flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) airport to Barbados and it offers tremendous additional potential for our entire tourism industry. It is going to be very interesting how ‘we’ as a country target the Florida market. Of all the fifty states, Florida has the highest percentage of […]

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LIAT AIRLINES, TAXES AND CARIBBEAN TOURISM

Submitted by Robert MacLellan LIAT Airlines has been a vital factor in the commercial and tourism life blood of the Caribbean for decades. However, the company has now had three CEO’s and two Acting CEO’s in the last seven years, evidence of LIAT’s challenges. Commentary on its unfathomable financial strategy, its lack of published accounts […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – What if Brexit?

As we rapidly approach the 23rd June, when Britons will vote in a referendum on whether to stay within the European Union or not, I really wonder if our tourism sector has thought through the potential implications for Barbados. Almost all the industry pundits agree that if they do it will impact negatively in several […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – #re-Discover

For those unfamiliar with TravelMole, to use the company’s own description, it was the first online community for the travel and tourism industry established in 1998. Across their various divisions they publish 15 regular eNewsletters and broadcast hundreds of videos to over 450,000 travel and tourism industry professional registered members and subscribers, as well as […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Cost of Strike Action and Airplane Cancellations

While I would not dream of depriving any ‘worker’ of their fundamental right to withdraw their labour, in the interest of humanity one has to question the timing. Tourism is mostly about people and how the various contributing players interact with each other. Often the first or last person encountered on a visit can make […]

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All-inclusive Concept Killing the Goose

Submitted by Anthony Davis Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Irene Sandiford-Garner today expressed sharp criticism of local tourism businesses, accusing them of lacking innovation. “Speaking in the Senate on the Appropriations Bill 2016, Sandiford-Garner complained that the private sector was not doing enough to extract maximum benefits from tourism – […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – the life of a small hotelier

As we re-enter the softer summer season, the emphasis by many tourism partners is how to use this prolonged traditionally quieter period to enhance, upgrade and generally improve their individual plant or product. Having owned and operated a small hotel for almost three decades, we had a policy of re-investing a substantial part of the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Anbang Chinese Marriott’s Connection

It has now been around five months since Marriott set out to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., initially at a price of US$10.8 billion which would creative a new world’s largest lodging group with a mind boggling 1.1 million rooms, 5,500 hotels spread across over 30 brands. But there is another offer on […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Ready or Not, Here They Come’

While it’s a report expressly focusing on the United States traveller, I wonder if its contents are fairly typical across most of our source tourism markets. Compiled by Monya Mandich who is the Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Expedia Media Solutions titled ‘Experience-Seeking Millennials Are Turning the Travel Trade’. Rather evocatively she […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Opportunities

With a March Easter this year, our geographical climatic advantage soon disappearing and imminently approaching the softer and far more price sensitive eight month summer, we have the added challenge of experiencing radical falls in the currency of two major source markets (Canada and the UK). I hope our tourism planners and policymakers are looking […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – What is the Status of Beaches Barbados?

The decision by the Sandals group to sell one of the hotels they either own or operate in Antigua to competitor Elite Island Resorts raises a number of questions. Like the announced Beaches brand that were ‘planned’ for Antigua and Barbados, both have been delayed and at least in the public domain no definite start […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Send Out An APD

Just when you might think that the subject of the Advanced Passenger Duty (APD) had faded away, the Airport Operators Association (AOA), a trade body who represent 55 airports across the United Kingdom, have made it front and centre once again. They have called on the British Chancellor George Osborne to cut the tax by […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column

Reputations in the tourism industry I suspect in most types of businesses can take decades if not a lifetime to build, but can be lost in seconds, if staff or sometimes management are not appropriately informed and fail to effectively communicate with a common purpose. Out of the blue we received a rather disturbing email […]

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