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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Improving the Link Between Tourism and Agriculture

By the time this publication hits the streets we will be half way through this year’s Tourism Week and I, among several persons have been privileged to join the Starcom Road Runner on Monday morning 26th September. Not only is it a great opportunity to spread awareness of the upcoming Restaurant Week which is actually […]

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PURE Beach = PURE Fantasy

Compiled by Due Diligence It being close to three years since the name PURE Beach Resort & Spa has come up, DD has not thought of it until recently after reading the story Counting on Hyatt. The first five paragraphs are below. Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Hyatt hotel project and the possibility of […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Enticing Film Production Companies With Tax concessions and Related

When I look at my near three decades living on Barbados, it is difficult not to applaud the progress of our fledgling film industry and the key players who have thought past our tiny geographically size and produced world class moving images. However at the same time, I wonder if as a tourism driven economy […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Capitalizing on the Weak British Pound

To partially offset the value of Sterling when compared to other currencies, particularly to the US Dollar, several British tour operators are becoming increasingly more creative to help cushion the holiday cost differential to their clients. Giant Thomas Cook for instance recently introduced an interest-free plan where their customers can spread the overall package price […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Closing Dover Convention Centre Was a Mistake

I was recently involved in helping an overseas organisation source a meeting space and accommodation for around 25 persons for later this month and was surprised just how complicated it became, even though it is taking place in our softer summer period. Despite decisions taken in the past as to where to geographically locate conference […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Endless Possibilities

According to the travel industry research firm, Phocuswright, the San Francisco based home sharing platform, Airbnb will become the fourth largest online travel company in the world by the end of this year. They will trail only after Expedia, Priceline and China Ctrip in terms of annual gross booking value. This has been estimated at […]

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Minister Sealy, No 15-Storey Hyatt Hotel On Dah Beach

Submitted by Anthony Davis Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is hitting back at critics of the decision to build the multi-million dollar Hyatt hotel on Bay Street, the city. “In his contribution earlier this evening to the debate on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Sealy defended the international hotel chain, which he said […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Nothing Much in the 2016 Budget for Tourism

Politics aside, unless I have missed something, there is very little in the budget that will stimulate either domestic or international tourism. Maybe the ability to withdraw up to 15 per cent of registered retirement plans at the lower interest rate of 16.5 per cent tax rate will free a few dollars to encourage a […]

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Presentation to Minister Richard Sealy – Planned Tourism Investment Initiatives 2015 – 2019

Tourism initiatives planned 2015 -2019

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Property Matters – Sandals Tobago?

From the Afra Raymond blog The recent official statements about a proposal for a Sandals Resort in Tobago are significant, given both the convulsions in the Tourism portfolio and the urgent need to diversify our economy away from its long-term dependence on energy earnings. This is a preliminary view of some of the relevant considerations, […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Media House Accused of Erroneous Report

When I read the article ‘Slow Crop Over for car rental businesses’ in one section of the media, I was quite surprised, as the provisional arrival figures and various comments made by politicians, event organizers and policymakers indicated that attendance was good. If the headline has contained the word ‘some’ or ‘a couple’, perhaps it would […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Learning From the Icelanders

My column which appeared three weeks ago, looking at increasing airlift to Barbados through Iceland, attracted many comments, some positive and others very negative! A regular critic questioned, why on earth, would holidaymakers consider going to visit Iceland, or even use it as a transit or connection point. Well the figures seem to speak for […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Garbage Challenge for Denis Lowe

Even residents living within the constituency of the Minister responsible does not guarantee any idea of which day, or sometimes, which particular week, domestic garbage will be collected. And I specifically mention residents, as businesses like ours, even though we live on the premises, which is considered a ‘perk’ and taxable, do not receive any […]

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Come for Crop Over 2016 – Better Late Than Never!

Submitted by Due Diligence Included with July 28 edition of the Toronto Star I received today was the July/August 2016 edition of Horizon Travel & Lifestyle magazine, an advertising/promotional publication for travel destinations. On page 14 there is a full-page sponsored article (by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc – BTMI) titled “Think Summer, Think Barbados“. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – WOW!

I make no apologies in returning to airlift this week because, it is one of the most critical factors in our overall tourism success or failure. Take the United States as a classic example. After over a decade of near stagnation in arrival numbers, new partnerships and existing ones are forged and ‘hey presto’ we […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Offsetting Brexit

Following the Referendum on Brexit, I would imagine the entire outward bound tourism industry in Britain has gone into overdrive to mitigate the effect – both short and long term – that it will inevitably have on their businesses and market share. I have already seen opportunities that ‘we’ as a destination could potentially piggy-back […]

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CTO Q1 Report – Tourists Visiting Barbados Spent MORE

BARBADOS, Bridgetown. July 14, 2016 – Long stay visitors to Barbados spent 20 percent more money during the first quarter of 2016 than during the same period in 2015. These are the findings of the quarterly survey conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on behalf of the destination. According to the report, total visitor […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Bed and Breakfast Pose a Risk

It was of course almost inevitable, but hopefully it will send a very strong message to our tourism planners and policymakers that if we portray ourselves as an ‘iconic’ or ‘aspirational’ destination that there are responsibilities that could arise with the perceived status. After the collapse of a balcony at an Airbnb property in the […]

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