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Property Matters – Tobago Sandals

by Afra Raymond Is there a link between the Uff Report and Tobago Sandals? Is Tobago Sandals such a unique opportunity that we ought to adopt unique standards to assess its costs and benefits? What are the various benefits being proclaimed by the supporters of that project? This article will examine some of those claims […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Booking the Best Deal

I have recently spent, what seemed like an extraordinary amount of time and research, mostly driven by budgetary restraints, planning an upcoming trip to the southern state of Georgia in the USA. There are so many of what can only be described as untruths and misconceptions in the tourism industry, it is small wonder that […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Entrepreneurs and Bank Managers Live On a Parallel Planet

This week’s column is a very personal one for which I make no apologies as I sincerely believe this country is at a critical crossroads with very limited decision choices. While not professing for a second to have any special financial skills, the mere fact that I have been in essence, an entrepreneur since the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Should Be Taxed Like Other Businesses in the Sector

According to various media reports the controversial alternative home renting portal, Airbnb has already signed over 300 regulatory tax collecting agreements worldwide. Bearing in mind the cash strapped situation our Government finds itself and the recent imposition of yet more taxes, which according to private sector spokespersons have further dampened spending and any hope of […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Shifting Tourism Gear

While it was branded as a Raffles property, my wife and I were fortunate enough to have stayed at the resort on Canouan Island. Quite frankly for me, it was one of the most enjoyable holidays experienced in my decades of being involved in the tourism industry. Their room rates at the time were way […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Blue Horizon Hotel ‘Given Away’ to Bjerkham

If I have one single regret over the last thirty years, it is that after former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was gracious enough to grant a personal meeting to discuss our small hotel sector and in particular, the then planned GEMS project I did not push hard enough to persuade the PM to abandon what […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Realizing Bree St. John’s Dream for Oistins Town

Every time I drive through Oistins and pass the now demolished former District Hospital and its environs, from a tourism perspective it is difficult not to think what an incredible opportunity we have missed. While the Fish Fry over the years has become one, if not the most visited island attractions there is so much […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Branson Dumps Virgin

As I approach my 52nd year involved in the tourism industry, I have been privileged to work either directly or indirectly with two persons who I consider pioneers of the airline sector in modern times. The first, Max Ward of the Canadian carrier Wardair Canada Limited (later Wardair International), where part of my job was […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Opportunity for Travel Industry to Renegotiate Card Processing Fees

Our British and many of our Continental European holidaymakers look like they are in for a little relief next year. The current annoying and described by HM Treasury as ‘rip-off ‘ surcharges which apply to a large percentage of flight and holiday bookings both in-store and online are scheduled to be banned from 13th January […]

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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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