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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Potholes and the Possible Effect On Tourism

It would be interesting to hear from our car rental companies to see if there has been a detrimental consequence as a result of the current and quickly deteriorating condition of our roads. Personally, as an ageing driver I am now very reluctant to drive after dark, especially if it is, or has been raining, […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Useless American AAdvantage miles

Occasionally I get castigated for my concentration on airlift and frankly I make no apologies, until we find another more effective way of getting visitors to Barbados and returning them home. For ten years our US arrival numbers were virtually stagnant, until changes were made in national marketing personnel and the introduction of new airlines. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Research Hotel Before Making Reservation

Over the past two weeks I have been battling online with a major hotel brand and a third party booking company concerning a recent seven night stay in the United States. When you declare a mission statement like ‘as our guest you can expect warm hospitality and clean, comfortable rooms where everything works, to make […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Cashback Can Benefit the Tourism Product

The recent decision of one of our banks to increase the cashback percentage on the purchase of groceries and petroleum products to 4 percent for those selecting to pay by a certain branded credit card raises several opportunities. It is not always easy for the layman to understand the logic of marketing strategies of some […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Hotels Must Meet a Minimum Standard

Franchising has been a long used largely successful tool to grow brand awareness while helping to create a much larger business than perhaps achievable through more conventional means. It’s a great concept but can be-set with all sorts of problems, if not properly managed and controlled. I recently booked a big name budget brand hotel […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Let Barbuda be the Model

For the vast majority of us we can only imagine the heartache, despair and hopelessness that many of our neighbouring islands are still enduring after the passing of Hurricane’s Irma and Maria. Purely, from a tourism perspective I was recently asked to participate on the Antigua based Observer Radio’s current affairs programme, Big Issues to […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Local Hotelier Sounds Off on FLOW ad Ask a Question of Airbnb

Seemingly never far from controversy or hoisting its own petard, Airbnb has recently claimed that it has generated US$6.5 billion for restaurants around the world in the last 12 months. Across the 10 European cities cited in the report, including London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, guests have spent more than Euro 2.5 billion, Euro 700 […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column–“Tourism for Present and Future”

‘Tourism for Present and Future Generations’ is the publicized mission statement for the start of Tourism Week 2017 this week. Despite this country being among the earliest pioneers of tourism within the region, after five decades in the industry, I sometime wonder if ‘we’ collectively have lived up to the role models required to inspire […]

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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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