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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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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Global Tourism on the Increase

When I repeatedly hear that tourism is a fickle and unpredictable industry that cannot be banked on, apart from notably exceptions due to conflict situations, it is difficult not to express a wry smile. According to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Barometer destinations across the globe welcomed 956 million international travellers between […]

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Minister Richard Sealy Should SHUT UP on the HYATT ISSUE

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy would be well advised to keep his mouth shut on the issue of the application by Visions Development Inc. (Mr. Mark Maloney’s company) to construct a 15 storey Hyatt hotel on Browne’s Beach. The Law of Barbados — as spelt out in […]

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The Adrian Loveridge COLUMN – Competition in the Airline Industry a Good Thing

After nearly three years of delays, the US Department of Transportation has finally given approval to what some with vested interests referred to as the ‘controversial’ air carrier permit application of the Norwegian Air Group’s Irish based subsidiary. The application had drawn fierce opposition from legacy carriers including Delta, United and American, as well as […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Supersonic Travel to the Caribbean a Possibility

Already nicknamed the ‘Baby Boom’ the planned introduction of a new supersonic jet could yet prove another wonderful opportunity for Barbados and the Caribbean. Many of us will recall the golden days of British Airways delta wing Concorde arriving early morning into Grantley Adams having left Heathrow, if you allowed for the time zone difference, […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Well Done Sue Springer

As Sue Springer prepares to demit her post as Chief Executive Officer at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, I would like to dedicate this weeks’ column to her amazing contribution to tourism over several decades and around 15 years in her current position. Frankly, I have marvelled at her incredible ability to juggle with […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Making it Cheaper to Travel to Barbados

The British Government is being urged to use the upcoming autumn financial statement to remove Advanced Passenger Duty (APD) altogether in a bid to ensure the UK remains attractive in a post Brexit world. Airlines UK and the Board of Airline Representatives (BARUK) in the UK have teamed up to appeal to Chancellor Philip Hammond. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Visitors Prefer to Eat Local

I have spent much of the last week identifying any restaurants that currently are not in the re-DISCOVER lunch initiative to give them all an equal opportunity to participate in this promotion during 2017. Frankly what surprised me was the number of establishments’ who do not use what amounts to free social media opportunities to […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb and the TAX Conundrum

What can only be described as a battle royal to bring the ‘home sharing platform’ Airbnb into line with the traditional compliant taxpaying alternative accommodation providers is intensifying in the United States. In a recent report by AllTheRooms it is estimated that about US$440 million in tax would be payable if Airbnb had collection agreements […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Anticipating the Repercussions OF THE US Presidential Elections

It seems almost incredulous to think that within a week or so of this column going to press, that the seeming eternity of the United States Presidential election campaign will all be over and the waiting world will know the results and begin to understand any repercussions that it may bring. While not wanting in […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Restaurant Week in Barbados

Officially Restaurant Week Barbados was rolled out by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, recently which actually runs from 22nd October until 5th November leading up until this year’s rebranded Food and Rum Festival. It gives us, as a destination, a wonderful opportunity to highlight our incredible range of restaurant choices and for local farmers and […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Package Holiday the Popular Choice

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has reported a resurgence of their members package holidays and according to them more than half (53 per cent) of British holidaymakers took a package holiday in the last year which represents an increase of 6 per cent on 2015 and a rise of more than 10 per […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Colombian Connection

Last week we had an unannounced visit from one of the Lonely Planet travel editors, Alex Egerton, who is based in Popayan, Colombia. It brought back fond memories of a week that I spent there many years ago and what a scenically beautiful and tremendously diverse country Colombia is. Alex had used the relatively new […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Commercial Banks Must Support SMEs with Accepting Online Payments

Not that I needed any more persuasion, but after participating in the recent Road Runner event (during the just concluded Tourism Week) it reminded me there is still vast untapped potential in tourism that could help return our economy to a healthy and viable state. As some of our larger commercial enterprises continue to downsize, […]

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