Barbados Free Press Have You Seen This Report?
Even in the case of oil-producing Trinidad & Tobago the departure tax from Carnival alone contributes close to a million US dollars to the local economy.
[Source: Strategic Plan for the Entertainment Industry of Trinidad & Tobago, 2006]
In the case of Barbados, the 166-square mile democracy pulls in all of US$45M per annum in departure tax.
[Source: Barbados Free Press – June 22, 2007]
Jamaica, of course, continues to be a regional leader with a record breaking year in terms of visitor arrivals and in measured earnings. We welcomed 3 Million Visitors and cleared US$2B in revenue. The performance on the cruise side of the business not only landed us in the local record books, but copped us the award of number one cruise shipping destination in the WORLD.
Source: Jamaica Information Service
There is an ongoing debate in Barbados about the reach of the Barbados blogs. For those people who doubt that the blogs are read both at home and abroad by important people, they should check-out the quotes above from the speech notes of Minister of Tourism in Jamaica, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett MP, which he delivered to the Jamaica American Chamber of Commerce today.
Yes indeed, Barbados Free Press was cited as a legitimate source by a Minister in the Jamaican government!