Notes From a Native Son – Is Brand Barbados As Good As It Is Claimed?

Hal Austin

It comes as no surprise to me that the chief executive of Almond Resorts has been talking to staff at the physically lovely Almond Beach Village in St Peter and Almond Beach Club in St James. As it happens, I have had a nasty and toxic experience with both hotels in October and predicted then that they would soon die a natural death.

First, the business model is dysfunctional, the so-called all-inclusive model, which in my analysis is culturally poisonous, commercially short-sighted and takes not a blind interest of the tourists’ Barbados experience. This archaic and incompetent business model is in part a lot to do with hotel regulators and governments in Barbados (DLP and BLP) who allow this form of business to exist.

Confirmation of this is the silly financial economic claims of a leading Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association leader that to allow Almond Resorts to go to the wall, which it should, would be a ‘systemic risk’ to the Barbados economy. This idiot should be kept as far away from the functioning of the Barbados economy as drug dealer Mr Garcia should be from Barbados.

The collapse of this waste of a business space may be hurtful in as much as people will lose their jobs, and in these economic conditions, that is not nice. But to suggest that it would threaten the entire Barbados macro-economy is such bumkum it is laughable. More important, is the Almond Resorts so-called business model: the idea is that tourists book and pay overseas – at least the ten people I encouraged to book with the company in October for a wedding – and, while in the hotel, all drinks and food are ‘free’.

Ignoring for the minute that there is only so much ordinary people can eat and drink and that Almond Resorts is not a charity, there are also question marks about whether or not guests are permitted to bring friends in to the hotel, even on a visit.

Tourism official do not realise that in many cases the people visiting have had West Indian colleagues and friend, often relatives, who they want to entertain. To give an example, a couple friends of mine were about to get married and, being a good Barbadian, I encouraged them to tie the knot in Barbados. I even told them that Almond Resorts would be a good place to stay. They booked through a company in Sussex, who then passed them on to one in the Southern United States. I am sure all that was perfectly legal and proper, but it nevertheless should be looked at by the taxation authorities in Barbados. How much of that money actually reaches Barbados?

In any case, my wife and I arrived in Barbados the previous week and on the Monday when my friends arrived I met them at the airport. They then travelled on to the Almond Beach Club (they were under the impression they were staying at Almond Beach Village) in the hotel’s own transport and I waited for a cousin arriving from the US. Later that evening I went down to the Beach Village to visit my friends: at the gate, a very nice security guy tried to help, but without success; he passed me on to one of the workers in reception, who worked away on the computer trying to locate my friends – interrogating the data base at both the Village and Beach Club, but without success. On my way back in to Bridgetown, I decided to stop off at the Beach Club to see if they had booked in there. At the gate, a short Napoleon-type figure, with all the unsmiling aggression he could muster, was more concerned that I did not enter the hotel than he was with locating my friends.

When I asked if I could go down to the bar and restaurant to see if I could identify them, since I knew thy had arrived in the country, a young, rather portly man at reception told me I could not. When asked why not: he repeated that it was an ‘all-inclusive’ hotel and the food and drink were free and management did not want guests drinking and eating too much. I then left my telephone number with the little Napoleon and asked him to give my number to my friends, if he located them.

By the way, my wife and I are black; all the other members of the party were white, English, but Napoleon took it upon himself to point out, as explanation for his failure to identify my friends: “Man, I could not find any dark skinned people down there.” I had to point out to him I did not mention anything about skin colour.

The following morning I still did not receive a call, so I drove again to the Beach Club. Same messing around by so-called security – who even tried to prevent me from parking in the empty car park – only this time one of the bag lads took it upon himself to take me down to the beach to look for them. This was on condition that my wife remained at reception – effectively as hostage, in case I ran off with the food.

On walking on to the beach, the very first group of people I met were my friends, who understandably thought I had abandoned them. I told them the story and they were shocked. No-one had approached them, they were not given my telephone number and, in fact, the engaged couple had been flooded out of their room and had to move.

I can go on about this long litany of incompetence and dysfunctionality, but will end with three other points: we went to the bar for a quick drink and to watch football (soccer) on television, but when the barman was asked to turn on the television he said it was not his job, an example of good customer relations.

The wedding was at the Village and the reception at the Beach Club, so the bride was being driven to the Village by the hotel’s own van, but when she tried to take on board the suitcase with her wedding dress the driver told her she could not; passengers were not allowed to take luggage on board. To cut a long story short, the couple had to pay Almond Resorts US$150 for my wife and I to attend the dinner on the Friday evening, which we did not eat because we were in a rush to go to Oistins for real food.

To cap it all, and, horror horrors, when they left the marriage relation counsellor was off sick so they could not get their marriage certificate. All this was told to tourism and hotel officials. When I was called at home by the Resort’s personnel officer, she laughed as I told her about the Fawlty Towers customer relations; to this day she has not provided an explanation or apology for that catastrophe posing as customer relations.

Just imagine this gross incompetence, this dysfuntionality, this bogus nonsense of a business model being repeated on numerous occasions day after day and you get the picture. Government and tourism officials must take this behaviour seriously because the brand being damaged is not the only Almond Resorts, but Brand Barbados.

So, after 50 years and hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars, this is the mess that masquerades as a tourism sector. I now understand that Ralph Taylor, the chief executive, is discussing with staff a management buy-out. Now this is an example of how the national insurance can invest in the tourism sector.

41 thoughts on “Notes From a Native Son – Is Brand Barbados As Good As It Is Claimed?


  1. To be fair to Colin Jordan head of the BHTA he seemed to be concern about the fact Almond represents 600 rooms, no?

    Of interest is the fact Ralph Taylor, Chairman of Almond was Chairman of the BTA for many years. The BU family may recall we cited this as a bad move at the time.


  2. Again, yet Another nail striking piece by Sir Hal Austin. He clearly and proficiently demonstrates how BOTH the BLP AND DLP had a BIPARTISAN HAND in setting up the nation’s “economy” in the way it is today. I cannot even call it an economy, because it is essentially an APARTHEID that has no formal legal description. Yet it is practiced economically in this sad excuse of a nation.

    BAJANS wake up! YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS YOU SET UP LIKE CHATTEL!


    • If this scenario played out as described by Hal then the employees being encouraged to take a 10% cut in salary and invest in a buyout should tread with caution.


  3. @Hal Austin,

    Bajans haven’t changed in the last 50 years.
    Any low life white foreignah with a little tact an a $10 US or Euro would probably been told,” just walk down dey man.duh musse by de bar or pun de Beach.

    These Hoteliers need to teach their staff how to deal with people.

    And the nonsense about food is ridiculous. The probably throw 20% of the food everyday at an all inclusive.


  4. The only person who has ever made any money out of Almond is their CEO
    remember when BST thought of selling Almond some years ago there was a hue & cry white people selling a poor little black boy you would have thought that a national treasure was being sold!!!!!!!
    N&M is going to sell Almond pure & simple the St. Lucian property has been sold and so will the remaining hotels, both N&M & GEL have written off their investment.
    If I was an employee I would be really scared of the future have some problems with them asking the rank & file & to cut 10%, they should get a 5% cut and the CEO etc a 10% or higher. Thats what Williams Industries did.


  5. “I was called at home by the Resort’s personnel officer, she laughed as I told her about the Fawlty Towers customer relations; to this day she has not provided an explanation or apology for that catastrophe posing as customer relations.”

    WHY are we employing women who laugh at people with concerns and complaints???
    WHY do they laugh at other people’s misfortune???
    WHAT is wrong with our women-kind in Barbados ??


  6. The Almond Beach hotel does not allow Barbadians to get past the door. To the left of the hotel is a short-cut to the beach. For years locals had used this entrance, from where you could easily get on to Sandy Lane beach or the beach to the right of the Almond (now overrun with construction rockstones) that they now call Beachlands because of the sign that is there – and the fact that a hotel by the same name is to be built there.

    Anyhow, Almond Beach napoleons – and they may be within their right as the official beachfront entrance is opposite the old Coach House or down before the old Cheffette. But who wants to go down there when there
    is a serial rapist who operated in that area who has still not been found? And who wants to walk all down to Coach House to get to the safer beach? So, Almond Beach staff are generally not courteous and will ensure you get out of there fast, fast. We do note that if we were white, no one would ever know the difference. But that is Barbados for you. Poor we, we can’t help the skin colour we have. I emphathize with Native Son.

    The model that was so heralded the all inclusive model, needed to be abandoned years ago. Jamaicans are now complaining about not being allowed on their own beaches, something that would have been unheard of in the early 90s because all inclusives was still a new concept. I would agree that it appears to have been derailed by a new and different kind of tourist though I am not competent to speak on the subject. It only seems reasonable to assume that time has given lie to the sustainability of the model.

    Tourists are people after all. There is something else about West Coast tourism that has changed and its the very tourist who is no longer as elitist as let’s say a decade ago. I get this from people I speak to on the West Coast – tourists. Also, the Almond Beach no longer has a beach – it’s really lost the shoreline – and the soil where trees are when last I visited is caking up. You can actually see the roots of some trees — you can not easily walk along the beach. Its a pity but true. I feel that Almond Beach’s problem, along with the obvious challenges with good service, has to do with the glaring environmental degradation that has taken place there.

    The hotel plant itself is old and run down. People have been complaining. How can you save the Almond Beach? Completely new management and staff – a culture of incompetence, hiring and firings exists there with apparent dictator(s) in charge. Staff blame management; management blame staff. Never the twain shall meet. If I was a member of staff there, I don’t know that I would want to invest. I would be already so morally deflated by all that appears to go on – or not there. Some staff try very hard. Others do not care at all. That’s my take on Almond Beach. Having lived within five minutes walk from there. i heard a lot about it before the big story broke.

    You can’t rebuild what’s already been broke for so long, unless there is a fundamental change in operational culture. The All inclusive model can take some blame. But its the people dynamics that’s most at fault at Almond. Where did they lose control? Only they have the answer to that mystery.


    • BU had in mind for some time to post a comment about the Almond situation. There is the view to which we subscribe, like it or not, that tourism is a strategic asset. Although it contributes less than 20% to GDP its cascading impact to the economy of Barbados is well documented. How on earth we could have allowed outside interest who have no track record in the business of tourism to buy significant chucks of our tourist plant is abominable. How could Ralph Taylor et al have allowed the plant to become so run down over the years on the domestic front while still engaging in expansionist business strategies is mindboggling. When the script is written about Almond and possibly its demise it will tell a sorry tale. Here is another case of incestuous relationships with Ralph Taylor and David Rice at the apex of it.


  7. David, unless and until the vast majority, but politicians in particular, stop putting their own needs ahead of the needs of Barbados the farragoes you have eloquently used Almond Beach to illustrate will never go away, Corporate greed and institutional incompetence fuelled by individual selfishness and self aggrandisement are the primary causes. Almond Beach is not the only shite hole in Barbados’ world of tourism but the few there are all have the above flaws in common. Sadly, the current mob of lick spittle in Parliament as a whole are doing dam all about it and, it would seem, intend to do dam all about it! You are correct to point out that, at 20% of GDP, tourism is not the ‘be all and end all’ of Barbados but why, whatever the percentage, let bits of it turn to shite. It shouldn’t matter what the percentage is – even if it was less that 1% there should be a sufficiently large enough thread of national pride running through it to make sure it is a dam good % and a credit to Barbados and her people. Bajan is best, no doubt – but only Bajans can maintain the necessary standards indefinitely.


  8. Almond Beach Club – 395 rooms
    Almond Beach Club – 161 rooms
    Almond Casuarina – 280 roooms

    Total 836 rooms

    This is according to their own website – NOT the 600 so often quoted.

    Some very interesting questions have been posed here and I think many of them have to be answered.
    BDS$94.4 million allocated to the BTA for fiscal year 2012/2013 according to the quoted estimates, yet still no Tourism Master Plan, White Paper or BTA restructuring.
    Whats the expression?

    ‘Spinning in mud’


  9. Adrian Loveridge has said all along that Almond and Ralph Taylor should have heeded the feedback posted on TripAdvisor through the years.


  10. @ Adrian Loveridge | March 9, 2012 at 4:43 AM |
    “BDS$94.4 million allocated to the BTA for fiscal year 2012/2013 according to the quoted estimates, yet still no Tourism Master Plan, White Paper or BTA restructuring. Whats the expression? ‘Spinning in mud’ ”

    This is more than spinning. It’s downright shameful. Imagine the person assigned ministerial responsibility for the promised restructuring and re-branding of this vital industry has been on the job for over 4 years.

    All we have to show are more run-down and decaying plants, “massaged” increases in number of arrivals even if in transit to the cruise ships, reduced spending and receipts.
    Here is another classic example of the “peter principle” at work. We all know that a deputy is essential but to be elevated to that position by means of incompetence and failure to deliver on promises is indicative of the state of political play in this once well-run country. Both captain and vice captain in charge of a team that don’t know its elbow from its arse. Even the current West Indies cricket team would look like a young Garry Sobers in performance when compared to this 13th rate band who the umpire has given out but refuse to return to the pavilion. But as the saying goes: In a sea of garbage crap would always float t o the top.


  11. Mr. Clyde Mascoll writing in his column – WHAT MATTERS MOST – in the Daily Nation Newspaper, Thursday, March 8, 2012, stated the following: “Public policy must kick in once there cannot be a full recovery of assets but it must have clarity of purpose, certainty of incidence, consistency and cost effectiveness. Given the self-imposed fiscal crisis confronting the Government, it is important to carve out a role for the Government in the CLICO affair that satisfies the four Cs identified above”.

    It is this type of fimbling, fumbling and fidgeting that is assisting in putting Barbados were it is at now – on a trajectory towards becoming the a second rate Third World Developing country in the next 10 – 15 years.

    So, instead of Mr. Mascoll setting out to deal with the fundamentals of how insurance companies (not insurance brokers) usually take portions of the incomes, payments and transfers of persons – natural and legal ( we are here only dealing with such cases where these companies take monies via pensions plans, life insurance policies, or the type that are like the EFPA at CLICO – or any of those ones that are investments for the future ), and wherefore how they would have agreed or promised to return the agreed value at or after specific times – and, thus, are really seen to have been paying for the cost of the use of money – whenever they return the agreed value to the particular policy holder or investor, Mascoll would have set about pre-maturely dealing and less than clearly with what he calls a policy initiative by the Opposition, in his column.

    Mr. Mascoll – so-called economist – must be told that all insurance companies in Barbados are structured fundamentally wrongly in terms of how and what they take from the public – premiums, and then so in light of what they and policy holders agreed with in cases where they are successful claims made by policy holders against these companies for insurable losses – the companies end up paying out these big sums to the policy holders, that they would have originally agreed with, or somewhere near those amounts, in actual cases where they happen.

    The fact is that, in such cases of the business of insurance, all insurance companies must seek to diversify their risks of paying out too much from too few portfolios against what they cannot really afford when providing a very short menu of coverage – which means fewer premiums than perhaps they would like to support their pay out schemes, in esp. this very competitive particular pseudo-financial institutional environment.

    Hence, the possible bid by Parris and company to later take CLICO Holdings up to that point where it could go no further before going down on a path of definite marginal reduction then total destruction to becoming like what it is now – the now very failed, now very tarnished CLICO brand.

    No wonder why CLICO was perhaps driven into going into other non-insurance areas like construction, real estate, mortgage finance, old hotels, corporate financial speculation, etc. and which was made worse with the building of spanking new offices and other excesses – to balance all those pre-existing risks, and when faced with the real consequences of such fundamental disarrangements, in its early days of growth and expansion!!!

    The fact of the effects being felt by CLICO, as a result of the insurance sector being structured so fundamentally wrong, were obviously aggravated further by some completely bad management decisions having been taken over the years by CLICO Holdings and its parent overseas.

    Thus, there clearly needs to be fundamental reform of the insurance sector in Barbados.

    Here are three things, out of other things, that a future PDC Government will do relative to the insurance sector:

    1) Ensure that insurance companies become partnerships, whereby only partners (now called employees) will be the only owners of such enterprises – having altogether the right to make and okay ALL critical decisions on the behalf of the partnerships, and the right to access ALL information about the enterprises critical to the making and okaying of such decisions;

    2) Ensure that those insurance partnerships will only satisfy claims for losses to the extent of the total amount of money/value that would have been actually put into the respective insurance partnerships to provide cover for those likely or actual losses minus their percentage costs of helping administrate the partnerships – rather than having successful claims based on agreed sums which go way beyond what is actually put in by policyholders in premiums; and,

    3) Ensure that insurance partnerships are barred from investing those premiums into any other non-insurance businesses, and that insurance partnerships are barred from having subsidiaries that relate to construction activity, real estate activity, housing activity, tourism activity or whatever else non-insurance activity.

    Now back to Mr. Mascoll and his so-called policy initiative.

    We must ask him how does he reconcile the view that “the company (CIL) is chronically short of the necessary assets required to cover its policyholder liabilities and as such the shareholders of the company have no residual equity interest”, with his position that “all the assets of CLICO Holdings Barbados Limited that rightly belong to CLICO International Life go back to that company”? How does he really seek to reconcile such? How will that be done, when CLICO Holdings is/are broke?

    Finally with regard to his view that “government allows affected policyholders to write off any shortfall of income associated with the recovery of assets against their tax liability with the government over a five to seven year period”, he must be told that those policyholders and investors would have already had their incomes, payments or transfers TAXED, whereof the policyholders and investors were left with what remained – some of which were their savings accumulated over periods of time and that became basis of, say, the EFPA.

    Too, this nonsense about their OWING government taxes in the future is just foolish nonsense!!

    Furthermore, there is no way that anybody could owe a thieving, TAX stealing government anything.

    PDC


  12. There is a reason why the Tourism Product of Barbados is affected by Almond resorts. Those in the business would know that Almond Markets itself as a 4* product. It is no longer considered by the tour operators to be anything more than a 3* product. ( Those of us who have worked there knew that all along!!) Since contracts with the tour operators are signed a year in advance those tour operators are now obliged to find alternative 4* rooms to those 800+ rooms. We do not have alternatives in Barbados and therefore the tour operators may need to relocate to guests to another island!!!! Should the company go under we lose 800+ rooms – 12% of the product!!! How many jobs will be lost 2000+??? According to my sources the staff are not interested in this buyout unless the boss goes – however it may already be too late!!


  13. @ David | March 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM |

    Maybe RT is a product from the same crucible that produced the LP prototype.


  14. This has to be comedy hour, one would’ve thought that someone with the intelligence of Hal Austin would’ve followed standard and common sense procedure by going to the receptionists at both Hotels with his party’s names for any enquires.
    All inclusive properties adhere to the same terms and conditions all over the world. It’s common knowledge that one has to pay a fee if they wish to entertain unregistered guests
    What’s the point, you’re trying to make Hal.
    I am not one to bring personalty into any discussion, but Hal, people like you should stay away from BIM cos you you seem to have a problem with the strides that our contry has made over the years.
    On the behalf of all proud BARBADIANS, Hal Austin,
    ‘Thanks but no Thanks’


  15. @ Ken R.Smith | March 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM |

    What point are you trying to making? If you read Hal’s article properly you would not come (with a grain of commonsense and intellect) to that stupid conclusion.

    “Later that evening I went down to the Beach Village to visit my friends: at the gate, a very nice security guy tried to help, but without success; he passed me on to one of the workers in reception, who worked away on the computer trying to locate my friends – interrogating the data base at both the Village and Beach Club, but without success.”
    “I then left my telephone number with the little Napoleon and asked him to give my number to my friends, if he located them.”
    “The following morning I still did not receive a call, so I drove again to the Beach Club.”

    Don’t the above statements lifted from Hal’s article say anything to you?
    What would you have done in you were in Hal’s position? Just forget about your friends that you invited to visit Barbados? Wouldn’t you be concerned about their safety in a foreign land knowing full well they were transported from the Airport?

    No wonder Barbados is in such a terrible state when jingoistic and narrow-minded people like you have say in the running of the deteriorating place.
    “Tourism is our business, let’s play our part” is the motto you seem to want to replace with: “Frig the damn visitors like Hal, we don’t want them bout hey and ga back whey ya come from”!


  16. Why take Clyde Mascoll seriously. He went up and down the country accusing the Barbados Labour Party of all kinds of corruption about GEMS and JAWS and look where he is now.
    He even brought a no-confidence motion against them.
    He has a credibility problem.


  17. Hal Austin may not know it but the type of discrimination that he refers to has been always present in the hotel sector.I think the prominent Smith family successfully sued a major hotel for suchrimination many moons ago.
    A very good article. Both these parties are guilty of a multiplicity of mis deeds


  18. @David
    your first comment on this post and your lat comment speaks volumes. The moniker of “too big to fail” is being tacked on to Almond now as well… watch out.


  19. My initial point of contact was reception at the Beach Club and security at the Village, for obvious reasons. I was courteous, as usual, at all times.


  20. A great article by Hal Austin. By the way, I understood it to be a management buy-out, not a staff buy-out, but I may be wrong. Either way, can anyone figure where Ralph Taylor would get the funds for such a buy-out? Consider this as a personal business plan: I use the politics of race to stay in charge of an operation which the shareholders wanted to sell. I then run the business into the ground, and allow the plant to deteriorate so that N&M will be happy to sell it for a song. I snap it up for nothing, close it down and sell it at its real value as prime beach front land, and walk away with a fortune. I think it was Miller above who said that Taylor and LP were forged in the same crucible.


  21. To: Tudor
    Your statement (quote) “If I was an employee I would be really scared of the future have some problems with them asking the rank & file & to cut 10%, they should get a 5% cut and the CEO etc a 10% or higher. Thats what Williams Industries did.” (unquote) is fallacious, unless you are referring to a Williams Industries that is not domiciled in Barbados has no connection with Bizzy Williams.


  22. I am not convinced that the root problem at Almond is with the “all inclusive” model.
    Service quality in hotels in Barbados is generally not that great. Some staff are really good but the overall perception that a visitor has is brought down by the number of surly “can’t do” people and the lack of attention to detail.
    Dinner at an un-named West Coast hotel a few weeks ago was a good example. They had no Banks or Carib. The Coke had run out. There were no napkins on the table. When we asked for napkins they did not bring them. The bill was delivered just after the dessert – without us asking for it, and without us being asked if we would like anything else.
    I was left thinking that we guests were unwanted intruders who just made life difficult for the staff.


  23. @millertheanunnaki

    Thanks for the compliments, but it seems that you are so intelligent that simple facts seems to travel on a different path to your’ full of yourself intellect’, read my comments buffoon and hopefully something will stick between that vacant space in your head.,
    I find it unbelievable that guests would have been checked in, at any Hotel In Barbados, and the receptionist would not have a record of such.


  24. GEEEEZ Austin had a bad experience at Almond Beach and concludes that the business model is “dysfunctional”. The Tourism/Hotel industry is not a “one size fits all” there is room for all types of models, some people will prefer the all inclusive models and others will prefer to have options on what they do after they get to their destination.

    One thing that a business cannot survive is bad management; if one is managing a hotel or building widgets if he/she is incompetent the business will fail. Look no further than one of the most successful Corporations in the world Apple Corp, Steve Jobs was one of the founders and built a successful Company until he was fired by the Board. After eleven years when Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy they brought him back and the rest is history.

    About the “Security Guards” types etc. what’s the saying? Give someone keys and they think that they are Boss; these Security Guards are the descendants of the Black Overseer who was in charge of the field workers. When one was a small boy if you passed by a Cane field during the Crop Season when the canes were being harvested and asked “Mr. B can I have a piece of cane?’ The likely response if you did get a response was “two joints no more”


  25. Let me put a ‘simplistic’ question to you then!
    Are you calling Hal a ‘simple’ liar? Or are you implying that the managers and workers at the resort in question should be fired and the place closed down?
    Jusk Asking???? No ad hominens, please!


  26. Negative experiences always shapes one’s perceptions Hotel owners/Operators can choose their own business model not sure it has anything to do with Gov’ts of any stripe.Gov’t ‘s just glad when the tourists show up.

    As to the employees they are us, we are them, we respond to what we know and how we are trained.


  27. @David

    Granted, there may be problems at Almond but it doesn’t mean the whole concept is “dysfunctional”. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.


  28. Ralph Taylor was my neighbour a number of years ago.

    Let’s just say that I was very, very surprised to discover that he was a senior player is Barbados’ tourism industry.


  29. native son ? are you a Arawak or Carib Indian?
    you are an import from Africa try to remember that.
    and what a good job you all are doing on Barbados!


  30. @ harry | March 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM |

    Don’t worry too much, harry! The tsunami soon come to fulfill our wishes and take back the artificial beaches. Nature has a final way of putting us in our place.


    • hotels closing down and abandoned yet they building more.?
      this could only be serious money laundering going on.
      for sale right next to new building developments.
      are we all blind?????


  31. the most problems with the tourist is the constant bothering of them on the beach by vendors selling crap jewelery made in china and allow Vera massages and weed and generally nasty looking guys bothering and touching the tourist.
    in places like Hawaii this is illegal.do bajans think tourist are stupid if they want a souvenir they can go to a store .simple who wants some nasty smelly man bothering your wife for a massage and just walking the beaches looking to rip off some tourist.


  32. @ harry | March 16, 2012 at 7:31 AM |
    “hotels closing down and abandoned yet they building more.?
    this could only be serious money laundering going on.
    for sale right next to new building developments.
    are we all blind?????”

    Smart! That’s what you call thinking outside the bajan laundry basket. Before our very eyes yet we can’t see the dirty linen once green turning to grey concrete.

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