Staying Competitive In The Tourism Business

Adrian Loveridge – Owner of Peach & Quiet Hotel

If you took a straw poll asking who is the most respected broadcasting source, I am sure that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) would be up there, probably at the top of the list. Therefore if a seasoned producer from that esteemed organisation, filmed and presented a professionally made short video, portraying Barbados from a very unusual perspective, wouldn’t it be of interest? Apparently, not, because our national marketing organisation didn’t even bother to acknowledge receipt of this, and other videos submitted.

I cannot recall just how many times I have heard this from various people, over the years and it graphically reminds me of one of my own personal experiences. I am not going to indicate exactly the year it happened, as the then CEO has moved on, hopefully to other avenues where his skills can be better exploited.

Entirely on my own volition and expense, I travelled down to Brazil for a week, flying from Bridgetown to Paramaribo (Surinam), Cayenne (French Guyana) and then Belem, with SLM Airways. I met with senior executives of the airline and METS, the long established travel organisation, who were both keen to grow a route between Belem and Barbados, which is only 1,258 miles, or a flying time of around two and a half hours. Then with their representatives in Brazil, major tour operators, travel agents and even the head of what is now Belemtur, the tourism marketing agency of Para State. At that time, even with over 20 connecting city possibilities to other Brazilian cities, a resident population of around 7.5 million people within close proximity of Belem airport, it was still critical to view it as a holistic approach to what was deemed then, a new emerging market.

We also carefully looked at the incredible agro-processing sector in North Brazil, because airfreight charges could play a vital role in the economics of the route. I wrote a detailed report, based on my meetings, offering suggestions on how ‘we’ could possibly implement such a plan and hand-delivered it to the Harbour Road, BTA offices. I also discussed my findings with the Brazilian Ambassador to Barbados at that time, who expressed enormous interest. Weeks went by, with at no time receiving any acknowledgement of the evaluation , until one evening, while attending one of the many ‘cocktail’ parties. Also present was the BTA CEO/President, and I shall always remember his response, when asking if he had seen my detailed observations. To this day, it frankly still shocks me. ‘Well we can’t respond to everything, you know’.

Even with a staff compliment of over 130 persons, I suppose he was right. But I wonder just how many other enthusiastic persons, with ideas and concepts they feel have merit, are just left disillusioned and their time has been wasted. There appears to have been a notable increase in the number of visitors commenting on our tourism product and performance in the local press recently and through the various social media sites.

If ‘we’ plan to stay in the tourism business, it is absolutely critical that we respond in a timely manner. Otherwise, even seasoned visitors may just get the impression that we do not truly value their business and move on to one of the very many other destinations on offer.

0 thoughts on “Staying Competitive In The Tourism Business


    • Chairman of the BTA reported in the press that some initiatives the BTA has been working on to drive traffic will be revealed shortly. We wait!


  1. These folks are in way over they heads and the people in Barbados are paying the price. However we will all wait and see.


  2. Sorry, but I hope that there’s more to the Rihanna promotion that what we see here. Frankly, the person in the photos could be anybody. Are these stills from a video, or poster ads?


  3. @Adrian Loveridge

    “it is easier for the camel to get through the needle of a gate…” than you or anyone who wishes to get serious traction from government or quasi-government entities which are led by people with the brains of the north bound end of a south bound cow.

    The problem with many of these organisations is that they are, by dint of the entrenched Public Service regulation, led by persons who by reason of seniority are appointed to positions that are way above their thinking capacity.

    It is much like giving your old Skoda to your teenage daughter who you know can only drive at 20 miles per hour because her thinking and response time is at that level and expecting her to go on the ABC highway (of Tourism, Health, Education, Finance etc) and expecting her to miraculously acquire the skills to drive that car in bustling traffic.

    After a while Mr. Loveridge you will realize that what you pray for is Peace and Quiet (no pun intended) for you during your allotted years and your siblings during their time here and (i) you arm them with sufficient resources that when the meltdown comes that they are armed (with guns too if necessary) to cope with the economic fallouts that we experience due to these incompetents manning the helm of our economic ship or (ii) make sure that they are residents or have dual citizenship in other metropoles where a modicum of competence resides.

    Only “revolution” is going to change this lackadaisical attitude. You can be assured that he would have read your document but was in the process of having his buddies outside of the BTA formulate a private sector proposal for submission to the BTA board which he and his cronies would approve later.

    That is how business is done in Barbados a la Dennis Lowe/Michael Lashley style, bring a black suitcase to the meeting with the money and you see how quickly whatever hair-brained idea/scheme/plot to rape the average Bajan is adopted.

    One day coming soon, my people will rise up… plagiarism from a calypsonian of regional renown


  4. Good to hear the BLP will be reaching out to the people by staging a few talk forums. BU hopes that independents take the opportunity to grill the opposition about their policies.


  5. Will elections day be in the week of January 9th……or before ?, can’t see some having the gall to exceed the party convention and over shoot…would seem desperate …..Given that 3 weeks after nominations day a day could be set…..NOW SOME SAY LISTEN OUT …any day! Talkin about “to D baller”….WOW !


  6. @ David | November 5, 2012 at 7:59 AM |

    PM Stuart has confirmed that the Transport Board will NOT be privatized or divested in any form under his DLP administration. Public transport along with health and education will always remain under the wings of his government and free or heavily subsidized even to those who can afford to pay.

    Bajan students can therefore expect to attend UWI with the tuition and economic costs fully underwritten by any DLP administration.

    So what about the statutory corporations involved in broadcasting (CBC), agriculture, etc?
    All we can say to you Mr. PM Stuart that these words will come back to haunt you just like your promise to return to CLICO policy holders the principal component of their investments in total disregard to the JM’s recommendations.

    We ardently await your party’s return to government after the next round of general elections to witness your volte-face (if you are not ousted the next day after the elections) and a replay of the 1991/92 visit to the IMF doctor but on this occasion the medicine will be compounded 3 times as bitter.


  7. @Miller
    All we can say to you Mr. PM Stuart that these words will come back to haunt you just like your promise to return to CLICO policy holders the principal component
    ****************************
    Nah boi…..you can make all kinds of promises..when you know you may not be around.

    It is called catching at straws…..win whut


  8. Elections date will be disclosed with in the next 2 weeks…. watch ..maybe Friday…who betting ? Friday nite at the Ole Mere….got insider info…


    • @Buggy

      Shared you pic on Facebook. Perhaps it will make a difference.

      On 5 November 2012 22:07, Barbados Underground


  9. When a company or country has a misconception of the true value of their goods and services they offer they will have a very rude awakening. No one wishes to take the bull by the horns because everyone is afraid of being kicked out of a job. When the job kicks them out to face the bull, all hell will break loose!


  10. Wait Islandgal…. You sounding like a bush gal yuh 🙂

    LOL it is much worse when individuals have a misconception of the REAL true value and potential of their lives…. They chase after total nonsense and shadows, neglecting the real thing…


  11. I went to a party Friday night and a young lady told me she and her boyfriend going to Montego Bay next week.She was concerned it might be rainy.

    I told her even if it is rainy it will still be hot even if she has to spend time indoors.

    She said but I want to lie in the sun every day.

    I am still waiting for a Canadian to tell me they are going to the Caribbean for some new cultural experience.

    Sea,Sand,Sun and Party.

    Tourism master plan must be to clean Barbados and make the Tourist experience pleasantly memorable.

    Refine the basics while creating new “adventures”.


  12. @ Hants | November 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM |
    “I am still waiting for a Canadian to tell me they are going to the Caribbean for some new cultural experience.
    Sea,Sand,Sun and Party.”

    You are quite right here, Hants! Especially in the case of Barbados not famous for its cultural wealth or treasures like Jca other than being the birthplace of Rihanna and the fast disappearing memory of Sir Garfield in cricket playing circles.

    Barbados’ major attractions are not the other cultural attractions but those you identified (sea, sand, sun and partying). Those are the ones we need to protect, improve and upkeep.

    We need to minimize the environmental threats, clean up the ever expanding garbage and stop polluting our beaches and coastal zones. We need also to significantly reduce the harassment and abuse of our visitors. We must stop seeing the visitors as easy pickings loaded with much dosh or moola and there for the taking. These are people who are just as or even more savvy than the locals when it comes to knowing when we are being ripped off. Bajans play they are very smart but are really the easiest of people to rip. One only has to look at the prices and quality of service on the Island and see how gullible Bajans are.
    We must always be determined to give value for money.

    The other cultural diversions can top up the visitor’s’ experience but let us first get the basics right.


  13. Many Bajans have now taken Caribbean cruises on the Victory and others,and have experienced the attractions that many of the other Caribbean islands have to offer , but when you get back to Barbados and see the attractions/ shore excursions that are promoted on the ship, you have to ask yourself,….. were I a visitor would I be that eager to take in take in,with a few exceptions,any of these?
    Imagine being on a ship for the last 7/10/14 days ,come to Barbados and find the the majority of attractions offered , are on catamarans or other sea going vessels.


  14. Colonel, One of the MANY suggestions I made to the BTA (several years ago) was to place a complimentary destination video of Barbados in every cruise ship cabin that had a player. At that time Best of Barbados produced an excellent one and the cost could have been brought down to about US$2 each. The passenger could then watch the video (or DVD) while enroute from the previous port. My wife and I took a 7 night, 7 destination cruise on the Carnival Victory and I was amazed just how little Barbados was promoted and passengers encouraged to get off the ship.
    Another suggestion made was to have a visitor viewing room at the cruise terminal (and airport) where passengers could watch destination attractions and activities to get more people interested in taking island excursions.
    At the airport it would be geared towards intransit passengers.

    Of course the response (or lack of it) was same old, same old.
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from the BTA.


  15. @ Adrian Loveridge | November 7, 2012 at 4:35 AM |
    “Another suggestion made was to have a visitor viewing room at the cruise terminal (and airport) where passengers could watch destination attractions and activities to get more people interested in taking island excursions.
    At the airport it would be geared towards intransit passengers.”

    If the BTA can’t even get something as basic and simple as your suggestion above implemented why are we expecting them to handle the ‘helicopter’ issues?
    Here you are giving them a brilliant idea to influence and motivate a captured audience in our arrival halls and these jokers can’t see the benefit of this potentially impactful advertising strategy to get the visitors to spend more and hence keep more money in the local economy.

    The functions of this statutory corporation needs to be outsourced to private marketing enterprise leaving the Authority with a much reduced staff and performing merely the role of oversight and supervision. But then again we see what happens with such oversight arrangements similar to the Transport Authority.


  16. miller,

    It is really mind boggling, the number of simple opportunities that are NOT exploited. While, waiting in-line to clear immigration at San Jose (Costa Rica) airport recently, they had silent but large LED screens showing local attractions, activities, products, restaurants etc. Such a simple idea, no distraction to the Immigration Officers and a great way to get visitors to think about how they are going to spend their money.


  17. Am I the only one who finds it tiresome of the criticism of the BTA coming from Adrian Loveridge because his suggestions are not acted upon?

    Take his idea about DVDs in cabins promoting Barbados, I may be in the minority but as someone who has taken a cruise or two I wouldn’t be caught sitting in any cabin watching a DVD promoting any country.

    BTW the cruise lines also have their own close circuit TV which promote the upcoming destination and they probably don’t want their guests to be bombarded with additional media . If they open the door to one country they probably have to open the door to other countries.

    I pick my tours in advance and my time on board is for R & R not watching DVDs.


  18. @ Sargeant | November 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM |

    Now that you have grown tired of Adrian’s carping and criticisms of the BTA
    What suggestions can you, Sargeant, make to the BTA to improve the tourism product and make it more attractive especially to the Canadian visitors?

    And don’t tell us that the BTA is doing a fantastic job or it is not for you to tell the BTA officials how to do their jobs or even like, ac, blame the BLP for the current state of affairs in the tourist industry!
    We are sure Adrian will be keen to hear what you have to offer the BTA.


  19. Sargeant,

    The videos in the cabin idea goes back many years and it was specifically targeted to certain ships and cruise lines. We in fact raised sufficent funds from the private sector to supply 1,000 Best of Barbados videos initially, so it would not have cost the BTA anything.
    Our view was even if the passengers kept the video to take home it would still be cost effective.

    My only experience was with Carnival Victory and on that ship, the close circuit television coverage of the destination (Barbados) was woeful.

    If I were you, take miller’s comments to heart and come-up with some suggestions yourself. So many people attack the messenger rather that evaluate the message.


  20. @Miller
    As per usual you try to politicise everything, why would I blame the BLP for the state of tourism in Barbados? To your suggestion if the BTA wants to make the tourism product more attractive to Canadians they can lower the costs associated with holidaying in Barbados that’s what Canadians respond to and that’s why so many go to Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. I meet many Canadians who tell me they have been to Barbados on holiday and would love to go back but the costs are too high so they head to those other destinations.

    In recent years Barbados has been marketed as an upmarket destination so when the average Joe/Jane goes to his/her Travel Agent the Travel Agent directs them to a market which suits their budget, many of these people are not interested in the flora or fauna on the island they just want to relax in the sun and they can get that in abundance in the other places.


  21. @ Sargeant | November 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM |

    The political party that you support is doing just that; blaming the BLP for the parlous state of the tourism product. Ask ac or Carson or the host of other hacks who blame the BLP for everything that went or is going wrong in Barbados over the last 18 years.

    Anything dealing with the BTA is political, old soldier!
    So, Sarge, tell us how can the BTA lower the costs associated with holidaying in Barbados?
    Who or what is responsible for the high costs of holidaying in Bim? Emera?
    Or is that too political for you to deal with?

    When you criticize a problem you must offer an alternative solution if you are not to be deemed an armchair critic.


  22. Adrian Loveridge | November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM |
    miller,
    It is really mind boggling, the number of simple opportunities that are NOT exploited.

    Adrian Loveridge you done with comparing Barbados arrivals with St.Lucia guess with St. Lucia’s arrivals in the toilet you will shift to St. Vincent their new Chavez- Iran International airport soon opening.

    Look tourism is difficult because Barbados source markets partners are smelling economic hell. Uk, Usa, even Canada. When world economies improve Bdos tourism improves until then Barbados must work overtime to keep market share. Loveridge suggestions are a set of airy fairy pie in the sky hot air balloons like Mia’s $500 million for the rich hotel owners.

    With Arthur’s plans to privatise all government agencies causing 10,000 public sector workers to lose their jobs we dont know where $500mil coming from because the few public servants remaining cant pay sufficient taxes to even pay Arthur’s cabinet salaries.


  23. Lookin on,

    Please name a single ‘airy fairy pie in the sky’ suggestion that I have made, that was implemented, and has NOT worked?


  24. @ Lookin on | November 8, 2012 at 7:21 AM |
    “.. because the few public servants remaining cant pay sufficient taxes to even pay Arthur’s cabinet salaries.”

    That statement just goes to show how shallow you are in your understanding of how government earns its revenue.
    Look, read and understanding! Government revenues to pay salaries of both civil servants and elected politicians come from taxes and other charges levied on the private sector. Is that too hard for your partisan brain to wrap around?

    And stop blaming the international recession on all of Bim’s tourism woes. Look inward and you will see the sources of many of the problems plaguing the industry.
    This blame game will not cut it. The economic landscape of Western economies has made a paradigm shift and will not go back to the old ways.
    Wake up and smell the coffee. We are now in a very competitive tourism market and Bim is no longer seen as a player punching above its weight.
    Please stop the international recession blame game and let us get our act together before we lose the industry altogether. The genuine feedback from the visitors who still visit our shores should mean a lot and strategically factored into any programmes to reform our industry.

    BTW, Lookin on, where is the tourism master plan promised since 2008? We are still waiting. Can you see one of the sources of our problems here?


  25. @Miller
    Anything dealing with the BTA is political, old soldier!
    **************
    I didn’t know that a criticism of Loveridge from me was political, but since he did say that his proposal a la videos was several years ago I can safely assume that the Board comprised of BLP appointees and they didn’t listen to him back then

    Why Emera? Capitalism rules the waves doesn’t it? After BNB was sold everything is game and a man of your foresight probably had some shares in the BL&P and dispensed of them when that offer came along as they were languishing with near zero return on investment. Are you picking on Emera because they are the new boys on the block but the three Canadian Banks have been around so long they are now considered family? You must know that Barbados has long had a special relationship with Canada going back several generations, back in the day before Newfoundland was a province they used to send us salted cod and we sent them rum which they promptly renamed “Screech”. The old chief Dief had a vacation home in Barbados and if you could find back issues of the Advocate you would discover photos of him and Olive on the beaches in Barbados. Pierre and EWB got along famously, then there is the untold story of Bajans who immigrated to work in the Sydney and Cape Breton mines but we hear of “Bajan” planters who went to Carolina. (Have met several Nova Scotians who told me their grandfathers/fathers came from Barbados)

    Earlier I said that Barbados was marketed as an upmarket destination let me rephrase that it was marketed as an “upscale” destination and upscale destinations don’t come cheap. Why is there a Concorde parked at the Airport? Somewhere in the newspaper files there is a photo of 2 or 3 at GAIA at the same time. Why did Blair come for his annual vacation? There are many other English and Canadian moguls who spend time in Bim. Since you wanted suggestions and I mentioned the Concorde why not use that as the centrepiece of an Aeronautical museum, there are many other vintage planes looking for a home (is Miss Bim still around?). I know that this idea is its infancy but how about more artificial reefs to attract scuba divers?

    There, I have provided two suggestions let me hear yours and no piggy backing of Adrian’s


  26. How about cleaning all the beaches every day. Clean the streets of Bridgetown every day.

    How about hotel owners taking responsibility for the appearance.of their properties. They could use Peach & Quiet as the benchmark.

    How about serving well prepared food in Hotels and Restaurants.

    Until these fundamentals are dealt with Barbados Tourism will suffer.


  27. Hants,

    Thank you, we certainly try. I had a paint brush is my hand up until a few minutes ago. Just heard that Fodors have given us the Fodors Choice Award for 2012 and we are going to dedicate this one to our wonderful Chef of 16 years, who sadly died last week.


  28. @ Sargeant | November 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM |
    “I know that this idea is its infancy but how about more artificial reefs to attract scuba divers?”

    I will overlook you stark refusal to address the matter of the high costs of holidaying in Bim and reinforce (not piggy back on) your suggestion of artificial reefs. The miller has been arguing for a general clean up of this island and one of the biggest eyesores and ugly sights in this place is the amount of derelict vehicles scarring our landscape. These vehicles presently harbouring rats and vermin need to b removed, stripped of any pollutants and placed in an environmentally acceptable area of the ocean to make artificial reefs. If this is what you have in mind then you and the miller are on the same page.

    The problem with tourism in Bim is not the high cost of goods and services but the refusal to give value for money and the belief that tourists are easy targets to rip off. They are many other high cost destinations like Bermuda and parts of Western Europe but the great divide is one of quality. We need to get our act together and stop the harassment and sexual advances made to tourists.

    We also need to provide more diversions and entertainment activities like casinos in major hotels, cabaret type shows and a few private beaches for natural sunbathing and relaxation.
    The miller has a few more “controversial” suggestions but would leave it here for you to mull on the ones offered so far.

    BTW, Bajans never had any stakeholder interests in Canadian banks unless they live in Canada and loaded like you and Hants to buy shares and gamble on the trading floor.
    But they did have significant stake holdings in BL&P, sorry, Emera. Like the government they sold their investments in this strategic asset for a mess of pottage. The government is also going to sell its remaining investment in the old BNB as a Xmas present to the nation.
    So your take on the miller’s investment strategy is way off the mark and completely the opposite to what you have insinuated. The miller did not earn a Canadian professional qualification for nothing. Now take that in you pipe and smoke it like the red herring you forgot to mention as part of the historical Canada/Bim trading relationship that was underpinned by the banking system sweetened by molasses to make animal feed.


  29. millertheanunnaki wrote “loaded like you and Hants”.

    why you telling lies pun me? If I was loaded I would not be living in Canada.
    I would be in Barbados drinking single malt and fishing.


  30. @ Hants | November 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM |

    Pat is the one that said you are a rich man who goes fishing for rainbow trout and has 3 houses in Bim.
    But why would you want to drink single malt in Bim? Why not some good ole Bajan Black label of 10 year vintage? Aren’t you concerned about forex and the buy local to save Bim?


  31. @millertheanunnaki,

    Doan mind Pat.

    If I had 3 houses in Barbados I would not be living in Canada.

    I tried drinking rum but I just never liked the taste. I have been giving Barbados rum to some of my Canadian friends as Christmas presents even though the LCBO up here is overcharging.

    $28cad for 750ml Mount Gay Eclipse that sells for $9cad in Barbados.


  32. millertheanunnaki wrote “They are many other high cost destinations like Bermuda and parts of Western Europe but the great divide is one of quality.”

    I have been to 2 “expensive” restaurants in Barbados and the food and service was not very good.
    What troubled me is that I don’t send food back and ended up paying for an inedible meal and then had to go to Cheffete.

    All most of us want is value for money. It does not matter if it is a $15 piece of grilled dolphin in Oistins or a $100 steak at a fancy restaurant. It should be worth the money you pay.

    Barbados has a problems that can be fixed but there is no political will to make Barbados better.


  33. @Miller
    I am on the same page with respect to recycling old vehicles, even scuttling a ship or two as long as the pollutants are removed for the creation of artificial reefs. Your suggestion of private beaches would never fly in Barbados that is a sure vote loser (from reading between the lines it seems that suggestion is a stumbling block preventing Butch Stewart from setting up shop in Bim.)

    Tourists are a mark wherever they go, if it is sexual harassment in Barbados it is purse snatching and pick pockets in other places, that’s one reason why there are private beaches at tourist resorts in some countries. Petty crime against tourists are also a scourge in European countries e.g. Italy.

    Keeping the streets clean is a problem in Barbados, there is a proliferation of styrafoam containers along the streets, I would impose an environmental levy(you can call it a tax) on all food vendors/supermarkets/convenience stores who sell takeout food, someone has to pay for keeping the streets clean.

    After driving behind so many vehicles belching black smoke I think the time is right for mandatory Emissions tests, I would start with Commercial vehicles and then gradually include private vehicles, if your vehicle can’t pass the test after three attempts it is off the road.

    Lastly, what do have to prove that I am not “loaded”? I promise to release my Tax returns then all the bloggers here can have a good chuckle.


  34. @Millertheanunnaki

    I like to read what you write and while i may not always agree with your stance what i respect is the reasoning and the manner in which you posit a point.

    That sir, is not a characteristic that can be found in Barbados, in fact there is a seeming dearth with regard to reason, dissenting view and constructive criticism in my dear BIM reinforced by the vitriolic remarks yours and other dissenting viewpoints attract.

    You tossed down a gauntlet earlier in one of your blogs to a writer (of doom and gloom) who while commenting on the ills of the Tourism industry was seemingly incapable of providing a solution/suggestion to improve it.

    Your invitation begs an observance which, as one walks through this cyberspace tome of submissions, encounters a response symptomatic of many of these blogs – to denigrate, tear down, cast personal insult at person, sibling, your muddah without any focus on the issue at hand.

    For example, if i write about the fact that MTW workmen putting down those grills in the street (the ones that allow water to enter the underground gutters and wells) show without any shred of doubt that they never could have had any “boy days”, or a bicycle for that matter, John Boyce or one of his peoples gine cuss me and my muddah out and not look at the problem in question.

    You would have had a bicycle sir and you would agree that not one of them ingrunt swine could have had one, or be cognisant of what a rider on the road must encounter while riding cause no sensible person would ever put the grill’s bars parallel to the bicycle’s wheels!

    Now if they had “boy days” dem would know dat a man riding a bicycle, encountering dat f-up grill causes us to have to swerve violently from these “assassin manhole covers”, into the path of traffic driving behind you or burse your balls when your racer wheels go down into the grills.

    Now “Gateway Keeper”, child of Anu and Ki, let me add my two cents worth to this Tourism Conundrum and this Staying competitive blog.

    I will keep my layman’s “contribution” short.

    1. Tourism is responsible for approx. 13% of GDP for Barbados
    2. Increased “tourist throughput” SHOULD parlay into tourist dollar spend which in theory SHOULD mean more forex, jobs, improvement to economy etc.
    3. Taxing empty hotels, mindful of the BLP guru’s chant of “decreasing tourism arrivals”, is paramount to biting the hand that feedeth you.

    People are going to cheaper tourism jurisdictions and there securing cheaper accommodation, better duty free prices, competitively priced (cheaper) goods and services. (I can bet that MoT, BTA and BHTA while saying that things are cheaper in competitor x’s jurisdiction do not know how cheap)

    Enter TOURISM INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM TIPP (or whatever Sealy and the BHTA want to call it) a program for those organisations which optionally enroll (having met “enrollment criteria”), in conjunction with a robust secure ICT platform which monitors all TIPP tracked/approved transactions

    TIPP in essence is an aggressive discounted accommodation/goods/services enclave structured in accordance with WTO regulations.

    How TIPP would work.

    TIPP has certain (i) Baseline datasets, (ii) Requirements for Participation and must have an (iii) ICT matrix to monitor all of its ‘transactions”

    Baseline data would include, but not be limited to (i) Disaggregated Tourism arrival Information is available to indicate, among other categories, specific hotel/guest accomodation information prior to and including 2012.

    As mentioned earlier, another of TIPP baseline data sets would include (i) Comprehensive Duty Free information/costings from competitor jurisdictions and (ii) Comprehensive Goods/services surveys in competitive jurisdictions. These data are necessary so that subscribers would know if/how to peg their prices competitively.

    As an entity which has chosen to enroll in TIPP, audited financial statements, (indicating baseline traveller statistics for one’s establishment and, more importantly, confirming taxes paid as an enrolled hotels/guest houses/providers) will be mandatory.

    Actuarial Computations for an effective TIPP would be effected, for individual entities and collective groupings.

    Until specific “TIPP milestone points” are achieved by enrollees existing taxes will be levied but thereafter TIPP credits will be accumulated and applied to revenues as tax offsets in the year that they are earned.

    So if i as Sandy Land I enroll in December to TIPP and after implementing said TIPP program, in February i contribute to tourism throughput by “x” persons, my hotel will realise “y” TIPP credits, for financial year “z”.

    I am not an accountant nor a tourism guru at 80 all i am is a passenger in the waiting lounge.

    But i remember that my mother used to get supplies “on consignment” from the village shop to make cakes which she sold back to the shopkeeper at a discount.

    She did not pay cash up front to Mr. *** hers was a commitment to bake good bread/cakes which generated increasing sales for Mr. ** who, on realisation of the throughput, paid my Mum.

    This tourism problem doan need no highfaluting managers, it only need a little common sense Sealy


  35. This what our resident tourism hotelier is saying:

    This article is totally erroneous
    .

    ‘airline bringing over 2,000 MORE visitors weekly this season’

    If BA is operating ten flights per week with each B777 having a maximum capacity of 226 seats, how can there possibly be 2,000 ‘more’ visitors weekly on this airline.

    Total capacity is 2,226 weekly, even is every seat is filled, a near impossibility.

    It is in fact a reduction in capacity, as BA operated 12 flights weekly last winter.

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/ba-boost/


  36. @ David (BU)

    The article is not erroneous David since its focus is on “BA Boost”.

    It reads in part “…boost in business with a weekly air/sea exchange of cruise ship and airline passengers, starting November 16”.

    By this i understand that even though the craft can only carry the 2260 (not 2226) with 10 aircraft, INBOUND, the air sea exchange (for which they seem to have independent confirmations from the shipping lines) will realize an additional 2000 persons, (arrivals on the liners) returning by the planes.

    It is therefore my assumption that the word BOOSTED in the Nation article (the BLP campaign machine) means that these passengers will be leaving through the BA airline.


  37. @ David (BU)

    Actually in the strictest sense of the word “visitors” in conjunction with “MORE” is wrong since the impression that is given is that the BA airlines is increasing airlift INTO GAIA and not just carrying 2,000 people who would already be on the ground, out.

    Apologies and concurrence.


  38. Piece Uh D Rock,

    The Nation has corrected the online version but if you read the printed version the headline clearly states ‘Airline bringing over 2,000 more visitors weekly this season’.
    This is the erroneous part. I understand two of the ten B777 per week wll be operated with larger seating versions of that aircraft type and double-drops are being eliminated. Remember, that long stay visitors are only counted as such if at least one nights accommodation is taken. Therefore if they are only being transferred from a cruise ship, that number then has to be removed for the overall airlift capacity.
    So the statement ‘2,000 more visitors weekly this season’ is totally incorrect.


  39. @ David (BU) and Loveridge

    Unlike my Bajan compatriots i am the first to apologise when wrong, which i did earlier and to concur with the fact that the article was/is wrong.

    I did not have the benefit of the hardcopy but i did use the link David provided.

    The Nation newspaper is notorious for reporting “sensationalist” news and then having to retract it.

    I consider the Fontabelle institution, post Harold Hoyte, who at least had a modicum of journalist standards, to be the regional equivalent of the US Enquirer whose strategy is to malign persons in what is published and, based on the volume of newspapers sold, pay the people suing them for libelous content some money from the proceeds of increased newspaper sales.

    Unlike the Enquirer, which does not care who it insults (because the mere volume of sales covers the litigation “spread”), the Nation will only attack the DLP, or any citizen who does not have the balls, or the financial wherewithal, to sue them (please note that i did not say that the DLP does not have money, nor balls)


    • To use Kaymar’s (Editor in Chief of the Nation newspaper) explanation that newspaper has been employing an aggressive style of journalism. It remains the People’s Choice according to her so what does it say about its readership?

      On your mention of the venerable Harold Hoyte, in another medium recently Stetson Babb posted a note singing the praises (contribution) of Hoyte and Al Gilkes. One wonders in the absence of a vibrant Barbados Association of Journalist (BAJ) how the contributions of the two gentlemen should be measures.

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