Case of Implementation Deficit in the Tourism Sector

Adrian Loveridge - Owner of Peach & Quiet Hotel

Adrian Loveridge – Owner of Peach & Quiet Hotel

I make no apologies of staying with the subject of implementation, or rather the lack of it this week, because I feel it remains the single biggest impediment to returning our tourism industry to viability and restoring previous levels of long stay visitor arrivals.

What prompted these latest thoughts was scanning through various media coverage quoting several named Government officials and politicians, stating that by the end of the year, Grantley Adams International Airport would receive Category One status. The trouble being that the press articles referred to were printed in 2007. Here we are six years later, with the same proclamations being made in the same publications.

Of course, it’s not just the aviation issue, but the much vaunted Tourism Master Plan, the restructuring or the Barbados Tourism Authority, an all-embracing Hotel Refurbishment Fund and so on and on. According to the organisation charged with the responsibility of making the new St. Vincent and the Grenadines airport a reality, the International Airport Development Company (IADC) state on their website, that ‘the new Argyle Airport is expected to come operational in 2014’. Just months away from opening and I wonder what impact , especially financially, it will have on any plans there may be for our own airport (GAIA Inc.). Already GAIA Inc., has been negatively affected by reduced passenger arrivals and the use of smaller aircraft into Barbados, resulting in diminishing revenue generation. Not only directly, but for it’s tenants, concessions and service providers.

Direct flights into Argyle, a reduction of double-drop flights to our neighbours and a dramatic fall in available airline seats to Barbados will further add to the woes. By now, I am sure those responsible for tourism in SVG have gone into hyperdrive to see which airlines can be enticed to use the new airport. This will be partially determined by the category afforded to Argyle, but SVG’s membership of the Organisation of Caribbean States (OECS) appears to make this just a formality. If, after inspection and certification, Category One status is granted, then this could well open up new gateways into the United States.

My thoughts too, are that SVG will reach out to co-operate in the fullest extent with some of it’s neighbours, especially, St. Lucia, to see how they can smart partner to jointly build new routes and markets. The final cost of the construction of the new airport is still being debated, but an amount of US$240 million has been mentioned frequently.  This is according to an excellent article that appeared recently in the Baltimore Post,

The SVG Government is offering significant tax concessions and other benefits for investors to develop a number of sites throughout the thirty two Grenadines chain. These include Mount Wynne (a 400-acre site for a hotel and 18 hole golf course), Young Island (13-acre site for a 30 room boutique hotel), Saint Hilaire (45-acres) and Park Estate (600-acres) both on Bequia, Isle a Quarte (376-acres), Balliceaux (320-acres), Chatham Bay near Union Island (99-acres) and Frigate Island (16-acres).

Even in a recessionary period, greatly improved air access will heighten interest in any of these new developments and those in progress like Canouan, which includes a 150 berth yacht marina, reportedly costing US$150 million alone.  How much longer can we go on watching the world, or in this case our regional competitors pass us by?

77 thoughts on “Case of Implementation Deficit in the Tourism Sector


  1. Where is this clown living he obviously not been nor has he seen the state of progress of the airport in St Vincent, the project lacks dollars to fund it Vincentians will be lucky to see an airport there in our lifetime the project is going no where and we have to be subjected to this crap written by this idiot Loveridge?
    It is for reasons of this type of senseless writings that turns me and many others off from taking this man half seriously.


  2. “Saint Lucia police chief sent on required leave

    By Caribbean News Now contributor

    CASTRIES, St Lucia — According to local sources, Commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, Vernon Francois, has been requested to take accumulated vacation leave totalling some 400 days.

    This latest development comes on the heels of reports that Francois was not permitted to board a flight from Hewanorra International Airport in St Lucia to the United States to participate in US-organized and financed training programmes.

    In a statement of Friday, the government of Saint Lucia said it is aware of the concerns and anxieties expressed by the public over what it described as the decision by the United States to disallow officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force from participating in several training programmes arranged or financed by the US.

    The statement said that Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony will, on a date to be announced early next week, explain and address the issues of concern and, in particular, the reasons for the actions of the United States against officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

    There is widespread speculation locally that the US crackdown may have something to do with the US State Department’s 2011 human rights report on St Lucia that described 12 potentially unlawful fatal police shootings during the year, some reportedly committed by officers associated with an ad hoc task force within the police department.

    There was only limited progress by the director of public prosecutions (DPP) in reviewing and other investigations of unlawful killings dating back to 2006, the report added.

    The report also said that the government did not implement the existing anti-corruption law effectively, and officials sometimes engaged in corrupt practices with impunity.

    During Francois’ absence, it has been suggested locally that former Deputy Commissioner Hermangild Francis, who was responsible for crime, prosecution and discipline, will be brought back on a three-year contract.

    Francis joined the Royal St Lucia Police Force in May 1975, and retired in April 2008, at the rank of deputy commissioner. Presently he is the director of security at the Windjammer Hotel. He is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the West Indies.

    He comes from a family deeply rooted in law and order and politics. His brother is president of the St Lucia senate, Claudius J. Francis. ”

    St. Lucia getting some real black eyes.


  3. It wasn’t me;
    Loveridge is not the clown. You are! The sad part is you sound like an advisor to the Government.


    • Getting back to implementation deficit.

      Six years later the rollout of a Master Plan remains outstanding.

      Six years later the implementation of marketing and product arms remain outstanding.

      These two planks were to be critical to putting the sector on a new path.

      Can we discuss this deficit like educated beings or must everything get political?

      It is not White people laughing at we now but can you guess who?


  4. A certain future coalitional government of which the PDC will be a part of shall make sure that there is an appropriate lessening of allocation of resources, assets, capital and people away from the local TOURISM sector – this supposedly most important external sector of the country, and instead the proper increasing of resources, assets, capital and people – and as efficiently as possible – into the most important domestic sectors of the country – the Agriculture/Aquaponics/Agro-processing Sectors and the equally very important Manufacturing Sector of this country.

    Such efforts shall be supplemented by this coalitional government’s and other people’s objectives of making sure that the government and financial sectors of Barbados become efficient optimizing quasi-productive commercial sectors of this country.

    Indeed, underpinning these realignments, restructurations and repositionings in the commercial business financial government sectors, will also be very decisive, necessary, far-reaching visionary changes in the core and peripheral financial sectors of this country.

    Therefore, and very importantly, the central and operating political financial outcomes of these financial changes shall be to make sure that:

    1) the real actual cost of use of money (local) is drastically reduced in this country in the medium term to long term;

    2) to make sure that the latter acts as a partial basis for cushioning/lowering the cost of use of money (foreign) here in Barbados and in relationship to the use by persons overseas of Barbados’ external financial accounts; and

    3) to make sure that the actual money that is used by persons is put to the greatest use possible (at the least cost of use possible – in the productive commercial household individual sectors of this country ( the creation of A POST-PUBLIC DEBT society for Barbados ).

    Hence, there shall be, et al, the Abolition of TAXATION; the Abolition of INTEREST RATES; the Abolition of ‘Exchange Rate’ Parities with the Barbados Dollar; the Abolition of Motor Vehicle Insurance, the termination of the abhorrent redundant practice of the relevant persons and other entities giving of the equivalent – to what monies that were so-called loaned by money collecting transferring domestic financial institutions initially and any others might be thereafter – plus other monies (Interest Rates) by them to the said money collecting transferring financial Institutions, etc, along with such a coalitional government and other people putting in their places substantial approaches and strategies in the country consistent with the objectives of the bringing about of a very productive world class society.

    PDC


  5. I do not know, it is probably me or maybe the photographer snapping a shot a the wrong time, or even an editor of the newspaper’s attempt at rubbing Bajan noses in it, but the picture on the front page of Barbados Today and the reaction of two senior officials of a Post Colonial Society and the look of bewilderment on the face of the Archbishop of Canterbury (that seems to say “what the hell are these two on about …”) is disconcerting …

    Nah, I blame whoever chose that particular photograph as appropriate for public consumption. Who knows, it may even have been photoshopped …!


  6. Inadvertence

    There has been a mistake in the above PDC post.

    In the first paragraph, in the third line, it should have been lessening of allocation…….people into the local Tourism sector, and not ‘away from’ the local Tourism sector.

    Apologies.

    PDC


  7. Carson…………..you are just on and on and on, we need to know why Dottin COP, was Dottined, at least we know what lead to the St. Lucia COP being sent on leave.


  8. @ Well Well

    Dottin was accused of illegal wiretapping and most likely did. Alike Violet Beckles and those Archcot Britton Hill deaths, that wire tapping allegation was made silent but never investegated in dept. Dottin was doing it (wire tapping) for someone and for a reason. There is surely a reason why Dottin was sent to St. Lucia. He needed to be away and out of sight for someone to invade his privacy, discover the wire tapping and what ever else he was doing illegally.


  9. Look……..that is the problem with the yardfowl team, they love to point out and show up other people’s transgressions to make themselves look supremely clean and honest, conveniently forgetting about their own dirty secrets………we are yet to hear from the media or government why Dottin was fired, but Carson is trying to see if he could singlehandedly end St. Lucia’s tourism forward surge…..

    Carson, get a life, no one is listening to you, we will be all ears when you let us know the real, real reason Dottin was fired.


  10. Look yes you are correct Dottin took his instructions on who’s phone was to be Wiretapping from Mottley she gave him the numbers and he like a cow to the slaughter carried out her request without asking a question.


  11. @ Well Well

    David Thompson we know was not an innocent man. He himself knew. Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Dale Marshall, George Payne, Gline Clark, COW and Johnny Cheltenham are all not innocent and know it. is not an innocent man and knows this. Dottin himself knows he is not innocent.


  12. Yawn….i am out of here.everybody knows the delays for implementation of several pieces of legalisation.the movers and shakers never give up until they get their fair share of the pie. the rest of us pee-ons can eat crow.


  13. @ Well Well

    What they have done and are doing in Barbados would not be tolerated in the United States. The United States government will come after you, don’t care who you are, your position, your mother, father, etc.

    Jessie Jackson Jr. His father, Jessie Jackson Sr. is well known. He Jessie Jackson Sr. in 1990 is given credit for the American hostages that were released from iran in 1990. His son, Jessie Jackson Jr. will be still be imprisoned. His retirement account and homes in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC has been conficated. He, additionally must be restitution 750,000 for looting his campaign fund.


  14. If I were a Tourist I would have second thoughts about visiting St. Lucia where I might be “extra judicially” killed by the St. Lucian Police.

    I would have to choose Barbados where it is better and safer.


  15. Right vs Wrong | August 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM |
    Look yes you are correct Dottin took his instructions on who’s phone was to be Wiretapping from Mottley she gave him the numbers and he like a cow to the slaughter carried out her request without asking a question.
    ——————–
    error !
    betcha cant prove it
    you liar


  16. Carson……….that’s fair enough, not that your comment will stop the tourists from going to St. Lucia, as a matter of fact it would not even stop me from going there either, Trinidad had more killings this month than there are days in the month, i am still going there soon. You telling me that tourists can’t lose their lives or personal properties in Bim, well good for you………..

    Now, what taxpayers would love to know is why COP Dottin was fired, seeing that they pay his salary as well as the salaries of the GG, PM and his ministers and also the Opposition and everyone else in between, they do have a right to know why he was fired.


  17. Carson
    is that a real name??
    is it even a name??
    how far is too far
    up the ante
    how long is too long
    delphi astori
    how much crap can
    one carson contain


  18. Can’t be bothered with Carson, last i heard tourists were being beaten, shot, raped (told by the police that the police knows who raped them even when the victims vehemently said that the convicted suspect was not the rapist involved) and robbed in Bim, all the stuff Carson believes is safer and better.


  19. Not only is this administration suffering from a bad case of implementation deficit disorder (IDD) in the tourism industry but right across the spectrum of public administration and fiscal management.

    Some of the budgetary measures announced in last year’s June 2012 Budget involving amendments to the Income Tax Act are expected to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow over 1 year since their announcement by the lazy ass MoF.
    How can this administration ever talk about low productivity and workers’ poor performance in both the public and private sectors?

    Now here are just two of the measures/proposals announced in June last year that require action of investigation as to their implementation:

    “I can also alert the House that we have reached agreement for an exploration with the one remaining company from the first batch of bidders, BHP Billiton, who will be free to proceed with its operations once the amendments are passed in Parliament. We expect that that agreement will be signed shortly and government will receive a signing bonus of US$6 million.”

    Was the agreement signed?

    “Establish a “Tertiary Education Fund.” For the next five years, in every month where the NIS earns a surplus of more than $10M, $4M of that surplus will be directed to further capitalization of the fund, for a fund of $48 million in the first year, After the NIS provided its share of the “Hotel Refurbishment, Energy Efficiency and Food Production Fund,” in every month where the NIS earns a surplus of more than $10M, $5M of that surplus will be directed to further capitalization of the fund, for an annual fund of $60M. These funds will be transferred to the Consolidated Fund and will be used to assist in the funding of the University of the West Indies, The Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Polytechnic, Sixth Forms and Special Education Projects in Barbados.”

    We must assume the NIS failed to earn a surplus of more than $10 M in any one month since July 2012.


  20. “………..told by the police that the police knows who raped them even when the victims vehemently said that the convicted suspect was not the rapist involved…….”

    all under dottin!


  21. Carson…………….i agree, so why no one wants to tell us why he was fired, and remember Dottin had been Commissioner for all 5-6 years DLP was in power, what changed that he has only now been fired?? Taxpayers do have a right to know.


  22. OFFTOPIC

    Read cousin George Belle’s comments today and must congratulate him for finally deciding to work for that $11 000 consultancy fee which he collected monthly from Government between 2002 and 2008.”

    WADE GIBBONS


  23. Taken from FACEBBOK:-

    “I shall eagerly await comment in the same Nation thing commonly referred to as a daily paper, I await the articles from that boy HOYOS, Branford, the same Empty Belle, the Peter Boos. Of this world WHEN THE MATTER PERTAINING to Dottin IS DECIDED and the outcome known that they will write with the passion how how this was allowed to flourish and be maintained and I sincerely hope that when the truth is known that they find the same energy to write truthfully about this case as they do on other less influential matters. I hope someone has the balls to lay chapter and verse for the public to see how private citizens rights can be so easily violated and their privacy intruded upon. Enough said for now but I wish for once some of those regular writers for the Nation write extensively on the outcome maybe then it will force me to buy a Nation for one day.”


  24. You really have to hand it to the political hacks in their relentless attempts to steer people AWAY from the subject raised. That is the current dismal performance of tourism and the policymakers entrusted to return it to viability. 16 consecutive months of long stay visitor DECLINE. This despite reinforcing the Ministry of Tourism with additional highly paid political appointees. How much longer are we going to continue rewarding failure?


    • The PM has complimented the MoT for filling the planes for 2013 Crop Over. Here s a question – hasn’t this always been the case?

      Maybe our product is so tired and we have overpriced our destination that we are experiencing deminishing returns as Bush Tea as stated.


  25. David, and now the FACTS.
    July 2013 recorded the LOWEST long stay visitor arrivals in 11 years.
    47,935 persons.
    July 2012 was already DOWN 12 per cent previous year.


  26. it is becoming ever so easy to steer away from this subject, ac belly is full , the audience has become numb from being bombarded and what had to said is said, now it s finish and left over to those in charge of overseeing this area to take charge, enough is enough, btw way adrian just a tidbit my friend a visitor to my sister island was handed a 200 hundred dollar parking ticket, maybe the govt what ever revenue it losses in tourism has found a way to recoup on the backs of unsuspecting vistors by issuing exorbitant parking fees , not so friendly after all.


    • @ac

      A person should always know when to leave an argument. On all your questions and innuendo about the authenticty of the numbers you have been proved wrong over and over. Instead you and the DLP hacks engage in ad hominems against Adria who has supported himself and family for decades in the tourism sector. Now for chrissakes how can a man who is saying let us look at what St. Lucia and others are doing right and learn from it be promoting division. Truth will win out every time over LIES!

      On 13 August 2013 09:42, Barbados Underground


  27. Many years ago I worked for a large international company. I was a young lad, newly graduated and in a management training scheme. It was at an “area conference”, which brought managers in from the Far East to discuss business with the senior directors of the company. One of the managers, from Singapore, brought up the matter of how a competitor from the Far East was winning business, and that our company should perhaps study what they were doing to see if we could learn something. The Managing Director of the company retorted that such a suggestion was “nonsense” and that other companies “should be learning from us”. I was astounded and I will never forget it. That other far eastern company became a world leader in the business. My company became and still is just an “also ran”. Sounds familiar now, doesn’t it?


  28. Peltdownman,

    How so much I agree. I think ‘we’ often fail to look through the eyes of our customers (in our case – visitors). To step back and see how things could be done better. Just as a tiny example, I had to attend a meeting in Roebuck Street yesterday and could not believe how run down many of buildings were. A pressure washer, a coat of paint and a clean-up of the surrounding, what would that really cost. It’s something Government isn’t necessarily responsible for, but it could offer incentives to ensure it happens.


  29. Wait David why the attack. in my first response i YAWN. in my second response i brought up an issue which is relate to vitors who unsuspectingly becomes targets of high parking tickets on the sister island what i so wrong with that. However i commend u for your high visibilty and continual support of adrian as he continues to ever so slowly let the world know that barbados not worth a shite. I even noticed that he wants the govt to open its pockets and give and give including the slum lords in bridgetown


    • @ac

      You are a liar because you commented that you visited St. Lucia and you never did. You should apologize.


    • Read a comment recently on facebook by Dr. Karl Watson who agreed that our tourism product is tired and we meaning all stakeholders must do a better job.


  30. Adrian Loveridge wrote:
    “A pressure washer, a coat of paint and a clean-up of the surrounding, what would that really cost. It’s something Government isn’t necessarily responsible for, but it could offer incentives to ensure it happens.”

    It is precisely this kind ‘active’ approach that is required of a government during a so-called extended economic recession.
    During a recession you do not allow your infrastructure to fall apart but when house keeping becomes a top priority. Maintenance of the existing infrastructure is key if the large workforce still on the payroll is to be justified.

    Why not incentivize the owners of these buildings to keep them in a proper and attractive condition? Why not maintain the roads, government buildings, other infrastructural assets and the general physical environment to keep the public sector maintenance crew still on the payroll productive so that the country would be well placed and prepared to benefit opportunely from any improvements in the international economy on which Barbados fortunes are totally dependent.

    A walk or drive along the South Coast Main road from the Garrison to St. Lawrence is not a pleasant sight to take in (except for the Boardwalk) when compared to what it was in its former glory days when it was ‘comparably’ superior to any place on the Mediterranean tourist belt.


  31. @ ac | August 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM |
    ” I even noticed that he wants the govt to open its pockets and give and give including the slum lords in bridgetown.”

    If you open your eyes and use a bit of commonsensical observation you might just find that the biggest ‘Slum Lord’ in Bridgetown and indeed around the Island is the Government.
    Why do you think taxes are collected? Just to keep people on the payroll to sit idly by while the country’s infrastructure fall to pieces?
    Is that how you keep your house in ‘order’?


  32. The Blog owner and ADRIAN are on a mission to do their best to pull down Barbados in the eyes of the world, but it is not going to work.

    Barbados is SO dirty, so backwards, so bad and yet ADRIAN is still here running his little INN.

    I am wondering which country other than Barbados that ADRIAN could continue to do something like this and still be allowed to remain in it.


  33. ADRIAN

    It is early days still.

    As the old Bajans say, “who help you buy a big foot horse don’t help you feed him”.


  34. You know Loveridge much of the complaint about the tourism industry has nothing to do with the govt at all and more to do with hoteliers like yourself who spend little or none of your revenue of upgrading or maintaining your properties and even less on the marketing of your properties but then whine when govt does not place hand out into your bank accounts.


  35. Were Adrian and Dass and the know it all hoteliers to put the energy and time they spend cursing gob and whining into marketing their properties methinks their hotels would be full.


  36. miller that being the case .then if the govt can,t help itself.how then should it be asked by anyone persons for taxpayers money to assist on renovating private owned property. these landlords collect rent like govt collect taxes and it is their responsibilty NOT govts for the owners to keep their property in good conditions. in any other part of the world these buildings would be condemn or sold at public auctions. Only in bdos u find the measely mout rich asking govt to take on owners responsibilty.


  37. @ Waiting | August 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM |

    So the narrative has shifted. It is no longer the international recession causing the fall off in tourism. It is no longer the responsibility of the BTA to be the primary agency for marketing Barbados overseas.
    It now the fault of the local hoteliers especially Adrian Loveridge.
    It is also the fault of our competing neighbours especially St. Lucia 30 years behind, for stealing and copying ideas tourism development strategies from Barbados.

    Who or what will think of next to blame? An outbreak of Cholera? It would not be too long to wait as the IMF slowly approaches each passing day.


  38. @ ac | August 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM |

    You are bang on ac. Or so you think.
    How can the Government get these private sector to do the honourable thing and keep their properties in good condition when the same government although, statutorily empowered, cannot collect the taxes due on the same properties, the VAT collected from gullible customers and the PAYE income tax and NIS deductions from the workers employed?

    Why not levy on the properties and put them up for sale to recover the taxes?


  39. Perhaps if the current Government paid the long outstanding VAT and NIS
    refunds DUE and payable for up to 3 years and 9 months, we could afford to spend more on marketing. They are very quick to condemn hoteliers for not upgrading and refurbishing, but when they do, make it almost impossible to get due VAT back. One of the most vehement critics of hoteliers on this blog doesn’t like being reminded that his ‘successful’ hotel received nearly ONE MILLION DOLLARS in grant TIRF taxpayers monies, yet still can only achieve a 74 per cent guest rating on TripAdvisor.


  40. Miller the last part of your comment i have advocated. however by time the govt stretches out its hand to collect most of the thiefs might have put the building in a dummy corporation name. or use any sinster way of avoiding govt getting full control of property. this is a herceulean task for govt in the islands because the laws are lenient in protecting corporate interest over tapayers interest.


  41. The government should have wide and sweeping powers in eminent domain laws to seize properties in order to collect taxes/vat owed from business people, don’t tell me the lawyers are only adept at stealing from the poor and trusting land wealthy blacks.


  42. Miller

    “Who or what will think of next to blame?”

    How about blaming Sandals? – http://www.sandals.com

    They are diverting North American tourists to their 14 resorts in Jamaica, Bahamas, Antigua, St. Lucia and now Grenada, with massive promotion and advertising with 3 – 4 full-page and half pages ads in Toronto newspapers every week, and no doubt in New York, Miami et al.

    “Why not levy on the properties and put them up for sale to recover the taxes?)”

    What a radical thought – maybe sell (even heaven forbid Heywoods) to Butch, who presumably gets concessions on real estate taxes but remits his VAT and PAYE and NIS levies to the jurisdictions where Sandals operates.

    There may have been a time when Butch needed Barbados more then Barbados needed Butch – but the world has changed. Imagine if Paradise Beach had become Sandals Paradise Beach, instead of the tax-payer subsidized pile of the rubble known as “Four Seasons” even though any undertaking that Four Seasons may have entered into to manage the property undoubtedly has long since terminated.


  43. @ ac | August 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM |
    “this is a herceulean task for govt in the islands because the laws are lenient in protecting corporate interest over tapayers interest.”

    You are wrong. Check with your “other half”.
    That is not the ‘correct’ interpretation of the laws governing taxation and revenue collection in Barbados. The Treasury or the Crown has a first call on all properties and estates (after funeral expenses). The laws are so tight that there are built-in provisions that hold the Directors (both past and present) personally liable for the non-payment of such taxes and statutory deductions from wages and salaries.

    It is the managerial incompetence which has been allowed to mushroom because of partisan political interference in the tax collection process.
    It is a matter of who knows which politician that is corrupting the system; nothing to do with the laws but with their reinforcement.
    Capiche?


  44. Miller………….now why am i not surprised that it is the bribe takers in each successive government both DLP and BLP, not enforcing the laws to seize properties for non-payment of VAT, TAXES and NIS contributions. Now they are faced with all those years of non-payment of the above and have the balls to complain that this money is owed to the taxpayer’s treasury. um, um uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! They already took the bribes they cannot expect to get payment unless they ENFORCE eminent domain laws as they should have been doing all along to collect the taxpayer’s money that has been owing these many years.


  45. I don’t think many people in the industry would question that much of our hotel plant is tired. This isn’t the issue. The issue is how do WE collectively market Barbados to restore viability and enable individual properties to make the necessary upgrades. I can recall Sue Springer stating that the membership of the BHTA spend around $45 million a year of their own money in marketing. The BTA was allocated $100 million in this fiscal year,
    yet we are still experiencing 16 consecutive months of long stay visitor DECLINE and the lowest JULY visitors arrival in 11 years, despite the ‘success’ of Crop-Over. Until this problem is addressed, we are not going anywhere.


    • @Adrian

      It is a tricky situation. If you have a tired plant which has to compete with fresher products in the region you will logically struggle. You will lose on price, you will lose on repeat visitors which will result in negative cash flow and revenue. It is a messy situation.


  46. Wait wunna put so muh stock on butch. it was not too long ago when he was asking thv govt of bahamas to bail sandals in one of the high end areas. i meaning bajans look at the externals to form conclusion but never want to look at the internals that drives the tourism industry albeit that govt involvement is also a big part of the financials with high risk involved at taxpayers expenses not knowing whether these enterprises would fail..


  47. look miller it is not that simple. these coporatons have lawyers to identify the loop holes that would give special privelge.in cases of seizure. also it can cost govt millions of taxpayers money trying to recover in the event these cases which eventually winds up in legal ramblings in court.


  48. The way i see it the government has an array of lawyers between the governing party and the opposition which easily number more than 30 lawyers in parliament, who should have the skills to plug those loop holes that business people use to rob the taxpayers.


  49. @ ac | August 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM |

    OK then ac if you think the forfeiture of property and subsequent sale to recover taxes owed is not going to work how about holding the Directors personally liable with one of the penalties being imprisonment?

    Now who do you think would intervene in such actions if not the 30 honest lawyers sitting in that honourably corrupt den of crooks thieves and liars?

    Any other options, ac, other than moaning and complaining? The laws are there and are constitutionally sound; they just need enforcing and implementation of policies already laid down just like the numerous laws in the country already sickened with a general malaise of incompetence and day-to-day partisan political interference.


  50. ADRIAN LOVERIDGE

    Can you tell us why the Deputy Commissioner of Police of your beloved St. Lucia has been sent on leave?

    Can you tell us why the American Government revoked his US visa?

    Can you also tell us why ” a police vessel previously donated to Saint Lucia by the US but later sent back for repairs, is currently held in Miami, along with a consignment of urgently needed spare parts for police vehicles.”?


  51. Carson…….people are more concerned about the budget now being tabled, we also want to know why the results for Cape came out since last week and the scholars are still waiting for direction, that is really more important than St. Lucia today, how come you are not at parliament giving support for the best budget bim has ever seen?


  52. Carson………your little distracting ploy flopped, i heard people are saying that they are not going to bed tonite unless they hear that budget, to them it seems like the government is waiting and playing for time for them to fall asleep, then they will give the newspapers some fresh lies to print for tomorrow and then tell more lies after to cement those lies and then lie some more……..Carson if that is the case, you should be ashamed of yourself.


  53. ADRIAN

    From my vantage point I don’t see St. Lucia advancing at all. I see it imploding. High levels of corruption by state officials, a low rating by Transparency International, extra judicial killing by an ad hoc unit of the St. Lucia Police Force, in essence a Police MURDER squad.


  54. St Lucia PM called on urgently to address police controversy

    By Caribbean News Now contributor

    CASTRIES, St Lucia — In response to a request for comment on the current controversy in Saint Lucia surrounding the commissioner of police and the admitted decision by the US government to “disallow” officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force from participating in training programmes, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said that Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony should immediately address the issue and inform the nation of the truth about what transpired.

    The LPM said that much of the recent embarrassment could have been averted had Anthony and his government been forthcoming with the people of Saint Lucia from the outset.

    No response to a similar request has yet been received from Allan Chastanet, the newly elected leader of the opposition United Workers Party.

    The LPM said that the government was forced to admit that the issues were serious and complex only after the matter became public.

    The government statement on Friday to the effect that the prime minister would address the situation on a date to be announced, and the government’s lack of transparency did little to inspire confidence in its handling of the situation, the LPM said.

    According to the LPM, “There were just too many mixed messages that, at the time, appeared evasive. It seemed that our government had not fully comprehended the seriousness of the issue.”

    The LPM said that this may have been responsible for fuelling the rumours that caused much embarrassment, not only to the commissioner of police but also to the government and people of Saint Lucia.

    The people, noted the LPM, should always be treated with the utmost respect regarding matters pertaining to national security.

    The situation has been widely debated in the local media, with one prominent local radio host commenting that there is more than meets the eye or that the government is willing to tell the public, thus being caught off guard in the process and now having to retract its plans.

    Participants on another radio talk show acknowledged that the reports regarding police commissioner Vernon Francois came out of the blue so far as the Saint Lucia public was concerned and reiterated the point that explanations are needed urgently.

    It was said, however, that the prime minister’s press secretary instead issued an “ambiguous” statement that did little to allay public concern.

    It appears that there is some uncertainty as to the current whereabouts of the prime minister but it was pointed out that, even if the prime minister is away, the deputy prime minister should nevertheless take action.

    Concern has also been expressed locally over the apparently deteriorated relationship with US, as well as the role of the US in the affairs of Saint Lucia.

    According to local sources, a Cabinet meeting on Monday was “tense.” There was something of a media frenzy following the meeting, but ministers declined to give interviews or otherwise comment on matters in the news.

    In a statement on Friday, the Saint Lucia government said it is aware of the concerns and anxieties expressed by the public over what it described as the decision by the United States to disallow officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force from participating in several training programmes arranged or financed by the US.

    There is widespread speculation locally that the US crackdown may have something to do with the US State Department’s 2011 human rights report on St Lucia that described 12 potentially unlawful fatal police shootings during the year, some reportedly committed by officers associated with an ad hoc task force within the police department.

    There was only limited progress by the director of public prosecutions (DPP) in reviewing and other investigations of unlawful killings dating back to 2006, the report added.

    The report also said that the government did not implement the existing anti-corruption law effectively, and officials sometimes engaged in corrupt practices with impunity.

    In the meantime, recent events have refocused attention in Saint Lucia on these and a number of other unaddressed questions, some also dating back several years.

    In particular, Anthony, then leader of the opposition, campaigned in the last general election on a promise, if elected, to make public the reasons behind the revocation of former housing minister Richard Frederick’s US visa. He has not yet done so since being re-elected to office in November 2011.

    The prime minister has also previously been called upon, without response, to explain why Deputy Commissioner of Police Moses Charles is currently on leave, also said to be as a result of a reported revocation of his US visa.

    The apparently deteriorating relationship with the US concerning law enforcement co-operation is also a source of local concern and the government itself acknowledged in its statement on Friday that “it is in our vital interest to maintain close ties of co-operation with the United States in security matters.”

    However, according to local reports, a police vessel previously donated to Saint Lucia by the US but later sent back for repair, is currently held in Miami, along with a consignment of urgently needed spare parts for police vehicles.


  55. “Dear editor, I would just like to bring to your attention (although you will already know) what is killing off your tourism trade.

    I am currently on holiday in Antigua. Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I was robbed. I was walking from my hotel to St John’s when this happened, and it also happened in broad daylight at around 2 pm.

    They threatened me and my teenage son with a very large knife, grabbing me by my shirt, and took my camera and money.

    The local police were great and tried their best to make us feel better, but after these events I can only be negative about my holiday.

    I have lived in London for 22 years, and travelled to so many places including Cape Town and Jo burg in South Africa, and I have never been robbed. I am due to fly back to the UK on Sunday, but will be making every effort to arrange a flight home today.

    I only wish that I could meet your minister of tourism and tell him the facts but that will never happen as he already knows what the problems are.

    I must say that my hotel experience has been 1st class and the staff here have been wonderful however the fact remains that how can I tell people that Antigua is a great holiday destination?

    I would love to thank the lady from the shop that helped both myself and my son. She was lovely and made us feel safe, however I will not be leaving the hotel again.”

    Read more: http://www.caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/letter-to-editor/104368-my-holiday-experience.html#ixzz2c4AqJJ2h


  56. Carson,
    you has raised a good point if terms of the damage that violence, theft and robbery can do to any tourism industry.
    What do you think would be a reasonable time for a Minister of Tourism and local area Member of Parliament to visit the scene of a vicious attack on a two visitors?

    One Day
    Two Days
    Three Days
    Four Days
    Five Days
    Six Days
    Seven Days
    Eight Days
    or
    Nine Days ?

    I would have thought you might be more concerned of what is happening on your own doorstep, before repeatedly criticising your island neighbours, but of course, there would be no mileage in that, would there?


  57. St Lucia PM to issue statement on police controversy next Tuesday

    By Caribbean News Now contributor

    CASTRIES, St Lucia — Prime minister of Saint Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, will issue a statement next Tuesday at 8:00 pm to address public concern over the decision of the United States to prohibit officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force from “participating in training programmes arranged or financed by the United States of America,” the Office of the Prime Minister said on Thursda

    The revelation that the US has decided to “disallow” participation by police officers from Saint Lucia in US-organised training programmes came about following reports that Commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, Vernon Francois, had not been permitted to board a flight from Hewanorra International Airport in St Lucia to the United States.

    In a statement last Friday, the government acknowledged the situation but indicated only that the prime minister would issue a further explanation on a date to be announced.

    In the meantime, Anthony has been called upon to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

    The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said that Anthony and his government should have been forthcoming with the people of Saint Lucia from the outset.

    However, Allan Chastanet, the newly elected leader of the opposition United Workers Party, said, “We are awaiting public announcement by PM, and then we will comment.”


  58. As it relates to the question of this implementation deficit disorder in many provinces, it is clear that one of the fundamental causes of this is the government going far beyond its optimal logical size.

    By over-reaching/over-extending itself as far as making so many decisions about things that it is unable to see manifested on time, and especially when it has an already essentially inefficient lethargic archaic decision policy making TAXATION stealing non-revenue earning unionized bureaucracy that is supposed to put those decisions into effect, and when this government bureaucracy is faced with so many unnecessary demands from the public, means to a great extent that such situations would have led to this implementation deficit order.

    PDC


    • @PDC

      No PDC, it is a civil service that is not designed to process quickly accentuated by the political directorate who are spineless.


  59. Carson C. Cadogan | August 16, 2013 at 7:24 AM |
    The revelation that the US has decided to “disallow” participation by police officers from Saint Lucia in US-organised training programmes

    Did this ever happen to any Caribbean state even crime ridden Jamaica or Dominican Rep?
    St. Lucia as a relatively new tourist spot gets millions of dollars in free word of mouth promotion from the Barbados Labour Party and its supporters. Nothing intrinsically wrong with bigging up our neighbor but the BLP goes out its way to pull down Barbados in the process. Only the ubiquitous epitome of misery Adrian Loveridge trumps the BLP in the quest to destroy the land of the flying fish.
    Indeed the BLP and its supporters plainly tell the world that tourists should by pass Barbados and go the St. lucia. These same disloyal traitors then question why tourists are not coming in the numbers as before. Prodigal, miller, the blog owner, island gal et al literally say out loud Barbados is not worth a visit. If these so called intelligent Barbadians who benefitted from DLP Barrow’s free education can give the thumbs down to their own country what do you expect a curious tourist to do? The BLP is responsible for the flight of capital and tourists with its constant degrading of our beautiful island. Pele Bradshaw’s daughter spent her half hour on national tv urging tourists to go St. Lucia. Mara Thompson a native St. Lucian spent her half hour urging Barbadians to unite for the good of Barbados. Oh the irony.
    In the meanwhile the all powerful USA bans all police in St. Lucia including the Commissioner of Police from entering USA. You don’t have to be Einstein to guess why senior St. Lucian police and politicians are denied USA visas that island is an emerging hotbed of crime and corruption.
    Kofi Annan opined Barbados always punches above its weight. He knows the greatness of our island. Its time the disloyal turn their backs on the political expediency that’s hurting the country. Time for Bajans of every stripe to come back to our core values of love and commitment to the gem of the Caribbean.


    • Do you know that speeches delivered by so called prominent people are prepared by others? Your stupid harping on this matter about St.Lucia’s COP, are you not inciting negative feelings between the countries wheren your stupid view maybe seen as representing a greater view. What a yardfowl you are.


  60. David,

    You would realize that when you said that ‘it is a civil service that was not designed to process quickly accentuated by a political directorate who are spineless.’, that the negative implicitly referenced in your argument makes it a tad weak since the same negative ( not designed ) is NOT the CAUSE of this implementation deficit disorder.

    There has to a series of casual positive relationships between the variables, to have caused this disorder.

    And given that this issue of an implementation deficit disorder has never until relatively recently in Barbados been a serious issue in the public domain ( and if at such times in the past there were any other names by which such non-actions could possibly have been subsumed under hitherto we are still sure they would still have had the same meaning), it is eminently reasonable to conclude that the bigger the government sector has over time become or has sought to become in the whole lives of the people in the various social commercial and other sectors of the country, the more the expectations of many members of the general public that those decisions that would have been made by government officials and that would have been helping to make government bigger would have been implemented by certain times and especially when certain time frames for the commencement of the implementation of those decisions would have been given by public sector officials.

    Well, the more these decisions are not implemented, the greater the disappointments frustrations infuriations by those who might otherwise have been the beneficiaries of those decisions – which may very well be associated with present day claims from some persons in Barbados, that the government is suffering from a serious bout of implementation deficit disorder.

    Just look though at the Cabinet system of government in Barbados – with there being elements of collective democracy involved at times, and where there are several ministers and their respective ministry officials that have to be involved in the making of one decision or a set of decisions and the other internal customers that must be involved in the execution of that decision those decisions. Just look at the great moderate amount of time that may be consumed in between the announcement of those decisions and the bringing of such people – the relevant private sector public sector people, if so, together, for such decisions to be made and implemented.

    So, David, the question is not one of the designs of the type of government sector the country has had (for those designs do not make the decisions or series of decisions) but is one of such of the nature of it (the different people of government sector, with similar or different motivations rationalizations, with similar consensuses or dissensuses ) or parts of it, that when these decisions are made however whenever , the amount of time ( which in this case is autonomous of any kind of structural designs – but still in this case is a product of functional behaviour) and that itself passes, for whatever reasons, before implementation is done, and the factors that help give rise to such a deficit.

    And what about the law of marginal diminishing returns as it applies to government and such decisional policy making implementation processes themselves??

    PDC


    • @PDC

      Implementation deficit disorder has always been a problem. Why is appears to be an issue in the current environment is that we have breached our capacity to accommodate wastage/leakage.

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