Is the Ministry of Tourism Underachieving?

Excerpts related to tourism Budget Speeches 2008 to 2012:

  • There are some critical national concerns and a Tourism Master Plan is currently being designed by a new Unit in the Ministry of Tourism designed to look at our tourism development strategy in a holistic way addressing our product, land use policy, marketing, carrying capacity and linkages to our other sectors and the lives of Barbadians among other matters.
  • The expansion of the luxury tourism market will include the construction and opening every two years of a major internationally branded luxury hotel and associated branded residences catering to the five-star and ultra luxury tourism market.
  • The expansion of the luxury room stock will also assist in the establishment of the Health Tourism market in Barbados.
  • I [the late David Thompson’s first budget] have just returned from a CARICOM Heads of Government meeting at which tourism, regional and international transport were discussed for one full day. Some important decisions were taken including the commitment to a regional brand, the establishment of a Caribbean Tourism Marketing Fund and discussions are taking place between LIAT and Caribbean Airlines Limited on their future together – Budget 2008

  • We must maintain our presence in the marketplace and make our marketing more impactful and efficient. We have increased the Budgets of the Tourism Authority and Invest Barbados significantly for the task. We have streamlined the corporate structure of the BTA and increased the mandate of Invest Barbados to include the Diaspora and launched the Team Barbados concept in our foreign Missions under the CIEX mandate – Budget 2009
  • In addition, I propose to establish a Tourism Loan Guarantee Facility to provide assistance to those hotels which require working capital support. The provision of guarantees presents a viable option for government as it will enable the sector to meet its working capital needs with little damage to government’s fiscal position – Budget 2010
  • Accordingly, Mr. Speaker, this Government will work with our cultural workers, across disciplines to establish a public/private sector mechanism whose focus will be to promote, market and distribute the products and services of our cultural workers. It is hoped that after the appropriate consultations with all stakeholders, which I suggest should begin in short order under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture, Tourism and the Ministry of Finance (Investment Division), the mechanism will be put in motion in the shortest possible timeframe – Budget 2011
  • It has been proposed to establish a Hotel Refurbishment Fund to assist small and medium sized hotels. An additional $5 million will be provided to the BTA to assist with special marketing activities. Land taxes on hotel accommodation to be frozen at current levels (11/12) for the next two evaluation cycles – Budget 2012
  • The Minister announced that over the next 18 months, an additional US$50 million is to be expended on the marketing and promotional activities of the Barbados Tourism Authority.
  • The Minister also announced the launch of the “Barbados International Culture and Sports Tourism Promotion Initiative”. This initiative would market Barbados for culture and sports events, and would be funded by
  • It was also announced that the Bds$50 million Hotel Refurbishment Fund (announced in the 2012 B udgetary Proposals) is being administered by the Central Bank of Barbados and is now ready to receive applications from registered tourism accommodation establishments. This Fund is to be financed by surplus funds from NIS which will be loaned at reasonable rates of interest. an initial investment of Bds$20 million – Budget 2013

167 thoughts on “Is the Ministry of Tourism Underachieving?


  1. georgie porgie

    Wrinkly people like you have nothing positive to offer.

    Just DOOM AND GLOOM. simply BECAUSE YOU HAVE ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE ALREADY.


  2. NO I HAVE NOT LOSS ANYTHING FROM NOT JOINING THE DLP
    I BENEFITED FROM WHAT THEY PROVIDED ME FROM 61-76 TO WHICH I WAS ENTITLED AS A BRIGHT BAJAN BOY, AND I DID THAT WITHOUT LICKING ANY PERSONS TAIL AS A BOTTOM FEEDER

    AND I SERVED BARBADOS
    UNLIKE YOU I DONT HAVE TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE TO GET A BREAD, AS SCUM LIKE YOU DO


  3. GEORGIE PORGIE

    Take it easy. Or your old heart will soon give out.

    You are exerting yourself, you have not worked this hard in years.

    Go and check your blood pressure quick!!


  4. I HAVE A LOT TO OFFER
    BUT IT IS DLP TIME ISNT IT?
    THE BAJAN TAX PAYERS PAY THE DLP TO HASTEN THE DEMISE OF BARBADOS.

    AT 61, IM AS SHARP AS A TACK AND OFFER A LOT IN ALL THE CIRCLES IN WHICH I WALK—–NONE OF THEM AS A BOTTOM FEEDER LIKE YOU.


  5. CARSON
    I WORK INTERACTING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WITH BRAIN CAPACITY FAR EXCEEDING THAT WHICH YOU HAVE EVER HAD

    NONE OF THEM ARE BETZPAENIC BOTTOM FEEDERS AND ASS LICKERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES LIKE YOU


  6. georgie porgie

    Just take a back seat and leave the business of Government to the DLP, you have nothing of any value to offer.


  7. GP if you are walking around in circles …stay out of the rum shop .lol Don’t let CCC get to you .. whippersnappers like him try to wind you up and then tomorrow want you to buy some coral beads from them


  8. I WILL CARSON. YOU BET I WILL

    I DONT HAVE A LOT OF TIME FOR SCUM LIKE YOU OR THE INCOMPETENT IMBECILES IN THE DLP

    WHEN FOLK OF YOUR ILK ARE THE DAILY DLP APOLOGISTS ON BU, THIS SPEAKS VOLUMES OF THE LEVEL TO WHICH THE PARTY HAS DESCENDED

    WHEN A SUCCESSFUL FAILURE LIKE FUMBLE LEADS THE DLP GOVERNMENT, SENSIBLE BAJANS WITH FUNCTIONING BRAINS WATCH ON SILENTLY IN HORROR

    YOU ALL ARE JUST AS COMICAL AS A CERTAIN GOVERNMENT ELSEWHERE

    BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE SIGNS OF THE TIME


  9. LAWSON
    I DONT SPEND TIME IN RUM SHOPS AND I DONT DRINK ANYTHING STRONGER THAN CITRUS LOL

    I LAFF AT CARSON

    I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TELL HIM SOMETHING SUBTLELY BUT HE IS SO IGNORANT HE AINT GET IT YET

    I LAUGH AT HIM ALL THE TIME
    HE CANT WORK ME UP MAN


  10. georgie porgie

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stands head and shoulders above you.

    You are not fit to tie his shoe laces.


  11. Look CCC I used think it was funny that AC’s mother wouldn’t let her go out in her teenage years on a windy day because she made a sound like someone blowing into a coke bottle. But now I realize that is the recruitment policy of the DLP..you must have a big orifice and be hollow inside


  12. Lawson

    When the history of Barbados is written Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will be right up there.

    Georgie Porgie will not even be a foot note.


  13. FUMBLE DID NOT EXCEL AT FOUNDATION OR AT CAVE HILL
    FUMBLE WON NO SCHOLARSHIPS
    FUMBLE DID NOT EXCEL AS A LAWYER IN BARBADOS
    FUMBLE DID NOT EVEN EXCEL AT THE ELECTORATE

    FUMBLE HAS PROPOSED NO POLICIES THAT HAVE HAD A LASTING EFFECT ON ANYTHING IN BARBADOS FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AND WHICH HAS BEEN COPIED IN OUR CONTIGUOUS ISLANDS

    UNLIKE YOU, I HAVE NEVER TIED ANY ONE’S LACES SO I WONT KNOW HOW TO TIE FUMBLES SHOES

    FUMBLE DOES NOT STAND HEAD AND SHOULDERS IN ANY CAPACITY
    HE IS YOUR LEADER NOT MINE
    YOU MAY LOOK UP TO HIM BUT I SEE HIM AS A DWARF IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD

    HE SEEMS TO BE A CRETIN TO ME


  14. “georgie porgie

    Let me repeat, “Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stands head and shoulders above you.”

    “You are not fit to tie his shoe laces”.

    Repetition for emphasis!!!


  15. lawson | November 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM |
    But now I realize that is the recruitment policy of the DLP..you must have a big orifice and be hollow inside

    YOU ARE ONLY PARTIALLY CORRECT
    YOU MUST HAVE TWO ORIFICES IN YOUR GI TRACT AND NEITHER OF THESE IS A MOUTH
    BOTH ORIFICES HAVE WITHIN THEM NOT TEETH BUT THE SHELVES OF HOUSTON


  16. I DO NOT SEEK TO BE EVEN A FOOT NOTE IN THE HISTORY OF BARBADOS, BUT IF I HAD TO BE, I WOULD WANT TO HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO BE
    DYNAMIC AND DECISIVE


    • Do we agree with the BHTA that if similar concessions were given to Almond that property would still be open?

      Press Conference (Re: Concessions)
      Published on November 14, 2013
      Good morning to everyone and thank you so very much for attending this press briefing this morning.
      On behalf of the President Patricia Affonso-Dass I would like to extend her apologies for not attending the briefing. However, having attended WTM, Mrs. Affonso-Dass stayed in the UK to conduct training with the key tour operators in that market and is still in England. In attendance we have with us some of the key investors in the tourism industry together with Sunil Chatrani the President Elect of the BHTA.
      This morning we would wish to present to you the BHTA’s position with respects to the concessions that the Government has recently announced for part of the industry.
      However before commencing this we would like on behalf of the Association welcome Sandals Resorts International to the shores of Barbados.  We are fully aware that the Sandals brand is well recognized in our key markets and will bring a lot of recognition to their newly acquired product namely Sandals Couples at Casuarina and by extension to Barbados, be it tour operators, travel agents or consumers. The company is also well known for its extensive marketing ability and its power to encourage and maintain additional airlift. Airlift is always encouraged to fly to a destination when there is sufficient room inventory that is of a good quality.  This was demonstrated when the Almond Hotel Group was operating and Virgin Atlantic commenced flying to Barbados. The introduction of Sandals to Barbados is positive for the industry as a whole, if and only if the operating playing field is level. We look forward to receiving Sandals membership application and welcoming them to the industry’s family.
      http://www.bhta.org/index/resources/news/press-conference-re-concessions.html


  17. CARSON
    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO WAS THE RENT MAN THAT WAS SCREWING EUSTINE IN THE TURNING AND IN YOUR HOUSE WITH YOU IN THE NEXT ROOM?
    HE NOT EVEN IN THE DLP…. LOL


  18. David money is made even in a bankruptcy, just like fortunes are made if the market goes down maybe to some that horse was worth more dead.


  19. georgie porgie

    ” Dynamic and decisive” are not words that fit you.

    FOOLISH AND POMPOUS are better descriptive words for you.

    I have a Tortoise in my backyard that has more sense than you!!

    You are wise in your own eyes thinking that you could be better than the Hon. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and you know what is said about the man who is wise in his own eyes?


  20. @ Georgie porgie
    You have been at pains to list what “fumble” has not achieved . Now tell us since you are making comparisons WHAT HAVE YOU ACHIEVED?


  21. YOU ARE SUCH AN ASS
    DO YOU THINK THAT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST GET IN TO POLITICS

    AGAIN YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ME—-BUT EUSTINE DOES
    A TORTOISE IS A FITTING PET FOR YOU.
    IT IS A FITTING MASCOT FOR BETZPAENICS LIKE YOU AND THE CURRENT BLP

    THE TORTOISE DESCRIBES VERY WELL THE PAEDESTRIAN PACE AT WHICH FUMBLE AND THE DLP CEREBRATES AND HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND WHY SO VERY LITTLE WAS ACHIEVED IN BIM SINCE 2008
    NOW WE KNOW!

    NOT WISE IN MINE OWN EYES AT ALL
    THEY HAVE BEEN TELLING ME THAT I AM VERY SHARP FROM SINCE I WAS A WEE LAD

    IN THE CIRCLES IN WHICH I WALK I AM WELL RESPECTED………..AND THIS IS WITHOUT BENDING TO LICK PEOPLES BOTTOM OR TIE THEIR LACES LIKE YOU DO

    WHY SHOULD I THINK THAT FUMBLE IS MORE THAN ME?
    DO YOU THINK THAT BEING PM MEANS SOME THING TO ME?
    THE PM CAN NOT DO ANYTHING FOR ME?
    HE MEANS NOTHING TO ME
    HE IS A FIGURE HEAD AND A FIGURATIVE HEAD ONLY

    I DONT HAVE REGARD FOR PM’S OR PRESIDENTS OR DIGNITARIES

    I HAVE ONE HERO- CHRIST

    THE PRIME MINISTER MAY BE BETTER THAN YOU BUT HE IS NOT BETTER THAN ME
    HOW IS HE BETTER THAN ME? BECAUSE HE HAS AN OFFICE?
    WHAT AN ASS


  22. fairplay you don’t have to ask about gp it is right there in front of you if you think about it, he is semi retired at 61 but has enough extra cash to buy a computer, walks in circles but doesn’t drink must have a deformity, one leg longer that the other has keen eye sight and very tall or he wouldn’t be able to see into CCC house to see who was humping his mom. But like most of us will achieve nothing but then again we didn’t run for office.


  23. GP why u talking such foolishness .WUH haoppen man . leave well alone. Who FOOPING WHO is words unbecoming u and to think i almost join your church……….WHY UH LOWERING YUH STANDARDS SO MAN…STEUPSE…….


  24. @ Lawson
    Georgie Porgie seems to be a confused man who is still trying to find himself or is dissatisfied with what he is . One time you find him espousing the virtues of Harrison College ; on another you have him on this post behaving like the worse lout imaginable . Harrison College certainly failed with him .


  25. ac
    i have no church ok
    and if I did, I would prefer you didnt come, i dont think I have the patience to teach you

    my biggest sin is that I DONT SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY

    I HAVE SAID WHAT I HAVE SAID TO CARSON FOR AREASON

    LAWSON
    YOU ARE A GIANT WITH FUNCTIONING BETZ CELLS CAPABLE OF CEREBRATION AT A HIGH LEVEL AND WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR.
    I HOPE YOU ARE NOT IN THE DLP


  26. Fairplay….I thought all you people knew each other and were just making sport. Do you mean there are some people that really believe the island is doing well. Gp does go to church. AC an CCC are not the same person Wow this takes on a whole new perspective


  27. Ac

    georgie porgie

    is not lowering his standards, that is the level that “georgie porgie” is accustom to operating at.

    He is most comfortable in the gutter.

    Recall what the Bible says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”

    So he is not lowering his standards, THOSE ARE HIS STANDARDS.

    The more he writes the more everyone can see what a low life he is. A low life with nothing much of value to offer!!!

    The more he write the clearer it is!!!!!

    WRITE on georgie porgie.

    I will get a job for you at the Bridgetown Sewage Plant where you will be at home.


  28. Fairplay | November 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM |
    R U A DLP PSYCHIATRIST?
    I AM NOT AT ALL CONFUSED…………….EXCEPT THAT WRONG DOING SEEMS TO PREVAIL IN THIS WORLD.

    I WAS TAUGHT AT HOME TO DO RIGHT AND FEAR NO MAN
    I FEAR NO MAN AND WORSHIP NONE
    I JUST NEVER HAVE, AND DONT KNOW HOW TO.
    I LOOK UP ONLY TO CHRIST, NOT TO PM’S

    WHEN SCUM LIKE CARSON ATTACK ME I WILL REMIND THEM OF THEIR ORIGINS AND THEIR PENCHANT FOR WAITING TABLES AND LICKING BOTSIES IN GEORGE STREET-THINGS I HAVE NEVER DONE
    DONT WORRY BOUT ME AND MY CV BECAUSE YOU CANT LIFT ME UP OR PULL ME DOWN


  29. georgie porgie

    What job should I get for you at the Bridgetown Sewage Plant?

    You are going to fit in nicely down there!!!


  30. The above discourse on this blog leaves a lot to desired. Personal attacks have replaced critical reasoning and analysis. And yetwe say that we boost 99% literacy! Georgie porgie, CCC, AC , you all want jesus!


  31. lawson | November 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM |
    .I thought all you people knew each other
    WE DONT
    and were just making sport. I DONT MAKE SPORT WITH SCUM LIKE CARSON. HE IS AN IRRITANT WITH LITTLE PEDIGREE WHO BELIEVES THAT BOTTOM LICKING IN THE DLP IS THE BE ALL AND BE ALL IN LIFE

    WHEN I AM BORED I COME HERE TO MAKE SPORT
    Do you mean there are some people that really believe the island is doing well. WELL THE DLP YARD FOWLS ON BU THINK THAT BARBADOS IS UTOPIA

    YOU ARE NOT TO SAY OTHERWISE
    YOU MUST JUST SING THEIR HYMNS AND CHANT THEIR PSALMS

    I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE ON BU SAYS ABOUT ME CAUSE NONE OF THEM KNOW WHO I AM AND NONE OF THEM CAN RICE ME AS WE USED TO SAY BACK IN THE DAY ON THE ROCK


  32. Carson C. Cadogan | November 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM |
    georgie porgie

    What job should I get for you at the Bridgetown Sewage Plant?

    ARE YOU THE HEAD WAITER DOWN THERE?

    I AM OVERQUALIFIED


  33. georgie porgie

    A man suffering from “delusions of grandeur”.

    I thought your species were extinct decades ago. Now I see that there is a remnant existing.

    Very interesting.


  34. GP nobody knows who I am,,,,,,, David does……and remember two people can keep a secret only if one is dead. So as much as I like to play and poke if you really were going to out CCC;s mum I don’t think that would be cool, your better than that.


  35. GP & lawson……. if you guys were lookin to frighten poor Carson..it worked…look he went and call out AC….now you cant bump off ac that EZ….. rather you got to burn her at the stake…LOL


  36. I seems as though, some here are consciously or unconsciously stewing in their own judices. Because to launch vitriolic attacks, serves no better purpose than to kill the collegiate spirit that is conducive to the critical thinking skills.


  37. Hey humbug Onions yeah u i talking to you Did you see the official trio picture of DOOM and GLOOM on the front page of Barbados TODAY? tek a good look. WUHLOSS DOOM and GLOOM up close and personable Who woulda Eva thought


  38. @Cadogan ”I will get a job for you at the Bridgetown Sewage Plant where you will be at home.”
    ———-
    Interesting that you have such *power*, you enjoy that huh? No wonder, if you call shots, that things in Barbados are now such a mess.

    And I doubt you can get GP a job with the Government now, they have no money, or haven’t you heard?

    Is the same businessman still paying the Port workers salaries?


  39. @Editor /re ‘Is the Ministry Underachieving’…

    Well…DUH! The WHOLE of the Barbados Government is underachieving….

    But MAYBE that is unfair. ‘UNDER’ would signify that they are capable of more….that is doubtful.

    Cant make a chicken fly.


  40. @Mark Fenty. ‘ conducive to the critical thinking skills.’/

    Lol… you know that C Cadogan writing in here and you talking about critical thinking???

    RFLMAO!!!!


  41. It seems as though, some here are consciously or unconsciously stewing in their own judices. Because to launch vitriolic attacks, serves no better purpose than to kill the collegiate spirit that is conducive to the critical thinking skills.


  42. Stop moaning, stop whining, stop castigating and looking for someone or something to blame. Let’ admit that we do not have all answers, to all of the questions.


  43. Mobert | November 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM |
    I was home last year and a doctor at one of the polyclinics told me she had not been paid for three months


  44. georgie porgie

    Cheese on bread!

    I thought you gone to sleep.

    I am going to make a hot cup of cocoa and email it to you so that you can go and get your rest!!


  45. Onions

    Looks like wunna Nation Newspaper in a spot of bother. And the thing about it this is supposed to be their Anniversary month. This is one anniversary that are not likely to forget.

    AND, SHOCKINGLY ENOUGH, THE NATION IS NOT COVERING THIS AS BREAKING NEWS…..

    “Nation Publishing Co. Ltd’s publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris and senior journalist Sanka Price have been released on $5,000 bail and ordered to hand over their travel documents after appearing on a charge of showing an indecent photograph of two minors.

    The three appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court this afternoon after being questioned for several hours by police.

    Their charges stem from the publication of a picture of two school children having sex in a classroom on the backpage of the October 26, 2013 Saturday Sun.

    Price was the author of the article which was accompanied by the offending photograph.

    The trio’s appearance comes a day after two teenage boys, 15 and 16, were granted $10,000 bail and placed on curfew after being charged with capturing the photograph in the first place.”


  46. David;
    Could you explain your 11.25 post? I think I understand the implications but I’m not sure. If i’m right what you said above is quite scary.


    • @are-we-there-yet?

      As adults, as human beings we have a moral obligation/responsibility to add value to the space we occupy. Whether we are aware or whether we acknowledge it, we are inextricably linked to the environment we temporally occupy. Does anyone believe that if we abuse it there is some recompense which will be exacted? This is a question which can be posed to all facets of how we exist.


  47. Carson………..i am happy to hear about the new invention for picking sorrel, i will definitely look into that for someone.


  48. It is a pity that the level of discussion on this blog has sunk to this – talking about person’s Mothers what does that have to do with anything?

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