The Adrian Loveridge Column – Up De Ting

Adrian Loveridge

As we enter the long eight month summer period, I would imagine that our tourism planners have increased their focus on how to maintain both visitor arrival numbers, duration of stay and equally importantly the average spend.

As the Chairman of the main trade association recently pointed out, our British visitors are increasingly looking for value-for-money, after the fall in the value of Sterling when compared to the US Dollar with many seriously considering alternative destinations outside of the Caribbean where their Pounds can purchase a holiday without a fall in standards and expectations.

Personally I believe there is a lot more we can do to bridge the currency disparity by looking at creative ways to soften the higher component costs that make up the total vacation.

Specifically in the case of the United Kingdom, I have advocated over the years, sadly so far without success, that we as a destination can intervene to a greater extent by partnering with entities like trains, airport parking and overnight accommodation. The negotiated savings would be passed on to the customer, helping to bring the cost of the overall experience down to become more affordable.

Locally, our manufacturers and distributors also can step up to source and supply products that relate in price to what our visitors pay in their home countries. Of course we are a small island which results in importing far too much with all the associated add-ons and costs, but it’s often incomprehensible trying to justify the margins.

As an example someone has to explain to me why an identical size and brand of yogurt costs around GB pound 1 in a British Tesco’s, yet is on sale here between BDS$12-14.

In July, Barbados will host the first Carib Food and Hospitality show and already a number of overseas suppliers have registered to exhibit with the objective of growing their market here and throughout the region.

Hopefully there will be a substantial, locally based presence too and while a handful of companies are proactive, the overwhelming preponderance often appear to be rather complacent and appear to be happier assuming an order –taking role rather that actively going out there looking for increased business.

We are truly blessed with our diverse choice of restaurants and eating places and this is one of our main marketing tools.

While our larger suppliers will not baulk at the charges associated with exhibiting at this event, our smaller manufacturers should not be disadvantaged by cost. So hopefully organisations like the Small Business Association, Barbados Agricultural Marketing, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Development Corporation together with others, will work together to offer shared stand space to enable even the tiny businesses to highlight their products.

Also bearing in mind the foreign exchange it brings to the destination, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation could partner with Caribbean Export Development Agency and jointly sponsor small business stands for each participating regional territory, where the exhibiting expenses could be spread across a number of partners.

Maybe it is also an event that the Barbados Tourism Product Authority should become involved, in as it’s a wonderful opportunity to highlight items made and sold locally.

60 thoughts on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – Up De Ting

  1. Have you invested any more money in Barbados or you still with your 2×2 Inn?

    You vilified Sandals, but look at how much they are doing for Barbados in such a short time.


  2. David

    Anything on the last qrtr from the central bank yet?

    Being on the west coast for the second year,I noted an increase in numbers of the visitors but equaly listened to complaints of the taxis,shops and restaurants of the down turn in spend,the bars however were happy.

  3. I read “The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017” report and found it rather interesting. Barbados, Jamaica and T&T are the only Caribbean islands mentioned on the list.

    If you were to examine “Table 3” on page 14 of the report, you would realize Barbados (global rank =58), Jamaica (69) and Trinidad & Tobago (73) are included in “North and Central America.”

    The competitiveness is broken down into a various categories such as:

                                          Barbados       Jamaica    T&T

    Business Environment 4.4 4.8 4.4
    Safety and Security 5.6 4.0 4.1
    Health and Hygiene 6.0 4.7 5.1
    Human Resource and Labour Market 4.7 4.7 4.5
    ICT Readines 5.2 4.2 4.8

    • @Artax

      It seems there is nothing much in the scores. Barbados separates itself in the ICT and safety categories.

  4. WEF report or ranking means zilch. We shouldn’t get excited over these nonsensical ranking.

    • @fortyacresandamule

      So what is the purpose of the report?

      On Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 6:45 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:


  5. @David. I usually don’t get caught up with these, more than often, useless reports or rankings from the various international outfits.

    Jamaica and Barbados don’t compete for the same core customers.
    Two different markets and tourism philosophy. Jamaica is a heavily discounted, mass-market, and an overwhelmingly all-inclusive destination while Bim is a high-end market along with an upscale second-home market for foreigners. This competitive report is crap.

    • Thanks fortyacrsandamule, what you wrote makes sense but we are no expert on the subject.

      It begs the question why the Nation newspaper and a couple other local news outlets have given prominence to the report.

  6. David

    The bottom line is the spend….irrespective of your demographics.

    Possibly the ranking will reflect that aspect of it.

  7. @David. Our newspapers in the region have a tendency to make headliners out of anything coming out of these various international outfits as gospel without a rigorous interrogation.

  8. DAVID April 17, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    If he was an astute business man then his total would not be: Peach and Quiet – 0

  9. “IT is being suggested that business activity could rebound and development increase in Speightstown if greater use is made of the Special Development Areas Act.
    That’s the view of this country’s Chief Town Planner, Mark Cummins, who says the opportunities set out in the Act have not been taken advantage of in Speightstown as had been anticipated.

    He explained that the Special Development Areas Act makes provision for various concessions to be approved for developers wishing to carry out activities such as hotels including conference areas, residential complexes, commercial buildings as well as tourism projects highlighting heritage and the natural environment in the earmarked areas of Carlisle Bay, St. Lawrence Gap, the Scotland District and Speightstown.”

    • @Hants

      We are so tired of these talking heads. Do you recall what the Bridgetown Redevelopment Plan was designed to do? Several years late Bridgetown is a piss alley.

  10. 40 Acres
    I haven’t seen an update recently but Trinidad had the dubious distinction of being among the most unfriendly nations of the world insofar as tourism is concerned.I think Venezuela was at the bottom of the pit and Trinidad was next in line,so you are correct they are not comparing apples with apples.

  11. @ David,

    the reality is that “Barbados” does not have the money to finance these “redevelopment plans.

    Government investment is required.

    Private investors like cow an jerk prefer to invest north of Speightstown.

  12. From all indications from the int’l investors and local private sector it would seem that no new development will occur under this govt once it continues to function without accountability and transparency.

    We apparently have to await the elections,whenever called and watch the country slowly sink into the mire….hmmm.

  13. @Carson C. Cadogan April 17, 2017 at 8:22 AM “You vilified Sandals, but look at how much they are doing for Barbados in such a short time.”

    If the rest of us could get a 40 year tax holiday, that is not have to pay any taxes for 40 years we could do a lot for ourselves, our families and Barbados too.

    Stop trying to justify desperate, foolish decisions.


  14. @Carson C. Cadogan April 17, 2017 at 7:37 PM “If he was an astute business man then his total would not be: Peach and Quiet – 0”

    So sucking up taxpayers money,, makes a business person astute?

    No wonder you and others who believe like you see the taxpayers as fatted calves ripe for the slaughter.

    The last person who talked about us as fatted calves is now in St. Johns Church Yard, and some people think maybe in hell as well.

  15. @David April 18, 2017 at 9:57 AM “Several years late Bridgetown is a piss alley.”

    Bridgetown is only a piss alley because so many Bajan men have not yet been toilet trained…(a task that should really have been completed before age 5) They should really be ordered to wear diapers when they come into town.

    I have not peed in public since long before I started elementary school.

    My 3 year old gran tells me “I can hold it until I get to a bathroom”

    What the hell is wrong with wunna men?

  16. Simple Simon April 19, 2017 at 1:32 PM #

    What the hell is wrong with wunna men?

    Older men like me who suffer from a prostate occurence,can be caught short and in the absence of toillets or a colostomy bag which all of us do not have to use we we are forced to look for the nearest port for a storm……

    We old men who in our youth were quite fastidous can do no better in our last days……my apologies.

  17. Actually formerly fastidious old men are not the greatest offenders.

    Perfectly healthy looking looking men in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s often seem to be caught short as well.

    And yet i never see pregnant women being caught short, not even those who are pregnant with twins, or even with triplets.

    A 7 to 10 pound fetus or fetuses exerts huge pressure on a woman’s urinary track and yet…

    My mummy taught me always go before you leave home, before you leave work, before you leave church, before you leave your friend’s home, before you leave Kensington, etc. etc. etc.

    Always go before you leave.

    Bridgetown need not be pissy.

    Men with prostate problems who live in places where the temperature drops to -40 C do not expose their crown jewels to the harsh temperatures.

  18. I remember seeing public toilets, (or public conveniences as they were called), during the late 1970s… early 1980s.

    There was one located in the alley separating Courts and Furniture Limited.

  19. It is not there any longer. The little space is now a parking lot. Why???

    There are some in the busstands at Fairchild street and at Cheapside. Some in Independence square, and thankfully some in the fast food places.

    • @Simple Simon

      You know why it is gone. It was one of the stinkiest pieces of real estate to venture near.

  20. Really excellent ones at the airport and at L.E. Sandiford Conference Center. Always clean, always enough warm water, soap and paper.

    Don’t know why they can’t be like that all over each town?

    I think that i will sell my vote to the politician/party who promises to deliver excellent quality public toilets. And to pay enough staff, and to provide enough materials to do 3 times per hour maintenance.

    Soap is not expensive. Toilet paper is not expensive, water is not expensive, so what is the problem?

    A U.N. World Heritage site deserves no less.

    Any U.N. official [Cabinet Minister, Prime Minister, Governor General, President] should feel comfortable dropping into Bridgetown without notice and using any one of our public toilets.

  21. @David April 19, 2017 at 3:04 PM Simple Simon “You know why it is gone. It was one of the stinkiest pieces of real estate to venture near.”

    I know David. I’ve used it or tried to use it back in the day. But it became stink because we failed to do proper maintenance.

    How come the ones at the airport’s arrival and departure lounges are always clean and well stocked with the soap, warm water, and toilet paper?

    It is not as though we do not know how to construct and maintain proper toilets. We DO KNOW what to do.

    So what is the problem?

    • @Simple Simon

      Does a Ninja Man type of vagrant frequent those places you mentioned? And yes those places are maintained.

  22. There have always been Ninja Men, there will always be Ninja men. Since the Ninja type are incapable of cleaning up after themselves, yes sadly we have to pay somebody to clean up after then, we must not just throw our hands up into the air.

    From time to time the Ninja Men type have to go to the hospital and or prison, and yes somebody has to clean up after them.

    The mentally ill we will have always with us.

  23. In the main village of the area that I live in whilst in the UK,they have a public facility that gets thrashed every night but by say 6.30 am its clean again and no fittings missing.

    The reason for that is some solid stainless steel equipment affixed to the walls and ground and the floor is like one for an abatoir…easily sluiced…..the culprits were east europeans…….we should try it here.

  24. We insist in using domestic type fittings for public spaces and then wonder “wha’ happen?”

    I’ve seen notices at the L.E. Sandiford Center instructing staff to clean the spaces every 20 minutes, or more often as necessary.

    It works.

  25. @ Simple Simon
    So what is the problem?
    Brass bowls.
    Tron inadvertently provided the astounding answer a while back.

    Barbadians are, to an overwhelming extent, just one or two generations out of slavery.
    Consider a people being SPECIFICALLY and SYSTEMATICALLY bred for the attributes of a mendicant, self-deprecating, inferiority complex, outward looking, animal-like mentality…… CONTINUOUSLY FOR FOUR CENTURIES.

    Think about it….
    …..any sign of innovation, independence, assertiveness, quality, humanity …being SNUFFED OUT as rebellion, evil wickedness, or “uppityness”…..
    ….Lackies and brown-nosing to whites being promoted, …and those ones given whips and made house servants and overseers (politicians).

    Would you not EXPECT low-level, animal-like’ behaviours to be common now?

    Look at our ‘culture’ ; the way young people dress; …speak; …carry themselves…
    The way we litter,,, piss all over the place….
    Does it not remind you of animals?

    How would high level ‘God-like’ behaviours be natural to such people?
    Cleanliness is next to Godliness… and dirty minds are reflected in the way we respect our surroundings….

    Brass bowls are able to tolerate capital cities like Bridgetown…
    Brass bowls allow their building to run down to ruin….while borrowing to build new ones..
    Brass bowls are ‘mash-up and buy back…’

    After Tron made this point a few weeks ago, Bushie has had to reflect on the options for a turn-around in Barbados….. and the prognosis is not good…

    BBE has a way of raising up jewels from the most unlikely of places …. like King David from a lowly shepherd boy; …like Jesus from a manger in nazareth; … like Peter from a brass bowl fisherman;…. like Paul from ‘ingrunt’ Saul….

    Perhaps Barbados may be important for producing a diamond from among brass bowls…

    …but in terms of having a quality of human resources available to generate the conditions for an advanced society…… Forget dat !!!

  26. As much as I enjoy coming to barbados there is a cruelness that cannot be denied in the actions of some. Whether it is the killing of turtles or animals for the shear joy of it or the outright criminal attack on those less fortunate. Who carrys pepper spray at the ready, pure evil he should be caught and imprisoned.

  27. The police drive by and dont stop to see what is going on with this man ???? what is wrong with you people

    • @lawson

      It is an offence to use pepper spray on a person who is not perceived as a serious threat. The scene was caught on video and the police should act.

  28. @ Lawson
    …Whether it is the killing of turtles or animals for the shear joy of it…
    Unless of course it is hunting them with high powered automatic weapons as a hobby…. that is a highly developed sport of course….

  29. Lawson,

    It is nice to have a friend of Barbados telling us how aggressive and sometimes violent we are. Where is the Guyana-born DPP and commissioner of police in bringing a case against the brute who assaulted Ninja Man?
    Once again missing in action.

  30. bt since when are you getting sarcastic?.When ever we do studies up here, its found that arsonists played with matches as kids , sadists as children pulled wings off flys and hurt defenseless animals, but I am not sure what kind of creature revels in another human beings misery in so called beautiful barbados , the germans have coined a word for it and rightfully so, but listening to that person laugh and watch everyone including police go by without a thought for him makes me ashamed in promoting your islands people as sweet and caring

  31. Hal I joke around but I love barbados my second home but this type of behavior is a trend I have seen since cnn came to your island. Having worked in emergency services most of my life I would suspend who is in that police car, and the bus driver that nearly drove over his foot, the person should be easy to track down by phone or the store he was standing at and if he is associated with that shop it should be made known so that good people can decide if this is a business that deserves their patronage. The business association of that area should apologize to this man since the attacker was at one and make amends for his treatment. If no police officer or politician acts on this video you better think hard what they would do if it was you …..

  32. Lawson,
    Social justice is not part of the vocabulary of Barbadian politics. People may rant on about economic policy, whether they know anything about economics or not, but it is one-dimensional.
    One important factor is that the middle classes may now live in the terraces and height, but they are only two and at most three generations away from cane cutters, messengers, domestic servants – with all respects to dignity of work.
    @Lawson, they are scared of slipping on the social ladder. Which in part explains their rudeness and aggression.
    They have their university diplomas, but nothingness – no manners, no dignity, no sophistication.
    I see them in London while on visits, they make me laugh.

  33. How many members of staff do you have Adrian? You have been here for years.

    By yearend Sandals who you vilified will have 1000 employees. They are more useful to the Bajan economy than you are.

  34. Whoever pepper sprayed Ninja Man should be prosecuted. I’ve seen Ninja Man in town for decades, and even though he appears to be eccentric, sometimes wearing tu-tu’s or women’s clothing, or on occasion going naked, and even though he sometimes empties garbage bins and scatters garbage around, including into the sea I have never seen him commit an act of violence against any person nor any living thing.

  35. @Hal Austin April 20, 2017 at 1:28 PM “the middle classes may now live in the terraces and height, but they are only two and at most three generations away from cane cutters, messengers, domestic servants – with all respects to dignity of work.”

    So what has being of the labouring class got to do with being violent?

    As one who was excellently parented by a domestic servant and an agricultural labourer/tradesman, as one who is one generation away from cane cutters, messengers, and domestic servants, as one who has worked in the fields for more than 6 decades, as one who still works in the fields I have never noticed a causal relationship between manual labour and violence.

    In fact in the communities in which I was raised and still live most people then and now, took pride, even if they were poor, in being peaceful and polite.

    Almost certainly the young MAN who assaulted Ninja Man has never done an hour of manual labour in his life.

  36. @Carson C. Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 8:37 PM “By yearend Sandals who you vilified will have 1000 employees.”

    And how many employees would they have here if they were not on a 40 year tax payer funded tax holiday?

    Perhaps they would not be here at all?

    perhaps they would have zero employees here?

    You think we stupid?


  37. The police need to look for him. I would not be at all surprised if he is a home/neighbourhood bully.

    Probably beats his girlfriend.

    Probably is disrespectful to his mother.

    Probably provides no or inadequate support to his children, if he has children?

    Probable keeps a pit bull or other aggressive dog.

    The police should check him and his friends for guns and drugs too.

    Because why was he armed with pepper spray anyhow?

    He has enemies?


  38. Chances are those violent young men cannot read or write.I saw eveidence one day while awaiting my turn in the passport office.This young guy was given a from to complete.He moved away from the wicket and went a few yards away and started cursing the worse way.The guard warned him.After a while he asked for help in completing the form because he said he ‘can’t see too good’…….read….he couldn’t dance.

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