The Adrian Loveridge Column – 2019 Wish List

As we end another challenging year and enter a new hopefully more positive one, it would appear disingenuous not to have a 2019 wish list or perhaps more realistically a dream list. So just for the sake of it, here is mine (not necessarily in order of implementation).

  1. I remain firmly convinced that there is a great deal more to be achieved if we learn to work better together, sharing ideas and costs.Many years ago we convinced the three largest villa rental agencies to jointly prepare suitable artwork including each of them in a single page ‘ad’ that was then placed in targeted travel magazines. The reach was greater for the cost than if they had attempted it individually and gave them much greater coverage.
  2. Over the years I admit to have dismally failed to persuade the policymakers to implement an effective frequent flyer offering.This, despite an enormous growth in loyalty programmes which has been largely driven by the vastly increased number of ways to amass miles, often without even having to fly anywhere.
  3. For most of our visitors, their holiday or vacation does not start at the airport or destination. It begins at home. For our more elderly clientele, getting to and from their home airport can present fundamental challenges with associated concerns and perceived risks. I would like to see us work with other travel partners like Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains to make airport access simpler, less stressful and less expensive. Rather like the British Rail Card concept, which for a small annual fee reduces the cost of travel on trains by as much as 30 per cent.
  4. To identify and spend next year restoring and upgrading ten historical buildings in Bridgetown and Speightstown with the support of volunteers and corporate Barbados. Whether these finally become craft shops, art galleries, cafés or other useful revenue generating premises could be decided along the way.
  5. To reduce our dependence on imported food stuffs by using the vast acreage of idle agricultural land to facilitate co-operative growers and provide the necessary security and environment to deter praedial larceny.
  6. It would not be a credible wish list without mentioning airlift. Again, for years I have been trying to persuade the low cost carrier, Norwegian Air to service Barbados. Ideally, with non stop services from the Scandinavian airports they currently fly to, notably Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo. They operate a large fleet of B787 Dreamliner’s, perhaps the most ideal aircraft for the distance and timings. Even if we could only pick one of these airports, it makes economic sense to initially share a triangle route with our neighbour, St. Lucia.

Secondly, it is only a matter of time before an Icelandic airline flies into the Caribbean. With the newest aircraft types the capacity risk is dramatically reduced with smaller planes able to fly further. Iceland’s strategic geographical location and its proven ability to punch way above its weight, makes it an ideal partner.

16 thoughts on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – 2019 Wish List

  1. My “dream” is that in 2019 we would at last become aware that 2025 marks the Quadricentennial of Barbados’ settlement and whether it was for good or for worse, we start making plans, designing products and events and generally begin using the advance announcement – to retake our claim that despite the muck of history and her limited resources, this miniscule coral uptick in the Caribbean has navigated her way to being pretty remarkable.

    Happy and prosperous New Year, Barbados.

    • A good wish from you for 2019. It calls for a major disruption in how we educate our people- at school and at home.

  2. Indeed, I recognize that it is a crossroad. But all disruption is “repairable” so it’s not too early to start the conversation. Which way shall we go . . . pride OR industry ? I say we make a punch out of the sour stuff.

  3. Best Wishes for 2019! Adrian one of the first things that should be done and hopefully the current government will do is fix the infrastructure, ie the water, sewage, electrical, transportation and garbage and the judicial system. I as a tourist can then have confidence I will have a healthy comfortable safe holiday. I do not wish to blame any particular government. I doesn’t matter, who was responsible. Move forward. You have the sun the sea and the sand! Eliminate water shortages , upgrade your sewage plants, eliminate the garbage on the streets and power outages have safe efficient public transportation system, curb crime by having an efficient court system. You may be surprised at the increase in tourism not to mention a better quality of life for Bajans.

    • Agree, the physical infrastructure needs work as a matter of urgency. The South Coast would have sucked a lot of the meager resources.

  4. “You may be surprised at the increase in tourism not to mention a better quality of life for Bajans.”

    So simple. You have made a link between having an industry and improving the quality of life of the citizens.

    For others, it is just about earning forex and number of bodies (arrivals and departures).

  5. @ David December 31, 2018 4:05 PM

    We have been warning over and over that the authorities (aka the government) are playing a game of Russian roulette with the public health of the country.
    And you see what took place on the South coast which almost destroyed a vital industry.
    The next outbreak would not to so soft on the economy!

    How can a people who like to boast of their so-called enviable education system be so lapsed in their public hygiene habits?

    It will take an outbreak of some communicable disease of epidemic proportion to bring these ‘authorities’ to Christian understanding (cleanliness is next to godliness) the same way it took a trip to the IMF to bring the country to economic reality.

    Carry on Bajans, with your nasty habits! Hygieia is watching!

  6. Extension Granted for Tax Amnesty
    Tax Amnesty Extended

    12/31/2018 02:26 PM
    Barbados Revenue Authority Press Releases

    Given the tremendous response to the tax amnesty programme proposed by the Minister of Finance on June 11, 2018 the Barbados Revenue Authority has sought the permission of the Ministry of Finance to extend the application period for the amnesty. The Ministry has agreed and the Authority will be accepting applications until Friday, January 4, 2018.

    According to Carolyn Williams-Gayle, manager communications and PR, the tax amnesty is intended to encourage taxpayers who have been delinquent on their tax bills to take advantage of the programme to bring their arrears up to date.

    “Over the last week we have seen increased foot traffic at our locations in relation to persons applying for the tax amnesty. We do want taxpayers to benefit from participating in the programme as it allows them to save on their outstanding tax bills as all of the penalties and interest will be waived once the principle is paid in full. Some persons have indicated the need for time to secure financing and an extension for the programme has been granted until the end of this week,” she explained.

    The taxes eligible for the waiver of penalty and interest in this Tax Amnesty programme are Value Added Tax (VAT), Land Tax, Income Tax, P.A.Y.E. and Corporation Tax.

    More from Press Releases

    Extension Granted for Tax AmnestyMonday, December 31, 2018

    Third Party Providers Require New Tax Numbers of Clients and EmployeesWednesday, December 12, 2018

    Delayed Opening at the PineWednesday, November 28, 2018

    BRA Hosts TAMIS Training Sessions for Secondary School AdministratorsWednesday, September 26, 2018

    BRA Participates In Two Day CARICOM-OECD WorkshopTuesday, September 25, 2018

    Tourism Sector Reminded to File and Pay New LeviesThursday, August 23, 2018

    Requirements for Reporting FATCA and CRSThursday, August 2, 2018

    Upper Income Tax Band Start Date Changes to AugustFriday, July 6, 2018

  7. An excellent wish list Loveridge.

    Unfortunately it has been made to Minister Oblong Head or Chewbacca in the House of Assembly so you can rest assured that it will fall on deaf ears.

    I honestly don’t think that you and others of the peeple and sheeple here understand the depth of this problem and the depth of the faeces that abounds here.


    Trudge on as shall we all, fighting the onslaught and Horde of Cretinous Mongoloids

  8. David…. I agree with you 100%…… “we can do this”….. despite the huge amount of garbage island-wide BUT someone needs to coordinate the process………… I would gladly come out & help pickup garbage but when I leave it on the side of the road in a bag….. who will pick it up before the rain washes it away??

    We see this type of non-coordination constantly when the gutters/sidewalks are cleaned and the stuff sits on the side of the road for days until the rain washes it back into the drains…… another example: when the road is dug up and instead of properly re-filling the ‘channel’, the rubble is simply pushed back into the space and tapped down with a shovel. Along comes vehicles & rain… and the result is a man-made pothole/channel.

    You want to see ‘real garbage’???….. rent a Mountain bike and ride the cane tracks & off-road trails,,,,, you will be surprised at the amount of fridges, stoves, old TV’s, etc….. laying in the bush…. if government placed large ‘skips’ in convenient places for people to put this stuff, it would help….. provided they emptied them more than once-a-year!!!

    Go look at the skip by Dover Beach…. constantly overflowing ….. obviously serving it’s purpose but need to be emptied more frequently…… no ‘follow up’ on too many initiatives,,,,, poor at implementation …… the list goes on….. so sad!!!

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