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  • The headline states:”Barbados Lagging Bahamas, Jamaica and DR with TSA Implementation”… but nowhere in the article do we see the ‘proof’ in a ranking/table/etc.!

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  • What the article is really saying is that we don’t know what tourism is bringing it in. Nothing new here. We all know that for every dollar earn at least sixty eight cents don’t stand around here in real terms

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  • What is the average spend by UK tourists to Barbados, and how long is the average stay?

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  • @ Adrian

    How would you like to see Airbnb regulated? What is you gripe with Airbnb besides obvious self interest as a hotel owner?

    Surely you realize the gig economy is here to stay and provides a useful income stream for many.

    Wrt Airbnb, many Bajans who would
    not otherwise be involved in the industry are able to finally benefit directly and economically from the industry.

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  • British Airways pilots begin two-day strike over pay

    Tens of thousands of passengers have been told not to go to airports, with the airline cancelling some 1,700 flights due to the disruption.

    The pilots’ union Balpa said BA management’s cost-cuts and “dumbing down” of the brand had eroded confidence in the airline.

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  • @ks

    The title of the blog originates with the blogmaster, a google will provide you with additional info about TSA.

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  • I shudder at what I am about to do as I frown on others posting on subjects not associated with the subject of discussion. I will placate myself with the explanation that we are discussing tourism and thereby give myself a free pass.

    Yesterday my wife, daughter (15 y.o.) and I spent the day at Accra beach. We packed breakfast items and purchased snacks, coconut water and other minor items for later in the day. At lunchtime, we hopped into the car and took a short trip to a fast food outlet for boxes of fried lunch items (not good).

    So far, so good. In the afternoon, a local beach character who must be well known to all the regulars at Accra approached an elderly Caucasian couple sitting near to us and who were obviously visitors engaging them in conversation. This went on for quite some time until the sound of raised voices attracted my attention. As the intensity of the interaction became more and more heated, I saw the female stand and heard her say “You have ten seconds to leave us alone or I will call the police”. Needless to say, the beach person remained in his position and raised his voice even higher in a threatening manner.

    At this point, I could no longer sit and observe so I walked over to the group and asked the beachie to carry on smartly and leave the visitor alone. This took him into overdrive as he completely ignored me and intensified his verbal attack on the visitor. I then raised my voice at him informing that I would go and get the beach wardens and also call the police if he did not leave immediately and stop harassing the couple. He eventually chose the path of least resistance and walked away, but not without many a backward comment to the visitors in what could be no less than threats to their well-being.

    The two folks eventually came over to our table expressing their gratitude for my intervention and indicating their level of discomfort at the entire episode. The couple is Irish and has been coming to Barbados for more years than they could count and, on their retirement, immigrated to the United Kingdom from whence they now visit Barbados yearly. They were already on the island for five weeks and still had one more week to go.

    Now, this is not an isolated incident. This same beachie has made a nuisance of himself on four previous occasions with which I am personally aware. I took my daughter and two of her friends to Accra during her summer vacation and this individual imposed himself on them to the point of discomfort causing them to move twice in order to avoid him. That same day, he did the identical thing to a young lady who appeared to be Asian, up until she left the beach. About a week ago, my daughter and some other friends had to call for an early pick-up from the beach as he was again following them around until they were extremely uncomfortable.

    Visitor surveys and visitor spends that TSA will uncover may be an absolute necessity for us to plot a new direction but it will never uncover how the many millions of dollars we spend on advertising is frittered away by lax beach management, allowing known characters to harass visitors into never returning to these shores.

    Maybe it is time for Parks and Beaches to issue cell phones to all beach rangers (compliments of our a caring telecommunications providers), with beach signs displayed in prominent locations with the cell number to call for instant response. It is sometimes difficult to locate the rangers when you need them most as they can’s cover an entire beach without difficulty. The cell phones would of course have to be restriced to work use only.

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  • @Fearplay

    An horrendous revelation. One that exposes the hypocrisy how we manage the national affairs of the country. We spend millions to market the country and then allow vagrants in a fit of ignorance to erode the effort.

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  • @Fearplay
    Several years ago a female colleague ( white)vacationed in Barbados with another female friend.When she returned to work while exchanging pleasantries I asked about the holiday and she said she had a wonderful time. Later I overheard her telling another female coworker that she had never experienced so much harassment in her life. Guess she didn’t want to make me ashamed of my country

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  • If this is happening so in your face it must be clear the authority is aware? Does the BTMI personnel, police et al patrol the beaches? Not to mention NCC people. What the hell are we doing?

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  • Adrian,

    Let me ask you a counter question: Do you really believe that anyone on the island from the taxpayer-funded tourism agencies sector has an interest in changing the statistics? They would put themselves on the sidelines.

    As a banana republic we are urgently dependent on tourism. If we are already bananas, then please be proper bananas.

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  • What about the general harassment, men chatting up every woman they see? Even those wearing uniforms.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    Having a TSA account is definitely an upgrade to our present national accounting tourism statics. With a robust TSA account, we can emperically deduced the real net benefit of tourism directly to the overall economy. For example, we should able to see how much the hotels are spending directly on the domestic agriculture sector. Very relevant data for policy making.

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  • @Fearplay

    Standard procedure on many of our beaches….for years…..not just Accra but you can add Dover & many others……. and yes, Hal… some in uniform also try picking up ‘de young girls’!

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  • Yes KS, but what are we doing about it besides talking about it here on this blog? When a visitor or local is on the beach and one of the dislocators starts to make them uncomfortable, how can they get in touch with a beach warden or the police immediately? Is there a telephone number that they can call and do they know how to acquire that number quickly? What about response time? How long will it take for help to arrive? Once help arrives, what will be the result? A warning to move along and return tomorrow and repeat the same disgusting behaviour? That’s not a solution, that’s a band-aid.

    This is as bad as knowing that the same Accra and Dover beaches, there are skips that constantly overflow what accompanying disgusting odours and we “talk” about it yet do nothing. Can you image that? We spend millions of dollars inviting people to Barbados and then when they go on to one of our many pristine beaches, they can look forward to being harassed and breathe the fresh ocean air tinged with the odour of rotting garbage..

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  • Dullard, Just for the record I have absolutely nothing against the concept of Airbnb and alike. But they have to be registered, licensed and accountable in all the same ways that hotels are.

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  • “When a visitor or local is on the beach and one of the dislocators starts to make them uncomfortable, how can they get in touch with a beach warden or the police immediately? Is there a telephone number that they can call and do they know how to acquire that number quickly? What about response time? How long will it take for help to arrive? Once help arrives, what will be the result? A warning to move along and return tomorrow and repeat the same disgusting behaviour? That’s not a solution, that’s a band-aid.”

    What exactly do you mean by uncomfortable? Uncomfortable has become crazy in the US, where people will call the police for one apparent reason.

    Do we want to see Barbados reach the stage where people are chased from the beach because they made you feel uncomfortable? And if you made someone feel uncomfortable, would you just move on or stay away from the beach.

    I believe in regulations and policing, but “uncomfortable” may be too weak a standard.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ TheoGazerts at 7:07 PM

    Did you read the preceding anecdotes in previous submissions? ” Uncomfortable” is a euphemism for harassment. Is that the new norm in a civilized society?

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  • Yes, I did. Are you telling me that it describes all Barbadians or a select few?
    I fear that they may start feeling uncomfortable about more than the select few.

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  • Harassment… Funny, I read more than that into it.
    and the dividing line becomes blurred over time.

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  • OK @ TheOGazerts, you win. Let’s leave it as is. The man was well within his rights. Those damn tourist had no right being there on the beach quietly enjoying their expensive holiday. He, as A bajan, was well within his right to engage them is whatever conversation he wanted and they we’re wrong to be offended when he cursed them. Who do they think they are? So too my daughter and her friends. They should have been more accommodating and let him be as intrusive as he wanted.

    Enough sarcasm! I don’t know if you love to be a Devil’s advocate, if you like taking a contrary position just for the sake of it or if you really understand what isa happening here?

    I was there each time. I saw what happened. This is not theoretical BS of which I write from miles away. We have a massive problem and unless you are willing to pull your head out of your $ and contribute meaningfully to a solution, I will not be responding to your contributions.

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  • My position has been misstated.
    All I am asking is that we do not get on a slippery slope with “unwelcome/harassment”.
    It’s a real world.
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  • Last word…
    Ignored was…
    “I believe in regulations and policing, but “uncomfortable” may be too weak a standard.”

    People can get ‘uncomfortable’ for a number of different reasons. In the US we have seen people going about their business being approached by the police because a next person felt ‘uncomfortable and called the police.’. We do not want to reach that stage.

    People causing/creating problems should be dealt with. Protect the tourist industry, but take care that you do not trample on the rights of your citizens.

    Proper ‘policing’ should remove those who are a genuine source of problems. “Uncomfortable” may be too weak a standard.

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  • You worry about your daughter and her friends. I worry about my son.

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  • I worry about your son too. He’s not immune.

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  • The idea of TSA for Barbados has been around for over 15 years. The problem has been the over the years the backward thinking in Barbados. We had a Ministry of Tourism that a consultant’s report of some years ago lacked direction and focus with a HIV programme being their highlight. We also had a Tourism Board that did not understand what was tourism marketing and continued to think that Marketing was just PR. No idea of any thing in tourism for decades as we kept putting square pegs in round holes.

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  • @roverp

    Do we still have square pegs in round holes?

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  • David YES!!! We hire and promote by means that are not good for business. Our mindset is totally selfish and is leading to internal destruction. We need to start putting the correct pegs in the correct holes. Most of us have made this country an arrogant, selfish and destructive place.

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