Adrian Loveridge Column – Beyond the Crisis!

Adrian Loveridge

Adrian Loveridge

Of course, it is almost impossible to accurately predict exactly what is going to happen, as to when the global effect of the Coronavirus crisis is anything close to a foreseeable end. What is pretty much assured though is that nothing will be quite the same again, at least in the imaginable short to middle term future.

What we have to remember is that not only will tourism as we currently know it on Barbados change dramatically due to the devastating financial consequences on the industry locally, but for all other than a fortunate few the very visitor heartland of our major markets will have also been negatively affected. They too will have severely depleted spending power with the time to really consider or perhaps re-consider where they can spend what remains of those hard earned monies to obtain the very best value-for-money.

Our Government will lack the financial resources to plough into subsidizing the sector, having not been able to collect the estimated taxes and levies that ordinarily would have been paid over the tail end of the winter and early summer season.

My personal opinion is that our tourism industry will recover and flourish over time, but initially to aid that rebound will mean a radical re-think of how Government extracts so many additional taxes from our cherished visitors. Airlines which fly to Barbados will only restart services if they can see an attainable and reasonable profit on the route.

Almost certainly the British Government will be forced to remove the Advanced Passenger Duty (APD) and it would appear almost inconceivable that our administration could possibly justify one, let alone the two, airport departure taxes, Valued Added Tax (VAT) and all the other add-ons.

What can we do in the interim?

Well clearly there is a great deal of scope to clean-up the island, install recycling bins, paint and restore buildings, both public and private. The available labour and materials are already here together with the support of responsible civic-minded private sector partner companies. I also believe that our national marketing agency should dramatically ramp-up our destination visual presence throughout all the social media outlets.

Tempt people back with incredible and alluring images of our beaches, places of interest, attractions, activities and dining possibilities, so that when we re-open for business, a demand has been created.

While I do not fear the future for our land based tourism the cruise sector is a whole different story.  It will take some time, together with prolonged fire-sale passenger fares, to once again entice substantial numbers onto ships which are capable of accommodating up to 6,000 passengers in severely confined spaces.

As the Caribbean remains the single largest cruise market by far, operators have a herculean tasks to persuade potential cruisers after incidents like the five ships flagged under the Princess brand (Carnival Corporation) experienced will not be repeated. And that safety and screening standards have been dramatically improved which will no longer remain a possible threat to the island destinations.

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  • A very logical and balanced perspective! Thank you!

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  • Amidst the pandemic, a new act passed and signed into law urges a speed up to the installation of five-gee-wizz infrastructure in cities and rural USA and urges it all be completed in 180 days. It’s not like they would be taking advantage of a crisis while people are distracted to implement a controversial new technology which some doctors and scientists warn holds a potential danger for human health (Doctors call for delaying deployment of 5G due to health risks; Youtube(DOT)com/watch?v=-T2R2htAaqg ). No doubt, it’s all a sincere effort to help US residents get back to their “normal” life ASAP once the current crisis is over. I am just waiting to hear now if FLOW might make an announcement that, out of the goodness of their heart, they are going to help us out in a similar manner.

    See following video starting around 16:48 mark

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  • William Skinner

    In other words : do what Jamaica is already doing. The ad is out there . Take a look.

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  • Things are going to be tough for a long while, Barbados is a large cruise ship, a speck on the ocean,so imagine if it is a free for all for on board..Work as a team to defeat the virus work as a community to stop crime and look after the disadvantaged and work as a nation to have the forsight to see the world has changed and adapt to it.

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  • Adrian your ideas are locked in the PAST, we are now in a new FUTURE, the past must be forgotten and new ideas will be necessary for the future. This applies not only to tourism but the world financial and economic planning as well.

    Your idea that Barbados tourism will survive in some form, however this likely form will be by no means recognizable to the past. The new form will not likely be a significant economic or financial generating model. Barbados is more likely to find itself in SURVIVAL MODE operating on a very thin life line.

    The planning and ideas needed for the near future is SURVIVAL initiatives.

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  • @lawson

    good words, good words

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolite

    How about offering health workers the world over a two week R&R in Barbados to interact freely with each other during our low season – not least of all to gather with our visiting Cuban teams. Thereafter, we should promote health and wellness during the flu seasons up north. Our model would change from offering short term accommodation to long/mid-term heallth preservation holidays (with correspondingly appropriate catering and pricing)

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  • @ Lawson 8.30

    You are not only a great Irish Canadian, you should be made an honorary Barbados. These words of wisdoms have never been expressed on BU or by our political leaders.
    Thank you.

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  • All comments you make must be tagged with a slur. Poor you.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @lawson April 6, 2020 8:30 AM
    “… work as a nation to have the forsight to see the world has changed and adapt to it.”
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    This is the kernel of wisdom which Adrian Loveridge fails to grasp. The world has changed, but Adrian is still hoping to recreate the tourism industry of the past.

    The type of tourism industry on which Barbados has relied for the past 40 years is dead. I, for one, do not mourn its passing. I am not tourism, nor have I ever been tourism. It has always been an atrocity to compress Bajan identity into that odious phrase. Tourism here was just a tarted up plantation economy… the same old servitude, but now with better makeup.

    How do we adapt to the world now that it has changed utterly? Certainly not by window dressing with policies to benefit the same old oligarchs.

    We need instead to start with a clean slate and imagine a Barbados that we wish to create without reinscribing the racial and economic hierarchies of our painful history. Our economy needs to be based on principles of community self-sufficiency and sharing, rather than the one we built on individualistic acquisitiveness and greed. First and foremost we must be able to feed ourselves; all of ourselves.

    After that we must become self sufficient in energy; because it is energy, not dollars, which is the fundamental currency of the economy. This means solar and wind and battery storage; but each of those require technological inputs that we cannot procure locally or regionally, so we need to build an export sector which earns foreign currency with which to buy them.

    Tourism can be a minor part of this export sector, but it has to deliver the goods, ie. it has to earn foreign currency without imposing environmental and social costs which diminish those earnings. This means a high priced specialised tourism industry. No all inclusives. No cruise ships. No Virgin level cut rate holidaymakers; send them all back to Costa Del Sol. We want the visitors who spend $1,000 per day or more in excess of what they paid to the airline or yacht to get here. I’d be perfectly happy with a visitor count of 150,000 per year of visitors that really spend.

    But we have few natural resources beyond ourselves, so the bulk of the export sector will need to be intellectual property: computer programming, music, movies, video programming, fashion design, etc. We need to build these sectors with extreme urgency starting at pre-kindergarten.

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  • PLT,

    Then please also tell people that your alternative economy will lead to a radical reduction in prosperity. However, even if we stick to tourism as the main source of income, we will not reach the level of 2019 again until 2025 or later. I therefore correct my original estimate of a complete recovery for 2021/22.

    However, as we will have to repay large sums of foreign currency in the coming years, this will inevitably mean another national default before 2025. So it is essential that we devalue the BBD to a level between 1:4 and 1:10.

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  • @ Wily Coyote April 6, 2020 8:31 AM

    Nevertheless, the article contains a lot of right things. In the last two years, the government has imposed numerous new taxes on tourism. In addition, there is the excessive increase in land tax, which is exclusively at the expense of rich expats, because the impoverished locals cannot afford a decent villa anyway.

    The government must finally stop excessively burdening tourists and expats as the largest group for the inflow of foreign currency. Otherwise the naive local masses and their elected representatives will have to eat sand.

    In order to recover the economy, we need lower taxes for companies, tourists and expats, i.e. for everyone who brings foreign currency into the country. To compensate, the government must enforce the much needed currency devaluation in order to bring the very low productivity of the indigenous masses into line with the value of the US dollar.

    In other words, the government must finally punish the slackers and reward the achievers.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Tron April 6, 2020 12:23 PM
    You may or may not have noticed that COVID-19 “will lead to a radical reduction in prosperity” whatever we choose to do afterward.

    Yes I am advocating a tradeoff which means radically fewer BMWs as well as radically fewer hungry people. If you measure prosperity in BMWs then yes, it will look like a “radical reduction in prosperity.” If you measure prosperity by the absence of hunger it will not.

    The foreign exchange debt crisis is coming around again no matter what… pouring tons of Maloney’s cement for him to pad his offshore accounts and create an empty white elephant Hyatt monstrocity will not help in any way shape or form. It will simply add ecological costs to the economic ones.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Tron April 6, 2020 12:36 PM
    “In other words, the government must finally punish the slackers and reward the achievers.”
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Then please also tell people that what this means in plain English is “the government must punish poor people and reward the rich people.”

    Do’t get me wrong, this is not self interest. I’ve brought in a couple of million in foreign currency in the past couple of years, but I am not looking to be rewarded.

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  • PLT for once we seem to be on the same page, did you adjust your outlook or did I. Anyhow were all starting to realise the future consequences, Tron and myself being willing to apply a more radical adjustment approach and not place past blame solely on colonialism but independence incopetent management as well. One thing is certain though, BAJAN middle class future living standards are in for a significant downward adjustment, the upper class will do whatever is necessary(stay, leave etc) and the lower class will see their standard of living adjusted slightly downward but the middle class will bear the brunt if the burden.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @PLT, when you say “We want the visitors who spend $1,000 per day or more in excess of what they paid to the airline or yacht to get here.”… Isn’t that high spending consumer not the same targetted by our tourism officials since now last 15 years and more!

    You are essentially saying a few things…

    That 1) the high net worth earners will gradually get back into the swing of life and you want them here and 2) that the Sandy Lanes and Altman villa properties running US$10,000 ’per week in the target segment!

    Nothing wrong with that thrust and as long as Bim can continue to offer value for money then they will compete with the other major high end spots …but then as you also said there is little to suggest that we will return to life as previously enjoyed so whether we will continue to have a competitive advantage or we have lost it, is a big unknown surely.

    Lawson, that HMS Barbados as a cruise ship analogy was indeed very graphically simple and powerful.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @de pedantic Dribbler April 6, 2020 1:11 PM
    But we have been pouring all sorts of public money and effort into building dependence on the Cruise Ship industry. We have been giving concessions to Sandals and other bottom feeders in the industry. We bend over backwards to facilitate Maloney’s imbecilic idea for a Hyatt all inclusive. It’s all madness.

    This has all been a colossal waste of public money. The big efforts by our tourism officials have been these pointless and self defeating public expenditure boondoggles simply to boost visitor numbers.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    I certainly wouldn’t mind to see the demise of the cruise industry. They should go bankrupt. Just two weeks ago in the midst of the global pandemic, these greedy MFCKERS were playing their usual divide and conquer strategy in the region because countries refused to let them dock due to the health risk posed by the coronavirus . Heartless and cruel MFCKERS. This is an industry whose overall contribution to the economy is marginal at best. We can surely survive without them.

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  • Peter just thinking about what you just said, the effort that has been made building dependence on cruise ship industry..Cruise ships will be selling or leasing at a song shortly. The facilities are there …what if the island has its own ships crewed by bajans, supplied by bajan farmers and merchants come and leave from Barbados flagged by Barbados . The new facilities at Harrison point for the virus will sit empty after this has passed, but if a country can guarantee a port to land, guarantee exeptional care for any illness that may befall customers while afloat they may be able to create a niche in the market. Out of the box thinking by people above my pay grade is what it is going to take to revive the economy. No stone should be left unturned

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  • @lawson

    After COVID many ways can be found to utilize the Harrisons Point facility.

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  • @ peterlawrencethompson April 6, 2020 12:43 PM

    I agree with you 100% on this.

    We don’t need a two-for-one dollar peg just so a few people can afford a BMW. We should also ban all cars longer than 4 meters and heavier than 1.25 tons on the island.

    As far as the Hyatt is concerned, things are quite clear: no foreign investor will finance the white elephant in the coming years. So let the naive Dr Robinson step in with his NIS, at least that’s Baloney’s script. What a crime against the people!

    @ peterlawrencethompson April 6, 2020 12:47 PM

    PLT, please do not think that I want to redistribute wealth from bottom to top. Of course the poor should not be punished. Rather, I have in mind the local middle class, who sleeps in the bureaucracy. These people work a maximum of 20 hours a week, have no need to fear dismissal and constantly want a pay rise, even though their productivity is approaching zero. We can no longer afford a human overhead in the civil service to provide for all those who are unwilling to work.

    We do not need three courts, a senate, 23 ministries, 70 state bodies and 51 departments. One court, five ministries and 10 state bodies are enough.

    Let me put it straight: All parties in Barbados shy away from slaughtering the bureaucracy, even though it is an absolute economic necessity. I therefore do not see a viable economic future for the island. We will end up like Jamaica.

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    Let me summarize my points:

    Health care should be a priority.

    Society must stop copying the resource-intensive lifestyle of Americans.

    Of course, in the future we will need tourism and also the offshore financial industry. We should concentrate on individual tourism. All-inclusive hotels and cruises should not be encouraged.

    But we must develop agriculture for self-sufficiency and generally reduce imports.

    We should massively streamline state structures without abandoning social assistance for people in need.

    It is not the task of the state to employ as many people as possible as civil servants in order to make the masses feel prosperous. That was OSA´s crime.

    We must reduce government spending to a level that we have sufficient reserves for external shocks in the future.

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  • Your right David ….it looks like coverley

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  • fortyacresandamule

    The decent standard of living we come to enjoyed over the years is a facade. We didn’t truly work for it.Truth be told, we are living off other people ( foreigners) hardwork and savings.This appplies to all intensive tourism destinations in region. Now that the easy tourism rent has grind to a halt, we are exposed and vulnerable. I have always said we are just one disaster from the poverty level of Haiti.

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  • I don’t know whether to cry or laugh out loud. The naive local masses are running around on other BU blogs like beheaded chickens without any orientation. Total panic over a bit of Chinese flu.

    They completely forget that the coming economic nuclear war is much more serious than the bioweapons foreplay. Barbados will cope well with a few deaths, but not with the total loss of tourism over a longer period.

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  • William Skinner

    Jtbonline.org
    This is the link to find the ad

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  • peterlawrencethompson
    April 6, 2020 11:50 AM

    Well said. The cruise ship industry is dead. But so too the bulk tourism is going to be curtailed for the foreseeable future, at least into early 2021. So many in the larger economies have lost jobs. They cannot travel for a good while. This virus will keep people at home for the foreseeable future too. The coming economic storm is massive.

    Where you hit the mail squarely on the head is intellectual property. There is so much money to be had there, where skill and creativity matters more than volume of input. But the potential earnings are limitless. That is where Barbados needs to put its focus.

    Instead of teaching people to work for others for the rest of their lives, earning only enough to eat for the week, teach them to be creative and create music, software, designs, that can be patented and royalties earned. The day job is to suffice until the earnings come in. Then someone else gets the day job.

    Where would Rihanna be if she did not take the bold step to chase her dream?

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  • It is fortunate the Barbados government has not mobilized those millions on the Port Authority expansion project. Or have they.

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  • Barbadians have a culture of conspicuous consumption influenced by Barrow economics of the sixties by imposing taxation to balance the budget inflated by free this and that and then wetting the appetite of workers with marginal increases to workers to cushion the of increases in the cost of living which followed in the wake of high taxation on goods and services
    Over the years this policy has proven unsustainable but it remained in effect because of the resulting remuneration benefits and upward mobility it brought to upper echelons of the work force both public and private whose level of productivity did not merit remuneration small island economies with no capital resources could ill afford
    It is time to be realistic and review the exorbitant remuneration and perks given to persons at supposedly mananagement levels in all sectors of the society to bring back the playing fields to levels where earnings reflect productivity and merit and not certification or political affiliation

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  • @Charles Skeete

    There is nothing wrong with your suggestion from where we sit, however, this will mean a dismantling of all the established structures that are now crumbling. Are we ready to feel the burn? COVID may be the opportunity to make the adage not to let a good crisis go to waste come true.

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  • In simple terms the bureaucy which caters to the few at expense of the many has grown fatter and fatter exponentially over the years but continually feeding off a leaner and leaner calf with nothing of substance to show the country other than their ability to conspicuously consume recession or no recession

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  • The decent standard of living we come to enjoyed over the years is a facade. We didn’t truly work for it.Truth be told, we are living off other people ( foreigners) hardwork and savings.This appplies to all intensive tourism destinations in region. Now that the easy tourism rent has grind to a halt, we are exposed and vulnerable. I have always said we are just one disaster from the poverty level of Haiti.(Quote)

    Well observed. This is the economic myth of Arthurism, a lifestyle based on debt. The nonsense that led Marion Williams to claim we were a first world country.

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  • Robert B MacDonald

    Adrian: You have put forth some good suggestions, however you do not go far enough. A coat of paint , a few rubbish bins are fine. What is needed is a complete upgrading of the the roads, sewer and water system.
    A another contributor suggested start encouraging renewable energy, here is a country receiving almost 365 sunny days and is still dependent on oil .
    It is fine to suggest a non dependency on tourism, a good idea, however the contributor fails to suggest a viable realistic option.
    As another contributor suggests there is too much government, The population of Barbados is about the same as a small to medium size city in North America, it certainly can be simplified and downsized.
    The Bajan dollar is not worth 50cents USD when the Canadian dollar is worth 70cents, when you look at the size and the strength of the Canadian economy.
    Tourism will return, hopefully quickly, in the meantime stay safe!

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  • The Bajan dollar is not worth 50cents USD when the Canadian dollar is worth 70cents, when you look at the size and the strength of the Canadian economy

    The BBD is some where in the range USD 0.1 to USD 0.166.

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  • My personal opinion is that our tourism industry will recover and flourish over time, but initially to aid that rebound will mean a radical re-think of how Government extracts so many additional taxes from our cherished visitors.
    Xxxxcxxxxxccccccccccccc

    So may i asked in a country of two hundred and seventy thousand people and rising unemployment where do u suggest govt get the money
    Rebuilding a country under these harsh economic upheaval would require money
    Again i asked of Loveridge what solution or alternative fiscal policy does he expect govt to garnish revenue

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  • After the 1918 flu there was the roaring twenties , so there is hope that things can come back but in what form,

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  • @ David April 7, 2020 4:10 AM
    “@Charles Skeete
    There is nothing wrong with your suggestion from where we sit, however, this will mean a dismantling of all the established structures that are now crumbling. Are we ready to feel the burn? COVID may be the opportunity to make the adage not to let a good crisis go to waste come true.”
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    Then you should consider the proposal for the Cabinet to be fiscally proactive by preparing the necessary legislation (to be rubberstamped by the 29 to 1 de facto unicameral Parliament) to cut all public-sector funded emoluments, pensions and other transfers by 30%, initially.

    The coming depression will see a drastic falloff in private sector economic activity from which the government extracts its share of the national pie.

    Printing money is just a tourniquet which will soon be oversaturated with blood escaping from the fiscal haemorrhaging facing Barbados.

    It’s time Bajans wake up from their rip van winkle 20 years of dreaming while living on manna from the borrowed cupboard of foreign money.

    Time for them to live within their economic’ means just as their fore parents had to do 80 years ago.

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  • After my years of persuasion, the representatives of the DLP on BU finally admit that we need a currency devaluation and a streamlining of the state apparatus.

    Now we just have to convince the naive masses of the rationality of these measures.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Robert B MacDonald April 7, 2020 7:08 AM
    “It is fine to suggest a non dependency on tourism, a good idea, however the contributor fails to suggest a viable realistic option.”
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    I did not “suggest a non dependency on tourism” I pointed out the obvious, that tourism is ALREADY dead. It has been brutally strangled by COVID-19. Your wishful thinking will not resuscitate it. Let those who have tears to shed, shed them now; then let us inter the corpse of this dead industry rather than build concrete Hyatt mausoleums to its memory.

    I did point out obvious options… self sufficiency in food and energy… but you clearly do not consider these to be “a viable realistic option.”

    Why not??

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  • Robert B MacDonald

    PLT: Yes, self sufficiency in food, and energy are admirable achievements. Why has this not been the goals of the governments since Independence? There has been over 50 years to achieve this and is Barbados any closer since 1966?. We know what is wrong , what is needed is positive practical ways to rectify the situation. I am listening.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    Robert B MacDonald April 7, 2020 2:55 PM
    “I am listening.”
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    Ino-gro is a local entrepreneurial venture that is trying to show the way. They use 40 ft containers that have been set up to grow leafy vegetables and herbs using a fully automated system that is managed online. The temperature, humidity and LED lighting are measured by sensors and remotely adjusted in real time via a mobile app.

    Then there is the Sojourner Foundation which teaches farming to disadvantaged young people. They would appreciate your donation.

    Barbados Hydroponics Farm is an interesting case in point. Its owners are expats who have maintained a residence and a business in Barbados for well over two decades. In the mid-1990’s, the family purchased a hotel business on the west-coast and ran it successfully for almost 20 years. Since that time, the family has transitioned into various other business ventures, including Barbados Hydroponics Farm. See? Hard headed sophisticated businesspeople who see the sunset of tourism coming and diversify into tomorrow’s economy.

    Baird’s Village Aquaponics Association uses fish farming to create micro-ecosystems for both fish aquaculture and agriculture.

    Redland Farms is owned by the infamous Charlie Herbert, one of the brightest entrepreneurs of the Bajan baby boomer generation, who made his fortune building an actuarial consulting company and now is just the chairman of Goddards Enterprises Ltd. in his spare time.

    I’m trying to illustrate that food security is NOT backbreaking work carried out by low wage labourers sweating in the hot sun.

    There are lots of others… I’m an introvert who has his face buried in a book most of the time and does not have widespread connections in the agricultural community.

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  • @ Miller April 7, 2020 11:00 AM

    Good idea. It is totally unfair that the many employees in the tourism sector are now losing their jobs and homes, while the civil servants are paid for doing nothing.

    It is revealing that the trade unions, particularly Senator Caswell, and the other members of the opposition are silent on this blatant injustice, instead of putting forward a plan to reduce the many hungry mouths in the public service. These people very one-sidedly represent the interests of civil servants and do not give anything about the private sector, even though the private sector generates the much needed foreign currency, while civil servants have been in a prolonged sleep since 1966.

    Personally, however, I assume that no government, not even this one, will dare to starve the civil service. The civil service is the domain of the indigenous masses, in contrast to the dynamic entrepreneurship of the private sector. The establishment is more likely to go the way of Jamaica than to finally eliminate the human overhead in the public sector.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Covid-19

    Thank you thank you thank you.

    Your presence worldwide has done far more than de ole man could ever do in any post that rubbishes these antiquarian posts by Loveridge that are as others point out, as well meaning as he would be, stuck in a Time Tunnel experience of the halcyon days of Tourism.

    The fact is that Loveridge is a product of his times and since his model worked in the 80″s and kept him comfortable in his hotel setting up to last year, what Covid represents is an existential threat that he can’t adapt to without a substantive technological transfusion.

    De ole man is not feeling 100% so time is not a commodity that can be allocated to much blogging but suffice it to say that Loveridge numbers amongst the best of the thinkers in the Tourism Spectrum in Barbados.

    Therefore the thoughts that he has enunciated here are on the cutting edge of the Tourism Strategy of Barbados going forward

    And while Wily Coyote and Peter Lawrence Thomson, and incredibly Tron, cannot and will not say this, de ole man gine say that with the thoughts of this administration locked and loaded and directed in the same direction as Loveridge BARBADOS IS DOOMED and the country is in deep shy$e!!!

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  • Oh, You Legend,

    As usual, you play the doomsayer, a sort of Caribbean Cassandra. Decline is a relative term. Look at the bright side. The virus only spreads at a very low rate in Barbados. From a medical point of view, we have the problem under control as long as no Chinese delegation forces our government to drink bat blood from monkey skulls.

    But it is also clear that tourism will only recover to a certain extent if there is an effective medicine or vaccination against the Wuhan Plague. In other words, no regular tourism for the next 12 to 24 months. Even after that, as already commented, we shall not hope for a complete recovery. After all, the British have better things to do than spending their money in completely overpriced restaurants in Barbados.

    The question is whether we will survive that long. If the foreign currency reserves are slipping like sand between our fingers, there is something good about it: we finally get our much desired devaluation of the Barbados dollar.

    So there is absolutely no reason for pessimism. We are not crashing down, but we are seeing our government restructuring the island’s finances in a sustainable way through devaluation. That is wonderful. Our leader, Mia Mottley, is the best person to sell this great news to the nationalist, naive masses. People have swallowed at least a hundred tax increases since 2008. Then they will be absolutely amazed by this news. The right camera perspective, the right music, the right background, the right hairstyle, quickly the local masses are impressed and frenetic.

    What you call doomsday, I call a silver lining. The art of state business simply consists of selling horse droppings to the people as tasty luxury fruits.

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  • Addendum to the legend:

    You see here in numerous blogs how easily the naive masses are distracted. The Corona hysteria is the ideal smoke screen to push through the necessary reforms.

    The currency devaluation is now not a question of if anymore, but only of when and how. I am absolutely sure that our Prime Minister’s so-called consultants are already discussing the issue intensively. Once the Barbados dollar is worth a chewing gum, we will again be highly competitive in terms of tourism prices.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Tron

    You are usually very comedic in your utterances but, as usual, when one looks into what you say, in classic picking sense from ingrunce, one sees the words of wisdom

    You speak truth when you say that under the guise of the Covid-19 night, Mugame has been able to achieve Power Maximus under this Emergency Act/Legislation

    And, with the global issue of Corona and the economic blowout she will have no choice but to effect devaluation WHEN the Tourism one donkey economy that Loveridge is praising DOES NOT RECOVER FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

    Once there is no vaccine nor cure the prospects for the country are abysmal

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  • @The Legend

    It’s time to knock old Barrow off his rusty pedestal. The pegging of the BBD to the USD at a ratio of 2:1 is the cause of all evil. This crime is only exceeded by Barrow’s rotten vision for the civil service.

    When Mia Mottley delivers the currency devaluation, she is doing God’s will and has honestly earned the status of a national heroine.

    Corona is fate. Currency devaluation is fate. It is time to surrender to fate.

    Currency devaluation means wealth. Pegging means poverty.

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  • Having just read a demand by the “Young Democrats” to reduce the size of the cabinet, I need to be a little clearer.

    Of course I do not support criminal DLP policies, because the DLP is responsible for the Corona virus in Barbados (for the reason, please read my other contributions).

    The reduction of the cabinet would be only a drop in the ocean. What we need now is not cosmetics, but a massive downsizing of the lazy civil service, a massive cut in public sector salaries and a halving of pensions.

    It can no longer be that a small group in Barbados is living like kings at the expense of the community. While civil servants continue to receive their full salaries, all workers in the tourism industry will be permanently unemployed.

    We therefore do not need cosmetics, but radical measures. The many civil servants are like gangrene on the left leg. We can no longer cure the gangrene, we must amputate the whole leg.

    Unfortunately the opposition resists such just measures. They stir up the people. It is therefore time for our beloved government to finally bring the enemies of the people to silence.

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