Creating a New Lure for Tourism?

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Submitted by Andrew Nehaul

We all know the story of Sam Lord. The world’s second oldest known con artist. The first one was William Chaloner (1650 – 1699): A serial counterfeiter and confidence trickster proven guilty by Sir Isaac Newton.

Below is a shortened version of his story.
Samuel Hall Lord, also called “Sam Lord” (1778 – 5 November 1844) was one of the most famous buccaneers on the island of Barbados. Sam Lord as he was usually known, amassed great wealth for his castle-mansion in Barbados. He did this through the direct plundering of ships stranded in the coral reefs just off the coast of his estate.

According to legend, Sam Lord would hang lanterns high in the coconut trees around his estate. Passing ships far out at sea would think it was the port city of Bridgetown and would sail towards the reef in the area, leading them to wreck their ships. Sam Lord would then board the ships and keep the riches for his castle, which stood in the parish of Saint Philip. [Source Wikipedia]

More specific info here: http://www.bcc.edu.bb/Divisions/FineArts/SamuelHallLord.aspx

I submit that we can we take this historical fact and expand upon it. In other words why not create a viable interest in travelling to Barbados to find Sam Lord’s treasure?

We can stimulate attention on social media by suggesting that the treasure has never been found and as the old castle is being renovated, now is the time to come and explore the island and look for it before it disappears. An app can be designed that gives clues to the treasure and visitors can travel around the island looking for it. On downloading and registering, the app will give participants a clue which will give directions to a possible location. When they find this location, the site will have a GPS locator which will register in the app and will then unlock a new clue. Note that the person must stand exactly in a specific location to get the app to unlock.

After the first location is registered it gives the participants a souvenir or drink (sponsored). To cut a long story short, the clues should be tough and the maximum number of clues should be no more than 10. The prize (treasure) should be USD 25.000 (any eventual taxes to be paid by the participants). Once found, the next time that it is run, the prize should be USD 35.000. The time after USD 45.000 etc

Some things to consider.

No other island had Sam Lord. As he was unique to Barbados. Let us use him to our benefit.

As this will be based on wideband usage, a smart phone will be necessary and there will be a fee to register. This fee will include a local SIM card with XXX data.

A sponsored digital map should be created (open for all) showing locations of bars, rum shops, restaurants in each parish that provide food/drink, clean restrooms, parking and free WiFi. These locations should be encouraged to niche what they offer clients. For example 3 of them may specialize on fish/seafood. 3 others on local Bajan food with panache while others on local sweets and/or bakery products.

Spin off high end souvenirs with a Sam Lord’s treasure logo should be created like – brass lanterns, smart phone cases, golf head covers, ceramic place settings etc

I am certain that the island has many creative persons who can run with this and make the concept even better.

197 comments

  • I rather think we should tell the tourists that they can find there the billions that the NIS board has sunk into numerous bumbling investments.

    You can’t even put ten dollars in the hands of a man like Professor Robinson without him making a loss of a hundred dollars in no time. I suppose at home his wife manages the finances. Otherwise, the house would be long gone.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    You have only halfway learnt the moral of Sam Lord’s story and its application in modern times. i.e. don’t lure people to our shores unless we can offer them something great.

    We do have to lure tourists to our shores but we can’t offer them the same old smoke and mirrors in an attempt to steal their money. They will go away feeling cheated after their expectations of seeing port are dashed on the rocks and their pockets left empty.

    We must offer experiences, products and services of tangible value they did not know existed, were in need of and have been missing out on their entire life.

    We currently have the ability to offer all three but our chances are fast closing the longer we continue to do the same old thing expecting new outcomes.

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolite

    How about preparing and starting to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Settlement of Holetown?

    In 1625 an English privateering ship captained by John Powell was blown off course by a storm and was carried by currents way off into the Atlantic to fall within sight of an island indicated on the Portuguese charts simply as “a ilha dos bárbaros” (the island of Barbarians). The captain limped his little carrack warily into a sheltered tidal lagoon to repair its damage. He found fresh water and food on the ground left by earlier Portuguese and Arawak inhabitants . . . and no other European occupiers. As serendipity would have it – he had drawn into a safe landing where he found a large cross planted by an earlier English distressed ship and a great tree with the words: “1605 JAMES I K. of E. AND THIS YSLANDE”, a message evidently left by the ill fated crew of the Oliph Blossome passing through on its way to Guyana that year. Restored now, captain Powell and crew left the island with a plan to return with Letters Patent from the monarch and funding from his principal William Courteen to go back and colonize the area to be dubbed James Towne. In the two years this mission took, King James I had been dethroned and disgraced. When the captain’s brother Henry Powell returned in 1625 with Cromwell Parliament’s commission in hand and a band of workers with equipment to start building, the place was now no longer to be called James Town but rather to be known as the Hole Town. Holetown is the second oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the Americas.

    For good or for bad, we need to use aspects of our heritage to put Barbados on the map ! Irish, Amerindian, African and English all had a hand in the birth of our nation and we should target these markets. We can use a Quadricentennial to touch off the many un-revealed accounts that involved our shores and our people – brutal or happy, dusty and dull – we have found buried treasure.

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  • I repeatedly tell my son “People are smarter than you think they are. A few may play along with a silly game because the want to. But when they get bored they will walk away.”

    Keep it simple and honest.

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  • Make the pirate Stede Bonnet a national hero at last! Santo subito. He’s a lot better for Barbados than this Barrow.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Wuh Loss! Any more comedians in the house?

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  • Total shit and will continue to see the majority population dependent on a bunch of useless tourists as usual…the people need to produce, create and spread their wings out of a stagnant colonial system that will continue to go nowhere.

    …..the future is about the people and their ability, skills etc creating wealth to sustain themselves, energizing the economy, it’s no longer about dependency tourism….and making shite trinkets that the pretensive tourists don’t even want to pay for…..and most don’t have the money to pay for anyway…..continuing this visionless path will see the island right back where it started….more poverty, more dependency…

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  • Andrew Nehaul, Freedom thinks that these Ideas can be Developed…People will want to come just for the Sport of it, and the Possible Reward! Freedom also Likes the Idea including the Historic Info of Holetown. I think there is a Lot that can be done about the Parliament Building in Bridgetown; it is the Oldest Parliament in the Region. They can do Tours with Past Speeches playing on a Loop.

    Parliament Buildings, Bridgetown, Year: ca 1880

    Located at the top of Broad Street, in the capital city of Bridgetown, Barbados, these historic Parliament Buildings (once known as the Public Buildings) are home to the House of Assembly and Senate. Packing more than 350 years of history, these buildings were built from local limestone and completed in 1874 by a Gothic Architecture.

    These buildings were built as a primary source of adequate accommodation for the Houses of Parliament, to consolidate the major public offices and to safely and securely file any of Barbados’ Public Records.

    The Parliament of Barbados is the third oldest legislature in the Americas (behind The Virginia House of Burgesses, and Bermuda House of Assembly), and is among the oldest in the Commonwealth of Nations.[

    They can Develop PR by using Old Photographs of Barbados that Tells its History using Imagery. In addition, Develop a Map of the Bridgetown Area on One Side and on the Other Side, a Description of Places of Interest and a Brief History. Many Times we see Tourist Looking at the Statue of Admiral and Know Nothing about it, or the World War One Memorial, or the Water Fountain or the Significance of the Parliament Building, or the Old Mutual Building. Or the Significant Role that the Jews have Played in Barbados also, in Developing the Early Machinery in Sugar Cane Factories, while moving away from Wind Mill Power. Moreover, Barbados Historical Accomplishments in Agriculture is of Significant Interest and Barbados is widely credited as the Birthplace of Rum.

    The first commercial sugar cane crop was planted in in Barbados 1640, but settlers had already been harvesting small crops to create a popular local beverage called ‘Kill-Devil’ an early ancestor of the modern-day spirit. Crude distillation methods resulted in a poor-quality product described as ‘…a hot, hellish, and terrible liquor’, yet its popularity grew.

    Over the next century, distillation practices significantly improved and Barbadian rum became renowned in both Europe and Colonial America. Alcohol played a large role in 17th and 18th century life; it was drunk during social occasions, used medicinally and served as a valuable trading commodity.

    Improved Spirits

    It was during this time that the Nicholas Family sold the Plantation to Joseph Dottin, who gifted the property to his daughter, Christian, and her husband, Sir John Gay Alleyne, on their wedding day in October 1746. Sir John is credited with introducing both the production of molasses, a thick dark-brown by-product of sugar production used in baking, as well as rum, a spirit created by fermenting the molasses.

    Sir John, who successfully managed the Mount Gilboa Plantation and Distillery for his friend, John Sober, introduced the same rum distillation methods to St. Nicholas Abbey in the 1750s, which were much more sophisticated than those used by the first settlers. Barbados enjoyed a prosperous rum trade with the American colonies for some time, helping to boost the island’s economy, and the plantation also profited from this new line of trade.

    Was called Brum back in the Day

    http://www.stnicholasabbey.com/Rum/

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  • Do you remember Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s vault.

    “When the vault was finally opened, the only things found inside were dirt and several empty bottles, including one Rivera claimed was for moonshine bathtub gin”.

    It happens years ago, but this often comes to mind when Geraldo is mentioned.

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  • @FC
    I must point out to you that what you described is quite different from what was suggested by the post.
    I can see a genuine product in your proposal.

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  • Actually, I think this is a good idea that needs some work. When Barbados takes some baby steps into the new post Covid tourism a variant of the great Sam Lord treasure chase could be one of the many attractions that could be developed. People are already dipping their toes into internal air travel in the US, less than one week after fairly widespread reopening. With the unprecedented huge amount of research that is now unravelling all aspects of the virus and suggesting that its spread can be contained, some kind of tourism may be possible sooner than most of us think. But our planners will have to be ready to propose new ideas. The mindset that Covid will kill tourism permanently will prove to be totally flawed. Barbados cannot afford to abandon Tourism without a fight.

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  • RE…TheOgazerts May 23, 2020 10:01 AM…”I can see a genuine product in your proposal.”

    TheO All are welcome to make Valid Contribution, that way we can Insure the Survival of our Country on Many Levels. Freedom Loves to Tell Stories of Old Barbados through Imagery, that is why as an Artist, Freedom so Enjoys Painting them, it takes me back in time while Enjoying those Learning Experiences.

    RE… lyallsmall May 23, 2020 10:15 AM “Barbados cannot afford to abandon Tourism without a fight.”

    Only Those Who Do Not Value Barbados are So Shortsighted! Some Don’t Even Live Here!!

    Image of Parliament Buildings, Bridgetown, Year: ca 1880…Enjoy!

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  • Ch**st Almighty! Am I missing something? This is pure unadulterated bovine excrement! Why are we excluding the legacy of our African descendants who sacrificed their blood to build this island; in order to spin some yarn about a pirate and a scam artist for the sole purpose of attracting tourists.

    Even in the UK, the mother of all colonising nations. It has built a museum in Brixton, London, in memory of those Africans who built the Caribbean. The same applies to Bristol and Liverpool – two cities infamous in the development of the cross Atlantic slave trade. This was due to pressure groups largely from within the Caribbean community.

    I have pointed out on numerous occasions that Barbados has to do the right thing and to honour the legacy of their African descendants. Starting with the honouring of African burial sites. Rather than promoting Barbados as having the oldest synagogue in the southern hemisphere without adding that Jews were part facilitators of the slave trade and made a lot of money during that period.

    I note that the author is of Indian extraction. I forgive him for having made such an oversight. However, it is understandable in a country where a tourist may visit and leave without being aware that slavery or exploitation existed for over 400 years in the killing fields of the Caribbean The fault lies with our weak and feckless leaders since the days of Barrow who have all refused to enshrine “our” story within the Barbados constitution.

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  • This post is unbelievably depressing. Even more depressing are some of the responses from some of the BU contributors. What should this tell us? The country is in a worse position than we could ever imagine and that there is no hope for the islanders, certainly for the majority population. It would be best for them to take flight and abandon the island or use their intelligence and muscle and fight for their island by any means necessary.

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  • “**st Almighty! Am I missing something? This is pure unadulterated bovine excrement! Why are we excluding the legacy of our African descendants who sacrificed their blood to build this island; in order to spin some yarn about a pirate and a scam artist for the sole purpose of attracting tourists.”

    and all the shitehounds would jump on board, minority drug and gunrunners upfront, because they don’t want to see the majority population progressing or creating wealth for their future generations… and they believe they have some say in how the island should progress…because no good black face leaders allow them to believe they do…

    …..those are the ones who need to be STARVED RIGHT OFF THE ISLAND…..they have no shame..

    Mia would prefer pick up dust or bones with no care to our ancestors and haul it across the African Continent as a sideshow rather than pay homage and memorial to her African ancestors….all she and her ilk want to do is pander and cater to shite minorities, the drug, gunrunners and thieves..

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  • @ TLSN May 23, 2020 11:02 AM

    Barbados would also be much more attractive for tourists if the locals did not remove almost all the historical monuments. Historical sites of slaves are no exception. I even claim that the local monument conservation authorities care the least about them. Slavery is often depicted in golden colors. Unfortunately.

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  • These black leaders are the same ones chasing down REPARATIONS for the enslavement of their ancestors whom they only remember when they think about money or their next scam or they would have had a memorial built to their enslaved ancestors in Bridgetown within the last 40 years, but guess who they have instead, a demon crook like Nelson..

    they can’t say they never had the money, they stole most of it and gave it away to shite minoriites..

    .., same ancestors of the descendents of slaves still building and funding the island and have for the last hundreds of years.. WHOM THEY ALL ROB on the regular like it’s a blood sport……and they are telling themselves that Karma and Retribution will not pay them all a long well deserved visit…

    then they want someone to take them seriously, damn frauds….now you see why i can’t stand any of those pretensive frauds for ministers and lawyers and their thieving minority parasites living off the Black population.

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  • Lyallsmall makes a fantastic point at 10:15.

    Nehaul’s proposal is an example of the innovative ideas we need in the rebranding of our tourist product if we are to continue to be viable in the post-COVID world. Tourism isn’t going anywhere, so we must continue to find new ways to exploit the industry.

    The usual antagonists rant and rave but what they don’t seem to understand is that it is quite possible for multiple ideas to contend. Why can’t Nehaul’s idea (or some refined version of it) not be done at the same time as other projects such as honouring African burial sites? Why must the two be mutually exclusive.

    I wonder with interest what “enshrining our story in the Barbados Constitution”. Depending upon the conception of “our” and how it might be integrated with a document such as the Constitution, it could be rather interesting. Without clarifying what that means however can lead persons to speculate which is never a good thing, particularly if one possible interpretation of the statement is some kind of Serbian-esque action in Kosovo.

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  • “it is quite possible for multiple ideas to contend”

    only if the ideas are not basic, not unique, have not been done before, ideas most be developed by the majority population to create generational wealth and not just the sale of some shite trinkets that will not allow the same population to progress..

    Sam Lord’s castle before it was burnt was around for a couple centuries..

    “It is useful to remind Barbadians that Sam Lord’s Castle was built in 1820 and like Paradise and several other historic sites have been allowed to run to ruin.”

    tourism has been on the island from that time,110 YEARS

    Crane hotel has been around from the 1890s, has there been any permanence to the economy, has it eradicated POVERTY, no, and it never will be because it is nothing unique….

    ….and it’s even worse when people of limited intellect and tunnel vision continue to act as though tourism is a great savior….look at how government is now scrambling, they have gotten so low, they are allowing plague infected people on the island as long as they have access to a private jet…

    limited intellect cannot think of anything better…….if tourism cant uplift the island in 110 years….how will selling a bunch of useless trinkets uplift it now in 2020.

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  • The idea that tourism has failed the country because it hasn’t eradicated poverty on the island, is a very good argument against the utility of every single industry across the millenia of human history. It simply makes no sense. The gains of tourism can be seen across the country for nearly the entire post-independence period. It is not a perfect industry clearly but it is one which has been a main driving force of decades of economic development on the island. As always mischaracterisations abound – “useless trinkets” Really??!!

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  • @lyall
    @KK
    @FC.

    We can all agree that some innovative ideas are required to keep our tourist product off of lfe support. Here is the problem that I have with Andrew Neehaul suggestions

    1: There is no buried treasure. Many will see this as nothing more than a gimmick or scam to attract tourist
    2: Who will be paying out the 25K, 35K, 45 K etc>
    3: Who will be benefitting from the sale of thes sim Card and data? Or more explicitly? Who will be getting the money from the sales.
    4: How many tiimes per year will there be a winner? How many times can you sell a nonexisting pig? After this thing is won once or twice, tourist would know there is no pig.. Believe it or not, tourist are not fools.

    Indeed, this may be a good business venture for an individual or a group.and I would wish him/her/them well. Let us see it as that and not give it patriotic wrapping

    I think the proposal by FC (a person that I seldom agress with) is worthy of further considertaion. We need to be innovative and creative, but we cannot take everything that is thrown against the wall.

    TheoGAzerts has no affilliatiation with Sam’s Lord castle or any apps.

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  • agrees
    affiliation
    A good game Ifor tourists only)nothing more…

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  • Your comment would make sense if Barbados did not RELY SOLELY ON TOURISM once the sugar industry went south, for decades they never imagined or envisioned that it would all come to a SCREECHING HALT ONE DAY…well today is that day..

    ….the limited intellect leaders and the shite minorities they listen to…CANNOT THINK OF ANYTHING BETTER, they only think about themselves, what they can steal from the people… and not the future of the majority population and their descendants……they are not capable, they were told for decades, those leaders, to diversify…but did they…no they did not…that is why they should all be ignored….

    tourism is at a screeching halt in 2020…now some fools are talking about selling trinkets…..110 years later…

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  • @ O Gazerts

    You would notice I spoke to his type of idea being important going forward. Gimmickry always has an aspect of tastelessness to it that doesn’t particularly appeal after a while. The idea however can be refined. The point is that we need to develop an ethos of innovation in not only tourism but also across our economic landscape.

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  • @ Khaleel Kothdiwala May 23, 2020 11:57 AM
    “The usual antagonists rant and rave but what they don’t seem to understand is that it is quite possible for multiple ideas to contend. Why can’t Nehaul’s idea (or some refined version of it) not be done at the same time as other projects such as honouring African burial sites? Why must the two be mutually exclusive.”
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    Nothing absolutely ‘wrong’ with such approach.

    There is nothing mutually exclusive or ‘black-or-white’ when it comes to the history and recent heritage of Barbadoes.

    What role would there be for the cultural contribution of the ‘indigenous’ people to the island’s settlement?

    How about getting those Bajan people carrying the name “Lord(e)” to be at the forefront of this new project which could be dubbed the Bajan Ancestry.com for the descendants of the ‘Lord’ Family of ship wreckers and sea brigands?

    The ‘modern’ Jews make a living from posing as the victims of oppressors throughout history, so why can’t black Bajans of the Lord’s Holy Family?

    How do you think the modern traveller from Europe (including the UK) and N. America would react to a visit to a country which looks the other way at the practice of cultural apartheid and gender discrimination where females- both old and young- are barred from worshipping Allah in the same hallowed space as their Islamic fundamentalist fathers, brothers, husbands and sons?

    First deal with that problem right in your own backyard before trying to vicariously rebuild a ‘holy’ life in a Castle of Imitation and Money Laundering.

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  • Theo…it’s just the rehashing of the same old bullshit with no care for the majority population in mind, or how they will survive selling stupid trinkets… it’s all about quick money, jucking out the tourists eye selling nonsense and just a few on the island benefiting…same old..

    the 500lb gunrunner/trafficker knows why she wants to put in her 5c worth….it has nothing to do with benefiting the majority population and is more like the Bitcoin/app scam…same family..

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  • @ Millsy

    I fail to see your rebuttal. All of those ideas can content simultaneously so what is your point?

    As to your unrelated point about gender discrimination, I do believe I addressed that already. So as always with you, what is your point? If you continue to be so circuitous, WARU might have to start saying that you lack testicular fortitude. Also “fundamentalist”? “My backyard”, I had always felt that as a Barbadian my backyard would be Barbados, not so? You all do make me laugh 🤣🤣.

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  • @ Khaleel Kothdiwala May 23, 2020 1:12 PM

    So which should come first? The recognition of the involvement of the Lord’s descendants (of which the miller could be one) or the treasure hunt for booty which ought to be the heirloom of the black Lords?

    In what way have you addressed the matter of gender discrimination among the Islamic fundamentalists in Bim which is a breach of the Constitution which you like to hold up as the paragon of good governance and precepts for a modern civil non-discriminating society of equal opportunity?

    Are you denying it exists or are you prepared to issue a Fatwa now on BU against the practice?

    Why not get the local NOW to back you in this ‘wrong’ that needs resistance?

    “Women are held dearer in Allah’s regard than men, and Allah will highly reward any man who brings joy to his Mahram women.”

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    Andrew’s idea is pathetic. I notice that he does not suggest risking his own money by investing it in this manipulative deceitful nonsense… he seems to expect that taxpayers should pay for this idiocy so that private sector leeches can pad their pockets. It is disgraceful.

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  • Miller……it will be interesting to see what happens going forward, their jobs have been made doubly hard now with a plague being part of the equation , it should be 50 times harder than they had it before when they absolutely refused to diversify when advised to do so by many of us on the blog for YEARS…..also by IMF, rating agencies even Bloomberg, but they did not want to let go the corruption, bribery and money laundering, so incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time….now they gotta run all over the place begging and borrowing and will have to continue to do so for years to come…..they are deserving of problems, no sympathy here…

    i will enjoy the show..

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  • @ Millsy
    “In what way have you addressed the matter of gender discrimination among the Islamic fundamentalists in Bim which is a breach of the Constitution which you like to hold up as the paragon of good governance and precepts for a modern civil non-discriminating society of equal opportunity?

    Are you denying it exists or are you prepared to issue a Fatwa now on BU against the practice?

    Why not get the local NOW to back you in this ‘wrong’ that needs resistance?”
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    Your ignorance of reality leaks through as always lol. If you made an attempt to be aware, you would know that members of the association of muslim women along with support from sister organisation such as the NOW, launched a sustained campaign a little while ago, in which women attended the friday congregational prayers at one of the mosques at which they are not allowed. They endured abuse etc but went week after week to secure their religious and constitutional rights. So you can be assured that the NOW and others are actively attempting to right this unconscionable wrong.

    Also because you are generally unenlightened, I will assume that you are unaware of the meaning of fundamentalism in our contemporary consciousness.

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  • worth repeating…..meant to only benefit the few and let the majority suffer unnecessarily….all of them expect the taxpaying majority population to pay for their fly by night scams against the tourists and the same majority population…..because the useless DBLP have done exactly that for decades on end, enabled them and their scams while the people pay and pay and pay for years……

    ….the party is over though….they better go elsewhere and look for honest employment instead of continuously being parasites in the lives of Black people..

    “Andrew’s idea is pathetic. I notice that he does not suggest risking his own money by investing it in this manipulative deceitful nonsense… he seems to expect that taxpayers should pay for this idiocy so that private sector leeches can pad their pockets. It is disgraceful.”

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  • Freedom Appreciates any Comment that would Improve Barbados. However, I am Yet to Read anything in Potty Mouth’s Comments that have come Close to a Suggestion.

    What was said here seems to me to be the beginning of something that we can Discuss and to Massage the Ideas to see what could Develop!

    But what Point or Suggestion is She Devil Playing the Race Card with? And if she wants to have something for the benefit of the Majority of the people on the Island what does she think we were talking about?

    Freedom thinks that she should come up with something Useful or Shut her Trap!

    Submitted By Freedom Crier

    Merit Based Immigration & Citizenship by Investment:

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/07/13/for-the-good-of-our-country-barbados/

    Barbados Improvements Part 1: Bridgetown

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/07/21/barbados-improvements-part-1-bridgetown/

    Barbados Improvements Part 2: Thoughts & Ideas

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/07/28/barbados-improvements-part-2-thoughts-and-ideas/

    Barbados Improvements Part 3: Agriculture

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/08/01/barbados-improvements-part-3-agriculture/

    Barbados Improvements Part 4:Looking Forward

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/08/06/barbados-improvements-part-4-looking-forward/

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    I am astounded that a “businessman” would expose this idea to the public without having run the numbers. The most rudimentary financial analysis reveals this to be an asinine idea.
    What are Andrew’s projections for capital investment in the “sponsored digital map”?
    What increase in visitor spend does Andrew predict?
    Who does Andrew think will invest?
    Who does Andrew think will put up the US$105,000 in prize money over the next three years?

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  • All these beautiful ideas suffer from three factors:

    First, who builds or renovates the tourist attraction?

    Who repairs the attraction?

    Who bears the economic risk?

    In view of the fact that we are broke, the state can no longer subsidize anything here.Even if the state does something, we need honest analysis, not the usual Caribbean euphemisms.

    When it comes to maintenance, you should remember Harrison’s Cave. The native masses were not even able to service the elevators into the valley. Only one elevator was still working at the end. Now foreigners have taken over the attraction. So if the locals are in charge, we need low tech, so at most with wooden wheels and without electricity.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @lyallsmall May 23, 2020 10:15 AM
    “Actually, I think this is a good idea that needs some work.”
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    What kind of work?

    Do you really think that it is a good idea to create a tourism product that explicitly lies to visitors “by suggesting that the treasure has never been found”?

    Do you think that the scam that Andrew is proposing here is improved by the fact that it celebrates a scam artist and multiple murderer? (Yes the shipwrecks that Sam Lord caused resulted in very significant loss of innocent lives.)

    What do you think the effect on Brand Barbados will be when we build a reputation as deceitful scam artists?

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  • @Peter

    In this or any environment no idea is a bad idea.

    In other words a bad idea can transform to a good idea with the right inputs.

    >

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  • As long as it’s not the weary of the parasites… taxpayers paying for the bad idea..

    .has anyone asked the MAJORITY POPULATION what they think…..they are usually the ones expected not to benefit from anything, expected to pay for everything, expected to suffer…..or are they still thought of as INVISIBLE BY GREEDY MINORITIES…..and the sell outs in the parliament, only good for votes..

    this is a brand new environment where the majority should be the ones saying what will be the future for them and their children……what will benefit them and what they prefer..

    .no one wants to hear the same regurgitated vomit coming from the same people over and over because they are looking out for themselves only and what benefits them….it has been going on for decades and should no longer be tolerated period..

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David
    “… no idea is a bad idea.”
    ++++++++++
    ‘Garbage in, garbage out’ is a fundamental law of human systems. It is tragic to waste human time and energy on going in a useless direction.

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  • @Peter

    That is if you focus on the bad idea at the risk of negating idea generating activity.

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  • @ Khaleel Kothdiwala May 23, 2020 1:38 PM

    Glad to hear of the recent jihadist-type attempts to break down the Islamic high walls of discrimination against the majority of those from the Faith of Muhammud.

    So it had to take a set of feminist infidels to do the work of Allah which one elder of a rebellious Imam could have simply called ‘Un-Islamic’ in the first place?

    Will send some of my Opus Dei spies in Bim to see if the sheep pen made of galvanise is still there with the markings: ‘Ladies (only) Pray Room’.

    Or we might just have to send down an Islamic version of MLK 11 to preach down that shed of gender discrimination and social revulsion.

    Now, when are the same ‘NOW’ people going to see their sisters dressed for tropical Barbados and working in all areas of the society like serving as waitresses, cooks and cleaners in your much desired tourism and hospitality sectors in the future economy (inclusive of the Sam Lord’s and the Hyatt’s) instead of being in a tent of a harem or riding on the back of a camel in the deserts of Saudi Arabia?

    Now that would be a ‘luring’ act of sheer anti-fundamentalism of the highest order much pleasing to Allah?

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  • THE NAYSAYERS ARE BLATANTLY JEALOUS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT POSSESS ANY CREATIVE IDEAS AND FURTHERMORE WOULD LIKE TO SEE TOURISM DEAD IN THE WATER AND BAJAN’S SUFFER GREATLY SO THAT THEY THEIR IDEOLOGY OF COLLECTIVISM WOULD RULE…

    Every Country has Legends. But the Stories of Bajan’s Can be Added to the things we are Speaking of…here are Two that you may Not be Familiar with…

    William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859, the son of a Scottish sugar planter and an Indian creole woman. He married the daughter of a leading African American family in San Francisco. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885.

    His whaling voyages were based out of San Francisco on the whaling barks John and Winthrop. He retired from whaling in 1908 and lived in Oakland until his death from the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.

    ( Pictured here is Captain William T. Shorey and family. NPS SAFR P00.21578x)

    YET ANOTHER FAMOUS BAJAN

    Were you raised on Cream of Wheat? Then you were raised by a Bajan. That’s right. Our very own Frank L. White was a Bajan. Frank was born in Barbados in 1867 before immigrating to the U.S. in 1875 and becoming a citizen in 1890. White lived much of his life in Leslie, Michigan, and was working as a master chef at a Chicago restaurant at the time he was photographed for the cereal box in 1900. Frank was the chef best known as the model featured on Cream of Wheat breakfast cereal boxes. White died on February 15, 1938, and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie. In June 2007, his grave had a concrete marker replaced with a granite gravestone.

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  • @ Millsy

    Your state if benightment is truly amusing. I agree that the sheep pen ought to be taken down.

    You don’t seem to realise yet Millie that such attempts to “catch me out” simply can’t work because I’m always ready to criticise my fellow Muslims too many of whom are poor representatives of the religion.

    But anyhow this post is about tourism so I won’t be going down your rabbit holes today.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David May 23, 2020 2:41 PM
    “That is if you focus on the bad idea at the risk of negating idea generating activity.”
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Generating ideas is like writing recipes. It is great to write recipes, but if they taste like shite, they are a waste of time. It is useful to anticipate whether they will taste like shite because the ingredients are literally shite, poop, crap and hot sauce. You can choose to focus on the fact that you like hot sauce, but that is not going to save the recipe from tasting like shite.

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  • They got some nerve to come out suggesting anything at this stage and of course what they suggest is their usual scam, especially that trashy FC…….after all they have done on the island and for so many decades, they should all be in prison and not trying to create more scams for the Black majority to pay for……or to cause more suffering, hardship and low wages in their lives.

    Just a matter of time before they more than likely have to leave the island when all their asses go broke…which should not be in the too distant future the way things are going, if anyone deserves some decades of generational suffering, it’s them…nuisance parasites…just like the no good scum in the parliament….feeding off the people..

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  • KK
    That’s Millie’s mo, run and twist once cornered. And he’s always cornered 🤣🤣

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  • “‘Garbage in, garbage out’ is a fundamental law of human systems. It is tragic to waste human time and energy on going in a useless direction.”

    🤐🤐🤐

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  • fortyacresandamule

    Very cringe-worthy proposal. Now that the tourism rent has dried up, rather than some bold and creative ideas put forth, Andrew is proposing a rather silly gimmick for an industry that will take at least another two years to come back to some level of normalcy. OK, if tourism is ALL there is for Barbados, according to the many believers, at least put forth some viable and credible proposals rather than the scam above. I think we should consider the integrated resort casino market seriously.

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  • @ Tron,

    We venerate the resting place of the Haynes dynasty; yet have failed miserably throughout the island to acknowledge the resting place of the tens and thousands of slaves whose “burial grounds” have been scattered all over the island without the hint of a tombstone or an acknowledgement of the travails of their existence.

    Our ancestors throughout the Caribbean region had to endure Auschwitz like conditions. Auschwitz is a town in Poland where mass geocide was committed against the Jews. It remains a “tourist” attraction for the sole purpose as a memorial of man’s inhumanity to man. Do you believe that your average sunseeker who seeks pleasure in the Caribbean would be aware that the region was built on a foundation of genocide. The indigenous groups were virtually wiped out by the marauding Europeans only to be replaced by our African ancestors who were completely subjugated by their masters.

    Here we are in 2020, we have gained our independence; some of us would have a distant memory of the civil rights movement from the sixties; or the struggle of the women’s liberation movement; or our pleasure when South Africa’s apartheid system was demolished. Yet, miraculously, in Barbados we have regressed. We defer to a cossetted minority group who have set the agenda for Barbados; a group who appear to have the support of our two principle political parties.

    We have moved seamlessly from the plantation system and renamed it the tourist industry.

    All these bullshit ideas to improve the tourism brand; and not a man wants to discuss the actual history of the majority population who had to endure and carve out their survival from the coral bedrock of the island.

    Why should a so called educated people find it so difficult to promote a brand of tourism which educates the tourist. Where are the voices from the majority community? Are they contented to remain as passengers?

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  • Andrew’s idea is brilliant and he could sell it to a video game creator.

    As a tourist attraction….It is just beyond my my imagination.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U May 23, 2020 9:32 AM

    Sounds like pure desperation that bit about looking for Sam Lord’s treasure. It takes a lot of money searching for treasure. He needs to contact Robert Ballard if he wants to move from the realm of fantasy. I support your views although I wouldn’t go as far as calling it “Total shit.” I prefer to think that there is a paucity of original ideas on the part of the writer of the post.

    “…..the future is about the people and their ability, skills etc creating wealth to sustain themselves, energizing the economy, it’s no longer about dependency tourism….and making shite trinkets that the pretensive tourists don’t even want to pay for…..and most don’t have the money to pay for anyway…..continuing this visionless path will see the island right back where it started….more poverty, more dependency…”

    Cannot fault this part at all. You forgot to mention the harassment of tourists. There is a fellow who hangs out by the swing bridge who constantly harass tourist with necklaces out of beads. Gets right in their faces and follows them even when it is obvious there is no interest by them in buying his wares. I would hope that he doesn’t suffer from halitosis.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @fortyacresandamule
    “I think we should consider the integrated resort casino market seriously.”
    ++++++++++++++

    This suggestion is not stupid. I personally hate casino gambling, both because historically many have been run by criminals (the mafia in Las Vegas, Donald Trump in New Jersey), and also because I consider gambling to be an unfair tax on those who don’t understand the mathematical discipline of probability.

    However I took the suggestion seriously and started to investigate. These mega developments have the potential to: earn large revenues, and attract new asian markets. I think the potential risks outweigh the potential rewards, particularly in the COVID-19 era, but it is something we should probably consider seriously.

    You can start your research with this Price Waterhouse analysis at:
    https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/industries/hospitality-leisure/publications/is-europe-ready-for-integrated-resort-casinos.html

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  • two things Peter first there is already a game played on tourists two for one dollars…what the hell is that …hamburger 30 bucks bajan, second casinos are already up and running on those cruise ships that are are going to be giving tickets away for a few years it may be a tough market

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  • “I support your views although I wouldn’t go as far as calling it “Total shit.””

    these only came out for their own self interest and to usurp taxpayer’s money to enrich themselves only, it’s been a pattern for decades, most of the minorities who are always seeking public attention are famous for doing this, i find it insulting and disrespectful to the population that after decades of being parasites on the Black population they still have the nerve to come out with more scams…they have no right…don’t know who the hell they continue to believe they are…

    and don’t get me started on the social partnership of CROOKS…..that the fools in parliament continue to pander to…

    no one is asking the majority population what they want for the future of them and their children, especially the parasites in the parliament, they don’t want to know… but the crooks are out in force saying what they want to see and expect the people to pay for everything….including their fly by night scams…

    this has to end, it is not sustainable..

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  • @Peter

    From your comment should we glean that there is hope for the tourism sector?

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @PLT. I agree with you philosophically on the issue of gambling. As the saying goes, vegas wasn’t built on winners, but on losers. Time for the Bahamas to get some competition in this segment of the market.

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  • Any youngsters in Barbados into video game design and development ?

    Sam Lords castle treasure hunt.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David May 23, 2020 5:48 PM
    “From your comment should we glean that there is hope for the tourism sector?”
    +++++++++++++++

    Nobody has a crystal ball to see the shape of future events with clarity. I do not pretend to see the future.

    However, in times of greatest social and economic change, it is a foolish strategy to double down on whatever you had bet on before the change.

    The correct strategy is one of hedging your bets: in other words to invest in something that will do well in direct proportion to the extent that tourism does badly. That way if tourism picks up again you will just carry on and write off your hedging strategy, but you will survive. On the other hand if tourism is wiped out then your hedging strategy pays off big time and you will survive. The point of the exercise is to survive no matter what happens.

    I am working on one hedging strategy, but we need more… many more.

    So think my friends… what will do well in exactly the environment where tourism does poorly?

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  • fortyacresandamule

    We will need to attract a very deep pocket investor for this kind of project though. Jamaica has been trying for more than a decade now to get into the integrated casino resort market without any success.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David
    For example, the suggestion by fortyacresandamule to develop the integrated resort casino market which has particular appeal to the Chinese market can be seen as a hedging strategy.

    If the American empire crashes and burns catastrophically it will also damage our Canadian and European source markets while encouraging the Chinese to consider the whole world to be their oyster. So building infrastructure which specifically appeals to that market is a hedge against conditions which will destroy our traditional tourism markets.

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  • “what will do well in exactly the environment where tourism does poorly?”

    techies, web developers, programmers….they singlehandedly drive an economy the way they generate income and cash flow….as Ronald Jackass Jones was told in 2010 and he ignored it because he did not want to see brilliant black scholars exceling…..badminded and envious never wanting to see their own people wealthy..

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  • Japan, China, India etc got theirs stategically placed everywhere..

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  • @ peterlawrencethompson May 23, 2020 5:16 PM

    There are two reasons for this:

    One, the bank always wins.

    Two: We have enough unfinished hotel complexes that just need to be completed.

    However, we will not see the expansion of adult entertainment or the creation of casinos. In social conservatism, Barbados lies somewhere between Saudi Arabia and the Taliban.

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  • I hope yall know there is at least a good decade of uncertainty ahead, money should be invested in the young people…they will be the future when this is over, this appears to be a long haul scenario given what some are saying, these fickle tourism scams will no longer cut it, there has to be more permanency going forward…..with long term gains…

    so they better start planning now and stop putting the people’s money in the pockets of the greedy..

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  • Persons submitting comments on the proposed development of Royalton Barbados Resort at the Discovery Bay site in Holetown, St James, are reminded that they must be in by next Wednesday, May 27.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/05/23/royalton-comments-must-be-sent-by-may-27/

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  • Wow! The nattering nabobs of negativism are out in all their splendour!

    As I read it, Mr. Nehaul made a barebones suggestion for a tourism related project that had some flaws. None of the flaws were fatal to the IDEA that I thought was implicit in the suggestion. i.e. using the Sam Lord’s pirate myth as the backdrop of a suite of sub projects for implementation after all the kinks are identified and worked out for possible implementation after Covid 19’s continuing threat to Tourism in Barbados is in the rear view mirror.

    I thought that many of the suggestions that their proponents thought should invalidate the idea, cannot stand serious scrutiny. e.g. That anything that truthfully portrayed Sam Lord as a crook and vagabond must be the product of modern day crooks; That portraying aspects of the historicity of Sam Lord and his era in Barbados is somehow racist and puts down black people’s contributions to the Island; That scaling and designing subprojects to fit the attention span and likes of young visitors to the Island was onerous; etc.

    I don’t think that a project of this type is likely to be one that could lure visitors to come to Barbados per se. but I do think that it might generate one or more sub-projects that could be attractions for tourists of a wide range of ages and wealth.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @lyallsmall
    And what do we do during the years that “Covid 19’s continuing threat to Tourism in Barbados“ is not in the rear view mirror?

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  • RECENT HISTORY ON BARBADOS TOURISM ACCOMPLISHMENTS…

    BARBADOS NAMED #1 IN THE WORLD FOR VISITOR SATISFACTION
    Loop News Created : 12 March 2018 Caribbean News

    Barbados’ tourism has come out head and shoulders above the rest of the world, having landed the number one spot on the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI).

    Throughout the year, over 70,000 travellers were interviewed around the world, giving their feedback on 20 categories including Beaches, Accommodation, Cuisine and Shopping. In the end, Barbados had the highest overall World score, 8.8/10, of the 144 countries included. The destination also ranked highest in the Accommodation category, and highest in the Americas region ahead of Bermuda and the Bahamas.

    The awards were presented to the Barbados delegation, led by Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, during a ceremony at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show held in Germany’s capital city which saw Seychelles being awarded second place and Bermuda taking third place.

    CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) William ‘Billy’ Griffith, shared plans to leverage the accolade in the destination’s marketing communications over the next year.

    “For us it’s going to be very advantageous because with our marketing and our public relations, we’re going to be saying we’re best in the world, at least for the next 12 months. And I think it helps us in our quest to move forward in terms of pressing for success for Barbados tourism.”

    The DSI, developed and executed by two European research companies – Norstat and dp2research, is a metric that measures the overall valuation of a holiday destination based on the factors travellers find most attractive. The online survey was administered in 24 source markets, and the 70,000 interviews resulted in 1.4 million responses direct from travellers which informed the scores in each category.

    Apart from the overall World award, Barbados also topped the Accommodation category, scoring 8.8/10 ahead of Bermuda which placed second, and the Maldives which placed third.

    Griffith also congratulated the accommodation sector and commended their contribution to the destination’s high overall score. He added that the DSI Accommodation award further supports Barbados’ outstanding performance in the highly-recognized TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. “We recently captured 13 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Caribbean region. We placed across a diverse range of categories – Luxury, All-Inclusive, Best Service, Bargain and Romance. And what we’re really seeing here are different travellers from different countries all over the world giving their feedback on different platforms, and they’re all saying the same thing – that accommodations in Barbados are among the best in the world. That’s the main message here, that’s the main takeaway.

    THEREFORE, WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BUILD ON SUCH A GOOD REPUTATION…SO MUCH OF A REPUTABLE FOUNDATION SHOULD NOT BE SWEPT AWAY AS WORTHLESS, IRRELEVANT AND OF NO CONSEQUENCE, BECAUSE WE FACE CHALLENGES LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD! WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO ERASE IT AND START SOMETHING NEW THAT HAS NO TRACT RECORD?

    WE HAVE A GOLDEN EGG WHY KILL THE GOOSE!

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  • @ Hants May 23, 2020 6:02 PM
    “Any youngsters in Barbados into video game design and development?
    Sam Lords castle treasure hunt.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Excellent idea there Hants!

    There can be even a video-game replication of the whole Sam Lord’s piracy story.

    So too can the Bussa rebellion and the 1937 riots be both celebrated and ‘exploited’ for its modern video-gaming shooting potential.

    What about the virtual replication life on the sugarcane plantations to remind the naïve black youth of their ancestors pain and suffering so that they should never repeat what happened, similarly, to the Jews whose stories under Nazi Europe will always be told like their so-called Exodus from Egypt?

    Expecting Chinese to fly all the way to Bim to play casino games in a Chinese funded hotel is really stretching the imagination a bit too far.

    Why would a Chinese gambler fly all the way from the ‘far’ East via countries with established casino cultures to little conservative Christian-minded Bim to play black jack and roulette when they can either take a much shorter weekend trip to Macau or Goa; or better yet, stay at home and gamble online during this and expected times of pandemic and epidemic?

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  • These people are not mentally flexible, they just cannot think beyond depending on tourism..

    … new ideas and new money earners will present themselves but they will not be seen if people are not looking….i can already see that they will learn nothing from being dropped on their asses by a plague….they only want to stick with what has worked for them before and look at nothing new…

    pity they are so visionless….

    and there is always manufacturing and food production to kickstart the local economy with everyone involved and not just the few.., things they neglected they will now have to return to if they want to survive..

    .. i noticed Beep antibacterial spray is manufactured in Barbados, they were acting as though they can’t manufacture anything and had to import everything..

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @lyallsmall May 23, 2020 7:31 PM
    Our unemployment rate is heading for 40%. Our economy is heading into the deepest depression for hundreds of years. The global economy is shattered. All of our tourism source markets are heading into a deep depression. Our tourism industry has crashed by over 95%.

    If we visualize our tourism industry as a house, it is a house being consumed by a raging fire. You and Andrew are not discussing the fire, you are talking about what colour of shower curtain you want to hang “after Covid 19’s {the fire’s} continuing threat to Tourism in Barbados {the house} is in the rear view mirror.” After the fire it is highly likely that there will be no more house. Therefore this is the time for serious ideas about how to deal with the fire, not for daydreaming about pretty curtains if the fire miraculously goes out of its own accord.

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  • WW

    Meet O. May 19th

    Encourage the majority to all become Os instead of sitting down and waiting on goverment/s to uplift them .

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  • @ Andrew Nehaul

    I applaud your idea on the basis of recognizing we should be taking an integrated approach that involves local culture, leverages social media and gamification and operates at a level of engagement and expectation of persons from our major market sources. I don’t agree with applying this to the Sam Lords story but I applaud the approach

    @ PLT – Don’t agree with your harsh criticism here as the integrated approach Andrew described here is essentially the success of Disney world. Having been there on 2 occasion you can clearly see it’s just a more sophisticated version of the telling a story via an integrated approach. The Sam Lord’s application in my mind is weak / not powerful enough but the approach has merit
    Our tourism has to get more sophisticated. It cannot be the only focus but it will always have a role to play and there is innovation to be applied there. (Which Hyatt is not)

    At this point we have to fire on as many cylinders as possible including aspects of tourism development and innovation that will take us into the future

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  • PTL

    I think Nehaul just put his idea out there. I may have missed it but I cant remember seeing a time frame in the submission so why does it have to be during the period where covid is a threat?

    I agree with the ones who think it is a good suggestions that would need modifications. The final product may not even look anything like what was mentioned in the article.

    To get to the moon someone had to come up with the idea of going there first then the planning started and I am sure they were a lot of disagreements and changes to get to the final product.

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  • PLT

    The picture you paint at 8:11 pm is a dread one but it might be absolutely correct. You are the expert in this area.

    I’m definitely not an expert on Tourism development but I’ve stayed at numerous hotels throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, Europe, West Africa, South Africa, some Pacific islands, etc. fwliw Neither am I an economist but I’ve done my fair share of project development and project implementation. I think I have as much credentials as anyone on this blog to OPINE on a matter on which none of us can claim overweening expertise. i.e. That Covid19 has dealt Barbados’ tourism an insurmountable death blow and we should totally accept this and look for other new developmental areas that are as far as possible from Tourism to eventually take up the slack.

    When I realised that Covid19 was heading our way and that Barbados actually had one death directly attributable to the virus. I was absolutely scared. I am one of the cohort of persons that, at that time, was viewed as being directly targeted by the virus for dire outcomes including death. So I began taking an interest in several aspects of the pandemic. I’ve read much of the available literature and have been noting that the research is showing that Covid19 may not be as dread as it certainly appeared to be at the outset.

    Practically all tourist areas similar to ours must suffer from the same effects that you enumerate for Covid19 on Barbados. But I think that one factor you have left out of the equation is the human factor. Mankind will find a way out!

    Mankind, throughout the pandemic, has been looking feverishly on a gobal scale for ways to reduce its intensity. For instance, Recent research has been suggesting that standard usage of an airplane hepa filter system, allied with use of high quality masks very significantly reduce spread of the virus on airplanes. That was not known before, only that planes transporting infected persons spread the pathogen from country to country. That additional quiver in the anti-C19 arrow should reduce the time that persons take to get back into leisure travelling. A cursory look at the C19 figures for spread suggest that there might be some relationship between geographical location / positioning, size, and rate of outbreaks. More work is needed in this area. The efficacy of use of masks has been upended from being only of cosmectic value to being essential in reducing spread. The importance of spread on surfaces has been downgraded. Various third world countries have been developing reportedly effective medicines against the virus. These countries include Jamaica, Madagascar and Ghana. Highly efficient tests for determining the pathogen’s prevalence in sewage by serology or other tests or by digital Temperature measurements, on an area wide scale, hint at fairly rapid tests to identify where the pathogen is concentrated.

    So 2 months after Covid19 hit us in the Caribbean the image of the pathogen hinted at in research papers and popular articles shows promise of significant changes that point to our being able to manage new outbreaks in a more efficient and effective manner in a matter of months.and we should not forget the wealth of experience learned by our MoH authorities which will stand us in good stead in any future waves or outbreaks.

    Let me repeat. You forgot the human spirit. The house is badly damaged but the land remains and it can be modified and rebuilt. Indeed, failure to rebuild it and live under the stars looking at the ruins does not comport with our humanity.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @lyallsmall May 23, 2020 11:18 PM
    Now you are dealing with reality. Neither of us knows exactly what the tourism industry possibilities will look like at the beginning of the October 2020 season, but it looks bleak. Even with the best possible vaccine development giving us the start of inoculation by mid 2021, it will take many months, perhaps a couple of years, for the vaccine to be deployed globally. By the time we get to the beginning of the 2021 season we may have the capacity for fast testing that will allow us to test every visitor that lands at GAIA and not let them leave the airport if they are infected. This is the minimum which will allow us to restart our tourism industry, but by then a huge number of the local companies in the sector will have gone bankrupt.

    I have not forgotten the human spirit… on the contrary, that is exactly what I’m imploring Bajans to use right here right now, not at some indeterminate time in the future. We need to take charge of our own destiny, not sit around hoping that things will somehow work out.

    We need to use our ingenuity to devise practical strategies that we begin to build today.

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  • Andrew’s suggestions should be taken in context. He is a tourism consultant/player. His suggestion is based on the assumption the world will find a way to support travel. All agree there is uncertainty but that does not negate the need for stakeholders in existing sectors to plan.

    We have to be careful to avoid conflating the issues. We have to continue to search for ways to develop other sectors. It is good to see government’s focus on agriculture, especially producing six week crops. Tourism as a forex earner is a huge revenue hole to fill.

    Keep the ideas coming!

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  • “Encourage the majority to all become Os instead of sitting down and waiting on goverment/s to uplift them .”

    Both governments have always sidelined the majority instead of involving them …AS THE ONES WHO GENERATE THE CASH FLOW…in tourism and other enterprises on the island…you do not promote one tiny group while acting as though the majority are not MORE ENTITLED and are not capable of giving input and shouild not have access their own cash flow of multimillions and billions…blame the two stupid, self absorbed governments…

    when the bribers and bribetakers learn all of that, there will be a vast difference to how wealth is generated and DISTRIBUTED on the island…at this time it’s still a decades old joke riddled with corruption…will go nowhere and will never benefit the majority population…AGAIN…who fund EVERYTHING ON THE ISLAND…

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  • Maybe this will put things into perspective for those seeking solutions and that includes the self absorbed greedy when they come up with their fly by night plans to enrich themselves only…

    “Welcome to the First Global Economic Depression of Our Lifetimes

    People wait on a long line to receive a food bank donation at the Barclays Center on May 15, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City.

    IDEAS
    BY IAN BREMMER
    MAY 16, 2020 7:00 AM EDT

    Another week, another grisly job reports for the US. The data is still streaming in, but it’s time to start calling this what it is—a global economic depression.

    Why It Matters:

    Technically, there’s no official definition of the term “depression.” But compared to a “recession” (defined as two consecutive quarters of contracting economic growth), there are some general rules we can apply—depressions are global, much worse than typical recessions, and their impact on both the economy and society last far longer. It’s this latter point why we still call 2008 the “Great Recession.” For all the drama and chaos, outside the banking industry those handful of months in 2008/2009 didn’t irrevocably alter our society and/or economic system. Awareness about inequality was raised by movements like “Occupy Wall Street,” but the underlying issue went largely unaddressed for more than a decade because large swaths of society could effectively ignore it. Given the coronavirus’ damage to our global economy, they won’t have the luxury of ignoring it any longer. Especially not in the U.S., where the US Fed released a survey this week pointing out that 39% of households making under $40,000 a year lost at least one job in March alone.

    Some of that has to do with the nature of the economic shock itself. Unlike 2008, this is a crisis of the real economy, as both supply and demand are taking massive hits in an unprecedented amount of time. But just as important is the continuing threat posed by the coronavirus. “

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  • Piece the Prophet

    I am always amazed how de ole man will propose an idea here and not a feller says nuffin bout it, or call de ole man tin foil, but 9 months to a year later someone mentions de same idea and dem get called tourism cuntsultant and player and expert and all sorts of tings.

    Why dat?

    Wunna does dont have no shame?

    Wunna does dont got no ethics?

    How wunna does sleep pun a night after doing dese sorts of tings?

    You mean de ole man got to go and find de grandson Stoopid Cartoons to show wunna to be RH liars who if an idea was to bite wunna in de ass, wunna would not know it?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @PLT
    You seem to be the only one that fully grasps the truly dire straits we are in and the completely new type of mindset we need to quickly adopt if we are to avoid sending our country into a depression like most of the world is headed with this long term lockdown foolishness.

    @lyallsmall
    You are also starting to fully grasp the scenario that has occurred and the situation we let fear put ourselves in.

    For the rest, I will try to explain our situation and which mindset we need to adopt to survive because make no mistake we are in survival mode and were from the time we went the lock-down route.

    Flywheel definition (compliments Oxford)
    A heavy revolving wheel in a machine that is used to increase the machine’s momentum and thereby provide greater stability or a reserve of available power during interruptions in the delivery of power to the machine.

    Think of our economy as a flywheel in the massive factory called Barbados.
    Under normal losses of power (i.e. fall off in tourists, bad management, natural disasters, etc.) our economic flywheel has enough momentum to carry us through until we can fix the problems causing that loss of power and if not, we would do some sort of stimulus to keep it going until we get that power back again.

    Our current situation is far graver. Our flywheel is now severely compromised with large chunks of metal missing. Some chunks have been broken off and litter the factory floor while other chunks are permanently gone never to return again. Our flywheel still has some momentum left and is still turning ever so slowly but make no mistake, it is severely compromised and continuing to keep the same old flywheel in operation and trying to repair or upgrade it will not work to get the factory that is Barbados working properly.

    What is required is for us to take down the old flywheel, gather all the broken pieces on the floor, put them all in the melting pot and add some of the pieces of ideas hidden in the storeroom and forge a new smaller but stonger flywheel and go forward from there.

    That is the only way we will avoid the coming depression. We must rip up and rewrite the entire book of economic rules and best practices. Most, if not all the principles and tenets on which it is based as no longer valid in the COVID world.

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  • “later someone mentions de same idea and dem get called tourism cuntsultant and player and expert and all sorts of tings.”

    that is why i never listen to any shite coming from any minorities, when they come up with these pretend genius ideas, ya done know they tief it from somebody, got it off the blogs and then tweaked it a little to pretend it’s theirs….or even got it from some Black person on the island and rush off to advertise it as theirs…they are common class thieves and wannabes, that is all they know and have been allowed to be on the island thanks to bribetaking governments.. ….

    nothing they say ever sounds genuine to me…..nor like it’s their own creation…they have been robbing the island and people for too long because they always feel entitled to what is not theirs…

    everytime they do this they must be CALLED OUT for everyone to see and know what they are capable of…..shame them as much as they can be shamed, because they always feel the end justifies the means as long as it’s Black people they are robbing..

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  • Piece…something is fundamentally wrong with these thieving fcukers, don’t let them continue to steal yours or any other Black people’s ideas and pretend it’s their own…they have been doing this for decades in Barbados, it’s time to end it and Black people need to stop talking to them altogether…they are vampires and thieves only existing to suck on the futures of black people and their children and grandchildren, they know nothing else…..and must be STARVED.

    it’s a pattern, a black person on the island would start a business and the covetous minorities would watch how it progresses, call up the stinking sell outs in the parliament and before you know it the Black person starts to get all types of problems trying to keep the business open, especially if they are not lowly yardfowls or fellow crooks of the parliament sell outs, then in no time the Black person is out of business and the lowlife minority has someone in their place or running it themselves…everyone knows that is how it works, this one could not wait for a Black person to start what he is now pretending is his…he had to jump out early because they are afraid, but they should all go broke and starve…

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  • That is how the minorites have successfully disenfranchise, marginalize and sideline generations of Black people who try to create businesses and generate with for their families in Barbados…… with the help of the sell out parliament negros, they have refined robbig the black population of their creativity and investion skills to an artform….

    .yes Piece and they just had to go and TIEF your idea in broad day light on BU with their desperate selves………total disrespect.

    ya 500lb of blubber made sure to be in the mix too….

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David May 24, 2020 12:29 AM
    “Andrew’s suggestions should be taken in context. He is a tourism consultant/player.”
    ++++++++++++++++
    That is exactly why we should expect more from him. He knows, as an industry insider, that the context is the Barbados tourism industry is facing the worst crisis of its existence. How can he possibly ignore such context?

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  • How long will it take to dismantle and redesign the ‘flywheel’?

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  • Wuh i heard for myself on a radio show in US telling Mia not to tief the money being loaned or granted to the people of Barbados AND that she is being watched…they are all famous thieves being watched and called out everywhere….lol…

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  • @Peter

    In an earlier submission didn’t Andrew opine tourism will bounce back and traditional destinations like Barbados should retool at the ready? That is his context, you disagree. Let ideas contend based on different assumptions.

    What this blogmaster knows is that a new economy will not emerge by flicking a light switch post COVID after our policy makers have dithered for decades. There is the short term plan and then there is the longer term plan. Now where is that report from the Council Mottley established a month ago.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David May 24, 2020 7:13 AM
    “How long will it take to dismantle and redesign the ‘flywheel’?”
    ++++++++++++++++++
    The longer people pretend that distractions like Sam Lords gamification tourism is what we need in this moment, the longer it will take to address our actual problems.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @David
    Tourism will bounce back based on what data? Rose colored glasses and fairy dust?

    If tourism does bounce back, then by definition, there is no need to retool. Retooling an industry is required ONLY if the operating environment changes to the point that the old tools are inadequate. So by talking of retooling Andrew is admitting that the operating environment has changed, but then he is pointedly ignoring HOW the pandemic has changed the operating environment. His suggestion of exploiting Sam Lord’s history will work only if the tourism operating environment is not changed by COVID-19, therefore it is totally useless as a response at a point in time when the industry desperately needs a coherent response.

    The whole scheme reeks to me as an excuse to expend public resources on a pointless scheme that will accomplish nothing but divert my tax dollars into the pockets of tourism industry consultants and other insiders. I hope I’m wrong.

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  • @PLT

    A correction on your statement…it is not Barbados tourism that is facing a crisis….it’s GLOBAL TOURISM…that means all of our competitors and their planners are in the same boat…pun intended

    And as the expression goes…if being chased by a lion I don’t have to run faster than a lion just faster than the other people being chased. We cannot change the Covid impact on global tourism, but we can change how innovatively we respond to gain market share against competition. All are affected and it’s the best responders who would rebound the fastest

    Let’s be 100% real Barbados does not and will not have the capacity to earn that level of FX from any other industry in the short time especially given our decades of an import only / inept ability to execute big ideas or transformation mentality. To think this will happen and replace tourism in the short term is a dreamers fantasy. I am not a fan of tourism but a believer in making physical or digital products that earn money, but Barbados does not come close to having the infrastructure AT SCALE to leverage any immediate benefit in this. I am not saying do nothing here. By all means start laying the foundation now.

    Tourism infrastructure is there and the our competition is also flattened. Time to innovate what we already have while putting the infrastructure I referred to in place to simultaneously diversify.

    My broader concern has been posted before…difficult times call for leadership to rally the troops and execute, not pretty talk and photo ops that passes for such. It’s too serious a moment, and I agree with you here that in this front there is no one in sight…not even the current occupiers who are too occupied with looking good as opposed to executing the task….but then again it’s back to that problem of viewing the world from a legal brain / mindset

    Deep doo doo indeed

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  • Ah go make them all FAMOUS TODAY…it’s a promise i made last year when in their ARROGANCE and HATRED FOR BLACK PEOPLE…they decided to destroy an innocent grieving Black woman maliciously using their stinking corrupt supreme court…….i keep my promise….tek dah..

    knew i would catch yall redhanded TIEFING WHAT IS NOT YOURS …one day…

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  • @PLT

    Global tourism WILL rebound…make no mistake about that. From 9/11, threats of global terrorism, SARS, previous financial crises etc it always has. The last 2 weekends if have seen tourist attractions FILLED again because people are tired of the Covid restrictions and want to get back to their lives. It’s the human condition

    The only question is at what rate and if Barbados will play a part in that or be left further behind.

    I challenge anyone to outline alternatives to tourism that can be implemented in 1 year in our environment generating $250 – 500 million USD for Barbados AND “employing” 000s of Barbadians. Let’s hear them.

    Diversify YES but let’s not pretend tourism is dead and has no role especially in the immediate future unless you can answer the question to fill the gaps mentioned above

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  • “The longer people pretend that distractions like Sam Lords gamification tourism is what we need in this moment, the longer it will take to address our actual problems.”

    PLT…they still don’t get it, what REMNANTS of tourism they may be able to salvage is not going to happen tomorrow, in the meantime, the quicker they put NON TOURISM DEPENDENCY…….plans in place…WITHOUT TIEFING IT….the sooner they will recover..and if by some fluke a vaccine is discovered or the plague dies off on its own going forward, there will already be….SEVERAL VIABLE AND FEASIBLE REPLACEMENT ENDEAVORS IN PLACE that could last for the long term and actually GENERATE cash flow so the majority population CAN PARTICIPATE and BUILD THEIR WEALTH for themselves and their future generations.. ..just in case there are other plagues and natural disasters going down the road…

    this should be an eye opener and lesson, but when ya dealing with dumb leaders it’s the luck of the draw…

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  • Some good posts this morning led by David’s own and followed by PLT’s and Critical Analyser’s latest. In early Covid19 I saw something existential happening. It was the end of the World. I foresaw apocalyptic happenings and heard the figurative hoofbeats of the riders of the Apocalypse as Earth appeared to be in their sights foreshadowing a new world being fashioned to take its place.

    Such a mystical outcome is not yet out of the question and might well be waiting for us just down the road. But since then I have realised that Covid19 is unlikely to have been a genetically engineered pandemic; that its properties are not very far from those of SARS, H1N1, Ebola and the Spanish Flu, and that we might have been given a reprieve from the Horsemen.

    However, I wouldn’t bet on any specific outcome for Barbados and other Developing countries at this time, not with Donald Trump still at the helm in the USA. Donald Trump is perhaps the only human on Earth at the present time, whose history, lack of human empathy, track record of success in most of his endeavours (nefarious or otherwise) views on third world development, firm unthinking control of one branch of the US congress, seeming ties with strongmen and dictators, willingness to overturn tried and tested norms, global institutions, etc., suggest that he could be the once-in-a-multi-millennial leader who could catalyse and lead calamitous outcomes for black and brown portions of the Earth.

    So, where do we go from here? I think we should do the sensible things that are suggested by the middle ground arguments tendered here. That we recognize that every tourist destination on Earth is in the same figurative boat at this time and we should not hasten to add fuel to the fire of Tourism’s current perceived and actual status here but hasten to develop alternatives that could follow from PLT’s copious offerings on numerous BU blogs as well as from the writings of other more moderate posters.

    Again, as I think I’ve hinted in an earlier post, I think the current Government has put numerous frameworks in place for handling the situation in a middle of the road fashion. Some thought has been given to minimal maintenance of the Tourism plant while dealing with Covid19 in a proactive and so far successful fashion and seeking ideas and advice on ways to jump start other sectors of the economy as we seek to recover from Covid19’s dire effects.

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  • BajeAbroad; I had’nt seen your 7:38 post when I posted mine above.

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  • @Peter

    Before COVID 19 there was a legitimate lobby to reduce our dependence on tourism.

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  • “I challenge anyone to outline alternatives to tourism that can be implemented in 1 year in our environment generating $250 – 500 million USD for Barbados AND “employing” 000s of Barbadians. Let’s hear them.”

    so glad this challenge was thrown out there….ONE WORD…

    MARIJUANA…

    but yall so covetous,, hateful and greedy we know that ya don’t know what they hell ya doing, and the people who could help ya, ya already screwed over so they want nothing to do with any of you FRAUDS NOW….

    hope that was HELPFUL…

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  • One simple question to the tourism bashers.

    Do we really think theme parks, airlines, hotels, plane makers like Boeing and other global tourism entities that generate BILLIONS from the industry are just going to rollover and die?? We have got to be dreaming.

    There will be asses in those seats for sure flying to God knows where (best we make it Barbados) as the survival of too many US and European companies depend on it. And it is always easier to payoff and lobby government for tax payer money than let an industry fail. Remember too big to fail and the big bank bailouts? That Industry did better than ever afterwards

    Look at the real power dynamics guys tourism WILL NOT die. That line of thinking is crazy. It’s dented in the short term but so too was banking in 2007/2008. It WILL bounce back even if on the backs of tax payers

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