Adrian Loveridge Column – More Creative Thinking Required People!

We are already half way through what will result in many cases, both locally and around the world as one, if not the most difficult years in living memory.

Frankly I have been disappointed that we have not witnessed more creative thinking and action among the wealth of tourism professionals, who reside and derive their main income from the sector in our country. While it’s almost impossible to compare our position with that of larger neighbours, sparks of ingenuity emerge from abroad.

Take the US state of Arizona as an example. Republican Senator Martha McSally introduced legislation that would enable Americans to deduct domestic travel expenses, which include lodging on their tax returns for the next three years. The American TRIP act would provide a US$4,000 travel credit for individuals and US$8,000 for joint filers, plus an additional US$500 credit for dependent children.

Justifying the concept, Senator McSally, (a former United States Air Force Colonel, the first US women to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron) pointed out that travel and hospitality has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Adding ‘Arizona has lost billions in revenue this year alone due to the pandemic’ and ‘my legislation will help boost domestic travel and jump-start the comeback of our hotels, entertainment sectors and local tourism agencies’.

I am not, for one second, suggesting that we attempt to adopt identical legislation, but it should open up our minds, that there are alternative ways of re-opening our tourism economy, rather than totally depending on overseas visitors, with all the challenges that entails. This form of tax credit could appeal to those who are still in meaningful employment and who have disposable income.

Another way may be to lift the recently imposed room levy and temporarily remove the VAT (value added tax) that is applied to accommodation and the latter on dining, at least until some sort of measured recovery takes place.

While Government will be clearly focused on tax collection to reduce the burden of further debt which has been compounded by Covid-19, it’s long term objective may be to ensure as many businesses as possible avoid bankruptcy and return to profitability in the middle to long term, ultimately making them subject to corporation and all the additional taxes that viability and full employment brings.

Some may reasonably argue that the current timing is not right, but when will it ever more likely to be?

Are ‘we’ going to wait until more businesses are shuttered and beyond realistic recovery?

Surely now, while ‘we’ still have the time, to finally implement the long promised duty-free concessions right across the tourism sector.

It cannot be right or proper that a single entity still extracts unique trading advantages, especially when we consider the fact that most of its derived income stays offshore.

If levelling the playing-field has any real meaning to those who have taken the greatest risk and ploughed almost, if not everything, into their country, let it be clearly demonstrated and raised as a beacon to encourage further local investment.

91 thoughts on “Adrian Loveridge Column – More Creative Thinking Required People!

  1. Same old thinking. Admitting a lack of creativity by those responsible for tourism and then calling for all kinds of tax relief. Repetitive begging nothing really creative here. Still complaining about concessions given to Sandals. No wonder we are back to square one.
    On the other hand the Minister of Tourism, who inherited, the most and only , successful ministry of the last administration, comes up with a” new” vision for St Lawrence Gap. It goes like this: remove the dug peddlers and those who harass tourists. Very new indeed, I remember Aron Truss from nearly forty years ago saying the same
    And then on the same gap everybody up in Mark Maloney face drinking free booze. All them up in one another. A $100,000 USD investment and Maloney got them all eating from the palm of his hand; the same Maloney was supposed to be corporate public enemy number 1 . But that was just up to the elections of 2018.
    And this morning bright and early all we reading about creativity is to remove taxes and give more concessions.
    Sounds familiar ? It is. Same old same old.

  2. @ William

    If Barbados wants to encourage young British tourists, then there are three essentials: booze (young Brits are the drunkest in Europe), sex (ditto) and drugs( ditto).
    The drug dealers on St Lawrence Gap do more for tourism from the UK than the fantasists in pin-stripe suits. I once worked with a young woman, an ‘English rose’, who came down to Barbados on holidays and returned telling me about her time in St Lawrence Gap. I smiled. Quite clearly she had forgotten I was from Barbados.
    By the way, I still get people accusing me of being a millionaire who planned to spend money improving the Gap, on the basis of the Nation publishing my picture next to the development story. Even to this day, years later, they have not apologised or published a correction. I cannot even afford to pay for petrol in my car.

  3. “Frankly I have been disappointed that we have not witnessed more creative thinking and action” from you, Adrian. After all, you are a multi-millionaire with decades of industry experience… why are you not investing in the next generation of tourism innovation?

  4. @ Hal
    The tourist industry needs at least four or so years to fully recover. Unfortunately we simply don’t have the product to really compete in the post COVID era. The simple truth is that unless health protocols are AA+, people will not take chances. There are people who live in USA , Canada etc, who have in many cases never traveled outside of their county. Millions don’t even have passports. With COVID as a backdrop, they will scarcely want to travel.
    If you or anybody else want to truly understand how the industry has been mismanaged just read what the players write and you would see how basically visionless they really are. This current column under discussion bears out my point. The writer never speaks of any innovation just run of the mill stuff. People don’t understand that we compete for airline seats and after two or three days on the beach , visitors yearn for more and we just don’t have it .
    We sell sea sand and barely anything else. And they know it because they have treated our cultural workers like dirt. The days of the Island Inn, Pepper Pot, Harry’s Nitery, Lord Radio and the Bimshire Boys, Guy and Bertie, the belly and limbo dancers are all behind us. The industry has been ruined by over charging guests and blatant racism. There is a reason why black Americans tourists prefer Jamaica. You can’t market a destination as high end if you are still putting garbage at the front of your property. Simple as that.
    Your major product fails when you spend your time , as this columnist knows, chasing black people off your property and trying your best to secretly create private beaches; treating your employees like dirt. Years ago tourists all over Baxters Road ; taxi drivers were our main sales persons. We had a cultural product but we turned Crop Over into nudity with big women willing up on ten years old boy children.
    The hoteliers never bought into the culture because they were racists . They are masters at tokenism but I was there and I speak the truth. They and they alone killed the goose that lays the golden egg. And the black political class by placing jokers who can’t sell a golden Apple in high positions in the industry is complicit.
    And that’s the truth and who don’t like it can lump it. I was there.

  5. @Adrian

    you complementing same US State governor whose one of the leading COVID AREAS in the world, not exactly an appropriate example.

    @PLT , Adrian ideas my lack imagination, however he has is HEART ON THE LEFT AND HIS WALLET ON THE RIGHT, if you Don’t know what this means just ask any French man.

    In this developing COVID 19 situation it’s extremely difficult to come with new ideas for future development/sustainability as the situation is continually evolving and funds must be delegated where they are proven to be MOST EFFECTIVE. The present internation PHYLISOPHY is to throw money at the situation which may prove in the future to be more of a problem than solution. As BARBADOS knows its extremely difficult or impossible did dig ones self out of extreme DEBT.

  6. @ William Skinner July 6, 2020 5:32 AM
    “And then on the same gap everybody up in Mark Maloney face drinking free booze. All them up in one another. A $100,000 USD investment and Maloney got them all eating from the palm of his hand; the same Maloney was supposed to be corporate public enemy number 1 . But that was just up to the elections of 2018.”

    What an opening salvo!

    Right on target. The Duopoly at its best!

    • @Wily

      Agree with some of your comment. SIDs including Barbados have to pool resources both financial and intellectual to navigate this new world. In the past developed countries embraced a moral responsibility to shelter small developing states, no longer.

  7. @ William Skinner July 6, 2020 6:58 AM

    You are really batting like Sir Garry or even the late Sir Everton on this badly-maintained tourism pitch.

  8. How can anyone claim tourism was “killed” before covid19 when year after year for about the last decade tourist was arriving at record numbers and was the only industry doing so?

  9. @ William

    You are absolutely right. Our deep problem is a a poverty of ideas. What is really sad is that after ten years in opposition and two years in government this Junta is still at sea; it is lost.

  10. @john2 July 6, 2020 9:10 AM
    “How can anyone claim tourism was “killed” before covid19 when year after year for about the last decade tourist was arriving at record numbers…”
    Because tourist numbers are obviously the wrong measure of success… because we failed to increase the visitor spend per tourist… because we allowed our tourism product to be degraded by all inclusives that provide a homogenized, generic, low class experience… because we failed to innovate meaningful new experiences for tourists… because we failed to staunch the effective forex outflow of tourist expenditures being booked overseas and never reaching or benefitting Barbados…

    William Skinner is correct on all points… the Barbados tourism industry has been seriously injured, perhaps fatally; the assailant that attacked and wounded our tourism industry is none other than our own tourism industry. It is a clear case of greed induced hara-kiri.

  11. I have been asking for a long time why tourists come here at all. There doesn’t seem like there is much to do.

  12. What is the average “visitor spend” for Barbados compared to Jamaica?

    Wasnt visitor spent for Barbados on the increase recently?

    If tourism was so dead then they is no need to revive it. 40+% unemployment and about -15% economic growth socially can picked up by the other industries that had be carrying us for all these years.

  13. @ Donna

    Agree with you. and espacially when compared to a big island like jamacia.

    But i had a BLACK friend who was there in Feb and came back a changed person(according to her workmates) telling what a wonder time she had and how good the bajans were to her. She did a 10 day AB&B.

  14. @ Donna who wrote ” There doesn’t seem like there is much to do.”

    A lot of ” tourists ” go on vacation to relax especially those from the USA and Canada.

    However there are the ” hyperactive ” tourists who want to do something different every day.

    Barbados has a lot of great watersports including windsurfing and water skiing.

    Some want to enjoy ” fine dining ” at the most expensive restaurants and some want to party in Oistins and the Gap.

    Lots to do in Barbados but it would be great if wunna sanitize more. Clean and safe.

  15. In 2018 the visitor spend for Barbados was at least $33US more that jamaica according to my quick internet search

    So what the reason Jamaica doing right that Barbados isnt doing that attracting the black visitors?

    it is closer to the USA, it has more/similar attractions and it is cheaper

    Is Jamaica high end? do they put they garbage out front?

    Jamaica got a FEW millions of tourists compared to Barbados not in the million club yet.

  16. PTL

    all those problem thaat you mentioned are not unique to Barbados so should i come to the conclusion that tourism in the islands is/dead….etc before covid?

  17. At this point in time i wont even touch on crop over, one of out best economic time of the year being reduced to “big fat women wuking up on 10yrs old boys. Just to mentioned that one can also reduce it to gun play on the highway.
    Its just a matter of of selecting which ever negative event you want to if one want to remain blinded in negativity

  18. @ Donna July 6, 2020 11:16 AM

    Barbados is paradise.

    The tourists come to us because the locals are helpful and peaceful, the crime rate against tourists is low and the rich can stay among themselves. Not to forget that we have an international airport, a big hospital and a large range of services and goods.

    On many other islands, on the other hand, the tourists turn their backs once and they already have a knife in it. That is the difference.

  19. Who is responsible for tourism promotion in NA specifically USA? If the Gov’t is serious about getting the tourism golden goose back on the nest it can’t have the NYT headlining an article “5 Caribbean Destinations Reopening this Summer” with nary a mention of Barbados. Jamaica is mentioned so is St. Lucia but Bim is nowhere to be found.

    Someone should be replaced (its time we get serious if the President of the BCA can call for the firing of the Manager of the WI team for attending the funeral of a close relative……….)

  20. A New Tourism

    Simon Naitram

    July 5, 2020

    5 minute read

    With Barbados on the brink of reopening its international borders to commercial passenger traffic after the national shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth reminding that our two main tourism source markets—the US and the UK—remain in a state of chaos.

    This moment shows us—again—that tourism is an unreliable industry on which to build our entire economy. Even during good years, tourism activity fluctuates enormously. During low season, tourist arrivals are 45% lower than during peak tourist season.

    This means that employment in tourism is also very volatile. Large numbers of workers become unemployed or underemployed during the low season. Worse still, tourism is a very low-paying industry. It is the second-lowest paying industry on average according to data from the Barbados Survey of Living Conditions 2016. Tourism often leaves a lot of Barbadians in working poverty without stable jobs.

    At present, the Barbados Statistical Service estimates that around 13% of Barbadians with jobs are employed in hotels and restaurants. And the World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that tourism indirectly accounts for another 20% of Barbados’ jobs. This means that we are heavily dependent on an unreliable and low-wage industry.

    Tourism, as presently structured, is a highly inequitable industry. From 2009 to 2018, accommodation and food services (the tourism part of our economy) grew by 17%. The rest of the economy shrank by 3.5% in that time. To whom did these gains from tourism accrue? Research by Professor Troy Lorde and Dr Tennyson Joseph says:

    • Extracted from the article:

      So how do we build a fairer and more resilient economy?

      The answer to “how do we build resilience?” is almost always diversification. But diversification is a tricky matter and can be a double-edged sword for a small country. I’ll explain.

      On one hand, in order to compete globally, we need economies of scale. Economies of scale occur when you reduce the average cost of production by increasing the size of your business. For a small country with limited resources, that often means that the only way to compete globally is to dedicate a large share of our resources to a single industry.
      On the other hand, when you put all your eggs in one basket, that increases the likelihood of losing all your eggs. So distributing your eggs across different baskets gives you a fighting chance of saving some eggs. This is the benefit of diversification.

      It appears that being a small country, all we can do is to try to find the right balance between economies of scale and diversification.

      This approach assumes that we cannot change our small size. But size is actually something we can fix! Barbados can accommodate many more people. If Barbados housed as many people per square kilometre as London, we could accommodate a whopping 2.5 million people.

      That’s obviously an extreme example, but consider the benefits of increasing our population even just a little. With more people, we are less constrained in our choice between diversification and economies of scale. As our size increases, we can achieve economies of scale across a diversified number of industries. This is one fundamental method of building economic resilience.

      Immigration is the most obvious way to increase our population in a short space of time. But typically immigration requires there to be jobs available in your country—a luxury which we do not presently have. We may need a different kind of immigration—the type of immigration that not only brings people, but also skills, ideas, business, and even jobs.

      Fascinatingly, the need for immigration coincides perfectly with an activity that we’ve been doing all along: tourism! The underlying principle is the same—bringing people into your country for an experience. The difference between the two is simply the length of time they stay. With traditional tourism, we invite people in to stay for a bit. With immigration, we want to invite people to become Barbadians. What better way to share our love of life?

      A new “lifestyle” model of tourism would shake inequality to its core. No longer would we waste taxpayers dollars supporting hotels and restaurants that operate in their own little silo. Instead, we could share the gains from our beautiful island equitably by embedding our permanent tourists into our daily lifestyle. They would shop where we shop, eat where we eat, live life like us, and become one of us.

      We find ourselves at a critical juncture. We need to diversify, and we need to restructure a volatile and vulnerable industry that works for only a few of us. Barbados’ natural advantages make tourism a smart choice—like Michael Jordan choosing basketball. But it can no longer be business as usual. We require a fundamentally new model for tourism—one that is not even tourism at all. One where we share the joy of being Barbadian with newcomers. One where we freely share in the gains from our country’s natural beauty. One where we open our hearts and minds, and welcome those who would share our love of life.

  21. So you invite people instead of as tourists but as immigrants (even with skills and ideas) who will need jobs unless they bring one off shore with them, doesn’t that just increase the people looking for work . Whether they shop eat etc all at the same spots the money has got to come from somewhere. So if you are suggesting that you want to attract overseas pensioners with loads of cash that makes sense but things have to be done that will attract them good health care, other things as well, policing, low crime, top notch services , sanitation life span , water issues etc
    just remember Barbados isnt suffering alone almost every country is in the same boat so dont panic

    • @Lawson

      We compete as individuals, we have always competed as countries. Nothing new here.

  22. David you have nothing to sell you are not resource based, your best meal is what other countries use for bait for gods sake, forget the immigration go for long stay medical holidays ,teeth implants etc and get that casino going.

  23. liat. changed my mind the island has got to go into full on barbering….everybody is getting a haircut

  24. Don’t forget that the world’s riches, mega-philanthropist and overall just plain lover of humanity, Bill Gates, has not abandoned his dream of opening up global travel by making sure we all get certificates to show we have been vaccinated with an experimental, possibly entirely new technology, rushed into production Covid-19 vaccine – i.e. a vaccine which will be allowed to bypass the already inadequate, lackadaisical testing procedures (e.g. no true placebo testing demanded) that have heretofore been required of all previous vaccines (unlike the much stricter regimes for pharmaceutical drug testing) before public release.

    One small wrinkle for Bill and his friends (co-conspirators?) in the vaccine industry, they have said that they will hold off releasing any new Covid-19 vaccines to the clamoring masses anxious to take the shot and get their “free to travel” certificates unless governments agree in advance to indemnify them against charges for any damages or harm caused by their vaccines’ undesirable side effects. But Bill apparently has lots of friends in very high places, so its hard to see this as a major difficulty. And this is especially so, since the US government in 1988 agreed to grant immunity from lawsuits for damages caused by any vaccines listed on the USA’s childhood vaccine schedule. This happened after the vaccine manufacturers threatened to shut down vaccine production, as they said they they could no longer make any profit on US vaccine sales due to the lawsuits by vaccine injury victims and the resulting compensation awards for damages by the law courts.

    Bill Gates: ‘Certificates For The Vaccinated Will Be Created To Help Facilitate Global Travel
    By Arjun Walia

    It’s important to recognize and acknowledge what happens when we give our power away to government health authorities. Decisions are made for us that are not always agreeable to a large minority, and in some cases sometimes it seems like a majority of the population. When it comes to vaccines, despite the fact that there are many injuries and many safety concerns, many of them are required for children to go to school.

    This is why the so many people have been questioning vaccines so deeply. Regardless of what government and media say, it’s not about “pro-vax” or “anti-vax,” it’s simply about looking at the science and acknowledging the fact that vaccines are not a one size fits all product.

    For example, according to a MedAlerts search of the FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database, as of 2/5/19, the cumulative raw count of adverse events from measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines alone was: 93,929 adverse events, 1,810 disabilities, 6,902 hospitalizations, and 463 deaths. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act has paid out approximately $4 billion to compensate families of vaccine-injured children. As astronomical as the monetary awards are, they’re even more alarming considering HHS claims that only an estimated 1% of vaccine injuries are even reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).

    That’s just one of many examples.

  25. Re LIAT: interesting when a solitary shareholder is negotiating payments which will be zero under bankruptcy. Hope Billy Preston’s anthem was played in the Zoom conference.

    SN concept seems very similar to PLT, albeit his analysis is different.

  26. @ Adrian
    ” More Creative Thinking People Required”
    If you are looking for ideas to develop and promote Tourism , I respectfully refer you to the Apr 27/20 posting titled ” A recover project to support Tourism Industry.

  27. @ Adrian- Correction
    “More Creative Thinking Required People ! ”
    If you are looking for ideas to develop and promote Tourism, I respectfully refer you to the Apr 27/20 posting titled” A recovery project to support Tourism industry.

  28. KUALA LUMPUR — AirAsia Group shares were temporarily suspended on Wednesday after the company’s external auditor told the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange that it had “significant doubt” over the budget airline’s ability to operate amid the lingering pandemic.

  29. @NorthernObserver July 8, 2020 10:20 AM
    “SN concept seems very similar to PLT, albeit his analysis is different.”
    Dr. Naitram is a very smart dude.

  30. You could move to Barbados and work there remotely for a year thanks to a new incentive

    Bottom Bay, Barbados - Paradise beach on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Tropical coast with palms hanging over turquoise sea. Panoramic photo of beautiful landscape.
    Wouldn’t you rather work remotely from here?
    • Barbados is planning to introduce a “12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp” that would allow visitors to stay in the Caribbean country for up to a year and work remotely.
    • Barbados plans to reopen to tourists on Sunday, when some air travel is expected to resume.
    • It’s important to note that nonessential travel is still discouraged in many places because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned against it.

    If you can work from anywhere, would you stay where you are?

    As much of the world has taken to working remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic, many employees are no longer tied to where their offices are.

    Barbados is banking on the idea that many people will choose a tropical paradise over their current digs.

    Imagine working from here.
    LU LIN/Shuttershock

    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said last week that the Caribbean country was planning to introduce a “12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp” that would allow visitors to stay for up to a year and work remotely.

    Mottley said the stamp would allow “persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally so, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are” — but beyond that, information is scarce. A representative for Barbados Tourism Marketing told Insider that “details on the visa are still being finalized by the Government of Barbados.”

    The idea is that as short-term travel becomes increasingly difficult, a 12-month stamp would make the trip more worthwhile. It would also bring much-needed tourism dollars to the island.

    Mottley said on June 26 that Barbados planned to reopen to tourists on July 12, this Sunday, when some air travel is expected to resume.

    “We will continue to take a risk-based approach to the protection of our country, our people and our visitors,” Mottley said.

    It’s important to note, however, that nonessential travel is still discouraged in many places, including the US, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned against it.

    Barbados beach
    The island is a British Commonwealth nation.
    Styve Reineck/Shutterstock

    A recent press release from Barbados Tourism Marketing said visitors from high-risk countries (more than 10,000 new cases in the past seven days) were “strongly encouraged” to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their departure. Travelers from low-risk spots (with fewer than 100 cases in the past week) could take the test up to a week before departure.

    Travelers who didn’t take a test before their arrival will have to take one when they land, then quarantine at their expense until they receive the results, which could take about two days. Should they test positive, “they will be placed in isolation where they will receive care from the Ministry of Health and Wellness,” the press release said.

    Visitors will also have to fill out an online embarkation/disembarkation form related to their health and face temperature checks at the airport, the press release said.

    According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Barbados had 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as of Wednesday.

    While it’s still unclear when this welcome stamp might launch, Mottley said: “The government is committed to working with you on the promotion of new concepts like the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, being able to open our borders to persons traveling and making it as hospitable as ever for all of us.”

    Representatives for the Barbados Government Information Service did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

  31. In their desperation to resurrect the economy the Government of Barbados has decided to introduce a scheme which will open up the floodgates to mass immigration.

    The health implications are disturbing. Foreign nationals will be permitted to work “remotely” for one year in Barbados and will have the right to come and go as they please. For this scheme to work, on health grounds alone, it should require the visitor to be quarantined for a period of one month. Should they need to leave the island and to return at a later date then the same rules should be applied.

    We also need to be clear that these “remote workers” should be viewed as “immigrants”. A stringent vetting procedure should be introduced as is used by developed countries; prior to an individual being given the right to stay.

    In our quest to bolster our economy in order to satisfy the demands from our minority community business class we are playing a dangerous game. We are putting the majority population’s health at risk, We are also opening up ourselves to those from criminal backgrounds and or criminal intentions.

    Mia is a reckless gambler. She asked for a national discussion surrounding the removal of Nelson’s statue. Yet on this matter which is far more significant to the future of Barbados and her majority African population no discussion has taken place. This is a potential national crisis.

    • Thanks Hants, good to see Barbados creating noise in source markets to separate itself from the pack.

  32. So what’s the deal ya come to a pretty much white market to entice people to come and work in Barbados and I expect hope they will put down roots and maybe open island satellites of their own companies or work places , then threaten a black out on Tuesday to only do business with black business. Somebody has got to get this mixed messaging stopped. When I said open a casino I didn’t mean in the business sector, who is gonna gamble on a volatile market.

  33. @ Lawson July 10, 2020 7:48 AM

    You should be querying whether those ‘open-minded’ white people from the North would be allowed to bring along their same-sex partners and their status legally recognized as such.

    As far as the ‘next-of-kin’ arrangements are concerned what will happen in times of accidents, illness, or other incidents involving contact with the local justice system?

    Would these ‘immigrant’ business people be allowed to visit the Government’s service providers without expecting them to dress in their ‘Sunday-go-to-meeting’ mode of attire instead of living on a tropical island?

    Would the white Canadians be allowed to buy (or grow) and use (under licensed conditions) their own mary jane as they can in Canada?

    The Bajan government is grasping at economic straws without understanding the social and legal implications of their ‘invitations to treat’ in order to entice modern and enlightened people from the North to come to live in Barbados to feel safe not only from Covi-19 but also from discriminatory laws on morality determined by an uninformed and crass sect of hypocrites.

    If Barbados wants to become the Amsterdam of the Caribbean (as has been recommended on previous occasions) the government must, first, get rid of those stupid and backward discriminatory ‘legally-entrenched’ rules and regulations on so-called correct moral behaviours and then seek to advertise to the world that Barbados is open for ‘Rainbow Business’.

    Barbados must stop ‘with’ the practice of economic prostitution within the confines of the ‘dark’ social alleys and bring it into the Light of realities and commonsense along with a change in the current administration’s continuing attempts to pull wool over the eyes of the naïve people.

  34. Good God, the woman has no shame. She confirmed what I have already stated: this is a trial run to encourage mass immigration. She stated that Barbados population from1980 to this current year should have grown by 82,000! The implication being that she would like to see a growth in the population by 30%! She demanded that those from the Bajan diaspora should make Barbados their home.

    Smoke and mirrors; and a shameful piece of opportunism. She will not get away with this. This is a hostile action against the majority black population. An absolute friggin’ disgrace. Where is Hal?

    The above link allows you to rewind the interview.

  35. Miller maybe smoking some weed may pass but your buggary for all may be a hard sell. I know I know half the politicians in canada have been doing a lot of querying but the island will have to change if it wants those DINKs ( double income no kids) to come. My neighbors Dave and his wife Dave are selling their house and moving south somewhere you may be on to something

  36. @TLSN

    Nothing is surprising. The first thing to consider is that the president is head and shoulders above her political colleagues. They are not equals.
    Second, the demographic breakdown of Barbados is of little concern to her; to the president Barbados is the here and now, the future is another country.
    Third, and to a certain extent the least troublesome of her crude and infantile ideas, is that she has no vision of a future Barbados either in terms of economic growth or social development.
    In May 2018, the people bought a pig in a poke and have three more years in which to tough it out. I have said here on numerous occasions, those who imagine they will vote her out in 2023 are living in cloud cuckoo land. She will not be around contesting a general election.
    If she remains in good health, she aspires to a global position; she has already exhausted CARICOM, the regional union.
    What is interesting is that the first time she ventured in to this argument about an increased population she said Barbados was too small. But she did not make it clear if she was talking about the physical size of the size of the population.
    She has since indicated she meant the size of the population, but has ignored the pressures any such incrdease would put on society in terms of housing, schools, health care, traffic, utilities and, most of all, water use.
    Quite obviously, and intentionally, she has not said how an increased population would benefit the vast majority of traditional Barbadians. She is playing a game.
    She knows that Barbadians like filling in the gaps and will no doubt go on to explore what she is thinking when she calls for an increased population.
    The real danger is the ethnic, racial and religious composition of the New Barbadians. The first thing immigrants pack in their suitcases is their culture and any invasion of New Barbadians will lead inevitably to social conflict. Maybe this is what she wants; or more likely, she does not care.
    All this comes together with her reluctance to endorse Black Lives Matter, to join the march, and the continuing militarising of the police.
    The president is not as clever as her fan club claims, but she is armed with lots of political tricks and, behind her smile, is a politically dangerous woman. It will end in tears.

  37. @ Hal Austin July 10, 2020 1:10 PM

    An independent growth strategy is more important for Barbados than ever before. Guyana will fail as a major investor for Barbados. My view of the situation in Guyana is that the country is on the brink of a civil war with many dead. It is a great misconception that one side of the population is better than the other. Both sides are arming there militarily and have drawn up death lists.

    Do we alternatively need more people on our island? In my opinion, the island is overpopulated regardless of wealth or poverty and regardless of being black or white. The environment will not tolerate higher waste production and higher water consumption. Realistically, therefore, we should bring 50,000 rich foreigners into the country and send 50,000 criminals and poor people to Guyana. Crime and poverty is a perfect fit for Guyana, since Burnham the Grand Slayer is also said to have had Barbadian ancestors.

  38. There has been a constant theme shared by our two dominant political parties. Both believe that the majority African population are surplus to requirements and should not be the poster child for “Brand Barbados”.

    Our Prime Minister reluctance to endorse Black Lives Matter is in contrast to Michael Holding’s passionate plea in a recent Sky interview. Mia is not interested in “trend” issues unless they have something to do with money. Reparations has become a “trend” issue; and a “trend” which she and others are now looking to exploit.

    It has been argued by Hal that Mia is not interested in detail. Her solution to bring prosperity to the island is clear: write off the majority population and replace them with immigrants. She has no interest in the majority population; nor has she any solutions to develop a strong indigenous economy that will strengthen the local population.

    The construction industry may stand to profit. The West Coast will benefit. But what about the rest of the island?

    In this Covid-19 era we have an opportunity to develop a robust alternative energy sector; yet it has just been announced that we will be developing a waste to energy plant in St Thomas which will be reliant on 80% of its waste from foreign countries!

    This BLP government lacks the vision to build an equitable and a developed country with a bright future for the majority of her citizens. The country is crying out for a radical black nationalist party. A party that is hell bent on building a strong and a confident country where its citizens are not cowed subjects who live in fear.

  39. @TLSN July 10, 2020 2:44 AM
    “In their desperation to resurrect the economy…”
    Since I am largely to blame for pushing the government of Barbados down the path of attracting digital nomads, I am very keen to hear all the objections to the proposal.

    You are entirely correct that it is an act of desperation to rescue the economy. The pandemic has removed over US$1 billion from our national revenue so without something to replace it we will see our poverty rate leap from 17% to over 40%. Do you have an an alternate idea that can bring in over US$1 billion in revenue? If not, you are saying that it does not bother you to see another 60 or 70 thousand of your neighbors slide into abject poverty.

  40. TLSN July 11, 2020 3:39 AM
    “The country is crying out for a radical black nationalist party.”
    I am completely on board for a radical Black nationalist party.

    This is not incompatible with bringing International Residents to Barbados to replace our short stay tourism industry. In fact, we should work very hard to recruit Black tech professionals from the USA in particular because they are very tired of living in a corrupt and racist Trumpocracy. Between COVID and Trump we have an unmatched opportunity over the next few months to recruit these people as immigrants. If Trump wins again in November we need to be prepared to exploit that to our long term advantage.

  41. @TLSN

    The country had a radical black nationalist party, the PPM, read what Barrow did to them. @PLT, Barbados may be keen on the idea of remote working, but are you sure they want remote black workers?

  42. One thing I will say is that the suggestion of the 12 month work from home in Bim is getting a lot of traction, It has been on many media pages, whether it bears fruit is a waiting game.

    For the Gov’t it is nothing ventured nothing gained.

  43. The Interview with the Prime minister of Barbados on Sky News was good Except for the Following, which is, Alarming…


    The Thought Crossed Freedom’s Mind what if the PM MAM would use this Strategy as a Stepping Stone to Open Our Immigration doors for 80,000 to come to our shores…And there it was in Plain Sight!


    Where Does She want to Import these People From?

    What Merit do these People Have that we Could Desire to Have them?

    What is Wrong with our Vetting Process?

    What Skills are they Bringing that we do not Presently Have?

    Are they going to be Bringing FOREX or are they Coming with their Hands Out Stretched?

    Who is going to Pay for the Housing for EIGHTY THOUSAND Additional people?

    Assuming they are four persons to one house that is TWENTY THOUSAND houses and Plots of Land.

    Does Barbados Poor Need Adequate Housing?

    Who are Paying for the Services for these People, Free Health? Free Education Etc ( Free Food and Utilities?)

    What Kind of Culture are they Coming From? Is it a Violent one? Is it a Corrupt One? Is it a Law Abiding One?

    WE NEED TO ASK SERIOUS QUESTIONS, this is a Foreign Agenda Covertly coming upon our Nation being Passed in Jovial Commentary…Whatever Gains and Losses that Barbados has made have been by Barbadians WE DO NOT WANT TO SELL OUT OUR COUNTRY FOR POLITICAL GAIN!

    Alternatively, is She Going to Tell us We are Our Brothers Keeper…Words Said only once by Cain the First Murderer in a Book that has Thousands upon Thousands of Words and by many Prophets.… PM Mankind are Keepers of Sheep Not People, unless you make Bajan’s Become Obedient Sheeple!

  44. @ Hal Austin July 11, 2020 12:59 PM
    Of course Bajans will welcome Black Americans with greenbacks to spend. A significant number of those Americans have Caribbean ancestry somewhere in their genome in any case… they will fit in wonderfully.

  45. @PLT

    You are right. Plse remind me when in the last 50 years a Barbados government has ever made an overture to Black business America? Not as tourists, but as business partners.

  46. @Hal
    To my knowledge Barbados has never made an overture to Black business America. Am I wrong?

  47. @PLT

    I think you are right and this speaks to a attitude of mind. Black America has a lot to offer the islands.

  48. Hal AustinJuly 11, 2020 12:59 PM
    “The country had a radical black nationalist party, the PPM…”
    I remember Eric Sealy and the People’s Progressive Movement. I even heard him speak on Fairchild St. as a boy.

  49. @ peterlawrencethompson July 11, 2020 7:37 PM

    PLT, So let me sum up your maximum requirements:

    programmers and other digital industry workers
    minimum salary 100,000 USD per year
    home office capability for min. 12 months
    black skin colour (Which degree? Are mulattos good enough, do they need some kind of African origin certificate?)
    ethnic nationalist (is pan-Africanism or BLM good enough or does it have to be something really radical?)
    willingness to leave the USA (i.e. they must not be republicans)
    naive enough to let the locals in Barbados take the money out of your pocket.

    Dear PLT, you are more likely to win 10 million in the lottery than to find people who fit into THIS pattern. Somehow it reminds me what Trump had in mind when he talked about Norway.

    We will be lucky if we attract 500 people in this category to Barbados in the next 10 years – regardless of skin colour or political views.

  50. @Tron July 11, 2020 8:27 PM
    “Dear PLT, you are more likely to win 10 million in the lottery than to find people who fit into THIS pattern.”
    More than a handful have already reached out to me just on the basis of my blog post… well OK, only two of them are Black. But I live in hope.

  51. @Tron July 11, 2020 8:27 PM
    “We will be lucky if we attract 500 people in this category…”
    You may well be right, but we won’t know unless we try. In any case 500 people means US$50 million in FX earnings, so if we fail like that a couple dozen times we will have failed ourselves right into prosperity. 😉

  52. @PLT

    Clearly there were two PPMs, Eric Sealy was not s member of the PPM of Leroy Harewood, John Connell, Glenroy Straughn, Calvin Alleyne, etc.The PPM I am talking about was the one that ran the bookshop in Pinfold Street and published the newspaper.
    I also knew Eric ‘Fly’ Sealy, but as a gambler (he used to gamble in my mother’s shop) and hustler.

  53. ‘Giant uptick’ over remote work visa

    Two days after Cabinet approved the Barbados 12-Month Welcome Stamp, a new remote work visa designed to enhance the tourism product, the initiative has gone viral.
    Sunil Chatrani, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., said there has been a “giant uptick” in the interest in this country as a destination since the offer to entrepreneurs and skilled workers of a new type of holiday experience affording them the opportunity to work and play from Barbados.
    Several news outlets, predominantly in the United Kingdom and US, have begun telling the story to their audiences, including the BBC, The Telegraph and Business Insider.
    Additionally, the BTMI has been inundated with direct calls and emails from potential visitors seeking to register for the programme.
    “This is positive news for the destination and our tourism industry, especially following months of challenging times due to COVID-19. We see this as an indication of the destination preparing for a strong comeback and reminds us that Barbados is still the number one choice for many,” he said.
    Peter Odle, a former president of the Caribbean Hotel Association and Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, said Barbados’ remote work visa has been hailed across traditional tourism markets “as a brilliant iniatitive”.
    “The number of emails and texts queries we have been receiving from repeat visitors as well as first-time guests has been an extremely encouraging. We have to reopen the country and whilst we know this carries with it some inherent risks, I personally cannot think of a better way to start having visitors back to our shores. Interestingly, it seems that a number of other countries want to follow suit,” he said.
    Earlier this month, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced that Government would soon be introducing the Barbados 12-month Stamp to allow visitors the option to work remotely from Barbados for a year at a time.
    Digital work
    She said the initiative, now being refined for promotion would allow “persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are”.
    The initiative has already garnered attention in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Bermuda, with reports on the plan highlighted in the media.
    With short-term travel becoming more challenging in the last few months, a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hoped that this new concept would improve the chances of getting more Barbadians working again, especially given the improvements in technology, the strength of the public health system and the commitment to a safe place for locals and visitors.
    Those who will be eligible for receiving the Barbados 12 Month Welcome Stamp must show that they earn more than US$50 000 per annum. Once approved,
    there would be the payment of US $2 000 per individual or US $3 000 per family. Individuals would also be required to have health insurance and pay school fees for children accessing private or public schools. There would also be the normal national security vetting.
    An objective of the programme, is also to attract entrepreneurs and skilled professionals and executives of all ages, especially those who are drawn to environmental innovation.
    It is hoped, according to officials, that the Barbados economy would benefit from the initiative with the creation of jobs and a renewed demand created by additional purchasing power. It is also believed that there would be new opportunities with the cross fertilisation of skills and ideas shared by highly skilled professionals and entrepreneurs at all levels. (CM)

    Source: Nation Newspaper

  54. Damn! Damn! Damn!
    The government has taken my brilliant idea and completely f@cked it up! The up front fee of $2k or $3k will completely sabotage the idea. Did they do NO market research??? What a bunch of incompetent @sses!

    I did not mind that they stole the idea without attribution, but could they not have the decency to steal it properly?

  55. @PLT

    I am really sorry. But for the last two years I have been warning the commenters of BU. Our major problem in Barbados is incompetence. The other problem, @PLT, is that I have not seen you being credited for the idea.
    I know some of our political nationalists would not agree, but that is the first thing they would have done in the UK. I have previously warned about my involvement with Invest Barbados.
    The theory of contributing is very good, first class, but the reality is something else. We are in a barrel of crabs. @PLT we on BU will make sure they do not forget where the idea came from. Let it be a warning to all those who think they can help.
    This who we REALLY are.

  56. The $2k or $3k fee is a naked cash grab by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. They are in a panic because in 2018 MAM removed their $75 million/yr subsidy and replaced it with the Airline Travel and Tourism Development Fee (ATTDF) charged to departing tourists at the airport in addition to departure tax. Passengers flying outside of CARICOM pay US$70.00 of ATTDF, while those traveling within CARICOM pay US$35.00 of ATTDF. Now that there are not 500,000 tourists departing GAIA, their cash flow has dried up.

    This will, of course, simply hand over the entire competitive marketplace to Bermuda, Jamaica, and others who are well on the way to developing offerings of their own.

    So BTMI is sabotaging the opportunity to build a billion dollar export industry because they refuse to adapt to the new competitive environment.

    • @Peter

      What the design does is that it leaves the door open for competing destinations to offer a no fee product. Marketing 101, own the space first.

  57. @David
    I know that people in Bermuda and Jamaica are already working on competitive products.

  58. @PLT
    Yours @7.15am July 12, 2020

    I completely agree with you, seems like when the PM was on the various media selling the product, she didn’t mention the fine print of an up-front ”administration” fee. As you mentioned there are so many copycat Caribbean Gov’ts that she has left the door wide open for others to lowball Barbados.

  59. The BTMI should be busy preparing an Information package to support the peterlawrencethompson idea.

    Accomodation currently available. Proximity to beach, supermarkets cost of living etc.

  60. I thought the idea was for the people to pay money for services. Isn’t that enough?????

    This fee conveys the message that they need us more than we need them. Big damn turn off! It’s supposed to be mutual. They are supposed to be adopted like into a family.

    Don’t these people know how to put themselves in other people’s shoes????

  61. They should pay Peter a consultancy fee. If they haven’t messed up the opportunity, that is.

    Imagine Peter found a safe way to salvage something and the fools may have blown it!

  62. The Barbados Government have taken a Good Idea and Corrupted it.

    The Devil is Always in the Details. Why would some pay (example), a man and his wife $3.000 US per month for the Privilege of working not in Barbados but from Barbados. A Tourist who spends a month and a half in Barbados pays no Fees and they can still work remotely while here and even get an Extension on their Visas and still work from Barbados and Not in Barbados.

    We want Long Term Visitors. Why would you Penalize this kind of Long term Visitor? If you said that Families taking advantage of our Free Schooling will have to pay a user’s fee, not in the range they have spoken about, that would be acceptable. They already have in place that Non Nationals pay at the Hospital so they are not entitled to free health care.

    The Details says we have a Duck that Lays Golden Eggs so Let’s Kill the Duck and get all the Golden Eggs one time. Thereby ensuring they will never get a Golden Egg. But you know who will get Golden Eggs…Those Countries who are Considerate and not so Avaricious Charging this kind of money and allows the Duck to Live. They will get many Golden Eggs over a Period of time…not the Greedy Politicians that will end up Sabotaging the efforts and that others will utilize properly!

  63. I keep hearing about “Many hands make light work” how about another aphorism “Too many cooks spoil the broth”


    Barbados Will Be Remembered as an Island of Refuge in a Time of Crisis!

    Build a Port that these Big Beauties can Dock Bringing Prosperity to the Island…Barbados could also be their Hub en route to the Americas.

    THINK BIG!!!

  65. Lol why do you think they charge a large cover at boatyard this is to keep the real dead beats out but they should actually up it and kick something back on villa or apt rental to keep out the people living with folks you want spenders . Think of yourself as a big harbour lights 10000 to get in drinks free

  66. In Harbour Lights People get their Drinks because they have Pre paid…So what are these people getting in Return when they pay US 36.000 for a man to come with his family to Barbados and have to show that he only makes US 50.000 per year? What is left for him to live on and pay rent? Who is dreaming up these Cockamamie Charges that the very people you are hoping to Attract you are Penalising? In addition, the regular tourist that wants to stay at the cheapest hotel or guest house or homes to go, do not pay any fees!

    And this Prime minister wants to have Free movement of people in the Caribbean that may include the Gangs in Jamaica to Set up Business here, the Jihadist in Trinidad to Radicalize our local population and to import Migrant from Africa up to 80.000 when we do not have adequate housing, adequate water, etc. Moreover, they do not have to pay nothing and get Free Services, Education, Hospital, because you have Invited them here …

    What kind of madness is this that you would charge people from more developed countries these exorbitant fees and invite anybody else to come to Barbados Free. Does that make Sense?


  67. my concern is >=80,000 new Bajans(I don’t care where they are from); water shortages; food, and available land

    The question must be asked “WHO IN BAY STREET IS DOING THE MATH?”

    I think the $3k is a one-time fee.

  68. Freedom Crier July 12, 2020 1:41 PM
    The only thing that giant cruise ships will bring to Barbados is thousands of new cases of COVID-19.
    No thanks.

  69. @TLSN July 12, 2020 1:41 PM
    “Has Freedom Crier undergone a personality change? I actually agree with her!”
    I know… I was shocked that she made sense. The BTMI is indeed trying to sabotage the PM’s brilliant initiative by killing the goose.

  70. @ peterlawrencethompson July 12, 2020 3:07 PM

    So According to PLT it’s okay to Open the Borders by Air with people in an enclosed environment for Hours but not on Luxury Liners for fear of new cases of Covid-19?

    He sounds like those Mayors in the US who want to keep people in Lock-down but approves of Protestors and Rioting as if they can be excused from the Virus!

    Let’s be Clear…PLT is Anti-Tourism Period! He had No Hope for a Boost in Tourism, by Air or Sea! According to him, Tourism is Dead!

    What a Waste of Opportunity for Barbados that extended the Olive Branch that will be remembered for a very long time by those who Own and work on these Magnificent Vessels to follow Narrow thinking people that have no Hope and who live in Fear!

  71. Four places that will not host the 82,000

    From BT
    “The Barbados Water Authority is advising customers in some parts of St Lucy, St Peter, St John and St Joseph that they will continue to experience low pressure or water outages as low reservoir levels and reduced capacity continue to be an issue at BWA facilities at the Hope, Lamberts and Bowmanston.”

  72. Has anyone noticed that in the absence of an economic strategy that every idea we come up with is based around tourism?

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