Open to Tourists – UK Green List, DELTA Variant …

The following was submitted by Joe Norton PR Executive of Impressions, a UK Digital company based in the UK with an objective of directing clicks/impressions to various websites.

The blogmaster is reluctant to post submissions which have a commercial objective. In this case the opening up of the country with an improved quarantine requirement although still aggressive makes this a timely submission. The virulent Delta variant is lose in the UK. The UK is one of Barbados’ main source market for tourist arrivals. Barbados was recently listed on UK’s Green List. – David, blogmaster

Barbados Set For £270 Million Cash Boost From British Tourists Following Inclusion On UK Green List 

Brits are set to splash out a whopping £270 million on trips to Barbados this year, new analysis has revealed. 

While many holidaymakers missed out on a summer break abroad last year, new data suggests more than 170,000 Brits will jet off to Barbados once travel restrictions are eased. 

The prediction by travel health experts Practio follows the news that the UK government has added Barbados to its green travel list meaning Brits won’t have to quarantine upon their return from holiday.

The forecast will be welcome news for businesses across the island with UK tourists set to start entering the country from Wednesday, June 30.

Analysing 10 years of historic Office for National Statistics data, looking at every single trip made out of the country by UK citizens, researchers at Practio have been able to forecast the holiday destinations set to benefit the most from reduced travel restrictions.

With traditionally popular European tourist destinations including Spain and France requiring Brits to quarantine for 10 days upon their return, Barbados is in line for a bumper summer with spend from British tourists set to top the forecasted £271,122,898.

On average, sun-starved Brits are expected to spend £1,524 per visit

Commenting on the research, Dr Jonas Nilsen, managing director and co-founder of Practio said:

“We wanted to pull this exhaustive research together to understand UK travel trends over the past ten years, but also to give us an idea of what this means for travel in the future. Travel was mostly out of the question in 2020 and many of us are hoping for its return later in 2021. By predicting future trends, we can better equip travellers and businesses that thrive off tourism by helping them to prepare for what’s to come and how they can make the most of Brits’ travel habits.

“It’s also been great to see some of the emerging trends and how travel is changing, we’re seeing the go-to destinations start to change with more money being spent in countries further afield, which should be a good sign for the future of the travel industry beyond the pandemic.”

The full research can be found and credited HERE:

Please let me know if you would like any clarification on any of the numbers or stats and if you have any particular questions or request for insight.


  • Away with all you doomsday downers!

    Life is too short to waste any more of this beautiful day with you!


  • BAJANS as a Group have always been WHINNERS, looking to masa for protection and livelihood. Well MASA gone & done, your now in charge of your own destiny, how’s that been working out for you. Four times to IMF for bailouts in 60 years, debt levels now one of the highest in the world and the whinning and BLAME GAME continues, her off your lazy asses, remove the incompetent authorities, ditch the duopoly and start a new life. Socialism and Unions are dead and regressive.

    Time to wake up and smell the roses before the funeral.


  • The decisions Barbados is battling is the same all over the world with degrees of success. Over the years we have unfortunately become overly dependent on tourism and its byproduct the offshore sector coupled with accumulated debt to satisfy conspicuous consumption appetite of the very citizens who are crying out. Some have always shared that we should not have allowed the financial crisis of 2007 to go to waste, we did. We have another one in the form of the COVID 19 pandemic, what are we doing to avoid a repeat of 2007? We have to earn our way in the word, this is one lesson we surely have learned by now.


  • “BAJANS as a Group have always been WHINNERS, looking to masa for protection and livelihood. “

    Africans slave descendants in America feel they are better off than African slave descendants in Barbados, as USA is #1 and Barbados is #155, but slaves in Barbados have got their own independent state and US slaves have not.


  • Kudos to Iran and in particular our western neighbour Cuba for having developed their own covid-19 vaccine range. It is rumoured that Cuba has designed a very potent vaccine.

    Both countries made a conscious decision to develop their own vaccines in the knowledge they would be last in the queue to receive the vaccine.

    What of Barbados? Did we become innovative during this period of economic inactivity or did we act like docile dogs waiting for our masters to return home to spoon feed us?

    There is no guarantee that the metal bird or the metal container will ever return in large numbers to our shores
    Let us learn from the example set by those two great and staunchly independent nations: Iran and Cuba.


  • Closed the island = no one can get in or out

    Trinidad was closed not Barbados

    Closing of businesses etc as refer to as putting the island on lockdown . It like the prison on lockdown ever remain in they cell.
    A building is is on lock down ( ex.: active shooter ) everyone stay in place/building

    You still behind on the lingo?


  • You are in lock down because of the virus?

    Watch out for that plane that is heading straight for your house. It coming any day now


  • Trinidad had the worse lockdown in the world. Based on who they know, people were exiting and entering during lockdown.

    Heaven help us, if Barbados becomes more like Trinidad.


  • People were entering and exiting Barbados during its lockdowns also

    Because the borders were not closed

    I don’t know if Trinidad had lockdown but I know the borders were supposed to be closed


  • Trinidad had both


  • @555

    “slaves in Barbados have got their own independent state and US slaves have not.”

    Soon to be Republic slaves, does this change the perspective or is it going to be a new black masa with dictator powers. What will happen to all the debt loans as IMF, and banks of last resort frown on dictatorships. USA slaves laughing.


  • I could not understand why T&T was closed and the number of cases was exploding. At first I thought that it was just due to behavior and their inability to follow protocols, then I became aware that folks with connections were still entering and leaving.


  • From Monday, regional air travellers to Antigua and Barbuda will pay 50 per cent less in airport taxes.

    This was revealed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne on his weekly radio show yesterday.

    “We will do so for six months to see how it impacts on revenue and then to make a final determination going forward as to what percentage is sustainable,” Browne said


  • It’s the lingo still got yall in slave mode, can’t think for yaselves, gotta repeat everything like parrots…

    red light
    green light

    and yall off and running…

    you must try labeling things yaself to your understanding, it works..


  • “USA slaves laughing.”

    USA 14% Black (black polka dots on white background)
    BRB 95.5% Black (white polka dots on black background)

    In Amerikkka nearly half (45 percent) of poor black children live in neighbourhoods with concentrated poverty (called ghettos)


  • Lord, let the greedy capitalists loose and that will surely solve the problem!

    The solution to the problem is the problem.

    Wily Coyote, there must be balance. Some of us do need to work harder but virtually ALL 0f the capitalists need to be less greedy.


  • @555
    “In Amerikkka nearly half (45 percent) of poor black children live in neighbourhoods with concentrated poverty (called ghettos”

    In Barbados 95% of the blacks live in a TURD WORLD COUNTRY, USA blacks still laughing.


  • $524m in foreign direct investment

    BARBADOS RECEIVED $524 million in foreign direct investment last year, putting it among a select group of small island developing states (SIDS) that received the most of such inflows.
    That is based on foreign direct investment (FDI) information published in the United Nations Conference On Trade And Development’s (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2021.
    “In Barbados, inflows increased by 22 per cent to $524 million despite the pandemic. FDI diversification efforts targeted renewable energy, creative and artistic industries and agroindustries, among others,” the report stated.
    UNCTAD reported that in 2020, under the strains of the pandemic, FDI inflows to the SIDS fell by 40 per cent, to $5.2 billion, and said this drop “eliminated the gains recorded in 2019, which followed three consecutive years of decline”.
    “Flows in 2020 stood at levels last seen in 2012. The downturn affected practically all countries and regions of the group,” it stated.
    The report said flows increased in seven countries only – The Bahamas, Barbados, Comoros, Grenada, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa and Sao Tome and Principe.
    “Reflecting differences in levels of development and factor endowments, a handful of SIDS continued to attract the bulk of inflows. The top five host economies (The Bahamas, Jamaica, Maldives, Barbados and Mauritius) accounted for four-fifths of the total FDI inflows to the group,” it stated.
    The report highlighted some of the steps Barbados took to attract investment.
    “In Barbados, the legal and regulatory framework for [public-private projects] was revised to facilitate more project finance in infrastructure development,” it said. “To promote investment, Barbados recently announced that efforts would focus on the renewable energy industry, the creative and artistic industries, and agro-industries, in addition to a restructured, more resilient tourism industry.” The publication said overall FDI inflows to the Caribbean fell 36 per cent to $2.8 billion. “These economies continued to account for more than half the inflows to SIDS. FDI suffered both in tourism, where only a handful of projects survived the collapse of international
    travel, and in natural resources,” it observed. “In The Bahamas, inflows grew by 47 per cent to $1.8 billion, despite the contraction of the domestic economy and tourism. Reconstruction works following the ravages of Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and investment in ICT services continued in 2020.
    “In Jamaica, inflows were down by 45 per cent to $732 million. The Government continued to promote a big agribusiness project involving foreign investors and also strove to convince investors in business process outsourcing to keep their operations in the country,” the report said.
    UNCTAD added that “in Grenada, inflows increased by 11 per cent, to $292 million, despite the general downturn in tourism and related activities. New priorities for investment promotion in response to the pandemic include agribusiness, education, retail and transportation”.
    “In the largest oil producer of the SIDS group, Trinidad and Tobago, FDI inflows fell from $368 million, . . . severely affecting the development of the energy sector. Unlike intra-company loans, equity capital and reinvested earnings were down sharply in the country.”
    UNCTAD explained that excluding what it called “offshore financial centres” in the Caribbean, the reason for the 36 per cent decline in FDI to the region last year was due to the tourism collapse and the halt in investment in the travel and leisure industry.
    The overall numbers were influenced by the fact that the Dominican Republic, the region’s largest recipient of FDI, suffered the biggest decline in inflows.
    UNCTAD said both attracting FDI and deriving benefits from inflows in the SIDS “will remain a challenge in the short and medium terms, despite government efforts to counter the negative impact of the pandemic”.
    “The policies and programmes implemented show that Governments wish to follow ‘build back better’ strategies, changing sectoral priorities and methods of investment promotion to reduce their economic fragility and adopting production methods that support more sustainable development,” the report stated.
    “In order to attain these goals, however, their efforts require the support
    of the international community to access necessary resources.”
    UNCTAD’s director of investment and enterprise, James Zhan, explained that the COVID-19 pandemic “had severe consequences for international investment in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-relevant sectors, with a contraction of infrastructure investment by over 75 per cent”.
    He said this added to Latin America and the Caribbean’s vulnerability “and represents a major roadblock to achieving the SDGs”.
    FDI flows to Latin America “plummeted by 45 per cent in 2020 to $176 billion” in 2020, said the World Investment Report. (SC) (Taken from this week’s BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY.)

    Source: Nation News


  • Weighing the IMF’s advice

    THE ADVICE OF the International Monetary Fund (IMF) got a failing grade recently by one of our Caribbean countries. The choice was between the Chinese and the IMF. The country opted for the Chinese.
    Needless to say, the country may not be aware of the experience of the African countries in borrowing from the Chinese, or borrowing by Jamaica. However there are sufficient warnings bandied about that the country involved should know what it is doing.
    The administration said, if borrowing from the Chinese cost two per cent and borrowing from the IMF cost 1.5 per cent, then it would be better to borrow from the lender who is charging you the higher price and have freedom of operations than borrowing from a lender who will impose sanctions and conditionality.
    This depends on the constraints under which you are borrowing. If your only options are the two entities, then everything is not all right. If everything is not all right, what conditionality do you fear? Maybe not wanting to borrow from the cheaper lender might mean that you do not want people to ‘“fas” in your business. Why!
    Are we supposed to consider the “fasing” in our business by the IMF a failure by us to follow the straight and narrow? Are there things that should be disclosed and that are not?
    The IMF is considered to be the lender of last resort. If it is being considered, then you have definitely reached the stage where outside advice is needed and the option of resorting to the Chinese should not be for consideration. While it is true that the advice to be followed in exchange for help and also for a change in how the country is perceived by other lenders is critical, such considerations are not on the cards if you have the option of borrowing from the Chinese. Furthermore if your option constrains you to borrow from the IMF and the Chinese is
    still prepared to lend without conditionality, then someone is still “fasing” in your business, only you may not be aware of the ultimate goal.
    Yes, it is true that countries prefer not to be involved with the IMF, but find themselves faced with no other option. This has recently been the case with Barbados.
    What the IMF is trying to do for Barbados is to help us return to a state of financial operations to which Barbados itself was accustomed as well as to borrowing freely from world bodies at preferential rates, or even from other lenders.
    My take on the matter is that you should not allow pride to be a consideration in choosing your lender. If your once substantial resources have been depleted for some reason or the other this should lead to what may be an illogical choice. The responsibility of those who lead is not to themselves or their particular political party, but to the wider public that it serves.
    All over Africa there have been leaders who have occupied the seat of power where accusations have been levelled at rigged elections that have allowed leaders to be in charge for life. The Chinese lending to their country do not seem to be worried about this lack of democracy as long as their agenda is fulfilled. In many cases the outcome is the leaders themselves are under the thumb of the bidding of China. It seems to be a deliberate process of drawing a country into a spider’s web from which the country cannot extricate itself. When we chose to agree to the loan with a higher interest payment, all may not be well with our making the decision. Remember, it is the citizen not the politician that has to repay the loan.
    While the Wild Coot is but a humble citizen minding his business, the other day he heard a minister expressing a desire to borrow from the Chinese to build a new stadium. In our impoverished state! Perhaps the Chinese would have considered the loan? However, so
    far we have heard nothing more.
    I have nothing against dealing with the Chinese. Indeed, some of the things that they are doing in Africa have been to the improvement of the standard of living of the Africans but in some cases it is like exchanging one form of slavery for another. I would not like to see such a thing in the Caribbean, especially as we have not seen the end of the previous form of slavery – yet. I would advise my neighbour to be careful as he may be swapping black dog for monkey.
    Harry Russell is a banker. Email

    Source: Nation


  • A long reAd.
    Suspect he is being paid by the word.
    But Wild Coot nailed it.👍🏿
    Borrowing from China should be after a last resort.


  • @Donna

    “capitalists need to be less greedy.”

    Typical Bajan response, play the BLAME GAME rather that look at ones self.


    “$524m in foreign direct investment”

    Read carefully between the lines and see how these UN-believable numbers are generated. Barbados politically controlled NEWS outlets like to publish one liners with NO DETAILS for consumption by the overly educated masses which are confusion trained.


  • In America, the black people are again fighting for the vote. Jim Crowe is alive and kicking!

    “Third World” is in the eye of the beholder. That is a white man’s description. I do not accept their definitions of ANYTHING.

    I don’t need skyscrappers and concrete jungles to enjoy life. In fact, I do not like them. I like simple island life.

    You, Wily Coyote, have nothing but contempt for Barbados and Barbadians. Never have I seen you acknowledge one good thing about us.

    But you yourself, Mr. BIG MAN, don’t seem wily enough to be happy. Happy people are not negative all the time. They see the positives as well as the negatives.

    Many of us are happy.

    POOR you!


  • One would be tempted to think he blames us for the road runner’s escape!


  • @Donna

    My Barbarian ancestors pre date any island black population so mind your p’s and Q’s. Have more love of this island than you’ll ever know, just disgusted since INDEPENDENCE the country has been on a slow downward spiral which has now accelerated out of control.

    Whose to blame, some know, most however are blind to the truth.


  • Modern day slavery, oppression, discriminaion and racism are all alive and well on the island but most live in their little make believe word and pretend that it’s not so….fooling themselves because they fool no one else, and ignoring what others are example….government colluding with evil greedy hoteliers to deny hotel workers their pension, then dipping into the pension fund to pay some and not all…racist sandy land STEALING employees money……and it was covered up…

    an ugly situation..which makes them look UNEDUCATED but they don’t think so….pretenders.


  • government colluding with evil greedy hoteliers to deny hotel workers their SEVERANCE, then dipping into the pension fund to pay some and not all…racist sandy land STEALING employees money……and it was covered up…..those are only 2 of thousands of examples..


  • The Ministry of Health need to tell their ignorant, wicked little Slaves that when visitors call BEFORE leaving their destinations about Covid protocols regarding if they can leave their rooms and move around the hotel properties during quaranine to STOP LYING TO THEM…they are telling them YES when it’s really no….little LIARS…it’s causing people to have to pay unnecessary fines because of bad information from goddamn IDIOTS…

    if any of my relatives had gotten caught up in that deceitful shit ya would see..


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