Notice to all Hotels and Cruise Ship Companies

Nathan J. Green

21st July 2021

Good Day

A Notice to all Hotels and Cruise Ship Companies.

My name is Nathan ‘Jolly” Green; I am a Caribbean journalist, and a freelance acting on the instructions of a well-known international TV company.

Between August and December, my five-person team will begin surveying and inspecting a mixture of 150 hotels and cruise ships to test for sterilization or non-sterilization of bedrooms and bathrooms. We will be specifically inspecting bedding, linens, including pillow covers, pillows, blankets, bedspreads, and sheets. We are not only looking for laundering evidence; we are looking for sterilization.

Many Caribbean hotels will be part of our scheme, and we will book in as clients and carry out forensic tests to see if you are both laundering and sterilizing the bedding between each new guest at your hotel. If we have a severely negative result, we will notify the hotel management, and in every case, our findings will become part of an international TV program.

The above YouTube video shows a past survey. Besides UV black lights, we now also have much more scientific test equipment to detect bacteria and virus. The sophisticated equipment will not fail to detect any existing failures in duty of care to clients of hotels.

Seventy per cent of our tests will be carried out on major hotel group properties, twenty per cent on privately owned hotels, and ten per cent on cruise ships. Next year [2022] we will be conducting tests for a second linked program on bed and breakfast establishments.

I write to you to give you a fair warning of what we intend to do, which is a better warning than many hotels provide to their clients who are being cheated on and whose health is being put at severe risk from many kinds of pathogens.

In the worst of cases, we intend to supply certified videos to government departments and prosecution attorneys. We will also be willing to appear as witnesses in subsequent court cases arising from our findings. Every course of action and procedure will be videoed and will together with the inspection form part of the same TV program.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Nathon J Green.

Adrian Loveridge Column – Virgin Power

The news that Virgin Atlantic has secured private recovery funding has to be good news, especially for Barbados and throughout the Caribbean. The thought of returning to a single air carrier ‘monopoly’ on any given route nowadays is simply not desirable, if we are going to ever contemplate operating in a competitive tourism world.

According to multiple sources the private-only rescue deal with shareholders and creditors is worth US$1.5 billion and intended to secure the airline’s future beyond the coronavirus crisis. The restructuring plan was supported by a majority of shareholders and is expected to come into effect in late summer 2020. Much of the funding will come from existing shareholders – the Virgin Group will invest GB Pounds 200 million with Delta Airlines and others deferring or waiving outstanding payments.

A new investor, the hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management will lend a quoted GB Pounds 170 million. Virgin Atlantic said ‘the deal will pave the way for the airline to return to profitability in 2022’. To secure approval from all relevant creditors before implementation, the proposed plan will go through a court-sanctioning process with recapitalization expected to come into effect during late summer 2020.

Commenting on the news, Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) stated ‘the last six months have been the toughest we have faced in our 36 year history. We have taken painful measures, but we have accomplished what many thought impossible’.

Virgin’s flights will resume later this month from London’s Heathrow and Manchester airport, with the possibility of increased connectivity.  Once the massive Crossrail project and the new Elizabeth Line become fully operational it will become substantially easier and quicker for many people to access the London flight departure point. The installation of new ultra violet sanitation equipment together with existing facial recognition, thermostat reading technology and contactless security procedure at Heathrow will also give enhanced safety assurance to the travelling public.

Virgin Atlantic’s original appeal to the British Government for economic assistance fell on deaf ears despite the fact that it is one of the largest beneficiaries through the collection of the Advanced Passenger Duty (APD) and other taxes.  We are now left to wonder if this hugely deterrent levy with be reduced or totally eliminated to give Virgin and other airlines the hope for long term survival.

Virgin’s retirement of their last four-engine fleet of B747 and A340’s will also enable them to put more fuel efficient aircraft on many routes which could well mean that Barbados will be served by the B787 Dreamliner, from Heathrow, ensuring a faster flight time and increased seat availability over the previously used A330’s that operated from Gatwick.

The Virgin brand has developed an enviable and incredibly loyal following over decades. Let us hope that this latest development will help drive many returning visitors over the months to come.

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Tourism is OUR Business

If I needed to be reminded for a single second that our policymakers, planners, politicians and private sector partners need to work closer together across the Caribbean, then it was at the recently concluded 4th annual Caribavia Aviation Meetup held in Saint Maarten.

I doubt a solitary speaker or attendee at that conference returned home with anything other than the same conclusion. Among the topics extensively discussed was the excessive taxation by Government’s, which were proving to be one of the single largest deterrents to growing tourism.

While the overwhelming positives outweighed the negatives, many of us were left with the disappointment that more of the key decision makers across the region did not make the effort to attend as they could well have hugely enhanced their knowledge and ability to increase their own individual destination numbers.

For Barbados, we have in the past been able to boast that the Caribbean was our third largest source market, but unless the subject of airlift is addressed quickly and effectively, it is almost impossible to imagine that this will continue.

As the widely recognized doyen of tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace CBE., graphically pointed out at the event – as he has on many previous occasions – proximity and connectivity are two of the most critical factors in air transport.

Simply put, that potential visitors on your doorstep can provide some of the greatest arrival opportunities, providing they can reach the destination with more affordable ticket prices. None of this of course, is a revelation or ground-breaking news, as it’s widely accepted as a fact of life in all other source markets.

When lower airfares are made available from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe, then increased numbers will travel to the Caribbean, yet many in critical decision making positions, do not seem to fully understand or embrace this within our region.

Few can seriously dispute the fact that low cost carriers have dramatically grown airlift into the Caribbean and you only have to cite jetBlue as a classic example. Our United States visitor arrival numbers stagnated for almost a decade until replacement key marketing personnel were brought into place and negotiated new or existing routes with various airlines. Westjet out of Canada is another case in point. And to a lesser extent Thomas Cook Airlines, with their seasonal services, from Manchester and Gatwick, which provides a less expensive flight option to many of our second home owners and shared accommodation offerings.

Ultimately, our politicians and policymakers will have to carefully weigh the overall tax collection benefits earned from visitors who are deterred by high airfares. Conversely, those who are tempted to our shores and pay VAT, room levies, DTS (direct tourism services) levies, shared accommodation levies and all the various additional taxes collected as a direct result of increased employment it creates.

Returning to the subject of working together, I believe there is also vast untapped potential if we partner with some of our neighbours. Enticing new carriers with triangle airline routes offers a low and shared risk possibility, especially with long haul carriers. If we are ever going to persuade Scandinavian airlines back to Barbados, it may be the only feasible way to attract their high cost-of-living population and where comparative on-island prices are not so inhibitive as many other markets.

Opportunity for the Caribbean to Grab More Cruise Business

Adrian Loveridge - Hotelier

Adrian Loveridge – Hotelier

According to a recent Travel Weekly (TW) article a total of 30 cruise ships will be sailing in the Caribbean this summer with Carnival alone offering over 1,600 cruises in the region across the entire year. Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing, but it would have been difficult not to predict the massive over-capacity estimated at 19 percent, that has been created in 2014. Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, described the ‘Caribbean train wreck’ as a product of a ‘lemming theory’. He went on to add ‘we all sat in our rooms and did our itinerary planning – on our own, or course – and we all concluded it made sense to go into the Caribbean’. Ken Muskat, MSC’s senior vice President was equally candid, describing the situation as ‘oversaturated with inventory’.

Probably what partially influenced the key players into redeploying more vessels to the Caribbean this year was the poor performance of its ships in Europe between 2010 and 2012, due to weak economies and the reluctance of many North Americans to pay higher transatlantic airfares.

Other factors that have led to the supply of Caribbean berths being more plentiful this year include the growth in size and number of ships the industry operates, together with the decision to position them in the region throughout the year. The thinking behind this last point was, to quote TW ‘Executives of all the lines say that having a year-round presence avoids having their brand fall off the radar with travel agents, building sales momentum throughout the year’.

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Tourism Commentator Adrian Loveridge and Former Tourism Minister Noel Lynch to Appear on Time to Face the Facts Show

Tune in to the show on Sunday 27 October 7:pm to 9:pm on Caribvision or follow the stream on Facebook – click image to watch the promo of the show.

Tune in to the show on Sunday 27 October 7:pm to 9:pm on Caribvision or follow the stream on Facebook – click image to watch the promo of the show.

The Time to Face the Facts Show will host this week our resident tourism commentator Adrian Loveridge. We understand also on the panel will be former minister of tourism Noel ‘Barney’ Lynch to discuss Facts about the Caribbean’s tourism. Respect to Adrian for agreeing to be in the same space as Lynch after the embarrassment he suffered at Voice of Barbados in 2007.

REDjet And re-Discover Caribbean

Adrian Loveridge - Hotel Owner

By now, much of our energy would be going into fine tuning the annual re-DISCOVER the Caribbean Show, which usually takes place in late April. Just in time for the longer and leaner eight summer month tourism season. Sadly, unless a major sponsor comes forward, it will not take place this year and this may prove to be one of the biggest mistakes ever.

The Barbados Tourism Authority lost interest in what would have been the eighth annual show by reducing their already limited financial support and not even being prepared to ‘man’ a stand for the two days of the event. This despite a compliment of over 130 staff members and the enthusiastic support in the past by the current Minister of Tourism. In fact, before entering office, he won and enjoyed one of the spectacular prizes donated by our many exhibitors.

It became ever more difficult to explain to the twenty other participating Caribbean countries, who were willing and enable to send a delegation, often at considerable cost, when the national marketing agency of the host country was half-heartedly supporting the endeavour.

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