December 5, 2020

Tourism Matters: Majority ownership in LIAT

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now After trying to avoid the subject intentionally for many years, is it now the time to focus all our attention that any change in the proposed majority beneficial ownership in LIAT (1974) Ltd could bring? Following a whole pile of forays into competing with LIAT over the past […]

Tourism matters: New airlift into Barbados

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now Barbados has been hugely successful in attracting new airlift and all our major markets have largely benefitted, most notably the United States. The new German Wings upcoming three flights each week from Frankfurt hopefully will dramatically increase our Continental European visitors. Not just from Germany, but from all […]

Tourism Matters: All accommodation must be inspected and meet minimum criteria

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By Adrian Loveridge From Business Insider Franchising has been a long used largely successful tool to grow brand awareness while helping to create a much larger business than perhaps achievable through more conventional means. It’s a great concept but can be beset with all sorts of problems, if not properly managed and controlled. I recently […]

Tourism Matters: Are we completely docile as consumers?

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now There seems to be some doubt whether Mahatma Gandhi was the original person who articulated the following quotation or not, but few can doubt the meaning and intent of the message. “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We […]

Tourism Matters: A win-win scenario

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now Officially Restaurant Week Barbados was rolled out by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. recently, which actually runs from 22nd October until 5th November, leading up to this year’s rebranded Food and Rum Festival. It gives us, as a destination, a wonderful opportunity to highlight our incredible range of […]

Tourism Matters: The responsibilities of perceived status

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By Adrian Loveridge It was of course almost inevitable, but hopefully it will send a very strong message to our tourism planners and policymakers that if we portray ourselves as an ‘iconic’ or ‘aspirational’ destination that there are responsibilities that could arise with the perceived status. After the collapse of a balcony at an Airbnb […]

Tourism Matters: Again the taxpayer is left in the dark

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now The decision by the Sandals group to sell one of the hotels they either own or operate in Antigua to competitor Elite Island Resorts raises a number of questions. Like the announced Beaches brand that was “planned” for Antigua and Barbados, both have been delayed and at least […]