December 13, 2019

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: We live in hope!

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now Having watched the recently filmed interview with the new Minister of Tourism and International Transport in its entirety, where he concluded that our cruise sector is in “a state of deep crisis”, frankly I was quite shocked. Like many of us who have substantially invested in land based […]

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: Perhaps this represents an enormous opportunity

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now Our British and many of our Continental European holidaymakers look like they are in for a little relief next year. The current annoying and described by HM Treasury as ‘rip-off ‘ surcharges that apply to a large percentage of flight and holiday bookings both in-store and online are […]

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: What does this have to do with Barbados?

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now While it is very tempting to second guess the possible effects of the now declared Brexit, I think our tourism planners have to be fully cognizant over the implications it may bring. In a recent TravelMole article under the alarming headline “UK airlines told to move to EU […]

Tourism Matters: An incredibly hard act to follow

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now As Sue Springer prepares to demit her post as chief executive officer at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, I would like to dedicate this week’s column to her amazing contribution to tourism over several decades and around 15 years in her current position. Frankly, I have marvelled […]

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: Returning to airlift

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean news Now I make no apologies in returning to airlift this week because, it is one of the most critical factors in our overall tourism success or failure. Take the United States as a classic example. After over a decade of near stagnation in arrival numbers, new partnerships and existing […]