Category: Tourism

Sandy Lane hopeful in the face of challenges

Barbados’ most luxurious hotel continues to face a number of “external challenges”, but officials say they are hopeful of a strong 2018 performance. Without specifying the challenges facing the five-diamond Sandy Lane property, General Manager Randall Wilkie said the hotel managed to up the ante in one of its key source markets as it continued […]

Read more

Barbados number one in world for visitor satisfaction

The Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc (BTMI) says the country’s tourism is once again in winner’s row, beating out destinations such as second-place Seychelles and third-place Bermuda to land the number one spot on the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI). On Saturday BTMI said throughout the year, over 70,000 travellers were interviewed around the world, giving […]

Read more

BHTA calls for stronger management of the south coast sewage mess

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has issued a strong warning that if the ongoing sewage crisis affecting the south coast is not quickly remedied it could prove disastrous for the island’s bread and butter tourism industry. As such, BHTA Chief Executive Officer Rudy Grant is calling for “a senior Government official to take […]

Read more

Take tourism seriously

The head of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is suggesting that Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean are not taking tourism seriously enough. Speaking this morning at a press conference at the organization’s Baobab Tower, Warrens, St Michal headquarters where the CTO delivered the Caribbean Tourism Performance Report 2017, Secretary General Hugh Riley complained […]

Read more

Sealy welcomes new air service between Barbados and Panama City

Barbados’ tourism sector exceeded expectations for 2017 and Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy is projecting an even better 2018 as the island re-enters the Latin American market with a new flight from Panama City coming on stream in July. “When we look at our raw numbers, they were at record levels for […]

Read more

West Terrace Primary pupil wins FCCA competition

A class three pupil of the West Terrace Primary School has captured the top prize in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Essay Competition. Jaden Dowridge emerged the winner in the primary division of the competition with his essay which covered elements of Barbadian life, green monkeys, national dishes and tourist attractions. At an awards ceremony […]

Read more

Sealy offers assurances to Hilton hotel employees

With the sale of the Hilton Barbados Resort said to be at “an advanced stage”, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is assuring employees at the Needhams Point property that their jobs are safe. In fact, he told supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) during a joint meeting of DLP branches in the St […]

Read more

On schedule

Barbadians should be able to see physical structures going up on the site of the former Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip by January next year. Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporation (BTII) Stuart Layne has also assured that the US$200 million transformation of the historic hotel into the Wyndham Grand Resort is […]

Read more

Tourism slowdown

The Caribbean’s tourism sector is now expected to register slower growth in 2017 than the 3.5 per cent projected earlier this year. Addressing a news conference at the World Travel Market in London this week, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Dionisio D’Aguilar said that due to the devastating impact of recent hurricanes, the […]

Read more

Tourism arrivals, bookings up with US market key

Barbados’ tourism officials are reporting a promising tourism performance for the first eight months of this year. Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) Martin Ince told the 30th annual general meeting and luncheon at the Accra Beach Resort, Rockley, Christ Church on Thursday that figures for January to August show long-stay visitor arrivals up […]

Read more

Tourism researcher warns of new uncertainty in the Canadian market

A Canadian travel researcher is warning Barbados and other tourism-dependent islands that they simply cannot afford to rest on their laurels in the wake of the devastation caused to the region by hurricanes Irma and Maria last month. Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Tourism Institute Jennifer Hendry further cautioned that while the majority of […]

Read more

Grenada supports Barbados’ call for new vulnerability index

In the wake of the recent hurricane devastation suffered by the Caribbean, Grenada is supporting calls made by Barbados for a new vulnerability index to determine the region’s eligibility for concessional aid. Immediately following the passage of Hurricane Maria last month, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had appealed directly to the international community for such support, […]

Read more

Barbados urged not to delay on building codes

Barbados has been warned to urgently beef up its building codes and strengthen or rebuild weak infrastructure given the recent super hurricanes that hit the Caribbean. The advice has come from Anguilla’s Minister of Tourism Cardigan Connor, who is beseeching the Freundel Stuart administration not to disregard lessons from the aftermath of hurricane Irma, which […]

Read more

Grenada urges Barbados to follow its Airbnb formula

Barbados is being urged to embrace homestay programmes instead of viewing them as rivals of the hotel sector. The advice comes from Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher, who revealed that her country was well on the way to regularizing this informal sector. Barbadian hoteliers have bitterly complained that homestay […]

Read more

Tourism increases not reflected on the ground

Former president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Colin Jordan is insisting that under the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) the tourism sector has reached its plateau. The former hotel executive was addressing the media as he campaigned throughout St Peter, the constituency he is contesting for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the […]

Read more

Sealy expects strong winter

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is anticipating a busy cruise season this year, on the heels of a strong performance in the industry over the past two years. Addressing the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Shipping Association at the Hilton Barbados Resort this morning, Sealy noted that 390 vessels berthed here in 2014, […]

Read more

Hurricane fallout

Barbados has not been hit by a major hurricane in over 60 years. However, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc. (BTMI) William Billy Griffith is reporting that the island has suffered fallout due to the recent passage of Hurricane Irma last month. Griffith said this was as a result of some […]

Read more
Barbados Today Copyright © 2018 | Developed by Luova Labs