Tourism To Be Driven By Public/Private Partnerships

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From next year, the marketing of Barbados’ tourism product will be driven more by public/private sector partnerships, as Government moves away from being the major sponsor of tourism marketing. And, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, has indicated that within the coming days, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. would be going into a public/private sector partnership. This, he …

Push To Become A Year-Round Destination

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There is a push to remove the seasonality from Barbados’ tourism industry and to make this island a 12-month destination. This is according to Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), Sunil Chatrani. He was speaking to the media during Taste the Spirits of Polo, an event held on Sunday at the …

Tourism Merger To Boost Efficiency

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Merging the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) will achieve more efficiency. Chairman of the BTMI and the BTPA, Sunil Chatrani, expressed this opinion during an interview with the media at Taste the Spirits of Polo, the final event of the 2018 Food and Rum Festival. “In terms of the merger, from different administrations …

Youth Engagement Critical To Sustaining Tourism

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Engagement with the youth has been identified as a strategic priority to sustain this island’s tourism industry. This is according to Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), Marsha Alleyne, who was speaking at a prize-giving ceremony for winners of the 2018 Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children’s Essay and Poster Competitions. She said such competitions …

Holder’s Hill Tourism Experience To Be Launched

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The Greater Holder’s Hill Community Tourism Experience will be launched on Sunday, October 7. The project, which will showcase some aspects of that district’s cricketing legends, will commence with a media tour starting at the Desmond Haynes Complex, Holder’s Hill, St. James at 4:00 p.m. After the tour, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, will give the feature …

Barbados & Carnival Cruises To Discuss Tourism

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Government is in discussion with Carnival Corporation about that entity playing a developmental role in this island’s tourism industry. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, disclosed this during a welcome ceremony to celebrate the Carnival Breeze’s Inaugural Carnival Journey specialty cruise to Barbados. In welcoming the cruise liner to the island, he exchanged commemorative plaques with Captain Rocco …

Reminder To File & Pay New Tourism Levies

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All tourism sector practitioners who provide tourist accommodation to visitors and locals are required to charge a Room Rate Levy to their guests, and all persons who provide direct tourism services are required to apply a Product Development Levy to the cost of those services. This reminder comes from the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) Communications Officer, Erica Lazare, regarding the …

Make Barbados World’s Best Visitor Experience

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“We in dis ting together.” That rallying cry to the nation by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley since she took office on May 24 was aimed specifically at the workers at the Grantley Adams International Airport today as the Prime Minister appealed for their help in making Barbados the best visitor experience in the Americas, if not the world. The …

Mandatory Room Rate Levy From July 1

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Tourism accommodation providers are being reminded that effective Sunday, July 1, a mandatory “Room Rate Levy” will be applied to all bedrooms per night on the island. In a notice issued today, the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport stated that the levy, which is to be paid by guests, will be applied at the following rates: Villa Sub Sector …

Tourism Course Now Available

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The Economic Affairs Division has advised that interested members of the public may now apply for the Professional Development Course: Sustainability Practices for Tourism Leaders. It will be offered online through the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Educational Portal of the Americas from October 23 to November 27. Applicants should possess a degree and work in the tourism sector. For …