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 …

Refurbished Lighthouse A Tourism Plus

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Pictured here at the official plaque unveiling are: (l-r) Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie; CEO at the BTPA Dr. Kerry Hall; Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy; and Deputy Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc. Captain George Fergusson. (Photo Credit: PRMR Inc.) The recent refurbishment of the South Point Lighthouse has provided yet another …

Prime Minister Meets With Czech Republic Envoy

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has identified organic farming and health and wellness tourism as possible areas of cooperation for Barbados and the Czech Republic. Mr. Stuart expressed this view recently when Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Barbados, Vladimír Eisenbruk, paid him a courtesy call at Government Headquarters. Permanent Secretary, Ruth Blackman, was also present during the …

Tourism Plan Outlined At CARICOM Meeting

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This year’s Twenty-Ninth Inter-sessional CARICOM conference has adopted a concrete tourism marketing plan that is designed to place Member States on an upward trajectory. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made this disclosure on Tuesday as he spoke with the Barbados Government Information Service on the final day of the annual summit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Mr. Stuart said the initiative was important …

Prime Minister Stuart Thanks Repeat Visitors

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart took time last evening to say “thank you” to some of the visitors who have invested heavily in Barbados by returning to the country several times yearly. Mr. Stuart expressed Government’s gratitude during the second Repeat Visitors’ Reception for 2018, at Ilaro Court, at which four persons who visited Barbados over 295 times were singled out …

Sam Lord’s Castle: Into The Future

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Pictured above is an artist’s rendering of the external aerial view of Sam Lords Castle Resort. (GP) With visions of the future, Barbados is on the cusp of a groundbreaking development – a resort that offers the highest level of environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically sustainable operations. In the winter of 2019, Sam Lord’s Castle – A Wyndham Grand …

Prime Minister: Safety Is Important To Barbados

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Government is continuing its efforts to make sure Barbados is safe, comfortable and congenial. This assurance came from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last evening, as he hosted the first of four monthly Repeat Visitors’ Reception for 2018 at Ilaro Court. Mr. Stuart told his appreciative audience: “In ensuring that we create the kind of environment which induces you to continue …