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Barbados tourism sector is
back on a path of growth
following six years of
"This year we have seen growth in all
of the major areas of importance, including
airlift, accommodations, and programmes
to enhance the quality of our tourism prod-
uct," chief executive officer of the Barbados
Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) William
Griffith reported as he addressed the media
at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation
(CTO) s State of the Industry Conference
taking place in Curaçao.
"We are also enjoying favourable global
economic conditions in several key source
markets, the price of oil is down and trav-
elers are gaining greater confidence and
now booking further in advance."
For the upcoming winter season, the
island is set to realize a seven per cent
increase in airlift having negotiated several
inaugural flights, including a new service
out of Bogota, Columbia on December 2.
The new Avianca service will permit con-
nections between Barbados and Sao Paulo,
Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Buenos
Aires, Panama City, Mexico, Lima, San
Salvador, Guayaquil and Quito with con-
nection times of 2.5 hours or less.
On November 7, the island will welcome
two new JetBlue flights: the new Mint
service out of New York and the new
Boston direct service. Arrivals out of the
USA are already at a healthy 27.9 per cent.
There will also be a new Thomas Cook
service from Glasgow, Scotland commenc-
ing the following day. Air Canada s Rouge
service is also set to return on January 7,
Griffith revealed that 2015 marked the
start of over US$1 billion in proposed new
hotel plant investment over the next five
years that will produce some 2,300 rooms.
This started with the opening of the
luxury all-inclusive Sandals Barbados,
which is scheduled to add some 220 rooms
in 2016. This winter the Sugar Bay Hotel
(formerly Amaryllis) and The Sands (for-
mers Sandy Beach) will also open their
doors as all-inclusive products, adding 300
The Wyndham Hotel project at the site
of the iconic Sam Lord s Castle and the
Hyatt Hotel in the historic Bridgetown,
will see the island welcoming two new
established global hotel brands by 2018.
In addition, 24 hotels have undergone sig-
nificant refurbishments in time for the
2016 winter season.
Barbados has also made significant
strides in both its long-stay and cruise
Some 432, 713 long-stay visitors were
recorded at the end of September year-
to-date, an increase of 14.5 per cent. Mean-
while cruise arrivals are set to increase by
five to seven per cent, largely driven by 16
inaugural visits. Among those scheduled
calls are the Mein Sheiff 3 and the Carnival
Britannia, two mega ships, which are now
able to dock following a major expansion
project at the Bridgetown Port.
The BTMI chief also alluded to a number
of initiatives geared toward increasing Bar-
"We ve just completed a brand posi-
tioning exercise wherein all of our future
marketing campaigns will capitalise on our
reputation as a safe, engaging and culturally
rich destination; all of the ingredients
sought by the contemporary traveler," Grif-
The BTMI s sister agency, the Barbados
Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), is also
implementing a number of initiatives to
create new tourism experiences, assure
high service and product quality and
increase public awareness of the importance
Venezuela has objected to a Canadian
mining company operating in Guyana,
telling the company it is infringing on
Caracas sovereignty. And the move has
not gone down well with Guyana s pres-
ident David Granger.
Granger told Parliament yesterday that, in a move that
shows no regard for diplomacy, Venezuela s Ambassador
to Ottawa, Canada had issued a warning letter to Guyana
Goldfields Incorporated, informing that its operations
are "infringing on the territorial sovereignty of Venezuela".
Guyana Goldfields has a mining operation in the Cuyu-
The development comes a month after Granger and
his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro agreed to
work to resolve the issues in the border dispute between
the two neighbours.
"Venezuela s claims are not only illegal; they are injurious
to the economic development of Guyana. Venezuela,
therefore, must desist from hindering our economic
development in an obtrusive and obstructive manner
that is tantamount to interference in our internal affairs.
It must desist from threatening investors," Granger said.
He questioned whether Venezuelan leaders derived
satisfaction from the prolongation of this controversy
and said that, unlike Venezuela, Guyana has always been
respectful to the governments and people of neighbouring
"Venezuela s fear is that, once a juridical process could
prove that its contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899
was a nullity is proven to be baseless, its 50-year strategy
of attrition, aimed at gaining territory from Guyana,
stands in jeopardy of the prospect of collapse," the pres-
ident added, noting that Guyana favours a juridical set-
tlement through recourse to the International Court of
Guyana is currently awaiting the report of the UN
Mission that visited both Guyana and Venezuela earlier
this month and President Granger expressed his full con-
fidence in the capacity of Secretary General Ban Ki-
moon to identify solutions that will validate the nature
of the Arbitral Tribunal Award of 1899.
More recently, Guyana s eastern neighbour, Surniame,
has renewed its interest in the New River Triangle area.
Granger said there is an agreement as to what constitutes
the territory of Guyana and that of Suriname. However,
in the absence of a formal treaty, the Dutch country has
sought to seize Guyana s territory.
Granger said that while Guyana is willing to continue
a bilateral discourse with the Government of Suriname
on this matter, such discourse must be grounded on the
principles of mutual respect and a repudiation of the
use of force.
"Guyana has no doubt about the soundness of the
bases on which it exercises sovereignty of its territory.
It has no fear in having Suriname s claim to its territory
resolved by an adjudicatory process," he said.
The president said Guyana has already made a large
portion of its documents available to Suriname for scrutiny
and expressed the hope that the Suriname government
would do likewise, by requesting the Netherlands gov-
ernment to open the relevant Dutch archives to facilitate
research by both sides.
"Suriname, if it is convinced that its claim can withstand
legal scrutiny, should agree to take the matter before an
internationally recognised adjudicatory body. Guyana is
of the view that, if an agreement cannot be reached at
the bilateral level, within a given time-frame, the matter
should be taken to adjudication so that this controversy
can be concluded," Granger said.
The Guyanese leader insisted that his country would
continue to work with both Venezuela and Suriname to
make the region a more peaceful, prosperous place and
to pursue cooperation arrangements, but not to the detri-
ment of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
"As far as Guyana is concerned, the border takes first
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