Barbados holding its own in competitive tourism market

“I am happy to report that even in the face of the economic crisis impacting countries across the globe, Barbados…has been able to create innovative ways to retain its niche in existing tourist source markets, and also expand into new markets. This has enabled us to compete effectively against the growing number of tourist destinations that have become available to the international traveller.”

These words came from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Andrew Cox, as he represented Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy in his absence during the official opening of the 26th Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Week in the Sir Hugh Springer Auditorium, Solidarity House.

Cox further singled out the Barbados Tourism Authority and even, more importantly, those persons working in the industry across the island to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay for our visitors on a daily basis.

He then highlighted the importance of tourism to Barbados’ development and praised the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) for its commitment to work in collaboration with the Government and private sector to create “a stable labour relations climate” for tourism sector workers.