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ASSOCIATION ASSISTING CARIBBEAN NEIGHBOURS AFTER BARBADOS IS SPARED FROM IRMA AND MARIA
Published on September 15, 2017

OVER the past few weeks the Association has been coordinating relief efforts to assist neighbouring islands affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, after Barbados was spared the wrath of these systems.

Chairman Roseanne Myers, said: “We are counting ourselves as lucky that the island was not affected by these recent systems as we were not in the direct path on this occasion.  Most of the weather systems which affected the region brought only temporary rough seas and rain, but no damage to infrastructure in Barbados. However, properties here received several calls of concern after the passage of Irma.”

Myers noted that a number of international news reports indicated that the island was hit by the massive hurricanes which unfortunately caused major damage to many of our Caribbean neighbours including Barbuda and Dominica.

“A number of these reports mixed up Barbados with Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma. This is understandable as the names are very close and with relief efforts being coordinated from here, there is some confusion.

“The BHTA is saddened by the news of the devastation and damage caused by Irma and Maria to Barbuda, Dominica and the other islands. Our members stand ready and willing to assist citizens from the affected islands.

“To date we have joined other businesses and the citizens of Barbados to collect much needed funds, food items, clothing, building materials and other essential items to send to these islands and have already sent off a shipment of supplies to Antigua, including bath towels, sheets, bedspreads and toiletries, collected from our members. We are also in the process of undertaking a similar collection for Dominica.

“Additionally, we are also supporting relief efforts driven by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO),” Myers stated. 


BHTA ALSO COLLABORATES WITH BCCI AND BIBA ON HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS
Published on September 15, 2017

In addition to our other hurricane relief efforts, the Association also joined forces with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) to give some much needed assistance to Barbuda, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Irma.

During a recent press conference, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry, National Authorising Officer and National EPA Coordinator for Antigua and Barbuda, expressed his country’s appreciation for the gesture.

He expressed his gratitude to the BCCI, BHTA and BIBA on behalf of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda for extending the hand of friendship. He also thanked: “All those persons who demonstrated the humanitarian drive within all of us - that when our brothers and sisters are devastated, they are willing to come to the table.”

He stressed however, that there was also the need for phase two: “There is also a need for the response to deal with the rebuilding process. The Governments are trying their best to deal with the humanitarian crisis but there has to be a second phase in terms of the rebuilding in Barbuda and in Dominica.

“People of the region, let us respond to our challenges together. Together we are stronger. Spare a thought for the people who have had to run from their homes. How many of us have a full appreciation of the level of psychological damage or impact or effects on the mothers, the fathers, the brothers and sisters, the children? None of us would have wanted to endure what they went through but we thank the almighty for sparing life.”

BHTA CEO, Rudy Grant, explained that the Association saw the partnership as a very important and critical effort, “The entire BHTA family is supportive of this effort because we recognize that there is great discomfort in the islands affected and we recognize the importance of supporting our brothers and sisters in the region.

“We cannot imagine what it must be like to have an entire island devastated in the case of Barbuda and as we also reflect on the challenges of Dominica. We are going to be refocusing our efforts because we realise there is still need for additional items and we will continue to work with the BCCI and BIBA as we continue to ensure that we are able to provide more items.”

Grant added that the BHTA was committed to continue working with its partners to support the efforts in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and the wider Caribbean. He said: “The level of devastation is unimaginable. We are happy today to be a part of this effort and to say that it does not stop here. As the Ambassador mentioned, there is also the need for effort towards the rebuilding and we stand beside you as Caribbean brothers and sisters, committed to ensuring that, through our various organisations, we are able to assist.”


AG OUTLINES PLANS TO ADDRESS CRIME ON ISLAND AT THIRD QUARTERLY MEETING
Published on September 15, 2017

DURING our Third Quarterly General Meeting held in September, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Adriel Brathwaite M.P., outlined a number of measures Government is considering to address the recent rise of crime on the island, specifically gun violence.  Listen to the full speech and Q&A here


WORLD TOUISM DAY MESSAGE
Published on September 15, 2017

AS we celebrated World Tourism Day 2017 we were ever more mindful and thankful of the fact that Barbados was left relatively unscathed by the recent hurricane systems which wrought turmoil and damage on our Neighbours.  Barbados was spared on this occasion and we will do everything as an Association to assist our Neighbours.

But what do we need to do to influence the conditions that have propelled climate change and unleashed the fury of Mother Nature? What is our role and what can we, ourselves, control?  

When you look out your window today, or drive to work alongside the blindingly beautiful shoreline that accompanies most of us on our drive, ask yourself – How can I be a part of the solution? What beauty do I see? How hard am I prepared to fight to protect what I see?

We can only be a sustainable sector if we practice sustainable methods of growing and showcasing the tourism product. Commit today to sign on to our efforts to reduce the use of plastics, check your sewerage lines and ensure they are working properly, educate your team members on what they can do at home, monitor the chemicals you are using and eliminate them and spend the money to change to renewables and reduce use of fossil fuels. It is more costly not to do so. 

Here is our other reality - the damage has been done and we cannot prevent the fury of nature but only be thankful when we are spared.

Hurricane season is not over and there is always next year. So what do we do? Are we prepared to mitigate against the effects of warmer oceans and more destructive weather systems? 

Get an engineer to assess your property and home. Take lessons from our Neighbours and, as we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, let us count our many blessings and dig deep in our cupboards and pockets to help our Neighbours. Let us also take to both knees in praise and thanks for our beautiful island and seek divine guidance to make our industry sustainable. 

Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association

Roseanne Myers.



NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Published on September 15, 2017

Join us as we welcome the newest member to the BHTA team – Jacqueline Gill our Business Development Consultant, who joined the Association on October 1, 2017.

Ms. Gill is a Marketing professional with more than twenty (20) years of experience. She has been working to positively impact organisational performance through market research and business development. 

Her responsibilities at the BHTA will include providing research and statistical information on the performance of the tourism industry, specifically as it relates to members, as well as developing and recommending business development strategies and monitoring the sustainability of the Associations’ marketing initiatives.

She will be responsible for developing and recommending marketing plans, managing the Association’s Research Programme, amongst other duties.

Before joining the Association, Mrs. Gill operated her own businesses as a Digital Marketer and Business Development Specialist. Prior to that she held the positions of Senior Research Officer - Invest Barbados and Research Consultant – University College of Barbados Project Office.


BHTA AND IHB LAUNCH EXCITING 2017 STAYCATION CAMPAIGN
Published on August 25, 2017

THE BHTA has joined forces with Intimate Hotels of Barbados (IHB) for this year’s Staycation campaign - ‘Staycation the 246 way’ - which was jointly launched recently, aimed at encouraging and reminding Barbadians that they can enjoy their vacations right at home.


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BHTA PARTNERS WITH US EMBASSY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO EDUCATE ON ‘CRIMES THAT AFFECT THE INDUSTRY’
Published on August 25, 2017

IN OUR ongoing commitment to provide relevant training for our membership, the   BHTA recently partnered with the United States (US) Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce and the Overseas Security Advisory Council to host a one-day programme on crime in the sector.


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BHTA HOSTS FIRST ART OF CUISINE FEATURING THE USE OF LOCAL PRODUCE
Published on August 25, 2017

AS PART OF our 65th Anniversary celebrations the BHTA hosted its inaugural Art of Cuisine – Barbados Meets the World culinary festival.

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BHTA AND BDOA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL DIVE FEST BARBADOS TO ENCOURAGE MORE VISITORS TO THE ISLAND
Published on August 25, 2017

IN our continued efforts to market the island and encourage more visitors to choose Barbados as their destination of choice, the BHTA partnered with the Barbados Dive Operators Association (BDOA), the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) for the island’s first Dive Fest Barbados.


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MEMBERS URGED TO CONTINUE TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST AT 65TH ANNIVERSARY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Published on June 29, 2017
“Give your best and encourage all others to do the same.” these were the words of advice from Rev. Jillian S. Crawford as she delivered the sermon during our 65th Anniversary Church Service held at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church earlier this month.
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