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 Post subject: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:27 am 
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former bhta president praises impact of south coast development on island's tourism

The involvement of ordinary people and the wide diversity of the product have contributed significantly to the development of tourism on the South Coast and across Barbados.

General Manager of Divi Southwinds and former president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Alvin Jemmott, highlighted these factors as he delivered a special Oistins Fish Festival lecture this evening.

In a comprehensive presentation that examined several aspects of South Coast tourism, Jemmott stressed: [I]t would be a sad mistake to try to measure the contribution of the South Coast by hotel occupancy or economic values alone. Fishermen like George Haynes, Allan Bradshaw and Steven Cox who operate in the Oistins area, would not have had a trade without the tourism product on the South Coast of the island.

"This very popular entertainment spot in Oistins, which also provides employment opportunities for so many other Barbadians could have passed us by.

"At the macro level, our ability to expand in the various source markets as we have over the last 60 years would have been compromised based on our size. But Barbados has a very diverse tourism product, which takes place both at the demographical and the physiographical level.

"When one reflects on the turbulent time of the travel industry over the last 60 years, we are perhaps fortunate to have such diversity. Other countries which tend to be more reliant on one major source market suffer severely when there is an economic downturn from that feeder market.

"Barbados has been able, over the last 60 years to shift major source markets more easily than other destinations. The South Coast development has played a significant role in helping Barbados to achieve the level of product diversity, which we currently have today, with the apartments/self catering and non-accommodation sectors of the tourism product."

Investment in human resources critical

After giving a breakdown of the contribution of the South Coast to the tourism industry in the areas of employment and room stock, when compared with the West Coast, the Barbados Tourism Authority board member made it clear though that investment in people for the future development of the sector was critical.

"In terms of developing our people for senior leadership, take a look at the management structure of hotels in Barbados, and you may find that there are more local general managers, financial controllers, chefs, assistant managers, chief engineers and human resource manager among the management professionals on the South Coast," Jemmott said.

"Our exit surveys report that the number one reason people give for their willingness to return to Barbados is our people. The amount of interaction between our visitors and our people, especially in areas like The Gap and Oistins is unquestionable.

"Our number one asset, our people, would not have been exposed in the way that they have, without the contribution of the South Coast. There is no doubt that South Coast tourism has been a catalyst for tourism generally in Barbados.

"The midrange tourists tend to be the ones who wish to get out of their rooms and explore Barbados. Spending takes place directly in our tourism products and benefits are realised by all businesses, which support tourism in Barbados when this type of exploration takes place."

While addressing guests at the official Oistins Fish Festival event, the veteran hotelier noted the importance of festivals to the success the country has achieved.

"Just take a look at the returning nationals staying in hotels, guest houses during our Crop-Over Festival, and see how important the South Coast's contribution has been to tourism development in Barbados.

"Festivals are extremely important to the island's year-round tourism efforts. It is for this expressed reason, that the Crop-Over Festival was positioned in the summer. In relation to our ability to sustain our airlift, we needed to create opportunities, which drove volume during the traditional off peak seasons.

"Festivals, together with a flexible rate structure, facilitated this approach. Additionally, this strategy ensured that we were still able to attract the higher yielding business due to the availability of the airlift."

Source:http://news.barbadostoday.bb/barticlenew.php?ptitle=South%20Coast%20a%20gem&article=4800&pdate=2011-04-20

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:00 am 
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Interesting read Frankie.


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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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Great read :)

I will be doing my bit for the Bim economy next week :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:42 am 
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Interesting, but do I detect an attitude of ''development is good'' & they see this as progress to commercialise the whole place?
I have only been going to BDS for about 20 years & have seen (to my recollection) Holetown go from a sleepy sorta place to a relatively busy one, 1st & 2nd streets were full of little shops & about the only place was Nico's. The building is creeping, some say galloping up the coast, I can't believe they are building condos nobody seems to be able to afford or want, knocking down charming old houses to make room for modern monstrosities. Let's be honest the whole of the South is now a resort area whether we like it or not, & the West is catching up. Still as I have often said it ain't my island & it's none of my business I suppose.

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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johnthed0g wrote:
Let's be honest the whole of the South is now a resort area whether we like it or not, & the West is catching up. Still as I have often said it ain't my island & it's none of my business I suppose.


Still talking out of your backside I see.

Silver Sands Beach, South Coast in peak season last February.


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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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Still unpleasant I see.
I would call Silver Sands South East & not in the Resort area, as they have closed the hotel I expect it was quiet. You can take a picture of a view out to sea anywhere they all look like ..well..sea, so what?

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:24 pm 
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So enlighten me John, where does this "whole of the South resort" actually start and finish?


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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:50 pm 
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Sorry, I thought you would know.. roughly Hastings to Oistins I would say, where all the hotels, clubs, bars etc. are. Isn't the fact the area is tourist centred is the point of the original article. What is the problem?

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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What is the problem?
That's easily answered, it's YOU and your pointless comments spoiling what was a pleasant forum. You appear to want to belittle everything posted on here to the point of driving away most of the regular posters. How on earth you can feel qualified to pontificate on current aspects of Barbados when you have spent more time on this forum than you have in there in the last few years.
No doubt this comment will provoke outrage on your part but I will tell you now,before you accuse me, I am not a stalker or a troll, merely someone very fond of Barbados.


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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:57 am 
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UKML what I think of you could not be published.
What spoils forums is people like you who get it in their head that they are the forum police, looking for argument where there is none. As for "pontificating" I have merely passed a relevent comment on the OP, you appear to be the one delivering the lecture on what to say & how to say it.
As for my frequency of visits I don't see what bearing this has on observing the Islands development, I do however say [''Still as I have often said it ain't my island & it's none of my business I suppose.''b][b]Please explain what it is that you find so offensive in my comments which are about development on the island & the subject of the OP...[ "former bhta president praises impact of south coast development on island's tourism''
Perhaps you even have an opinion of your own on the Original post?

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:53 pm 
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Everyone on this forum is here because they love Barbados. So let us all appreciate what this small island can offer us.

John, I am sure you mean well but do you need to answer posts in such a confrontational way?

I feel very sorry for the people that you attack, having been on the sharp end of your barbed comments myself. There is no regular contributor on here that is a stalker or troll.

Do you even realise the upset you cause? Personally, I had sleepless nights when you accused me of being a stalker but perhaps that is the reaction that you wanted.

Barbados is the most beautiful island and we should all appreciate it for what it is and promote it in the right way.


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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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Confrontational...how? I just said that the building work is creeping up the coast. Isn't it then? I suggest you re-read my reply to the OP.
BB who have I attacked? I said someone was unpleasant because they said I was speaking out of my backside, is that not allowed?
BB, you trawled the internet to find out my identity what do you call that? I want NO reaction from you, other than no contact whatsoever, you do not impress me.
If people don't want to be upset then don't be rude to me, if you can't take it back don't even start.
As for promoting the island the truth goes a long way in my book.
Why, BB & UKML, do you think it is OK to make personal remarks on this site about me? I have merely answered a post, you two have just engaged in a personal attack on me & yet you say it is ME causing upset.

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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Whoopsadys. I don't trawl the Internet looking for people, I have better things to do. This is harassment.


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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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No BB, harassment is making negative or unpleasant comments on threads, especially if it is of no direct concern of yours, comment on the content of the post not the poster. You are funny sometimes, how can you say you are harassed when you choose to make comments & lecture others?
So do you now say you did not try to find out how we got on at Crufts last year by researching online even after I was reluctant to say myself?? Then post your findings on this site?

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 Post subject: Re: South Coast A Gem
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I think that you are being silly now.

Do you really think that my main in life is to see what you have been doing. Get real.

You are probably a very nice person in reality.


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