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"Mixed" results for Barbados holidays and the island's tourism industry

  • 04-Jul-10 15:19
  • Barbados
  • Holiday Industry

Even when the country has been doing well in terms of the large inflow of visitors it has received from Canada and the U.S, the declining number of British travellers choosing this destination is a worrying sign of alert for Barbados' tourism authorities.

"Mixed" results for Barbados holidays and the island's tourism industry

Whilst Barbados holidays might not be exactly suffering the effects of the current global financial climate the island is not exactly sailing through the tourism world adversities either as results revealing the number of visitors who had taken trips to the island during the first quarter of 2010 fluctuated according to where the tourists came from. As a result, the Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy described as "mixed" the Island tourism results for the first five months of 2010.

Sealy said to the annual Caribbean Tourism Organization’s week in New York that the ups and downs in 2010's first five months could be seen as successful and particularly beneficial to the Barbados holidays industry when it came to the skyrocketing arrivals from Canada and the United States but devastating and worrying when it came to a slide in the number of tourists from the United Kingdom.

He also expressed his concern about the overall decline in spending by tourists, who are being more pocket tight when it came to splashing the cash during their Barbados holidays. In addition to this, on a lighter, more positive note the minister also added that he became excited over the introduction of a weekly air service out of Brazil, one that would open up that country’s growing market and raise the possibility of tourists coming from elsewhere in South America – Argentina, for example – they are keeping an eye on developments in the European Union, especially Greece, which in Sealy’s words could “easily pull the entire world’s” economy and financial health “right back down again”.

“We are holding to our projection for growth this year,” he said. Whether the number of UK travellers could continue sliding downwards or not is yet to see but one thing is for certain, the country will do all it can to spruce up its appeal so that British holidaymakers can take interest in Barbados holidays once again.

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