Package bookings, which combine components like flights and hotels, usually attract travelers who spend more money, have longer lengths of stay, and book further in advance, said Expedia.
For the first quarter of 2017, provisional estimates provided by the Central Bank of Barbados show that the country had 192,000 long stay arrivals, an increase of 8,100, or 4.4% over the 183,900 for the same period last year.
The tourism minister said that the demographic Barbados has attracted over its sixty years in tourism has tended to be older, and as millennials were the ones dominating the travel market today, “We have to understand that their needs and expectations are different.”
“What we are going to be doing is capitalizing on the brand new accommodation that we’ve got on the island and the increased awareness that we have, especially in the U.S,” says the BTMI's CEO, Billy Griffith.
The central bank said economic activity in the sector had increased by 4.1% over the same period in 2016.
Senior Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Leslie Rollock,said the outbreak of the disease on the south coast, where there has been a massive sewage problem for the past few weeks, was due to contaminated water being ingested, directly or indirectly.
The invasion force of sewage, dirty water, and stench is ruining the enjoyment of the south coast for both residents and visitors, and damaging our tourist industry and maybe our health. Our technocrats report that there’s “a major blockage in its pipes at Worthing, Christ Church.”
The BWA’s Waste Water Division is on the job flushing blocked lines, and installing a link to Bridgetown's sewage system.
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. has partnered with the Expedia Group to enhance the tourism agency’s year-long promotional campaign, dubbed “the Year of Culinary Experiences 2018.”
The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and Copa Airlines recently co-hosted a media breakfast in Panama City for the official signing of the partnership agreement.
CEO of Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. Billy Griffith says Barbados is poised to have an even better outturn for tourism for 2018 than it did in 2017, although that was itself another record-breaking year.
The present town planning legislation had restrictions on both “vertical building” and “gaming tables” which other destinations offered and thus making it harder for Barbados to compete.