7% increase for region

01 August 2015

INTERNATIONAL TOURISM demand continued to be robust between January and April, with tourist arrivals increasing four per cent worldwide, according to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation Barometer (UNWTO). Read More


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Is region ready for IMF pain?

31 July 2015

SPEAKING TO A BROOKLYN AUDIENCE of Bajans, Senator Dr Esther Byer, Barbados’ Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, let slip an observation that seemingly went over most people’s heads. Read More


Oil company wants to look offshore too

31 July 2015

THERE ARE POTENTIALLY up to 50 billion barrels of oil in Barbados’ waters, and a group of investors which has already committed to recovering hydrocarbons onshore is positioning itself to explore offshore. Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Good for growing crops and fruit

30 July 2015

THE PURSUIT OF a greener path to economic development is attractive to Barbados, especially given its limitations in size and dependence on natural resources and fossil fuels. A green economy approach gives consideration to the level of its available natural resources... Read More


ON THE LEFT: Untapped potential in seaweed farming

30 July 2015

SEAWEED FARMING at sea is proving an increasingly competitive biomass production alternative for food and related uses. Farmed seaweed output has been growing exponentially, reaching 24 million tonnes by 2012. Remarkably, 99 per cent of this production occurred in merely... Read More


THE ISSUE: Sargassum some benefits to agriculture

30 July 2015

MINISTER OF FINANCE and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler called it “downright scary” and “a potentially mammoth threat” that Government was allocating $1 million for the Ministry of the Environment to combat. Read More


Caribbean still No. 1 for cruising

29 July 2015

COMPETITION FOR MARKET SHARE has intensified, but the Caribbean is still expected to be on top of the cruise world this year. In its Cruise Industry Overview 2015, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) said: “ growth, the Caribbean continues... Read More


US $583 million C&W revenue

29 July 2015

FRESH FROM ITS MERGER with Columbus and launch of the new FLOW brand in Barbados, Cable & Wireless Communications is reporting an improved financial performance. Last week in its first quarter trading update the company said group revenue was US$583 million, a four... Read More


Coconut opportunity

28 July 2015

THE HEAD OF A Barbados delegation in China last week has concluded that there is scope for the island to develop an industry using coconuts. Read More


AS I SEE THINGS: Evolution of cricket and thought

28 July 2015

IF THERE IS ONE THING most people in the Caribbean would agree with, it would have to be the love we all associate with the “gentleman’s” game of cricket. Read More


THE HOYOS FILE: Turning the Constitution on its head

27 July 2015

SUCH MAY HAVE BEEN the dilemma concentrating the mind of Dr Doolittle as he watched, over several weeks, the build-up of opposition by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) to the forced retirement of 13 employees of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.... Read More


BARBADOS EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION: Where HR and occupational safety meet

26 July 2015

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY and health and human resource management are usually viewed as separate and distinct from each other, however, this is far from the case. Read More


Rise in ‘intransits’ as well

26 July 2015

LONG-STAY VISITORS are not the only ones arriving in Barbados in increasing numbers. Read More


Marketing initiative for small farmers

25 July 2015

HUNDREDS OF BARBADIAN farmers stand to reap the benefits of a special initiative where a larger amount of local produce will be sold to the cruise industry and grocery trade. Read More


10-MINUTE MANAGER: Antoine Williams

25 July 2015

ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be? I truly believe that all journeys are purposeful and of divine nature. Read More


TOURISM MATTERS: All work and no pay

24 July 2015

A RECENT SURVEY released through the United States Travel Association (USTA) and conducted by Oxford Economics concluded that last year American workers walked away from US$52.4 billion in unused vacation time, forfeiting a total of 169 million paid days off. Read More


Improved tax system a must

24 July 2015

BARBADOS IS UNLIKELY to get the sustainable economic growth it seeks unless steps are taken to improve its tax structure, while also reducing transactional barriers and costs affecting its business environment. Read More


1% growth expected

23 July 2015

THE BARBADOS ECONOMY expanded by an estimated 0.5 per cent during the first half of the year, thanks to an encouraging tourism performance. Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Okay to use it, but do so wisely

22 July 2015

FOLKS WANT BEEF not salad. In the world of marketing and social media, it is official: content is king. Read More


ON THE LEFT: Marketers looking for what works best

22 July 2015

TWITTER, YOUTUBE and LinkedIn hold the top spots for future plans. A significant 66 per cent of marketers plan on increasing their use of these social networks. Read More


THE ISSUE: Media of choice for most

22 July 2015

A LARGE NUMBER of Barbadian businesses have a Facebook page. In fact, many of them have a dedicated space on this social media network but do not own a website. Read More




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