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BTA head upbeat

Randy Bennett

BTA head upbeat

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APRIL was a good month for tourist arrivals in Barbados, even though some hotels did not do well.
And, judging from the way 2014 has progressed so far, said chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) Adrian Elcock, 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for tourist arrivals out of the United States.
Speaking at the launch of JetBlue’s 190-seat A321 aircraft at the Grace Adams Suite at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday, Elcock admitted the jump in visitors was welcome.
“We were actually up 2.6 per cent in April and that is a good effort and good work by all of our people.
“I am confident in saying that as we turn the year 2014 into 2015 that we will return to growth out of the United States of America,” he said.
“We are on the right trajectory; we believe that we have aligned all of our dots in a row. There will be more announcements like this coming shortly and I think we will be in a very good position where all of our airline partners and hotel partners will do very well,” he added.
Elcock said people had taken the recent comments that some hotels had been experiencing challenges made by executive vice-president at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Sue Springer, out of context. (RB)