Zievinger: Keep Barbados attractive, clean
General Manager of Sandals Royal Barbados Ferry Zievinger is pleading with Barbadians to keep the island as an attractive destination.
He said it was important all Barbadians got connected and recognised how important tourism was and how it could benefit them.
“It’s very important to make sure that Barbados stays very positive and safe. In the times that we are heading into, it’s important that every single person in Barbados knows how important tourism really is to this country,” he said.
Zievinger was speaking to the MIDWEEK NATION at an event at Sandals Royal where 19 radio stations from across the United States broadcast live about Barbados to millions back in their country.
He stressed it was important for the country to recognise any challenges and rectify them.
“I’m not from Barbados but this is my island for the last three years. This is where my bread and butter is, where my company and family is. If it goes well with Barbados, it goes well with me and my family. We have to make sure that we take action to counter those challenges immediately,” he said.
Not making sport
Zievinger said once action was taken, then the outside world would know the country was serious and not about making sport.
“Take actions, but most importantly, make sure everyone is on board. Make sure Barbados stays safe, clean. Make sure the people are friendly and not only to visitors, but to each other and create a nice atmosphere. You can build all the beautiful hotels, but it’s the people in the building that makes it a good experience. That’s why the people will come back again and again,” he said.
Sandals Manager noted, though, that Barbadians had it in them to keep the island as a popular, attractive tourist destination since they were “naturally friendly and nice people”.
“The people from Barbados are very proud of the island they represent. They know everything about the history. the island is beautiful. It’s the perfect combination to attract visitors back.” (DB)
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