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Rough winter


CARLOS ATWELL

Rough winter

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WHILE SOME HOTELS are recording bumper bookings from the just-ended winter season, some of those who interact with tourists on the street level are reporting tough times, mostly due to the inclusive packages on offer.

Member of the Bridgetown Port Taxi Co-operative Society Ltd, Kenneth “Stobey” Knight, said they were not operating on a fair playing field.

“The ships have been coming in but it’s 75 percent to 25 percent in favour of the tour companies. In fact, some of the jobs we used to capitalise on before, they are now getting,” he told the NATION in Lower Broad Street, The City, yesterday.

After the Sandals, Barbados Resorts prestige staff awards last week, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. chairman Sunil Chatrani said this winter season was stronger than last year’s, while Sandals general manager Ramel Sobrino said the demand for their product was exceeding their supply.

However, these numbers did not seem to be trickling down in terms of profits, as beach vendor “Peter” said it had been “brutal”.

 

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