Canadian consultant thinks Barbados’ Tourism Minister needs to be more proactive: Bob Verdun speaks out in George Street headquarters: 2 of 3

I am going to start this article by saying in my view I do believe that Richard Sealy has been very active in his Cabinet portfolio recently (while not hard to do, more so than Denis Lowe in Environment), perhaps what may be more appropriate to say is that he prefers the Sports aspect of Tourism rather than watching a Mudda Sally jump on a Brit for laughs somewhere on the West Coast in the latest launch of Summer season at whatever resort.

Misiter Sealy seated with the Caribbean Golf Association's Executive at Almond Beach Resort

Misiter Sealy seated with the Caribbean Golf Association's Executive at Almond Beach Resort

Richard was at the Segway Polo Championships finale and also at the Opening Ceremony of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, but then Bob Verdun will say that’s exactly it – he attends openings and closings but what about in between?

It is strange that for a talk on improving Tourism without spending a penny, there was no representative from Minister’s Sealy jurisprudence nor the BHTA apart from Tourism Authority! Yes, the heads of each Tourism organisation were in Brazil for the debut of GOL flights to Barbados – but not even a Parliamentary Secretary?

How far from George Street is 4th Avenue Belleville? That's where the official HQ of the BHTA is located.

How far from George Street is 4th Avenue Belleville? That's where the official HQ of the BHTA is located.

As for BHTA, it’s understandable their new President will be on board the first trip… Even if Executive Vice President Sue was by Rio de Janeiro then surely Michelle Smith could stay back and attend and pick up some ideas? The same applies to the Barbados Tourism Authority – as it was? Only two Cabinet members attended Mr Verdun’s lunchtime lecture. House Speaker Michael Carrington & Economic Affairs Minister David Estwick (very well behaved, never grabbed at his ankle once).

One of Barbados' most famous Canadians, Bob Verdun, making a point down at George St recently.

One of Barbados' most famous Canadians, Bob Verdun, making a point down at George St recently.

At Bob’s speech, he gave an indication he was not very surprised since there appears to be a case history {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

Verdun attended the Sustainable Tourism Conference in May and was surprised when Minister Sealy left the opening to go to his office right there in Two Mile Hill, there were seminars on many ideas, like controlling the Cruise industry which Sealy missed.

This was in stark contrast to how Anguilla’s First Minister and Tourism Minister reacted to the same conference {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The Anguillian delegates went to every seminar and sought advice from everyone, to make it easier when maintaining their upscale tourism destination status – Verdun sees Barbados needing to learn much from the British dependency.

Minister Estwick by the pictures on the wall, note only one young person attends the lecture - DLP needs to draw more youngsters to bolster its efficacy

Minister Estwick by the pictures on the wall, note only one young person attends the lecture - DLP needs to draw more youngsters to bolster its efficacy

But Minister Sealy nor his Ministry could not even rebut the assertion as no one attended the DLP’s lunchtime lecture. In our final installment on the discourse, we examine Bob Verdun’s noise fetish and see if he goes too far in his comments on objecting to what happens here in Barbados with Ice Cream trucks…

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  1. Your blog is gaining more popularity thanks to portals like Facebook and other social media – your links are appearing fairly often now. Thanks again for your view on your own homeland.

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