Barbados Tourism Minister disavows knowledge of Obsolete Facebook Pages, while British Airways Willie Walsh contends Shipping emits more CO2 than aviation

Richard Sealy, Barbados ‘ Minister of Tourism was surprised to learn that the BTA’s UK & USA Facebook pages had no new updates since July this year – especially surprising since his enlightened plea for Tourism stakeholders to use Social Media as a viable means of promoting Barbados. Speaking recently at the Savannah hotel on plans to boost Barbados’ airlift from Calgary, Dublin and Dallas, Mr Sealy was amazed at this development and directed Bajan Reporter to speak with the BTA’s Marketing Director Averil Byer.

Richard Sealy at the Savannah Hotel recently

The Web Magazine indicated to the Cabinet Minister that Ms Byer refused to comment on the embarrassing  development, which up to the printing of this article remains uncorrected, and Mr Sealy had promised to investigate the matter… We await his Update?

Averil Byer was quite rude and still is yet to look into why these Pages have not been kept current, she should be thanking Social Media for keeping her alert

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER PHOTO - One of the FB pages which lapsed into a coma before Kadooment this year?

Mr Sealy addressed regional media at the official launch of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s Leadership Strategy Seminar, this session’s keynote address came from Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways who spoke to the debilitation of Great Britain’s tax known as Airline Passenger Duty (APD) and he slammed it vigorously, however what was needed is to learn if APD cannot be removed, then what other measures can ameliorate the effects of this punitive measure.

Walsh (who made Aer Lingus see a profit after 9/11, still considered phenomenal) told participants at Hilton Barbados that BA is in a partnership with Rolls Royce to see Carbon Emissions drop even further by 2014

APD was devised under Gordon Brown’s Labour regime so as to address the ‘Carbon Footprint‘ left behind in exhaust trails of jets across the planet especially from England. However, all it is initially doing – even in the aftermath of UK’s new Coalition Admin – is reducing British travel. The Bajan Reporter asked the former head of Aer Lingus what can be done instead of abolishing the tax and here is Mr Walsh’s answer {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The BA’s top executive says there are airlines looking at a Global Sectoral approach, where Aviation is almost treated as a country and incentives and penalties can be earned or demerited for those complying environmentally

(L to R) British Airways' CEO Willie Walsh & BA's Network Manager Colm Lacey at a press briefing at Needham's Point

Mr Walsh also outlined how the aviation industry as a whole has sought to minimise emissions and is in the process of seeking to develop either less Carbon-Emitting fuel or a more potent bio-diesel which can meet Air Travel standards. This Web Magazine carried it one step further and asked which leaves a greater “FootprintCruise Ships or Airplanes? {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

In terms of Man-Made CO2 Emissions, Walsh says Shipping altogether – not just the Cruise Industry – has a 3% “footprint” asopposed to Aviation’s 2%; even as Aviation continues to drive down these emissions through new technology as they have sought for the last two decades

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