Conditions must be met for Barbadian hoteliers to earn concessions: According to Finance Minister

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There are a number of stipulations that the BHTA will have to observe in going forward. Barbadian Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler‘s comments came just after he told those attending the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s Third Quarterly General Meeting that the matter of the concessions had been resolved and they would have access as soon as next week.

{APOLOGIES TO BARBADOS ADVOCATE} Nevertheless, the Minister cautioned while these tax concessions will have a major impact, they must not delude themselves into believing that tax concessions alone will bring Barbados back to where this country needs to be, as there's still some work that needs to be done to get  Barbados on par with other quality tourism destinations. (CLICK FOR BIGGER)

{APOLOGIES TO BARBADOS ADVOCATE & SUE SPRINGER} Nevertheless, the Minister cautioned while these tax concessions will have a major impact, they must not delude themselves into believing that tax concessions alone will bring Barbados back to where this country needs to be, as there’s still some work that needs to be done to get Barbados on par with other quality tourism destinations. (CLICK FOR BIGGER)

BHTA members must first sign off on the negotiated memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association and the Barbados Agricultural Society, before accessing the benefits of the programme. He said that he understands that the draft MOU is in an advanced stage and should be signed off on soon, so it should not be an impediment.

The industry players also heard that hotels which take advantage of the regime will also have to agree to adopt Triple A (AAA) standards for hotels which use the Diamond classification; and they must also agree to the use of Zagat ratings for restaurants. His comments came as he said that the participating hotels must agree under the scheme to the training of staff in accordance with programmes identified by the BHTA as well as the Ministry of Tourism.

He acknowledged that while the initiative will benefit restaurants located in hotels, it will create potentially a level of dislocation for off property restaurants in the sector, but gave the assurance that the matter was being looked at and they are working to ensure that over time those entities could be included. {ORIGINAL DATA COURTESY: Barbados Advocate}

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