Barbados tourism minister wants Caribbean Airlines and LIAT to reduce rates
By Oscar Ramjeet
Caribbean Net News Special Correspondent
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Barbados is in constant discussions with Caribbean Airlines and LIAT to address the issue of higher inter-regional airfares.
The Barbados Advocate reported that the Tourism Minister Richard Sealy said, "We are trying to see what we can do about the price of airfares in the region. It is a problem and we are working on it. This is a tourism issue because CARICOM is our third largest market and at one stage was our fastest growing so we have to continue to work on that."
Barbados Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy
Sealey told the Barbados Advocate that despite the global economic crisis, the country needed to remember that Barbados was still a “very desirable” place.
“People are still traveling. People are still going to take vacations; therefore we just have to work harder and smarter to make sure we continue to get our fair share of the tourism market,” Sealey said.
Speaking about marketing Barbados in other countries, he said, "We are being cautious as far as new markets are concerned. Yes we have to pursue them, but there is a limit to the resources that we have. Even though we are spending close to $100 million to market tourism and that is a record, we still have to be careful how we deploy our esources."
The Tourism Minister added, "We put some emphasis on Canada. We are trying to up our marketing in the United Kingdom as well."