Over the past few weeks new Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Roseanne Myers, has been paying courtesy visits to a number of Government officials, key stakeholders and business partners on the island; to present the main priorities of the Association and seek areas of synergy that can be further developed for the benefit of the membership and sector.
Since taking up the voluntary position in mid-June, Myers has met with Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Esther Byer-Suckoo; Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss; and their senior teams; where discussions included the major opportunities and challenges the sector is managing and the need for facilitation from those ministries.
Meetings were also held with the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. (BTII), Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Barbados Workers Union (BWU), and the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS).
Myers also paid visits to a number of local media houses including the Nation Publishing, The Barbados Advocate, Starcom Network Inc, Barbados Today, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and Loop News Barbados, which are significant to ensuring the focus is on the broader tourism sector.
“We need to be able to change the perception of the BHTA and showcase the emerging young leaders, entrepreneurs and wide range of member services outside of accommodation, like suppliers, attractions, car rentals, destination management companies and the contribution they make to the industry.
“The sessions were all extremely productive with the exchange of pertinent information and the start of discussions on a number of possible joint-venture programmes and projects, which we will certainly follow-up on and work hand-in-hand with our partners to execute and make each a reality,” Myers noted.