BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday March 13, 2017 – More than BDS$30 million (US$15 million) is being spent this year on refurbishment and upgrade of hotels across Barbados.
Among the properties to undergo renovations and upgrades this year are South Gap and Yellow Bird Hotels, Cobblers Cove Hotel, Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Discovery Bay, Sugar Cane Club, The Club Barbados, Accra Beach hotel, Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Beach View and Little Arches.
However, perhaps the most significant investments in terms of dollar figure, will come from Sea Breeze, which is set to invest an estimated BDS$14 million (US$7 million); the Elegant Group (BDS$10.2 million/US$5.1 million); and Divi Southwinds (BDS$6 million/US$3 million).
Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Rudy Grant says changes are also on the cards for the island’s airport, the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) to improve the product and visitor experience.
“Excessively long delays, extremely long queues and an unwelcoming environment is not the first impression we should provide for our visitors,” Grant said.
Changes will include the addition of 16 automated passport control kiosks in the arrivals terminal to be used initially by Caribbean Community nationals; the introduction of scanners in the customs area in the arrivals terminal; the reintroduction of sniffer dogs in the arrivals terminal; the removal of immigration at departure; and the removal of a portion of the wall in the arrivals terminal.