Tourism figures down in Q1

Tourism figures down in Q1
27 Apr
2017

With a reduction in the level of occupancy for the first quarter of this year, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association says it is carefully monitoring changing travel habits.

Chairman Roseanne Myers says there was a drop in occupancy by about two percent between January and March.

She says they have noticed a trend, where instead of booking their holiday in the traditional winter months, a lot of visitors are now travelling during the slower periods because the rates offered are much better.

Mrs. Myers was speaking during a media conference at Bayfield House to give an update on the sector.

Chief Executive Officer Rudy Grant says the BHTA will be working with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc to promote several new programmes to attract more visitors.

One of them is the Brilliant Barbados Kids Stay and Play Free programme. Children under the age of 16 stay free at member properties and play free at several attractions.

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