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Barbados tourism chief wants local support

Regional 20 Mar, 2020 Follow News

Bridgetown, Barbados is seeing more local patronage

Barbadians are being advised to take staycaytions by Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds to help rebalance the lack of foreign visitors because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Symmonds said that Barbadians must now embrace their country, stay home and spend money with businesses. He said: “This country has to realise that this is not the summer to get on a plane and go to Disney World because Disney shutdown. This country needs to understand that this is not the summer to go to New York City and shop at Macy’s because there is a greater risk there and here.

“This country needs to understand that there are hotels in Barbados and experiences in St John and in St Thomas and in St Joseph which are of a high quality sought after by Europeans, Canadians and Americans and that we in Barbados can help keep ourselves employed by doing a little bit of staycation and linking it to the attractions of Barbados.

“That Barbados can do this is within all possibility but what we need to do is to go there as a team.

Symmonds also encouraged Barbadians to patronise other CARICOM territories during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “The reality is the risk is far less in CARICOM than it is other parts of the world. We have to keep our hotel and our attractions open for business.”

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