Calling it a major accomplishment for the island, Chairman of the Association, Roseanne Myers said, “On behalf of the BHTA Board, I want to extend congratulations to the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., the Barbados Tourism Product Authority, all BHTA members and our private sector partners, Barbados Community College’s Hospitality Institute’s staff members, every single employee in the industry and all other players who contributed. Job well done.
“All Barbadians should be truly proud of this achievement and the fact that we won with the highest overall world score of the 144 countries included and ahead of destinations like Seychelles and Bermuda. Barbados was also ranked highest in the Americas region.”
Pointing out that Barbados also scored highest in the Accommodation category, she said: “This is a testament to the hard work of BHTA member properties who strive to ensure excellent standards are kept and delivered daily. We thank you for your dedication to this very important industry.
“This win for Barbados is a clear indication that Government’s decision to offer incentives for the industry to upgrade and remain competitive is reaping results and rewards. If the incentives were more easily accessible, one could only imagine the level of renovations and refurbishments which could take place across the board to ensure that Barbados stays at the top in global tourism.”
More than 70,000 global travellers from 24 source markets selected this year’s DSI winners by rating their trips across the globe throughout 2017. In addition to assessing the accommodation, food and quality of beaches, they also gave feedback on their personal security, level of hospitality and the total cost-benefit-ratio of the trip.
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