As Barbados is a tourism-based economy, go social with caution

Published on : Saturday, September 2, 2017

Barbados tourism industryLately, calypsonian the singer who became famous by singing ‘Barbados is still my home’ and 2017 Pic-o-de Crop monarch Ian ‘iWeb’ Webster has cautioned fellow Barbadians to be watchful while going social in the internet.

But that doesn’t mean the singer is telling commoners to ignore the danger or to conceal the facts. He simply requested by saying that, “Everything has to be, I believe, understood in context and that is something I believe people tend to overlook. Rather than gather all of the facts, we kind of do surface analysis and then run with the quickest thing that comes to our heads to say. When it comes to Barbados especially with the technological era and social media and such like, we really got to be very, very careful what we put out there.”

While sharing thoughts with Loop News yesterday, Webster said that he returned from Canada a couple of days back. In that trip, while having dinner one night, someone said to him, “I’m really concerned about what is happening in Barbados; all of this violence and all of this kind of stuff.” He also mentioned that the gentleman equally highlighted the fact about the government and economic woes.

“So, yes we have challenges and that’s a fact. You can’t get away from those challenges but we also got to look at the broader picture that Barbados is a tourist destination and when we put all of this stuff out there, people who are overseas, persons who are in all the various target markets in terms of tourism, when they see these things, they will become concerned for their safety.”

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