Barbados properties AAA rated
by Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
Government says it will create new laws for the tourism sector to recognise international brands like Zagat and AAA.
Tourism Minister Noel Lynch says the concept of Green Globe certification has already been ensrhined in law and government feels expanding the range of standards can help to further develop the tourism industry.
Minister lynch made the comment as Barbados launched the 2008 hotel guidebook featuring AAA Diamond rated accommodations.
Meantime Tourism officials say the launch of the guidebook on AAA properties is another first for the island.
Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Authority Stuart Layne says the AAA brand will be adopted as a national standard.
“AAA has a database of 50 million members and who visit their website to check the properties before they actually purchase. Since Barbados does not have a lot of well known brand name properties what this means especially in the United States and Canadian market finally there will be an international standard you can use in choosing a property on Barbados.”
Mr. Layne says the world class rating creates a huge distribution channel for the island's product.
“We will have space on their website and all our properties will be listed and clients from their database will be able to identify properties on this island and probably chose Barbados over another island because we have these AAA rated properties.”
Other Caribbean destinations with AAA rated properties include Jamaica and Nevis.