Government is pouring cold water on the notion that there have been mass cancellations heading into the winter tourism season.
In fact, Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins said based on reports she has received, bookings have placed the majority of hotels above 70 per cent capacity.
This is contrary to the cries of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), which earlier reported there were several cancellations.
Cummins was responding to a question from the DAILY NATION following the pomp and ceremony to herald the inaugural service of Irish airline Aer Lingus from Manchester, England, to Bridgetown at Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday. She said since the announcement in June that Barbados was on the United Kingdom’s (UK) green list, forward bookings went up fourfold and there had been no abatement to this trend.