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LETTER: Thanks for the island hospitality

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I want to “big-up”/commend Barbados for its generosity to visitors despite its tourism economy being hard hit by the cancellation of flights from Canada. Barbados has chosen to give its guests rebates for their accommodation beyond three days in hotel quarantine. Their government did not have to do this.

Tourism is the mainstay for this tiny island and it relies on it heavily all year, particularly on sun-seekers in winter. The pandemic has hit Barbados and other small Caribbean islands very hard.

When travel opens up again after vaccination brings COVID-19 under control, I hope Canadians will remember this island’s generosity and choose Barbados for their holiday destination.

I regularly visit Barbados and stay with family for four months in winter. I am very happy to say I am here until May by choice, not because of flight cancellations due to the Canadian government’s restrictions. Moreover, I am better off here because I have got my first shot of Astra-Zeneca vaccination and will have the second one before I return to Canada. Not being a Barbadian citizen, their government could easily have denied me. Another tribute to Barbados’ generosity.

Thank you, Barbados!

Angela Baker
Corner Brook

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