Barbados tourism official urges islanders to stay home


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A Barbados tourism official is urging islanders to stay close to home during this year’s summer season to help get the Caribbean country’s economy back on track.

Michelle Smith-Mayers is assistant vice president of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. She says more “staycations” would significantly help boost tourism revenue this summer.

She said Sunday that a “staycation is about developing domestic tourism.”

The Barbados Central Bank announced in July that the tourism-dependent island’s economy was in a recession.

“Staycation” is a slang term for a vacation spent at home. It was among 100 new words added to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary last year.