Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the benefits of joining the company?
- Marketing of hotels via website or attendance at tradeshows, consumer shows, print and advertising media.
- Provision of yearly training programmes and sensitization or awareness workshops, eg. Training on the Employment Rights Agreement or Sexual Harassment Bill.
- Placement in the IHB brochure, which would use as a marketing tool.
- Placement of member specials on the IHB website, Facebook page and IG account.
- Facilitate Familiarisation trips & Site inspections.
- Use of traditional media such as magazines, newspaper and television for brand building in both the national, regional and international market.
- Use of non-traditional marketing methods, digital advertising, social media advertising, etc.
- Assist in the reduction and management of costs for all hotels in the group through bulk purchasing and negotiation.
- Assist with reservations from Tour Operators and Travel Agents.
- Sponsorship of local and regional events thereby increasing recognition of the brand.
- Provision of marketing and promotional support of all members.
- Liaise with the BTMI to assist members in attending regional and international trade shows.
- Lobbying or advancing members’ concerns, e.g. Sewage issues.
What are the Membership Guidelines?
Ordinary members being persons carrying on the business of a hotel operating in Barbados and satisfying the following conditions, namely:
- Registered with the Barbados Tourism Authority under the Barbados Tourism Authority Act 1995-15 and the Tourism Development Act 2002-7.
- Having a maximum of 74 rooms per hotel.
- The capital cost of the room being less than $200,000 (capital cost per room is derived by using the following formula: Current year’s Land Tax Property Valuation (Number of rooms in hotel).
- Having a maximum published winter room rate not exceeding US$200.00 per night.
- At least 75% of the beneficial ownership thereof must be held by a national of a member state of the Caricom Single Market and Economy. A national means a person who:
(a) is a citizen of a member state; or
(b) Has a connection with that State of a kind which entitles him to be regarded as belonging to or, if it be so expressed, as being a native or resident of the state for the purposes of the laws thereof relating to immigration.
(c) Is a company or other legal entity constituted in the Member State in conformity with the laws thereof and which that State regards as belonging to it, provided that such a company or other legal entity has been formed for gainful purposes, has its registered office and central administration and carries on substantial activity within the Community and which is substantially owned and effectively controlled by persons mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) herein but does not include a person who has attained nationality by virtue of economic citizenship.
How can I access the IHB logo for my company’s promotional materials?
As a member, you may use the Intimate Hotels of Barbados logo on your company website, collateral and other promotional materials. To request a copy (high-resolution) of the logo and corresponding brand guidelines, please send us an email at email@example.com Please include a brief explanation of where you intend to use the logo.
How can I serve on the Board of Directors?
Elections for a new the Board of Directors are held every two years at the Intimate Hotels of Barbados’ annual general meeting.
Who should I contact if I have more membership queries?
For more information on membership with the Intimate Hotels of Barbados, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact the office on 436-2053/622-1517.