British Airways chief to meet tourism officials

The chief executive officer of
British Airways, Willie Walsh, will address the Caribbean Tourism Organisation
leadership conference next month in Barbados.

The organisation, which represents
34 countries and territories in the region will hold their leadership strategy
conference between 8 and 11 October, where Mr. Walsh will meet with Caribbean
leaders and officials.

He will also deliver the keynote speech,
talking about the future of long-haul travel and partnership issues between airlines
and their destinations. He is also scheduled to attend a fundraising lunch at
the University of the West Indies, where he will address students and local
businesses.

“We have a long and proud history
of serving the Caribbean stretching back many decades. It is a favourite
holiday destination for thousands of our customers who return time and again to
enjoy the fantastic Caribbean hospitality,” said Mr. Walsh.

“I am looking forward to visiting
Barbados to see how British Airways can continue to contribute to one of the
world’s premier tourist destinations and to discuss the challenges facing us.
The global financial crisis and changes to UK taxation are expected to impact
areas of the world that are important to British Airways including the
Caribbean.”

Strike action

The UK carrier could be facing
additional strikes by cabin crew, according to reports in the British press.
The long-running dispute has reached a sticking point regarding the removal of
travel perks from staff who had been involved in previous industrial action.
The Unite union said that BA had rejected an offer designed to bring an end to
the dispute.

Talks between Unite and the airline
are scheduled to resume on Monday, 6 September.

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