Effective February 4, 2019 the Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporated (BTMI) and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) will be one organisation.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley had announced last June during the mini-budget speech, that the two organisations would be moving to a public-private partnership, a decision subsequently ratified by the cabinet.

A statement this afternoon said that Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sunil Chatrani, met with the staff of both organisations today to outline the process for executing the Cabinet’s decision. He said that the changes will come by way of redundancies, reorganisation and transfer of the functions of the BTPA to the BTMI.

The regulatory arm of the BTPA, the Product Quality Unit, which is responsible for the registration, licensing, classification and regulation of tourist accommodations, restaurants and services, will remain in the BTPA until it can be fully transitioned to the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport.