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The Youth Commission of Electricité de France from Martinique.

The Youth Commission of Electricite de France from Martinique has brought a 29-strong group to the island for their annual overseas trip.

They arrived in Barbados on July 19 and will remain until the end of the month. The group comprises four adults and 25 adolescents between the ages 14 to 17.

Electricité de France is the equivalent of the Barbados Light & Power, employing hundreds of people, its Youth Commission

has chosen Barbados for their annual overseas trip. The commission of the company is basically responsible for

organising the social activities for the children of the employees. Travel is an integral part of their activities and every summer they visit different destinations.

Stacey Hutchinson, Business Development Manager in the Caribbean and Latin America department at the Barbados Tourism Authority, said: “We are extremely excited that we were able to convince them to choose Barbados in 2012. Electricité de France is one of the biggest and most important entities in Martinique when targeting corporate companies for group travel.

“We have been working with the commission since 2010 to make ensure that Barbados was in the forefront during the selection process. Needless to say, these groups are valuable

to Barbados considering their length of stay, their economic contribution via accommodation, transportation services and visits to attractions.”

During their stay, the group will enjoy activities including Harrison’s Cave, Barbados Concorde Experience, The Barbados Museum & Historical Society and Barbados Wildlife Reserve. The itinerary will also see the group participating in a National Sports Council Summer camp, shopping in Bridgetown, and visits to Sheraton Mall, Lanterns Mall and Quayside Centre.

An island tour and picnics at Farley Hill National Park, Pebbles Beach and Folkstone Park are also scheduled. Of course, the group intends to take in some of the Crop-Over activities, including Junior Kadooment.

In 2011, the group travelled to Europe, taking in the sights of England, France and Switzerland.

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