Exciting year-end

After a relatively busy Christmas season, this week I decided to take a few days to play host to visiting family and friends. Yes, I did say visiting family and friends. This once again got me to thinking of our national programme with the same title.

This all started when we visited Trinidad late last year to take part in the Regional Dance competition and our Trinidadian friends Declan and Dolly Sign announced that they would be visiting Barbados for Old Year’s Night celebration.

This is the second time in three years that they have been here for the Old Year’s Night celebrations.

Before the Old Year’s Night plans could be properly organised my nephew Mark announced that he would be getting married to Dominique on December 29, 2012. This announcement added to what was going to be an exciting year-end celebration anyway.

My brother Lemuel and his wife Karleen from Canada were also planning to be here for the Old Year’s Night celebrations and definitely would not have wanted to miss the wedding celebrations at all.

Old Year’s Night brought out the entire family and our friends and a good time was had by all.

I believe that when we launched the Family and Friends Programme a few years ago, it was designed with this type of togetherness in mind.

As we push forward into 2013 I wish to remind every Barbadian that they can help in improving our arrival numbers and enhancing our foreign exchange earnings as well. Events like, wedding, family reunions, anniversaries and special holidays can all brings the families and friends to Barbados.

* Tourism is our business, let us play our part.

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