Festival of potential
The importance of the Holetown Festival as a source of revenue was emphasised this evening by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Shelly Sealy at the official opening of the annual event.
She told guest at the ceremony in the car park of the Sunset Crest shopping complex, across the street from the Holetown Monument:
“It is anticipated that the festival for 2013 will attract over 20,000 people as it seeks to showcase elements of our heritage; provide opportunities for art and craft vendors, to boost revenue and generally provide added value to visitors on the island.
“One of the objectives of the Holetown Festival is to celebrate elements of Barbados’ heritage. Cultural heritage is a tangible expression of the memory and soul of a nation and the cultural heritage tourism niche is being fully exploited by the Ministry of Tourism.”
Noting that the festival had grown over the years from a one-day occasion to eight days of celebration, Sealy added:
“The festival has grown in physical size and in the range of its offerings, thereby increasing its appeal for visitors. This festival could not have grown without the contributions and commitment of the various stakeholders.
“I applaud the efforts of the organising committee ad the Barbados Tourism Authority who have worked tirelessly to produce an event that promises to be interesting and exciting. The festival has shown enormous potential for enhancing the economic viability of the Holetown area, as it provides opportunities for the exposure of local businesses.”
During the official opening of the 36th edition of the festival, two of its founding members, Keith Simmons and now deceased Alfred Pragnell, were awarded “Keys to Holetown”.