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Developing sports tourism

FROM LEFT: Minister Richard Sealy, Barbadian NFL player Ramon Harewood, Minister Stephen Lashley and cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers.

FROM LEFT: Minister Richard Sealy, Barbadian NFL player Ramon Harewood, Minister Stephen Lashley and cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, is calling on tourism marketers and planners to “let their creative juices flow” when seeking to develop additional sports tourism opportunities.

He made this observation during a reception for the reigning Super Bowl champions’ Offensive Lineman, Ramon Harewood, and his team-mates at Hilton Barbados.

Emphasising the importance of sports tourism as a niche, the minister said “we have to be prepared to be creative in not only looking at the 60-odd sports that are practised here officially through the National Sports Council, but pursue other opportunities where careers could be created and developed”.

Sealy pointed out that Barbados had made a name for itself in various sports via sports tourism in areas such as International Cricket Council

(ICC) cricket, world championship golf, world class tennis and more recently, in yachting.

“So, we will continue to try to add to the variety of sports tourism offerings and this effort helps us to blaze another trail and we [government] will continue to do that. We recognise that major world class sports events can become tourist attractions and, therefore, we are fully aware that the sports tourism niche continues to be important,” he said.

The minister lauded the efforts of Acting President of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Urban Cumberbatch, Sports Tourism Manager, Gregory Armstrong, and other players for bringing the event to fruition.

Sealy urged the Baltimore Ravens to host pre-season training or pre-season games here in Barbados, as this would “have a tremendous impact in helping some young Barbadians to realise Harewood’s dream of playing in the National Football League”.

One Response to Developing sports tourism

  1. Ralf Luther April 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    BFIT (Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes) is hosting its 2nd Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup on Sunday April 21st with an even larger start list than last year.
    The race features Barbados’ very own Jason Wilson as well as elite triathletes from Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, U.S.A. and Trinidad.
    Come out and support our local star!
    Brandons Beach, between the Coast Guard Station and Weisers. Women start at 7:30am, Men start at 9:30 am
    Website Information, start list etc :

    At 6:00am there will be a 3K road run open to the public.
    For details go to


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