Barbados among tops on TripAdvisor

Fire eater Pedro Arthur.
Fire eater Pedro Arthur.

Barbados has been recognized as a winner in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Islands, ranking third in the top 10 of all competing island destinations.

For the third straight year TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top islands based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe.

BTMI chief executive officer William Griffith
BTMI Chief Executive Officer William Griffith

William Griffith, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), acknowledged the award stating, “Barbados’ steady climb in popularity from eighth position two years ago is a clear indication of the level of engagement of all of the island’s tourism accommodations, restaurants, tour operators and ancillary services. They are the ones that must be congratulated for the superior service being exhibited in all establishments”.

He added that his team has been working hard to broaden the image of the island across the globe so that the island is renowned as much for its culture, events and culinary offerings as it is for its beaches, landscape and weather.”

TripAdvisor’s Chief Marketing Officer Barbara Messing congratulated Barbados stating that the results reflected independent views of over 340 million unique monthly visitors.

“Our well-traveled community has uncovered the best islands around the world for that perfect island escape whether you want to lie on the beach or seek adventure,” said Messing. “To help travelers book their trips to these remarkable destinations, TripAdvisor has surfaced amazing island hotels to accommodate a range of travel budgets.” (PR)


8 Responses to Barbados among tops on TripAdvisor

  1. Jay Mac June 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Why nobody wants to comment on this? We only see the negative reviews?

    • Kevin June 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Human nature, good news dont sell for a reason. And even if it was in your face, they will always be the doubting thomas. On another media outlet, they were commentators, but instead of ‘kudos and good job, let’s keep it up’, it was “this is just the Caribbean, we should be num 1 worldwide”, blah blah blah. Dont get me wrong, I would love if we were num 1 worldwide but moving from num 8 to num 3 in the Cbean, means we are doing something right.

  2. Patrick Blackman June 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats, now tell us Mr. William Griffith what is B’dos tourism product?
    What is our longterm development policy?
    Why is B’dos not being marketed as a middle class family destination to attract greater numbers to the island?
    What are you doing to address the nasty state of the country? What are doing to address the wanton destruction of historical treasures?
    What are you doing to address the horriblee horrible presentation and packing of food sold at the airport?

  3. Alex Alleyne June 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    If it was a “doom and gloom” situation all the negative thinkers will comment . We all live in BIM , you BLP or them DLP spending the little cents we have .

  4. carson c cadogan June 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    If the Barbados Labour Party members had gotten to TRIP ADVISOR first, they would have told them NOT to make Barbados among tops on Trip Advisor.

    No good news is to be spoken about Barbados as long as the Barbados Labour Party is sitting on the opposition benches.

    That is how sick they are.

    • Olutoye Walrond June 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Mr. Cadogan, the Barbados Labour Party, nor anybody in Barbados, can tell Trip Advisor how to do their job. Don’t create issues where there are none.

  5. Aldo June 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations to Barbados that is good news, work on the customer service in general and I will be jumping for more joy.

  6. Alex3 June 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    First of all, I don’t trust TripAdvisor as they are not dealing with structured polling but just anecdotal contributions.
    The story implies reviews of Barbados came from millions of people. There were considerably fewer than 1 million stayover visitors in 2014 and I doubt very much they all commented on their experience.
    I know people in the industry and the level of activity in the tourism field when compared to pre 2008 is still well down.
    I still believe the Barbados tourism model is outdated in the world in which it competes.


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