Golden harvest

Tourism officials anticipate bumper arrivals for 50th

Tourism officials here are expecting bounties of tourist arrivals for the culmination of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Independence, including large numbers of Barbadians living abroad.

The state agency tasked with marketing the island, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) said flights coming into Barbados next month were not yet fully booked, however it anticipated that the number of visitors coming for the celebrations would be more than satisfactory.

“We anticipate a really good November month in terms of arrivals,” William Griffith said during a media briefing Tuesday at Ilaro Court, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart outlined the programme for next month’s culmination of the jubilee celebrations.

“We have done a check of all the arriving airlines and the flights aren’t fully booked and sold out as yet. But yesterday [Monday] I had a meeting with the hotel association and the hotels are looking forward to a very good November month, especially around the Independence week. And we anticipate quite a few of the Diaspora coming back home for that celebration as well” Griffith added.

The destination’s chief marketer also said he was “confident that with the addition of new flights” the winter tourist season would also be a good one.

A number of new services have already been announced, including additional flights out of Canada; new services out of Munich, Germany and Paris, France; additional flights out of the UK by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic and additional flight by Jetblue out of New Jersey, USA.

A third quarter report on the performance of the industry is due to be released next week.

Forming a part of next month’s 50th anniversary celebrations will be the rebranded Barbados Food & Rum Festival, which will take place at various locations from November 17 to 20.

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