Tourism Bites June 2019
Come for Crop Over!
Come for Crop Over!

The sweetest summer festival gets off to a blazing start on June 8th, with the First Citizens Crop Over Launch and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes. Dubbed ‘Journey to the Last Cane’, the festival will launch with a spectacular display of Barbadian culture in the historic port city of Speightstown, beginning with a ritual to raise the ‘spirits’ of the Festival, and a cultural parade recognizing ‘the people who came’. The quaint northern town will come alive with the vibrant sounds of folk and soca music, celebrating the delivery of the last canes for the sugar crop, which is a 200-year old tradition, and signalling the beginning of eight weeks of festivities. This summer, we invite travelers seeking an authentic Barbadian experience, to come and live like a local while experiencing the rich culture of the island. 

For more information, please visit Barbados.Crop.Over.Festival

Machel Montano for CAL Caribbean Identity launch in Barbados BTMI and CAL to launch Crop Over Partnership at Festive Fridays

On June 14th, Bridgetown will come alive as the BTMI and Caribbean Airlines (CAL), announce their Crop Over partnership with the launch of the CAL Caribbean Identity Campaign, at Festive Fridays held at Pelican Centre. The new campaign embraces and celebrates the authenticity of the Caribbean region and all the elements that make it unique. Through this campaign, CAL is confirming its commitment to showcasing the best of the Caribbean region, which is reflected across the airline’s identity, from its branding, to community activities, to presence at festivals and major events. As the official airline for Crop Over, the BTMI-CAL partnership will open more gateways to Barbados, much to the delight of carnival lovers throughout the Caribbean and North America who are eager to experience the ultimate summer festival. This exciting launch will feature a cameo performance by the CAL Caribbean Identity brand ambassador, Machel Montano, alongside other local entertainers.

Stay tuned to the BTMI on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

Barbados ‘Good Living’ campaign launches in Europe Barbados ‘Good Living’ campaign launches in Europe

#TeamBTMI has announced the launch of its 'Good Living' marketing campaign in Milan, Italy, ahead of the new Lufthansa service out of Frankfurt starting this October 28. Italian celebrity TV chef, Simone Rugiati, who has signed on as the island’s culinary partner in Italy, will develop a video series that showcases his experiences with many Barbadian chefs on the island. The series will be launched on his social networks this week and he will return to Barbados for the Food and Rum Festival in October.

The focus of the 'Good Living' campaign is to highlight those unique and positive elements of the Barbadian lifestyle from a plethora of events and festivals to free education and healthcare. The campaign was just launched at a privately held food and music event for tour operators and travel journalists at Food Loft, Milan, where Rugiati partnered with Barbadian award-winning chef, Damian Leach, to demonstrate the creation of a signature Barbadian dish.

Football Classic ready for kick off Football Classic ready for kick off 

Football fever takes over Barbados from tomorrow, June 7 until June 10, when 40 competing teams will take to the field vying for honours in the Barbados Invitational Masters Football Classic. Visiting teams from the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), Canada and of course the Caribbean, will compete in the Over 40s and Over 50s Divisions at various locations across the island. Football fans have much to be excited about when the tournament travels around the island, culminating with the semi-finals and finals at the Barbados Football Association’s Astro-turf Facility in Wildey, St. Michael.

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Hailey sworn in as Junior Minister of Tourism 2019
Hailey sworn in as Junior Minister of Tourism 2019

Barbados has a new Junior Minister of Tourism, and she is determined to ensure that the voice of the youth is not ignored or stifled. With six other opponents vying for the title of Junior Minister of Tourism at this years’ Barbados Tourism Youth Congress, 14-year-old Hailey Mahy rose to the occasion with a dynamic speech entitled “Making Excellence a Habit in Tourism”. 

Expressing her commitment to helping to evolve the tourism industry and to making a positive difference, this young student of the Ursuline Convent is calling on all tourism stakeholders to make excellence a habit in the sector. 

#TeamBTMI looks forward to working with Hailey over the next year, especially in preparation for this year’s Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation slated for October. 

Click below to view our gallery of our new cruise tourism product, Festive Fridays - Bridgetown Night Market, where Barbadians had a fantastic time and visitors immersed themselves in the island’s vibrant culture. 
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We invite you to visit our website to see the full list of upcoming sales, marketing, PR and tourism product development events for the BTMI.
June 8th : Crop Over Launch
7th – 10th : Barbados International Masters Football
June 16th : BTMI Crop Over Heritage Walk
18th – 25th : British Airways 65thAnniversary Trade & Media Fam, UK/Barbados
21st – 25th : Gullah/Geechee Barbados Trip, USA/Barbados
3rd – 7th : Dive Fest Barbados
July 27th : Genealogy Marketplace
1st – 30th : Caribbean Airlines Travel Expo, CLA
2nd – 8th : Caribbean Week, US
6th – 10th : Pub in the Park Activation, UK
12th – 13th : Travel Marketplace East, Canada
21th – 25th : CHTA Taste of the Caribbean, US
28th – 30th : AGK Caribbean Mega Workshop, Europe
5th – 7th : Barbados on the Water, Canada
11th – 15th : Pub in the Park Activation, UK
17th – 20th : Best Fest Boston, USA
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