Tourism Bites May 2019
Brilliant Barbados Summer Campaign: Fly into Savings & Summer Fun
Brilliant Barbados Summer Campaign: Fly into Savings & Summer Fun

This year’s Brilliant Barbados Summer Campaign is as easy as it is rewarding. With a booking window of April 23 – May 31 and travel window of May 1 – October 31, we’re offering visitors who book with promo code BBFLY a $100* voucher against air travel with participating airlines. On top of that, a 25% off voucher for participating local attractions will be available via our website.

This exciting, one-off promotion with select airlines and on-island attractions will offer visitors a chance to reach and experience the island paradise of Barbados for less, and yet – do more!

*Full details are available at

Team BTMI is Tourism Partner of the Year #TeamBTMI is Tourism Partner of the Year

Villas of Distinction, the world’s premier luxury villa rental company as part of World Travel Holdings, just announced its annual 2018 President’s Circle Award winners, and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. was named Tourism Partner of the Year for the second year in a row.

The Villas of Distinction President’s Circle Award honors top-producing travel advisors and agencies based on revenue and outstanding destination management partners based on the overall partnership including customer reviews, marketing support and travel advisor feedback.

Read more about it here

JetBlue expanding weekly Newark service from May 4 JetBlue expanding weekly Newark service from May 4th

TeamBTMI and JetBlue have jointly announced the expansion of JetBlue’s seasonal weekly service on Saturdays to year-round service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) beginning on May 4, 2019.

The non-stop service between Newark and Bridgetown will operate on the following Saturday schedule:

EWR – BGI Flight #313 (10:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.)
BGI – EWR Flight #314 (4:25 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.)

JetBlue also offers service between three of its focus cities and Barbados: New York - JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.

Night Market coming to town May 17th Night Market coming to town May 17th

Starting Friday, May 17th and continuing every Friday, Pelican Village will be transformed into a cultural and culinary hotspot. An initiative of the Product and Cruise departments, the weekly Night Market aims to encourage cruise ships to stay later in port, while offering an immersive and unique experience for visitors and locals alike. The date was carefully selected to coincide with the commencement of both Carnival Fascination and Freedom of the Seas’ Friday calls at the Bridgetown Port before returning to Puerto Rico.

Get ready to experience live entertainment, local cuisine, arts, craft and much more. See you there!

Deadline to vote for Barbados is May 10th! Deadline to vote for Barbados is May 10th!

The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week in New York is just around the corner, and so are the Caribbean Media Awards. Lebawit Lily Girma, American journalist and top winner from the BTMI’s own Media Awards last year, is in the running with her blog post 'Rediscovering Barbados on Two Wheels: A South Coast Bike Tour'.

She is currently trailing behind entries from Grenada and Anguilla. Let’s make sure Barbados comes out on top. Read and vote for her story here:

Javon is #1
Javon is #1

In 2017, up and coming chef Javon Cummins shot to fame when he emerged Pastry Chef of the Year at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. Since then, he’s further risen to Head Chef at Tapestry Restaurant by Elegant Hotels and the awards just keep coming.

Still, it was a well-deserved surprise when his name was announced as the Golden Pineapple Judges’ Choice – 1st Place at the recently held Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington D.C. for his dish "Guava Brûlée Pork Belly."

The BTMI is proud to have worked with Javon over the years and to see his journey unfold. Especially in this, our 10th year of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival, we salute Javon and look forward to seeing much more from him in the future!

Click below to view our gallery of the Barbados Reggae Festival 2019, which was even more explosive this year with the addition of Buju Banton on his Long Walk to Freedom Tour
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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.
1st – 4th : Connect Barbados
3rd – 5th : Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Festival
4th : Mobile Genealogy Marketplace
6th : Barbados Tourism Youth Congress
7th – 11th : Inspired Journeys Inner Peace Retreat at Codrington College
8th : Barbados Food and Rum Festival Pop-up
10th – 12th : Barbados Island Fit Games
11th : Barbados Ninja Throwdown
17th : Bridgetown Night Market
18th – 26th : Barbados Gospelfest
18th : Mobile Genealogy Marketplace
21st – 26th : Barbados Celtic Festival
31st May – 2nd June : SOL Rally Barbados
1st : Mobile Genealogy Marketplace
7th – 10th : Barbados International Masters Football
18th – 25th : British Airways 65th Anniversary Trade & Media Fam, UK/Barbados
2nd : WestJet Vacations Tradeshow, Canada
7th – 11th : Virtuoso Travel Symposium, USA
15th – 20th : Pub in the Park Activation, UK
21st – 23rd : IMEX Frankfurt Tradeshow, Europe
#NoCrewLeftBehind Campaign (Guyana), CLA
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
21st – 25th : CHTA Taste of the Caribbean, US
28th – 30th : AGK Caribbean Mega Workshop, Europe
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