The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has extended a 20 million $ loan to help develop and market the world class Barbados heritage and culture tourism. It is designed to enhance the specific venues and marketing actives as is outlined in the blog atTravelersInsights IDA World Heritage Report.
Barbados is a UNESCO world Heritage site, designated as such for its outstanding buildings and historic areas including Bridgetown and the Garrison Savannah. “The Barbados Garrison was the largest in the British Colonies in the 18th and 19th centuries. It began with the construction of St. Ann’s Fort in 1705 and grew to include soldiers’ barracks, a parade ground and commissariat.” Source: the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia
The tiny Caribbean island has a vibrant heritage & culture that is distinct in the Caribbean. It is the only island that has been predominantly British since it was colonized in the 16th century. The island rose to great prominence during the sugar and rum trade, becoming the most established and successful of the early planters and the worlds largest exporter of rum at that time. Barbados heritage & culture tourism has become more attractive as travelers seek more than the traditional Caribbean holiday of suntan, beaches and sea. The island has many distinctive features from amazing plantations and stately homes to indigenous arts and craft and a vibrant society noted for its music, dance, theater and arts.
Barbados is now a very a cosmopolitan country with people who are friendly, fun loving and warm. It is considered one of the top places to live, work and play and has a thriving business community.
This fascinating article spells out what is expected to be the next wave of technology and Artificial Intelligence in travel and tourism. It features the main contenders which include Travelsify, Traitify and the Matchmaker.Travel persona branding and personality matching engine that pairs hotels with travelers by personality
The blog explains the growing importance of the new breed of Artificial Intelligent systems that build on the expert knowledge of professional psychologist, and others, who have studies the human condition. This is now being applied to travel in a way that infers deep meaning and goes beyond matching travelers with hotels by amenities, price and location. These traditional matching attributes have been the primary way travelers search and find properties. But research shows that they do not describe the experience which is what travelers want.
As they say “Amenities are not what travelers dream of and they do not describe the experience. To fulfill dreams hotel search needs to understand the psychology of the traveler and predict their travel aspirations. The new personalization solution know this and have unique and innovative ways to create personal vacation experiences that resonate with the psyche.”
Images show before and after Maria images of Scotts Head fishing village
Please CommeSavAidDominica information help is a new website for friends of Dominica and for all who want to help Dominica after it was devastated and left in ruins after Hurricane Maria.
How You Can Help Dominica Recover From Hurricane Maria
The site sums up the latest news and has an open comment area where anyone can ask question, answer them, add eyewitness account, or update news and pint of interest. It appears to be the only site of its kind and was one of the first to launch as an aid to care givers and those who wanted to help or know what to do.
Local Resources & Contacts
The site provides contacts and addresses for regional Coast Guards and business who are accepting cloths water, food and supplies and transporting them to Dominica. The neighborhood islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Jamaica where among the first to offer this service.
Regional & International Funding Agencies
Local funding contacts as well as international agencies such as the red cross contacts are listed. Also listed are various approved crowdfunding sites – both for private families and Dominica in general
How to help
There are also links to how to help and resources about what to do. The latest list of what is needed provided by the Government is also included.
Media & Feedback
The media are links to latest news and displays eye witness video and media coverage of the island as it struggles to cope with the most ferocious hurricane of our time. The comments and feedback section at the bottom of the first page is for those who want to participate or just learn. All interested parties may add their stories and news or just learn from others who have left eye witness accounts or shared helpful information.
Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia has just published a page on the Best Caribbean Picnic Beaches, of course they are all on the lovely island of Barbados, which is noted for having miles and miles of white sandy beaches. Many of Barbados beaches are among the best in the world. But check it out for yourself here http://barbados.org/best-picnic-beaches.htm
All beaches are classified with helpful hints about swimming conditions and ambiance. Like Cove bay – “A lovely Picnic spot on the north-east of the island is know for its quiet calm and beautiful scenery”
You will find beaches for every taste and picnic style. From Invigorating rugged scenery, wave riding beaches, beaches with family friendly surf, sandy oasis, shady places, secret places and dedicated chill out beaches by a calm lapping ocean.
As they say “From coast to coast there’s no shortage of options for a lovely picnic by the sea! Whether you’re visiting for a day or few weeks, be sure to take the time to experience a beach picnic true Barbadian style! Popular picnic fare includes our much loved macaroni pie, fish, ham or cheese cutters, fried / baked chicken, etc, topped off with refreshing local beverages like mauby or an ice-cold snow cone! So pack a picnic lunch or grab some of these tasty local delicacies from a nearby restaurant or vendor, spread a blanket on the beautiful white sands or table cloth on the picnic benches provided and enjoy! At select beaches, you may also be able to rent beach chairs and large umbrellas if that’s your preference.”
Beach Map Island Trip Planner
The Page also has an interactive map showing where each beach is located so you can plan a day trip to see the sunrise at Bathsheba on the east – head of in any direction for a picnic on your preferred beach and swing by the west coast to see the sunset.
Caribbean Tourism has always been promoted as islands of sun, sand and sea, but things are changing. The head in the sand attitude is slowing opening up to its heritage and culture. In the latest promotions by Barbados we see its feet of clay as it digs into the earth to uncover a fascinating diversity of history, architecture, and art. The islands pulses with music, crafts and an endless beat of dance. This article looks at its heritage in clay and its amazing organic pottery arts influenced by an eclectic mix of people, cultures and technique.
With Head in Sand Caribbean Heritage has Feet in Clay
How the Caribbean SunTan Tourism finds gold in its heritage of mud.
In this thoughtful and fun review HolidayHotelReviews gives the low down on what’s great and maybe not so great about visiting the Animal Flower Cave on a family holiday. Kids love it because they just have fun being underground with the sea raging beside them as they discover secret pools and tiny caves just for them. But the report cautions families that it may not be suitable for all, and seniors who have any balance issues will find it slippery in places and hard to get around. It’s well worth a visit otherwise and there is a fun story about one adventure that we think you will enjoy! See Blog here
Its only 14 miles across at the widest point and 21 from north to south, but this tiny island of Barbados offers a wide range of things to do and see for families with kids. Check out the top 10 experiences reported by Tripsavy and the video on our TavelWatchNews blog
Website Strategy Process Implementation is a special report which was written as an accommpanyment and bonus for those who purchased the book “WEBSITE” The forst in the series “Marketing Hotels & Tourism Online” The report is now in limited distribution and available for FREE to interested hotel and destination managers, and marketers. It was originally part of a 6 pack bonus show in the video here.
The eBook Hotel Website Marketing Strategies By Ian R Clayton was a #1 bestseller on Amazon. It is now in paperback for all those who don’t want to look at screen and who like the tactical feel of a book. It is also the sort of book you can highlight and make notes in much more easily. Book buyers are also able to access a free membership site and download case studies and videos that will help with planning and executing website marketing strategies.
The new Partnership with HowToFacinate and PersonaHolidays hit the news with a splash as 100s of media outlets feature the article explaining how to fascinate travelers with hotel personality branding matching hotel with travelers of similar character.
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