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,Barbados Music Festival Claude DeBussy – It’s the 5th year in a row for the Barbados Classical Music Festival. And again world class classic musicians have landed on the island to entertain and teach. When not performing the musicians take part in workshops and special events to help local students.

Barbados Music Festival Claude DeBussy
– Four Hands on One Piano

Ken Gee and Norman Reintaman on Piano – Aare Tammesalu turns the pages while the 4 hands play on!

Excuse the bumpy view. The  camera was very faraway. It was difficult to stay steady when the slightest motion is  magnified to 5 times its normal focal length. It was an impromptu taping as  I was just a guest. Julian Bowen graciously allowed me to records my samples.

Debussy was one of the most influential composers of the 19th & 20th centuries. He is often considered to be first Impressionist composer. That was because he seemed to place  emphasis on the overall impression rather than clarity of detail. Source  wikipedia

Classics Staged Around The Island

The festival was staged in Barbados for a week with venues around the island. The finale was held at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in the walled garden.


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Barbados museum – Walled Garden – Stage of The Barbados Classical Music Festival 2019 Finale – Barbados Music Festival Claude DeBussy

Its another great event staged in Barabdos and predates the very different and successful Vujaday festival now in its 3 rd year. The genres (Techno and Classical) are almost at polar opposites.  Having said that it bears reflection: When you think about it,  the original classic artists where highly experimental and were breaking the mold just as techno is today.

Debussy an Experimental Avant Garde

Debussy was considered to be one of the first musical impressionist and many considered him to be too Experimental and  Avant Garde to be consider a true classical musician. Avant-garde music  breaks the rules and regulations of traditional culture to explore novelty in presentation. Art is, as they say, above all. It creates a transcendental and mysterious sound world.[8]

There can be no doubt about that now and we see experimental and avant garde in all genres today.

An Entire Ensemble of Classic Music Composers

On the final night the Barbados Museum “Wall Garden” staged  music composed by Brahms, Debussy, Garbriel Faure, Dushkin and Ameadeus Mozart.

The musicians included. Paule Barsalou, Aare Tammesalu, Ken Gee and Norman Reintamm. On the opening night, Monday August 19th, Dexter Norville and Amanda Fields where also on stage.

On Tuesday the 20th, The Royal Barbados Police Force Band featured a Bajan Classical Affair with, David Gooding, Shanika Roach, Amanda Fields and Jane Small.

Learn More

Learn more about the festival and the people behind it, like Julian Bowen and Norman Reintaman
Check out the review at:
The review features the experimental works of Brahms and Gabriel Faure. It also covers the story behind the 5 years of the Barbados Classical Music Festival.

By Ian R. Clayton
Best Selling Author of  Website and the Digital Media Series Marketing Hotels and Tourism


Not Another “How to” Instagram Tutorial

There are hundreds of articles featuring Instagram “How To” information and ultimate guides to marketing hotels and tourism on Instagram. The majority of Instagram Tutorials For Travel Hospitality,  are missing the essential value of Instagram. Of course it is visual and yes video is overtaking photography for engagement and reach.  That needs little elaboration except to say that  the fundamental of Instagram are actually more to do with Authenticity, Passion, Character and Mission.  These traits are all to often over looked in Instagram Instagram Tutorials For Travel Hospitality!

antennas for brand messages on travel hospitality
Mellennials and the new digital citizens see through sham and self interest with antennas bigger than Hubble and quickly spot in-authentic messages

A New Paradigm

The power of Instagram is all to do with psychology based on  traits and their implication. Its best exemplified by who are their fastest growing market: Millennials! That means experience rather than things matter. Brand differential is no longer about place, price,  packaging and promotion. That type of message is a turn-off to today’s tech savvy digital citizen. They see through sham and self interest with antennas bigger than Hubbles TDRS systems.

Likewise  decor and building are valuable only if they denote relevant and matching character. That said, a well executed video that entertains will engage with the right people if it touches them in meaningful way. Getting that right is an art and understanding how to market the experience rather that a set of defined features, amenities and benefits.

Nano Tutorials to the Point

Marketing hotels and tourism is rolling out a set of short multi series video that show why and how this matters. The founders have embarked on an Instagram project that focuses on people character and lifestyle. It  is just getting off the ground but its fine-tuned focus is perfect for the digital age of travel consumers looking for experiences that match.  It serves as an example of fine tuning the message to a niche and of things to come.

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Update 2019 – The 2019 Vujaday event is now live on – See it Here

Pre-Event Planning

The lineup for Vujaday Music Festival 2019  and island Safari in Barbados is as exciting and varied as 2018 with some extra spice with new venues and day time events. It is coming back to Barbados thanks to the Confluence group – A Global Media Agency offering a wide range of Digital Media Services which include  strategic Music Branding and Music Festivals in key vacation destinations. See more at Confluence Destination Sonic Branding Festivals.

Take a look at this short one minute video of samples from 2018. It will give you a flavor of things to come!

Here is the line up for Phase 1- Phase 2 will be added shortly.

Vujaday Music Festival 2019
Vujaday Music Festival 2019 phase 1 artists

You will notice a few artists from 2018 are back by popular demand. Lee Burridge took hold of the stage on the last night of last years event. He was joined on stage by other artists who made up a varied night with house, techno and  Francesca Lombardos velvet tone of Fire in the night. Lee Reynolds stared on the dance floor as much as he did on stage, to everyone’s delight.

Vujaday 2019 Phase 1 will feature legendary DJs, producers and composers from the UK, Canada, USA, Spain, Sweden and Germany. Below is a partial list and more details of some of the phase1 artists.

Welsh DJ and producer Sasha, a DJ set from iconic Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, Detroit house and techno staple Moodymann, All Day I Dream founder Lee Burridge, a live performance from the Detroit based sibling duo Octave One, Vivrant label founder and renowned Swedish musician Jeremy Olander, Brooklyn house duo Bedouin, Life and Death founder DJ Tennis, Berlin house aficionado YokoO, members of the fan-favorite Desert Hearts collective Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds, American production duo and Crew Love members Soul Clap, Women on Wax founder DJ Minx, Sheik ‘N’ Beik founder Rechulski, respected Toronto resident Nitin, and fellow Toronto native and current Barcelona resident Jade.

2019 has a few of the same composers and DJs that were crowd pleasers in 2018 plus many more exciting additions still to be announced.

Be sure to visit Vujaday Barbados from April 3rd to 7th.

See blogger for links and details

Breaking News – Just announced Phase 2 line-up: Vujaday Barbados Music Festival 2019 New Artists include: Damian Lazarus, Andhim, Danny Tenaglia, Pony, Gaby Endo, Papa Lu and Roger Silver.

See Sampling of the Award Winning New Artists – Click image below

Vujaday2019 new artists samples
Amazing Lineup and Story of Artist Like the Mystical Damian Lazarus – Click Image above


Sugar Cane research was pioneered in the Caribbean with Barbados taking the lead in propagating new varieties of the plants, from seeds. The island was the first to understand that the cane arrow seeds could be used to plant hybreds of cane.

For years research focused on developing climate adaptive and pest resident strains. That has developed into to the point where sugar cane research is seeding an eco-future. It’s a far reaching examination of alternative products and uses that includes the entire plant, husks, fibers, fruit as well as by-products of the sugar and rum manufacturing. Some of the by products are ethanol used as fuel and pulp that can be made into various products.

Barbados established the worlds first sugar cane research laboratory in 1858. It specialized in propagation specific qualities. In the early the plants were developed and test over many years and the successful outcrops were given to farmers to plant and harvest. They reported which had desired properties and offered best yield, easy of use and resistance. Sugar can is still vital to the sugar and rum industry, but today its by products are helping to replace fossil fuels and plastics.

The lab, research, cane fields, rum and sugar have been a fascinating attraction to travelers and vacation who travel to learn about heritage and culture. It’s now also interesting as cane finds new life and purpose in helping to save the environment.

See more on Sugar Cane Research Seeding Eco-Future at

More on Barbados Sugar and Rum go here

More Lifestyle and Learning Holidays

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Here we show  How to Fix Bad Anchor Text links. In the previous blog I explained what bad balance anchor text is and how to avoid it. But it may be already to late to avoid it if you have already got unnatural links pointing back to your site. In the video I show exactly how to go about fixing those bad links. This level of detail is referred to in chapter two on my Book Digital Media but the explanation you see here is only available as a bonus to book buyers.

To reiterate what you see in the Video on How to Fix Bad Anchor Text is as follows: You may have to ask Google to delete bad links – They call that disavow and the links is in the video and repeated below. In most cases you just need to balance the anchortext by adding more links that are generic and not keyword specific. This will dilute the percentage of keyword-laden Anchor text.

Resources – Examples:

– Google Disavow Tool

– Balance Links with more semantic Words
-Create more good links with generic words, & semantic phrases or unrelated words. Examples are: Click Here – Go to website – Get more Info -See what John says etc.

-Add Some Brand Links
– not too many 3-5% and if your brand is your keyword dont use it to balance.
Use Your Brand Name – Domain Name – URL

For complete details and review of Chapter 2 and your  Digital Footprint see MarketingHotelsTourism

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Digtal Media Marketing For Hotels &a Tourism


This video is a short version of the Fatal Mistakes to Avoid in Your Digital Footprint Review Video. That video is an in depth explanation of how to balance your digital footprint and why you must. it is a brief review of Chapter 2 of the book Digital Media Marketing: The second book in the series Marketing Hotels and Tourism Online by Ian R Clayton.Here you will learn how to avoid the most serious and fatal mistake that marketers and publishers make when writing content and posting blogs and bookmarks to promote their brand.

See the complete video here.

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how to balance your digital footprint and why you must

Your digital footprint is the sum of all your online activity. Everything you do leaves an impression of who you are and of your brand. Brands are understanding that they must engage in building content about their products and services using online media. This is content marketing.

Together with what you do on social media, what publication and directory mention you (citations) and who is talking about you, content marketing is a vital part of your personal and your brand digital footprint. It cannot be ignored but you must do it right and the rules have changed.

Ian’s Book Digital Media Marketing is the most current resource and guide on how to use the digital media so that you don’t repeat the common mistakes that many hotel and tourism marketers, owners and managers make.

Be sure to view the complete video and click the image above to learn more about how to harness the new online media. Online advertising is now greater that all others forms of advertising including TV. If you are not employing the latest digital strategies you will miss the boat. Don’t get left behind, learn how to balance your digital footprint now.


Previous Book  By Ian R. Clayton- WEBSITE

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Booking Engines Doomed by Personality Matching
Personality Matching Set to Replace Hotel Search and Make Travel more Personal

Complex Impersonal Systems Frustrate Travelers

The problem with booking engines is that they are old legacy system steeped in archaic technology built long ago. This blog  “Booking Engines doomed by personality matching”,  shows how artificial intelligence and new  psychologically based filtering are making travel & hotel search and booking more personal.  It is not, however, an easy fix: The big problem is that legacy hotel and travel booking systems are very complex. One cannot easily fix thousands of page of code that were essentially built to do the wrong thing. Also understanding emotions and personality is an entirely different skill set that requires considerable knowledge and expertise in psychology, motivation and behaviour.

Brands Get Personal

That is why brands such as Marriott & Accord  are outsourcing the latest travel matching to psychologists and personality branding professionals. What we have now is a host of new technology providers setting up shop to provide front ends to existing booking systems.

Booking engines doomed by personality matching
Personality matching is key to perfect holiday experience

Learning From Instagram

The old way is to treat hotel rooms and activities as products when the travelers are seeking experiences. But that is not the only fly in the ointment. The old technology cannot easily integrate the fast multi dimensional filtering being implemented today on dynamic and nimble platforms. They are also not able to understand and render graphics like an Instagram, which is what travelers want today. That is a perfect example of how technology has changed and how the gap between old ways and news ways has widened.

Instagram shot up out of nowhere it seems, but it actually came about as a result of technology capacity and platform changes that could now be configured to fill a need. Over 600 million people use Instagram, generating 4.2 billion likes daily while sharing sharing about 95 million photos. See National Geographic on the rise of Instagram.

Personality Matching - The New Holidays Search & Booking Engine
Source – National Geographics

Instagram users are more engaged compared to the other social networks, including as Facebook and Twitter. It has a 2.3% engagement rate per follower compared to Facebook at 0.2% per follower and Twitter 0.03%. They stay longer and do more! We have heard this echoed by PersonaHolidays with their massive improvement in visitor engagement when intuitive and ultra fast visual filtering was added. The new approach provided  a Visual Online Review and more personalized recommendation. It is highly favoured by travelers and more evidence  of “Booking Engines Doomed by Personality Matching”.

Nuclear Search Algorithms Personalize Vacations

Travelers want choice but do not want to wade through pages of non relative content and that is changing now with the new Nuclear search systems. The latest  hotel search technology takes advantage of  algorithms and techniques that are used in chemical and nuclear science.  Matching personality is similar to sorting and solving complex chemical relationships and combination. The parts are dynamic, evolving and exponential! Advanced technology is need to filter, order and pair vast amounts of data and endless combination intelligently & instantly.

IBMs Watson is another complementary AI technology that understands tone and emotion in communication and replies with appropriate response. Its tone analyzer  can analyze emotions and tones in what people write online, like tweets or reviews. It predicts whether people  are happy, sad, confident and finds  emotional tones  that help determine what stage in the booking process a traveller is in, like if they are just talking about a hotel or actually hopping for one.

Possibilities have Shifted

The point is that technology has shifted what is possible. Lean and adaptive entrepreneurial startups are the first to see the opportunity and build the solutions using modern techniques and platform. The dynamics of the new environment put the old guard at a huge disadvantage. Indeed the new booking engines may well be Instagram and a host of new visual bookings with Psychological Profiling & Matching technology that truly inspire, engage and fascinate travelers.

See  Personality Matching Technology the new visual platforms and hotel personality matching used by PersonaHolidays


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Crane 5 Star Beach Villa Resort Hotel

The Crane 5 Star Beach Villa Resort Hotel is a special place – It sits on a  cliff overlook one of the 10 best beaches in the world. It is  a hotel with rooms, apartments and villas on a spacious ocean front playground in the Caribbean. Its timeshare options rank as a top value destination in the world.  It is not surprising to see it listed by the DestinationBarbados Blog as 5 star escape for couples, singles, family, friends, weddings and occasions of all sorts.

Crane Beach Video Review by HolidayHotel.Reviews

The world class beach is a open to all. it has good surf for body surfing and is safe for swimming, so long as you enjoy the waves. The ocean side  cliffs also are great for jumping off into the sea, but that is not for everyone. To experience the full ambiance of  The Crane Resort you have the option of staying in a villa apartment with its own pool, a hotel room or in the timeshare condominiums. You will enjoy with its  spacious accommodation among beautiful landscaped gardens, outdoor swimming pools, and a multitude of restaurants. The Crane resort also feature a town hall, village shopping, an art gallery, boutiques and a unique holiday lifestyle with jazz and piano bars for late night lounging.

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For more about the Crane 5 Star Beach Villa Resort Hotel Barbados – see Escape to the Crane Barbados

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 Barbados Affordable Holiday RentalsA long time ago, when there was no AirBNB and the sharing economy was not even a figment of the imagination, Barbados led the Caribbean with  Barbados Affordable Holiday Rentals. Today Intimate Hotel Barbados takes on the mantel of providing the best deals on accommodation that include boutique hotels, villas and apartments  and a complete choice of private homes and accommodations at affordable rates.

boat on the beach close to your affordable holiday accommodation

Intimate Hotels Barbados (IHB)  continues to pioneer in putting together vacation holidays you can afford with its fine selection of lovely guest houses, small hotels, apartments, private villas and vacation rentals of all types. From private homes and condominiums, to villa apartments and full service hotels. Check out the Intimate Hotels of Barbados for budget holidays that will surprise you.

Get details on Destination Barbados Barbados Affordable Vacations

Benefits of Booking with IHB. deal direct for best value and contibute

When you book an apartment villa or any property on the IHB website you are contributing directly to the economy of Barbados. The majority of your Booking dollars go to the island hotels and operators and not to the international Online Travel Agents (OTAs) like Expedia and More dollars stay in the country and go toward investment in tourism facilities and services: All to make your stay the best it can be.

Also IHB is a local company and you are dealing directly with Bajans, hotel owners and hosts who live, right here, on the island. They know Barbados better that anyone and can help you find the best value and the right places to stay to suite your style and budget. They can advise you from personal expSo much to do - get advice from a Bajan holiday host erience on where to stay, where to eat the best local food and gourmet cuisine. They can advise you where to go and what to do.

Barbados has more to do per mile that any other Caribbean Island so come now and explore the hidden coves, the endless beaches, the great houses and plantations along with the artisan villages and fishing coves.

Get Barbados Affordable Holiday Rentals for your next Caribbean Getaway!


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Barbados heritage & Culture tourism

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 at TravelersInsights 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.