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Saturday, August 7, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTA) -- Cruise is in the forefront of the Barbados Tourism Authority’s (BTA) new marketing thrust. It is described by Ryan Blackett, Director, Cruise Tourism, as having “the ability to transform the tourism landscape.” The Caribbean is at present the number one cruise destination in the world. read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There is a promise from the Barbados government to put systems in place to further enhance the country's reputation as the "business mecca" in the Caribbean. Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Patrick Todd, gave this undertaking last Thursday. read more...



Saturday, July 31, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There have been over one million Chinese "visitors" to Barbados during the past three months, with another four million expected by the end of October. Word of this comes from Marketing Executive of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), Bernard Phillips. read more...



Thursday, July 29, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Local boxing enthusiasts and sports fans are being encouraged to support the International Amateur Boxing Association's (AIBA) Women's Boxing Championships to ensure its success when it is staged here from September 6 to 19. Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, made the appeal. read more...



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Meetings held with over 20 tour operators in Beijing and Shanghai over the past two weeks have been dubbed a success by Barbados Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy. According to the Minister, the Chinese travelling public is very keen to go to new destinations, including Barbados. read more...



Monday, July 26, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados has demonstrated "a particularly mature approach to managing the intricate relationship between economic success and environmental stewardship. This assurance came on Friday from Minister of Environment, Dr Denis Lowe. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There are several opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships for companies setting up operations in China to also derive benefits from Barbados. This is the view of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean. read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Tourism, climate change and enhanced relations were the main areas of discussion during a meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Barbados and China, Senator Maxine McClean and Yang Jiechi, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Thursday. read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- To date, evolving economic developments in Europe have had limited effect on the financial environment in Barbados. This point was underscored on Thursday by acting Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, as he delivered the feature address at the opening of a two-day Inaugural... read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- "The end of one journey and the beginning of a new journey, full of hope and opportunity" began on Thursday in Beijing, China, with the official opening of Barbados' first, and "only mission anywhere beyond its traditional sphere of diplomatic action". read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

There was a study tour coordinated and sponsored by the Chinese government, for junior Caribbean officials, during the dates of May 17 and May 27, 2010 -- the second of its kind for the region. The trip was attended by delegations from the Free National Movement, the governing party of the Bahamas... read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados cannot seriously talk about sports tourism unless the necessary infrastructure is in place. This view was expressed last Friday by Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, when several members of the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU), namely... read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is in a much better position to discharge its role as the leader of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Acting Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, made this observation on Wednesday at the close of the 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads. read more...



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Regional integration is no longer an option for Caribbean states, but the only way the region will be able to secure and maintain economic and social development, says Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley. Delivering the keynote address at the opening of... read more...



Monday, July 5, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados economy is still sound and its safety net effectively strengthened and the medium term fiscal strategy targets are by and large being met. Prime Minister David Thompson gave this assurance on Thursday during an address to the nation.  read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime minister of Barbados, David Thompson, is currently on two months leave as a result of an rillness and Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has assumed leadership of the country. Thompson made this disclosure on Thursday during an address to the nation. read more...



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) --  Minister of Community Development and Culture, Steve Blackett is confident that Barbados can enjoy similar success in the worldwide fashion industry as it has done in the visual and performing arts. Speaking during the Face of Shabeau/ Caribbean Channel 2010 fashion show... read more...



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Brazil's emergence as a powerhouse economy in this century must be seriously viewed as a market for Barbados to tap into. This was intimated last Saturday by this island's Tourism Minister, Richard Sealy, following his arrival aboard the inaugural GOL direct flight from Sao Paulo. read more...



Thursday, June 24, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados and Panama will now have the opportunity to build stronger political and economic partnerships, thanks to the signing of a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA). The signing took place last Monday in Barbados with Panamanian Vice-President Juan Carlos Varela. read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is looking forward to the strengthening of ties with Panama, and the signing of a Double Taxation Agreement between the two Organisation of American States member countries will give impetus to those relations. Prime Minister David Thompson told this to the visiting... read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The parish of St Lucy will be the home of a massive development project that will generate millions of dollars in revenue, employ hundreds of persons and stimulate the socio-economic development of the entire northern section of Barbados, disclosed Prime Minister David Thompson read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Provocative Barbadian artist Annalee Davis is on a mission to use her talents and abilities to help promote the region's culture - its values and environment - at home and abroad. An independent visual artist and Bimventures entrepreneur, Annalee Davis has created murals and... read more...



Saturday, June 19, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTA) -- There are many reciprocal tourism, trade and cultural opportunities to be had between Barbados and Brazil. This was the gist of the remarks coming out of a media conference hosted by the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) on Tuesday June 15. read more...



Friday, June 18, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados government is keen to expose local entrepreneurs to their counterparts in other countries, particularly the United States, in an effort to encourage interaction and information sharing between them. This disclosure has come from Minister of Youth, Family... read more...



Thursday, June 17, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A Barbados government minister has offered young students some sound advice about making future career choices, stressing that the arts and cultural industries hold great potential for employment. Minister of Community Development and Culture, Steve Blackett, made this point... read more...



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Government will soon be in a better position to determine the impact of trade liberalisation as well as the number of small businesses operating in Barbados. Minister of State of Economic Affairs, Patrick Todd, intimated this as he outlined plans to conduct phase two of research. read more...



Monday, June 14, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTA) -- Barbados is poised to receive increased arrivals from Germany following confirmation from Condor that they will be doubling their flights to the island from November 2010. BTA’s aviation consultant, Neville Boxill, explained that this will result in two flights arriving each Monday. read more...



Monday, June 14, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- If Environment Minister, Dr Denis Lowe, has his way, the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies will eventually boast a Green Economics Centre. Barbados is becoming the most environmentally friendly country in the Latin America and Caribbean region. read more...



Saturday, June 12, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTA) -- The Barbados Tourism Authority’s team in Europe is better poised to market the island across the world’s largest economic region following a series of strategic meetings held on island from May 28 through June 4, 2010. The European team, which comprised representatives... read more...



Friday, June 11, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A challenge has been thrown out to the banking sector in Barbados to be more amenable, when providing financial assistance to help small businesses secure export possibilities, under the Economic Partnership Agreement. Minister of State Patrick Todd, made this suggestion last Tuesday. read more...



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The future of West Indies Cricket is looking brighter thanks to the combined effort of the West Indies Cricket Board, the University of the West Indies and Sagicor. This was underscored by Barbados Prime Minister, David Thompson at the launch of the Sagicor West Indies Cricket... read more...



Monday, June 7, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Canadians can expect to have more travel options to Barbados this summer as Air Canada and WestJet will be offering additional summer services out of Montréal and Toronto for 2010. Aviation consultant at the BTA, Neville Boxill, confirms that the Montréal service from Air Canada has... read more...



Monday, June 7, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- After many months of planting and nurturing a myriad of exotic blooms and foliage, the Barbados Horticultural Society were rewarded with this highest possible accolade last month at the Chelsea Flower Show, the largest and most prestigious flower show in the world. read more...



Monday, June 7, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Cognisant of the impact on the environment by pollutants, a Barabdos government minister has pledged to build a green economy through the enactment of a number of environmental policies. Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Patrick Todd, made this... read more...



Saturday, June 5, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The local rum industry continues to reap significant dividends for Barbados, by recording more than $458 million in export sales last year - a creditable performance for the industry despite the ongoing economic crisis. Barbados' share of exports last year was 85%. read more...



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados from June 6-10 to participate in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) and consult with regional partners on issues of shared interest. read more...



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) --"I don't believe that there is a crisis among our young people. There are challenges and we should see these challenges as opportunities." This was the view of Barbados Youth Minister, Stephen Lashley, as he delivered remarks Friday at the opening ceremony of the... read more...



Saturday, May 29, 2010

SAO PAULO, Brazil (BTA) -- Barbados made an indelible impression on over 300 Brazilian travel industry professionals and trade media representatives last Wednesday night when a team of public and private sector players partnered to launch the island's official marketing campaign. read more...



Thursday, May 27, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The creation of the National Youth Forum (NYF) of Barbados will give young people an opportunity to participate fully in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. This assurance came from Minister of Youth, Family and Sports, Stephen Lashley, over the weekend. read more...



Thursday, May 27, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Navy is deploying Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp, along with Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) Two, to the Caribbean to conduct Navy Diver- Southern Partnership Station (ND-SPS) 2010. Between May 21 and June 22, 2010 Grasp and MDSU will work... read more...



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