- Global numbers up 2.6pc on last year
- 4,000 Irish and 150,00 British visit the island
- BA promoting 12 flights weekly
It may have been an unseasonably cold night in Dublin but inside the Morrison Hotel the rum and cocktails were flowing, the food was sizzling on serving platters and several lucky members of the Irish travel trade were waltzing out the door clutching free 3, 5 and 7 night stays in Barbados in their hands.
Cheryl Carter and Marc McCollin of Barbados Tourism Marketing, Tara Magee of British Airways and Janeille Bishop of Beach Hotels Barbados hosted key trade and media at a Taste of Barbados event on a lively night in Dublin and they certainly brought all the excitement and holiday joy of the stunning destination to bear at the well attended event. Showcasing all the holiday resorts that are being developed, the food (courtesy of Chef Creig) and the cocktail creations of leading mixologist Philip Antoine, attendees were faced with collecting clues and filling in a treasure hunt style form before they submitted their entries in the hopes of jetting off to the fabled holiday destination.
Global visitor figures are up 2.6pc on last year while cruise passenger numbers are up by 7.8pc and the Rum & Food Festival is set to run from October 18th – 21th. This year has also seen the naming of Rhianna Drive in honour of Barbados’ leading lady and ambassador.
Virgin are running twice weekly flights there while British Airways now have up to 12 flights per week – not surprising considering 4,000 Irish chose the destination for holidays in the past year.
Proposed weekly direct flights from Dublin to Bridgetwon in 2003 never happened. here’s to a direct route soon.
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