New to the UK market, SunGroup Hotels is a leading privately-owned and family run hotel group in Barbados comprising five unique properties – Almond Beach Resort, Sugar Cane Club, Savannah Beach Hotel, Worthing Court Hotel and Time Out Hotel. Each with its own distinct character and appeal, some are fully owned and managed and others are operator/management contracts.
During the first six months of 2015 Barbados recorded 303,592 long stay visitors, the first time the destination has ever topped 300,000 visitors in the January-June period in the 29 years of recording air arrivals tourism statistics. This also represents a 14.3 per cent increase or 37,945 more passenger arrivals over the comparative period in 2014.
Former Mount Gay Distilleries brand manager Marc McCollin has been appointed as the new senior business development officer in the UK office of the Barbados Tourism Marketing. McCollin’s appointment came into effect earlier, starting with a two week orientation in Barbados before taking up his official post in the UK.
Following the announcement of Barbados’ two new divisions of tourism - the Barbados Tourism Marketing and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority – the BTMI has confirmed the appointment of a prominent new chief executive and an industry-leading team of global directors. William Griffith has been appointed chief executive of the organisation and commenced his role earlier. An industry veteran, Griffith brings his vast experience in tourism back to Barbados, having been a member of the leadership team in a number of hotel properties in both Barbados and Bermuda.
The island of Barbados has announced its newest divisions of tourism affairs, the Barbados Tourism Marketing and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority. Built as a reform to the original Barbados Tourism Authority, the new divisions will work together to transform the current tourism landscape creating a bold new organisation focused on keeping the island top of mind in the dynamic and ever-changing tourism industry.
Delta Air Lines is launching nonstop flights to Barbados beginning on December 4, 2014, twice weekly between Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where connections to cities across the United States are available.
It’s a well known the moment Brits notice a few rays, they do everything in their power to make the most of it. Whether it’s donning flip flops, struggling into shorts or dusting the cobwebs off the BBQ, it’s so seldom Brits see the sun that they really don’t want to miss a moment when it does show its face.
Petra Roach has recently taken over as interim chief executive with the Barbados Tourism Authority. Here she talks to Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about the most recent developments in the Caribbean tourism hotspot, the importance of European airline and the series of events lined up throughout the year to make sure holidaymakers return time after time.
The board of directors of the Barbados Tourism Authority has announced Petra Roach, vice president of marketing and sales, UK, will assume the role of interim president and chief executive. Over the past twelve years, Roach has been a driving force for the Barbados Tourism Authority in the UK market, developing key campaigns including the British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament and the Top Gear Festival Barbados, as well as pushing for the ratifying of Britain’s Air Passenger Duty, which was reformed earlier this year.
Barbados will soon be gearing up to welcome additional holiday-makers looking for sunshine, as British Airways has announced an increase from ten to 12 flights per week, demonstrating the UK’s long-standing interest in travel to the island. These two extra flights will run from November 30th, 2014 through to February 29th, 2015, with the potential to bring up to nearly 600 extra passengers to the island per week.
The new Barbados tourism advertising campaign featuring Rihanna is going from strength to strength as it further deepens its breadth and depth to communicate the island – from the “Inside Out”. A record number of people around the world have already seen a sneak preview of the new campaign featuring Rihanna, who posted Twitter, Facebook and Instagram images on her social media feeds using the hashtag #Barbados.
The House, one of Barbados’ premier West Coast hotels, has completed a five-month refurbishment including a fresh look in the guestrooms and bathrooms.