NEWS from Barbados



August 22, 2019


Media Contact Symeria Palmer

U.S. Publicist

[email protected]

212.444.7135


NEW DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES BARBADOS’ UNIQUE HERITAGE TIES TO THE CAROLINAS


“Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection” to premiere in Barbados

with a special screening on August 24

NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2019) – Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) has partnered with South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) to host the Barbados premiere of “Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection,” a new documentary examining the deep-rooted connections between Barbados and South Carolina. The film is set to make its debut in Barbados on Saturday, August 24 during an exclusive premiere event and special screening at Limegrove Cinemas in Holetown.

Part of SCETV’s “Carolina Stories” series, “Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection” explores the colonization of the West Indian island and its strong influences on South Carolina. It also covers their shared culture of today, including Bajan and Gullah cuisine and architecture. Written, produced and directed by David Sanford Adams, the project was supported by a grant from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and features illustrations by James H. Palmer Jr.

“Barbados' impact is so evident in the cultural fabric of South Carolina. That’s why we’re proud to bring this documentary film to the people of our state. With it, we hope to generate an even better understanding of what makes the Palmetto State so unique and special,” said Anthony Padgett, SCETV President and CEO.

“I think most South Carolinians would be surprised to learn of our state’s strong historical and cultural connection to Barbados. It completely shaped the identity and ethos of our own culture, and by exploring this, perhaps we can positively influence our region’s future in a global society,” said David Sanford Adams, Director and Producer of “Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection.”

The city of Charleston, S.C., was founded by a group of Barbadians in 1670, making Barbados the only ‘Colony to found a Colony’. Charleston and Barbados would go on to sign a Sister City Agreement in 2019, connecting Charleston and Barbados’ second largest township, Speightstown. By signing this agreement, Barbados cemented its dedication to heritage tourism development in the city and its surrounding areas.

Beyond Charleston, the Gullah/Geechee Nation, which still inhabits the low country region and islands along the southeastern U.S. coast, has heritage ties to Barbados. The history of the Barbadians and Gullah/Geechees was first linked via the TransAtlantic Slave Trade, and later through the on-going commodification of crops such as Sea Island cotton and cultural heritage tourism. In June 2019, BTMI partnered with the Gullah/Geechee Nation, to host an immersive cultural trip to Barbados to propel the historic reconnection between the two regions.

“This documentary is groundbreaking because it takes a little-known history and thrusts Barbados onto the world stage. As the only ‘colony to found a colony’, Barbados played a profound role in the development of the Carolinas but the story also propelled a chain of events which had serious political, economic and sociocultural impacts on the DNA of the USA,” said Petra Roach, U.S. Director of BTMI. “Whilst everything that Barbados influenced was not positive - we must never sterilize or rewrite history as it’s not in mankind’s best interest. Rather, we have to confront history, see it for what it is and learn from the positives whilst ensuring that the negatives are never repeated.”

A celebration of Bajan culture and history, the “Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection” Barbados premiere event will take place on Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Limegrove Cinemas in Holetown. The event will feature local cuisine prepared by award-winning Chef Damien Leach of Cocktail Kitchen. Scheduled speakers include Bobbi Kennedy-Special Projects Director, Office of the President, South Carolina ETV; David Sanford Adams - Senior Producer/ Director, Broadcast Content, South Carolina ETV; and The Hon. John A. King MP, Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports.

A classroom version of the documentary will be used throughout the educational system in the Carolinas region. SCETV has also developed one-to-one lesson plans to support the documentary and will host educator workshops throughout the state.

“Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection” first aired on SCETV in South Carolina on June 20, and can now be watched online here.

For more information, visit ww.scetv.org/beyond-barbados. For questions, photos and interview requests please contact Symeria Palmer at [email protected]


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August 13, 2019


Fulbright scholars off to US


The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship recipients for the academic year 2019 to 2020.

In August, Barbadian Matthew St. Bernard, and Dominican, Nutrice Francis travelled as Fulbright Foreign Students to the United States, where they will have their graduate-level studies funded by the US Government.

St. Bernard, who is a teacher at the St Michael School in Barbados, will undertake a Master’s degree in Public Service and Administration: Public Policy Analysis at Texas A&M University – College Station Graduate School for two academic years. Francis, a graduate teacher in the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education in Dominica will undertake an M.S. Ed in Special Education at Northern Illinois University.

The Fulbright programme is the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the US government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Fulbright Foreign Student programme enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at US universities or other appropriate institutions. (PR)


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July 18, 2019


‘Stale’ tourism offerings in need of facelift


Barbados Today Published 

Colville Mounsey


If Barbados is to get a bigger slice of the multi-billion dollar international cruise industry, then this country’s tourism product needs to be urgently refreshed.

This is according to findings of the final report of the National Cruise Development Commission, which identified several key areas which have contributed to the worrying trend of low spend among cruise ship passengers and short-stay visitors.

Speaking from the Senate floor this morning, Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Dr Jerome Walcott laid out the findings noting that in the report, which utilised several surveys, it was revealed that there has been steady decline in visitor satisfaction, decrease in consumer interest and the general view that the tourism product offerings were stale.

The report was divided into eight sections and covers several areas, looking at an analysis of the tourist industry against global trends. The report also looked at the current infrastructure versus what was needed to operate the cruise sector at an optimum level.

“The report spoke of the port and the deficiencies there. Out of 34 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, in terms of the welcome at the port of entry, Barbados ranked at number 29. So this is an area which definitely needs to be worked on as well as the cruise infrastructure. The report calls for massive expansion or a new cruise ship facility,” Walcott said.

The Senator further noted that the report also spoke to the upgrades to road infrastructure, clearer signage to attractions and intense marketing of several tourist facilities that have not lived up to their potential. The commission also urged Government to accelerate its plans for making Bridgetown a smart city, while increasing the number of bathroom facilities in the capital.

“It also speaks to environmental issues where persons go to visit attractions and places of interest and the signs leading to those places are often covered in bush and debris and we need to address this. The report also spoke to a need to refurbish the Pelican Craft Centre in order for that facility to be given a new lease on life, he said, noting that the commission’s report also called for a refreshing of the popular Oistins Bay Gardens facilities

The National Cruise Development Commission was established by Cabinet in August last year. Walcott noted that the cruise commission was charged with the responsibility of doing an in-depth assessment and analysis of the sector.


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June 26, 2019


Barbados back on top at Taste of the Caribbean


Barbados has taken the top prize at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean competition which ended minutes ago in Miami.

The team won the coveted Caribbean National Team of the Year dethroning Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados fielded a strong team of two senior chefs, a junior chef, a pastry chef and a bartender to tantalise the judges' taste buds.

The team was not satisfied with the top prize as they also took bronze in the categories of Caribbean Pastry Chef and Caribbean Junior Chef and silver in Caribbean Chef.

They won gold in Caribbean Bartender of the year and Caribbean National Team before being called back to the podium for the last and grandest prize of Caribbean National Team Of The Year.

Barbados came out on top on three previous occasions, the last time being 2017, before being beaten by Trinidad last year. They came back with determination this year, adding some fresh talent to the familiar faces, guided by team manager Henderson Butcher.

The team returns home tonight. (NS)


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June 01, 2019 


CROP OVER 2019 


Crop Over is not only a season of unity, music, party and revelry for us, but it continues to be a period of strong economic growth for the country. Its enormous entrepreneurial potential, the employment opportunities generated not only in the cultural industries but across a number of contributing industries, and the influx of visitors it attracts that bring with it an increase in foreign exchange, makes this festival one of the important economic drivers. We need this festival, we need this cultural tourism product and there is nary a chance that we can let anything threaten to destroy it,” the NCF CEO added/more