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The Harris Files:  by David Harris 

Sept 01, 2019

Makeover of the 'Crop Over Festival' in Barbados


Minister of Culture John King made an interesting comment while speaking to the press at the end of the 2019 Crop Over Festival. King a two times calypso Monarch indicated he will be putting forward other suggestions to his Cabinet colleagues to prevent the festival from becoming another carnival.

According to King it is time to get back to those cultural events like the plantation fairs and the culinary aspect like the "Great Feast". The feast referred to by the minister was held at a plantation during the Crop Over Festival, it offered patrons the best in Bajan cuisines and was regular event on the festival's calendar until it disappeared over a decade ago.

"I think we need now to re-brand and re-market Crop Over as probably the biggest summer arts festival any part of the world", the Minister said.

He also suggested consideration should be given to the return of Cohobblopot which was a main feature of the festival for several years. Cohobblopot attracted thousands of fans from its inception in 1983, and about eight years ago it was abandon the spectators began to dwindle.

Now King has indicated that the event might be returning to the Crop Over calendar. According to the Minister, whether the show should follow it's original format, or be changed to appeal to the younger millennials would have to be discussed by all partners in the festival.

The Minister's comments were timely , there is a school of thought that the Crop Over Festival has lost some of its appeal and is under threat from the various carnivals held in the Caribbean and other parts of the diaspora.

This year, several innovations were brought into the festival in an attempt to interject a new breath into Barbados' premier cultural event, based on King's comments, it is clear a makeover for Crop Over is on the cards.

David Harris, Freelance writer/Journalist - Barbados


Shadowless Biz:  by Michael AW Callender

July 02, 2019

THE CARIBBEAN CRUISE INDUSTRY

The Cruise Industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30 million travelers, with an increase by 6% from 28.2 million in 2018. In the coming year 18 new ships are on order from 'Caribbean Lines International Association' CLIA Cruise lines. A total of 272 CLIA-member Cruise ships are projected to be in operation by June 2019.

In addition, the industry is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market. The industry has experienced an average annual passenger growth rate of approximately 7% per annum, beginning In 1980. As for cruising, an increase of 62% was achieved between 2005 and 2015. Is the Caribbean benefiting?

In recent months, many Tourism Ministers and representatives of the Caribbean Islands are monitoring this market very closely, with some overlooking it in detail, through indept discussion, data and analyst . Many I suppose is wondering why, but as for me, I am fully aware of the

reason. It is because the benefits to cruise Tourism lies in the pockets of the Industry owners and operators and not the Governments or business Entrepreneurs at the destinations.

One might wonder how is the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association/FCCA really representing the various Governments, knowing of the one sided Industry.

When would this be fully reconized by Government Officials. 

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Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc

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Michael A W Callender is the Marketing & Media Consultant /Tourism & Culture - SMAC Productions, NY USA

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