The UNESCO designation of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage site creates all kinds of opportunities for business in Barbados, related to our rich history. For 200 years tourism in Barbados WAS what we can only call heritage tourism, while some visitors came for health reasons, such as George Washington and his brother in 1751. Visitors were interested in places from Sam Lord’s Castle to St. John’s Church, St. Michael’s Cathedral to St. Nicholas Abbey. And hotels like the Atlantis, the Crane and the “lovely lost lady”, the Marine, were the hosts.
Our UNESCO branding intersects with a whole new era of tourism – the re-birth of the intimate inn, through the development of the phenomenon Airbnb. This exponentially growing business, now worth more than a billion dollars, is based on the same principal as the little family run, intimate hostelry or bed and breakfast, making good use of what’s there. Here’s the Wikipedia definition of a bed and breakfast: “A bed and breakfast (typically shortened to B&B or BnB) is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast.”
The Caribbean island is 50 years old on 30 November – more to the point, it’s 50 years since it gained independence from the UK.
There are a few things you may already know about this island of a little more than 280,000 people: it was a centre of sugar production, has produced numerous world class cricketers, and is the birthplace of iconic pop star Rihanna.
So as Barbados celebrates its golden year of independence, here are some more facts that you may not know about the island.
It’s just like England, sort of
Due to its past colonial ties with the UK, Barbados is often referred to as Little England. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were wandering around England too (hot climate aside), especially with place names such as Hastings, Worthing, and Dover.