Barbados offers a combination of ease and passion for all types of travellers. We want everyone who loves Barbados to join us in celebrating the richness of our culture, our lifestyle and our heritage. We embrace our indomitable icons, legends and proud craftsmen of our fate who have helped Barbados to become a world-class destination. The effort of our travel communities is essential to the work we do in promoting our island. Barbados continues to support the trade through a number of fam trips, regional tradeshows, newsletters, events, online training and reward programmes with Barbados Elite Club.
28 Jul 23Partner News
Introducing the Bajan Fair: Barbados Food and Rum Festival TeamIntroducing the Bajan Fair! We’ve got something new for the whole family to ...Read moreIntroducing the Bajan Fair: Barbados Food and Rum Festival Team - News & announcements
Introducing the Bajan Fair!
We’ve got something new for the whole family to enjoy at the 2023
Barbados Food and Rum Festival!
Get ready to make unforgettable memories at the Bajan Fair on
Saturday, October 21st
Experience 12 hours of non-stop fun, laughter and food.
Here’s what you can expect
Alcohol-free kid’s zone
A whimsical world filled with thrilling rides, fair food and exciting games.
Rum Shop Village
This 18+ bar will be filled with the most aromatic cocktails and drinks
A lineup of the best local artists, dancers and more!
The Harvest Showdown
This is the ultimate produce showdown! Who has the biggest yam, watermelon or even pumpkin? This is the place to find out.
Support your fave local entrepreneurs as they sell the best food, clothes, crafts, accessories and so much more!
$10 USD - Adults
$5 USD - Children (Ages 4 - 12)
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tickets Available NOW!
15 May 23Partner News
Discovering Barbados – Six Must-Know FactsWith its rich culture, eco experiences and culinary escapades, Barbados is a destination that ...Read moreDiscovering Barbados – Six Must-Know Facts - News & announcementsWith its rich culture, eco experiences and culinary escapades, Barbados is a destination that will leave you yearning for more. From January to December, this 166-square-mile island offers 365 days of countless activities for any type of traveller to enjoy. And, with the return of Copa Airlines flights from Panama City to Barbados, Latin American travellers now have easier access to the island. So, before you book your next flight to Barbados, here are six facts you should know! Barbados is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean From farm-to-table concepts to cuisines inspired by vibrant Latin American flavours, a food truck utopia and the most breathtaking beachside restaurants, Barbados has over 400 diverse dining experiences around the island. As the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, the island is also home to one of the most anticipated food festivals in the world, The Barbados Food and Rum Festival. This festival is a mecca for foodies designed to tantalize your taste buds with the best of Barbadian cuisine. It features local and international chefs, renowned rum producers and culinary personalities. This year the festival will be held from October 19th-October 22nd and through six signature events, it is truly a celebration of high-quality and authentic gastronomic art. The island is the indisputable original rum connoisseur As the home of the oldest rum in the world, Mount Gay Rum, Barbados is the Birthplace of the rum. The creation of this liquid gold dates back to 1703. Many can have the opportunity to visit where it all began with guided tours at the original distillery. It is said that you can find a rum shop on every corner, so tasting the finest blends in Barbados is not a hard task. With over 1500 rum shops, the island is a rum lover’s paradise. Summer in Barbados is a unique cultural experience. Crop Over, the sweetest summer festival, is held annually. As one of the Caribbean’s biggest festivals, Crop Over invites locals and tourists to celebrate a 200-year-old tradition that honours the end of the sugar cane season. It’s six weeks of non-stop fetes, arts and craft markets, music competitions and indescribable vibes, all culminating on Grand Kadooment Day. Considered the best Monday of the year, Kadooment is held on the first Monday in August where masquerade bands make their way through a guided route on the island. Masqueraders are dressed in costumes decorated with colourful feathers, jewels and bright accents dancing behind music trucks blazing soca music. The island’s national hero and billionaire mogul, Robyn “Rihanna” frequently attends the festival and celebrities like Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton have also experienced it. This year, Crop Over will be held July 1st – August 7th. It is a Sports Isle Throughout the year, Barbados hosts a number of events for sports enthusiasts to experience. Because of this, the island can be referred to as the Sports Isle. One of the most popular sports on the island is Polo, which attracts the best players from all over the world. There are five world-class polo grounds on the island with the polo season running from January to May. Furthermore, the largest marathon in the Caribbean, Run Barbados, is another premier sporting event on the island. Known for its festive atmosphere and spirit of camaraderie, the marathon takes participants on a scenic journey route through some of Barbados’ most historical landmarks. This year the marathon will celebrate 40 years since its establishment and will be held from December 8th-10th . Also known as the Surf Isle, Barbados is home to the biggest surfing event in the Caribbean, the World Surf League Barbados Surf Pro QS 5000. This event was held this year at the infamous Soup Bowl and attracted surfers from Mexico, Cost Rica, Panama and Brazil just to name a few. But that’s not all, the island has also claimed the title of Motorsport Island as Barbados is home to Formula Two Red Bull racer and motorsport champion, Zane Maloney. Bushy Park, the leading circuit-racing facility in the English-speaking Caribbean can also be found on the island. During the year there is also cricket, motorsports, sailing, swimming, equestrian, athletics and so much more. The island is a top pick for romantic getaways. Barbados is a great backdrop for a romantic getaway with its idyllic white sand, lush green gardens, and awe-inspiring views. Couples can spend their time watching the sunset on a luxurious catamaran, exploring the unique ambience of the enchanted gardens or even go off-roading tours through the hills and fields. It also has a list of picture-perfect spots where one can pop the infamous question. Barbados is an Award-winning Sustainable Destination For travellers seeking eco-friendly experiences, Barbados is considered a sustainable destination. For its efforts to preserve its natural beauty, Barbados won the 2023 Green Destination Story Awards for Environment and Climate. On the island, you can experience its greatest wonders like Harrison’s Cave, explore the forested terrain at Walkers Reserve and get lost in the tranquillity that Coco hill Forest brings. So, there are 365 days, 52 weeks or 8760 hours to choose from to make your time in Barbados one for the books. With these six facts in mind, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
05 Apr 23Partner News
5th April 2023 Run Barbados to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary in December 2023When it comes to locations for a marathon weekend, there are few better worldwide ...Read more5th April 2023 Run Barbados to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary in December 2023 - News & announcementsWhen it comes to locations for a marathon weekend, there are few better worldwide than Barbados. With gorgeous sunny skies, cooling breezes, clear blue waters, and stunning scenery Barbados is one of the ultimate running destinations in the Caribbean and indeed, the world. That is why Barbados Tourism and Marketing is delighted to announced that… Run Barbados, the Caribbean's premier running festival, is back for its 40th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Scheduled to take place on the 9th and 10th of December 2023, this fabulous event brings together runners from all around the world to experience the beauty and culture of Barbados while conquering challenging racecourses. The event features a range of running distances, including a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and full marathon. Participants can choose to compete in one or more events over the course of the weekend. Runners will relish the stunning scenery of Barbados, as they make their way through the island's picturesque neighbourhoods, past historic landmarks, and along the stunning coastline. In addition to the competitive races, Run Barbados offers a range of fun challenges, runs and walks suitable for all ages and abilities, making it a perfect family-friendly event. Participants can also take part in a series of social events, including a welcome reception, beach party, and awards ceremony, providing a perfect opportunity to relax and celebrate their achievements with fellow runners. Tom Britton, Managing Director of Marble City Travel and veteran of no less than 45 marathons, completed the 2022 marathon and said it was unlike anything he has ever experienced before: “The whole experience of competing in the Barbados Marathon was a pure, soulful joy” he said. “On arrival in Barbados you really need to put your watch in your pocket and relax! “It is a most unique marathon experience! No mile markers, no mass crowded start. Everyone begins within a few seconds of each other. You have time to enjoy the scenery of those first miles, ocean, and beach to one side, the lush green to your other side. This is all just after sunrise, with that warm orange glow from over the horizon beckoning in another warm day in Barbados. “Depending on you, your finish will close up quickly enough, and you are left wondering – how did I manage without all the usual props that you don’t really need. All you need are your fellow competitors who are there to whoosh you on! Finally, there is a beach waiting for you at the end…. magic!” With its warm weather, friendly locals, and stunning scenery, Barbados is the perfect location for a running event. Run Barbados 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience for all participants and spectators alike. For more information and to register for Run Barbados 2023, visit the official website at www.runbarbados.org.
10 Feb 23Partner News
Barbados To Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace This SpringBarbados will host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) ...Read moreBarbados To Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace This Spring - News & announcementsBarbados will host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace, May 9-11, 2023. CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig announced that the influential trade association’s largest annual event, which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products and services, will be staged in Barbados for the first time in the organization’s history. “CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region’s top earner for robust growth this year, we are delighted to lock arms with our Bajan partners to drive business to the Caribbean,” she stated. Ian Gooding-Edghill, Barbados’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, said the Barbados tourism industry was undergoing a major renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing could not be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to local soil. “We are honored to host such a preeminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,” said Minister Gooding-Edghill, who believes the meeting aligns with Barbados’ value offerings, which appeal, among others, to the very important MICE market. Caribbean Travel Marketplace 41 will build on the success of last fall’s 40th edition, which was held in Puerto Rico. A highlight of the Puerto Rico meeting was the launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, the second edition of which will be held in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, ahead of the official opening ceremony of Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The Forum will once again focus on the business of tourism, while business appointments will be held on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11. “Our private sector partners, together with the BTMI and the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, are keen to showcase Barbados’ exceptional product and experiences and we cannot wait to welcome you to our island home,” said Renée Coppin, Chairman of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. Meanwhile, Madden-Greig noted that this year’s Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on the revival of multi-destination travel. Marketplace will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Registration details will be available soon. For more information, visit www.chtamarketplace.com.
08 Feb 23Partner News
Sailors Flock to Barbados for Top Sailing WeekWith seven exhilarating days on the high seas, Barbados Sailing week officially kicked ...Read moreSailors Flock to Barbados for Top Sailing Week - News & announcementsWith seven exhilarating days on the high seas, Barbados Sailing week officially kicked off the Caribbean racing season. Held in January, the week attracted crews and spectators from the USA, the UK, Italy, Australia and even Poland. The sailing week was organized by the Barbados Cruising Club and the Barbados Yacht Club and sponsored by the Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc (BTMI) and Mount Gay Rum Barbados A Pivotal Year Corey Garrett, Director of Caribbean and Latin America, Sports for the BTMI described the 2023 edition of Barbados Sailing Week as a pivotal year for the event. He said it marked the beginning of a five-year marketing plan to promote sailing week as one of the number one sporting activities in Barbados. “We understand how important sports tourism is in Barbados and building it as a platform for locals and for our visitors will continue to do the destination well into the future. So, forming a strong partnership with the Barbados Sailing Association, the Barbados Yacht Club and the Barbados Cruising Club will definitely take us forward as a destination,” he stated. This year the week was deemed one of the most inclusive as events such as kiteboarding, wing foiling and remote-control boating were officially added to the week of events. Along with the anticipated offshore and junior dinghy sailing races, there was also a fun day which included a paddle surfing race and a treasure hunt. The Legendary Race What continues to make the week legendary is the highly anticipated Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. The race dates back to the 1930s and is held annually on January 21st, a national bank holiday, in honour of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, who was Barbados’ first prime minister, a sailing enthusiast and the co-founder of the Barbados Cruising Club. The Round Barbados Race is also seen as the climax of the week for many, including Race Coordinator of Barbados Sailing Week, Chris Worme. “My highlight of the event is the Round Barbados Race which has been a tradition for a number of years. It has been going on since the early days with schooners and we have tried to develop it into a bigger event as we have managed to increase it now to a 7-Day Event,” Worme said. Nine boats from around the globe competed in the race and even a Wing Foil tried to make it around the island. Spectators were given the chance to view the iconic race from 13 designated points around the island. Some caught up with the action while dining or ‘liming’ at La Cabane, Tapas, Animal Flower, Round House, Sea Shed and John Moore Bar to name a few. Spectators could even track the boats via the YB Races mobiles application, which allows you to track live boat races around the globe. Barbadian Zachary Stuart was stationed at La Cabane bright and early to watch his daughter Savannah compete on the Rapajam. This was his first time watching the race and he was very proud and nervous to watch his daughter out on the waters. He spent the day following his daughter and the race around the island, making a stop at a few viewing points. The most popular viewing point was Animal Flower Cave, as the north point of the island is the most challenging and enthralling point of the race. Meg Matthews and her husband Bob were vacationing on the island from New Jersey and heard about the week while visiting the Animal Flower Cave prior. Meg previously sailed to Barbados so watching the race was an exciting full-circle moment. A Unique Race Though the race may be difficult, it’s exciting and includes different aspects of sailing in one race. That’s why Captain Matthew Barker keeps coming back to the island to participate in the race and the sailing week. He has been participating for 10 years and his boat, the Blue Peter placed second overall in the Round Barbados Race. Describing the race, he stated “The race is a lot of fun, it’s hard, it’s challenging but it’s worth it because then you finish it off with rum and a red cap,” he described. For 40 years, sailors who participate in a Mount Gay-sponsored regatta have received a red cap featuring the Mount Gay logo, the name of the regatta and the year. During the first historic Round Barbados race, most boats sailed for the honour of the fastest time and a barrel of Mount Gay Rum. Today, this honour has transitioned into achieving the coveted Mount Gay Red Cap. The Red Cap is an esteemed symbol of accomplishment in the international sailing community which must be earned. Around the globe, they say, if you win a red cap, you are a sailor, so it makes sense that after a fun and challenging race, the week of the event ends with the iconic Red Cap Party. Spectators, crews and sailing enthusiasts all gathered at the Cruising Club to celebrate the sailors and a successful week with live music, deejays and of course Mount Gay Rum, in Barbados, the Birthplace of Rum. Full Race Results for each event are available via https://www.roundbarbados.com
14 Dec 22Expert Hub
Six Great Ocean Adventures – Visit BarbadosWhen you think of fantastic beaches, you should think of beaches in Barbados. After ...Read moreSix Great Ocean Adventures – Visit Barbados - News & announcementsWhen you think of fantastic beaches, you should think of beaches in Barbados. After all, the island’s 166 square miles are surrounded by the most pristine white sand beaches in the Caribbean. This means that wherever you stay in Barbados, you will always be close to a beach - and that’s a guarantee. Barbados is a haven for almost any type of island water sport you can imagine. So while you can lay on the shore, on your best beach vacation, soaking up our year-round summer sun, there are many water sports activities waiting for you. Looking for some great ocean adventures on Barbados’ beaches while on the island? Here are our picks for the six great activities you should try while you are here.KayakingTry kayaking in Barbados, and you won't be disappointed. For persons who want to experience the calm waters and warm tropical breezes, the West Coast is ideal. However, for those who want a more challenging and exciting journey then you can head to the South Coast, for instance, Surfer’s Point is a fantastic location for kayaking or other water sport activities. Several water sports rental shops are in the South Coast for easy access, and you can rent kayaking gear from these shops.Clear Kayaks Barbados, is a watersports shop that rents clear kayaks to persons who are looking for a different adventure where you can discover a hidden world below the surface with their unique clear glass bottom kayaks. These kayaks make it easier to see below the waves and experience all that Barbados has to offer in the deep waters below. https://drive.google.com/file/d/10rYzSia_sR6cSjgoxxRQUfdSJ43lgo59/view?usp=sharing Diving Barbados offers visitors and locals a treat both above and below water. Submerged shipwrecks, warm tropical waters and thrilling deep water dives in the Atlantic, makes Barbados a destination that many scuba divers return to year after year. With approximately 200 wrecks, it’s no wonder that Barbados is a dive destination that captures the interest of divers looking for something different. The Pamir, Friars Crag, and the Starvronikita are the shipwrecks that should be at the top of your diving priority list. If it is your first time diving, the Pamir is at depths perfect for beginners. But if you are interested in putting in hours in your log with wreck after wreck then the Carlisle Bay, is where you want to be. There are four wrecks in this bay that are accessible to beginners. There are many diving stores in Barbados, which are glad to assist visitors and locals in scuba diving. Including, The Diving Shop ltd, which is the first full-service scuba diving operation in Barbados. This company has been a leader and pioneer in Barbados scuba-diving and marine conservation for over 45 years. Another diving store is Roger’s Scuba Shack which is a 5 star PADI certified shop in Barbados for all your scuba diving adventures. Learning to Surf / Boogie board Barbados has been called one of the best surfing destinations in the world. The surf on this island is usually good for eight months to a year, usually November to June. The trade winds blow out of the East North East (ENE) which makes the swells clean and surfing super fun. Another fun water sport is boogie boarding, and this fun activity is usually for kids, amateurs and beginners and the best place to go is the West Coast of Barbados to boogie board since the waves are inconsistent and you have a better chance to enjoy and stay safe while in the water. If you have never surfed before and are willing to ride these waves here in Barbados, then first you must learn. There are plenty of surfing schools and surfing rental shops that know first-hand all about surfing - the techniques, the right board and the best waves to find around the island. Surfing schools usually start with the basics, and most schools in Barbados show you the techniques and procedures on land first and simulate the training on the boards before you head in the water. Some of the schools include: “Ride The Tide Surf school”, Barry’s Surf Barbados Surf School, Barry’s Surf School or the famous “Dread or Dead Surfing School”. Some surfing schools also show you how to boogie board and are patient in showing and teaching beginners and kids. The schools usually rent the boards and operate all in one shops for you to get your gear and equipment for other water sport activities. Kite and windsurfing Barbados has excellent unique wind and kite surfing conditions for anyone who is looking to try this trending water sports activity in our warm tropical sea. In fact, Barbados may have one of the most ideal kitesurfing beaches in the world - Silver Sands Beach - with lovely blue sun-kissed skies, white golden sands, turquoise crystal clear waters and the tropical breeze to cool you.The wind blows slightly onshore, which is essential to the safety of a kitesurfing beginner. Barbados is blessed with constant trade winds and an average temperature of 30 degrees - creating an ideal wind force for kite and windsurfing. There are quite a few kite and windsurfing schools in Barbados if you want to try this fun, adventurous activity. These include “Endless Kite Boarding” - offering lessons in both wind and kitesurfing to the South of the island. Other companies include UpWind Kitesurf school and KiteSurf Intl Barbados. Snorkelling & Swimming with the sea turtles Snorkelling in Barbados is a must-do. With an array of beautiful, colourful coral reefs, and plenty of marine life to see, snorkelling is a popular pastime for both locals and tourists alike.Barbados' clear coastal waters offer the perfect visibility for snorkelling; you don’t need to swim too far out from the shore to get a view of a fantastic range of sea creatures and exotic tropical fish. Not only is snorkelling fun, but it is easy to do with little or no training - it's something the whole family will enjoy. If you choose to Snorkel a bit further offshore, you are bound to see coral reef formations, parrotfish, sea urchins, slugs, barrel sponges and possibly get to see, feed and swim with the hawksbill and green leatherback turtles that make Barbados their home. Swimming with the sea turtles is a must, and many local catamaran cruises offer this service in their itinerary as one of the top things to do. The clear view of the ocean floor means that snorkelers may also get a chance to see sea snakes, conch shells and starfish, and if you look very closely, you may get a glimpse of tiny seahorses. The best places to snorkel are on the West and South coasts of Barbados. Deep-sea fishing Barbados fishing operators offer deep-sea fishing and tours around the coasts of the island. There are many exotic tropical fish that have made Barbados their home and several boating charters know where the best fishing spots are for you to get a big catch. You may be able to catch big fish such as Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, blue and white Marlin and even sailfish. If you are a first-timer, most fishing charters show you how to fish and offer packages where you can rent equipment such as a tackle, bait, fishing rods and lines. The charters also include refreshments and transportation. There are many fishing charters in Barbados and some who allow you to keep your catch and some who grill your catch. Some fishing charters include Legacy Fishing Charters, Reel Deep, Reel Crazy, Bluefin fishing charters and Predator Sport Fishing. Whatever you choose for your day at the beach, Barbados is sure to have a perfect location.
17 Nov 22Expert Hub
Rihanna to the World – Visit BarbadosIn a tiny village on the outskirts of the capital Bridgetown, a quaint domicile ...Read moreRihanna to the World – Visit Barbados - News & announcementsIn a tiny village on the outskirts of the capital Bridgetown, a quaint domicile shelters a little girl from the tropical sun while she lays in bed dreaming. This little girl with dreams bigger than anyone can fathom runs around the house and her neighbourhood with a hairbrush as her microphone singing Whitney Houston’s songs. Fast forward - It's approximately 15 years later, and now little girls, not only from her community and island home but from around the world, hold hair brushes in hand pretending to be her. Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna, is a global icon dominating the entertainment, cosmetic and fashion scenes. Her name is now a multibillion-dollar brand, and her rise to fame and fortune reads like a fairy tale, and as with all fairy tales, we have to start at the beginning. Where It Started - Life In Barbados Once upon a time… on February 20, 1988, on the Caribbean island of Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was born. The eldest of three children, she grew up like any other girl from the island, running around, playing and hanging out with her two brothers at the beach. The small, close-knit neighbourhood where she grew kept her safe and allowed her to blossom under the influence of her mother (an accountant) and to a much lesser extent her father (a warehouse supervisor). School life for Rihanna in Barbados was a good one. Charles F Broome Memorial Primary school is where she got her initial education then she went on to attend one of the most prestigious schools on the island, Combermere. Interestingly, while going to school at Combermere, she was an army cadet. The cadet program is a military program for kids in school. It was also while attending this school that her musical aspirations were materialising. In 2003 Rihanna, along with two other girls, formed a trio with ambitions to 'make it big' in the entertainment industry. As fate would have it, the trio landed an informal audition with American music producer, Evan Rogers while he was vacationing in Barbados. It was at that audition that the now-famous quote was coined. " The minute Rihanna walked into the room; it was like the other two girls didn't exist". Clearly, Rogers was impressed by Rihanna, which led to her travelling to record a series of demos. Over the next year, Rihanna travelled back and forth between the US and Barbados recording demos and sending them off to record labels. Things Were About To Change At age sixteen Rihanna and her mother made a decision, a challenging one for a mother of a teenage girl but for Rihanna it was easy. She emigrated to the United States of America and moved in with Rogers and his wife. Rihanna is quoted as saying, "I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America". That bold move to leave everything including friends, family, and the place she called home to pursue her dreams, paid off in January of 2005. Rogers, dedicated to making Rihanna the star he believed her to be, was able to secure an audition with Jay Z who was the newly appointed president of Def Jam Records. As the story goes, Rihanna sang for the Hip Hop legend and music mogul L.A Reid. She performed the demo version of 'Pon De Replay' along with two other songs. Both gentlemen were wowed not only by her vocal ability but by her commanding presence and dedication. So impressed was Reid that he told Jay - Z not to let her leave until “a deal was done” - They finished at 3 am, 12 hrs later. The Rise To Stardom And Beyond After that legendary meeting, the name Rihanna was about to be on everyone’s lips. She transitioned from the unknown island girl from Barbados to the girl everyone wanted to know about. In August 2005, seven months after signing for Def Jam, her debut album was released - Music of the Sun. Prior to its release the single 'Pon De Replay' debuted and was an instant success, reaching number 2 on the Billboard singles chart, while the album peaked at number 10 on the album charts. With one hit song and an album in the bag, Rihanna and her team continued to work, and her second album ‘Girl Like Me’ was released. The second was even better than the first and two major hit singles, 'Unfaithful' and 'SOS'. ‘SOS’ subsequently became her first number one record and Rihanna had arrived! From there she released one album each year until 2016. Along the way, she became the 1st Barbadian to win a Grammy award with her mega-hit 'Umbrella' in 2008. By the end of 2016, she was one of the music industry's most successful artists and a global icon, selling more than 250 million records worldwide. Smashing records and winning awards and making history.
- 9 Grammy Awards, 33 Nominations
- 12 Billboard Music Awards
- 13 American Music Awards
- 8 People's Choice Awards
- 2013 American Music 'Icon Award'
- Michael Jackson Vanguard Award
- 7 MTV Awards
- Guinness World Record for most digital sales- over 58 million
- NAACP President’s Award
- The only artist to have scored five #1 songs in a calendar year on the Dance Club Songs Chart.
- 31 Top 10 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100
- World's Richest Female Musician with a Net Worth of $600 Million by 2020
- Appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados
- In 2017 the location of her original residence was renamed Rihanna Drive.
- First Black Woman to Head a LVMH Fashion House
- Harvard University- Humanitarian of the Year, 2017
12 Nov 22NEWS
Jens, CEO of Barbados Tourism details the future tourism strategy for the countryComing out of Covid, Jens sees Barbados' future is to create the framework, on top ...Read moreJens, CEO of Barbados Tourism details the future tourism strategy for the country - News & announcementsComing out of Covid, Jens sees Barbados' future is to create the framework, on top of its great beaches, to facilitate the local community and businesses to understand, buy-in, and build a sustainable 360 ecosystem, which by its own nature, bonds with the visitors.
11 Nov 22Partner News
Barbados Win Big at the Elegant Resorts Supplier Awards 2022Barbados Tourism Marketing Awarded the Most Supportive Tourist Board at Elegant Resorts’ Supplier Awards ...Read moreBarbados Win Big at the Elegant Resorts Supplier Awards 2022 - News & announcements
Barbados Tourism Marketing Awarded the Most Supportive Tourist Board at Elegant Resorts’ Supplier Awards 2022Following a successful first day at World Travel Market London, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. were honoured to be awarded the most supportive tourist board by Elegant Resorts at their annual supplier awards. Over 100 hoteliers, airline representatives and DMCs attended the awards ceremony which took place at The Savoy, London, on November 7th. It was the first time it had taken place in person in two years. also honoured key Barbados luxury properties, including the O2 Beach Club, awarded the Best Newcomer 2022 at the ceremony, and Sandy Lane, nominated by Elegant Resorts for the Client Choice Award 2022. Elegant Resorts are a key partner for Barbados Tourism. Their passionate team with over 30 years of experience make them a leader in luxury travel across the UK. Barbados is currently Elegant’s top-performing destination and, year-to-date bookings are trending over 9% up in terms of revenue, and 3% up in actual passenger numbers versus 2019. According to Elegant Resorts, there are various reasons why Barbados is popular with British tourists, including the island’s world-class immersive experiences, visitor safety, and an unrivalled culinary scene. At the event, Elegant Resorts announced that their average selling price had gone through the roof, increasing from £15,000 to £22,000 this year. Travel agent bookings and sales through the operator’s members club, The Chairman’s Club, also averaged £35,000. World Travel Market is one of the leading annual events for the international travel sector, hosted in the ExCel Centre, London. The Barbados delegation, led by Minister for Tourism and International Travel, the Hon. Ian Gooding-Edgehill attended WTM in London for three days of meetings with media, suppliers, and agents from all corners of the world.
23 Sep 22Partner News
Barbados Removes All COVID-19 ProtocolsOn Thursday, September 22nd, the Government of Barbados announced its changes to the travel ...Read moreBarbados Removes All COVID-19 Protocols - News & announcementsOn Thursday, September 22nd, the Government of Barbados announced its changes to the travel entry protocols. Effective midnight, Thursday September 22nd, 2022, Barbados have discontinued all COVID-19 related travel protocols. Therefore, there will be no testing requirements for entering Barbados whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. In addition, the wearing of masks generally will now be optional. Mask wearing only remains mandatory for persons working in and visiting healthcare facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and senior citizens' homes; persons travelling on public transportation; and for persons who are COVID-19 positive. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Lisa Cummins stated that “This is the last step for us which reflects our position as fully open for business following the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to our shores to experience all of the new and returning events slated for the rest of the year, and into early 2023.”. For more information on Barbados’ travel protocols, visit www.barbadostravelprotocols.com.
23 Sep 22NEWS
Barbados removes all Covid-19 protocolsThe Government of Barbados announced the scrapping of remaining Covid-19 related entry protocols. Effective now, ...Read moreBarbados removes all Covid-19 protocols - News & announcementsThe Government of Barbados announced the scrapping of remaining Covid-19 related entry protocols. Effective now, there will be no testing requirements for entering Barbados regardless of vaccination status. In addition, the wearing of masks will now be optional. Mask wearing only remains mandatory for persons working in and visiting healthcare facilities, and when travelling on public transportation Anyone Covid-19 positive must wear a mask. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Lisa Cummins said: “This is the last step for us which reflects our position as fully open for business following the pandemic. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors and returning events slated for the rest of the year.”
23 May 22NEWS
Barbados lifts testing for vaccinated travellersThe Government of Barbados has announced a key change to its travel protocols. Effective May ...Read moreBarbados lifts testing for vaccinated travellers - News & announcementsThe Government of Barbados has announced a key change to its travel protocols. Effective May 25, 2022, fully-vaccinated travellers to Barbados will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test to enter the country. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said the change comes as over 70% of the eligible population in Barbados is fully vaccinated. She added that removing the entry test will have a positive impact for the country’s tourism sector, including speedier processing times at Grantley Adams International Airport. “We had a 90% decline in the number of visitors… in the last two years. Now we are significantly on our way back.” With the removal of the entry test, Barbados is confident that it will be well received by travellers in its source markets at a critical time. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, spoke on the significance of the update to the travel protocols, commenting that “This signals that it is safe in Barbados, and we are in a position where we can comfortably accommodate many of the same measures travellers are experiencing at home,” Minister of Tourism, Lisa Cummins said. The change in protocols also states that masks will now only be mandatory indoors and on public transport. The changes announced are valid for vaccinated travellers only. Currently, unvaccinated travellers will still be required to present a negative Covid-19 test.
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