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Barbados welcomes delegates in style

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 9:00 AM
From left: Parliamentary Secretary, in the Barbadian Ministry of Tourism, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, British Airways' partnership manager, Mark James and Petra Roach, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. at the opening party for the State of the Industry Conference at the Hilton Barbados, Wednesday night.
Janet Silvera Photo Jamaica's new Honorary Consul to the Bahamas, Ella Hoyos, Stephen Broone, of Systems Consulting Limited and Dr Kerry Hall, CEO Barbados Tourism Product Authority.
From left: Jamaica's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith, Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, Carole Haye, Director, Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas, at a cocktail reception at Villa Alaya in Barbados on Tuesday night.
Newly elected Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastenet, flanked by from left: Marry Caribbean's Jacqueline Johnson, The Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator, Janet Silvera, and marketing guru, Dominique Silvera at the opening party for the State of the Industry Conference at the Hilton Barbados, Wednesday night.
From left: President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association, Karolin Troubetzky, (left) and Frank Comito, chief executive officer CHTA, share lens with Helen Schure Parris (second left) and Lisa Rudder of Sunlinc St. James Travel and Tours at a cocktail reception at Villa Alaya in Barbados on Tuesday night.
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Exclusivity and cutting-edge architecture were parts of the formula used by Bajans to wow delegates attending the State of the Tourism Industry (SOTIC 2016) Conference on the island this week.

A cocktail reception at the exclusive Alaya, located in Queens Fort, St James, Barbados, was the perfect welcome for a country poised for significant growth in the tourism industry.

There was no doubt this country is doing well. It was evident immediately after stepping off the tarmac at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

With some of the world's biggest celebrities flocking to the island nation's shores, it was fitting for the country's Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and his team at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) to titillate appetites with the creme de la creme in the villa vacation sector on Tuesday night.

Alaya, one of the finest on what the Bajans have tagged 'The Platinum Coast,' focused its attention on the taste buds, serving up mango mojitos to guests on arrival, complemented by premium white or red wine.

However, it was the ribs off the bone served in a cup; the pumpkin and ginger fritters; breadfruit; plantain and salt fish balls that had tongues wagging. Top this off with sushi and shrimp tempura and there was no doubt anyone coming after would have to come very good - as we say in Jamaica.

On Wednesday, the excitement moved to Fort Charles at the Hilton, Barbados, where newly elected Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet was greeted like a rock star.

The CTO-staged event entered into serious business mode on Thursday, and ends today (Friday), with the much-touted Youth Congress.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com