The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $20 Million US loan to help develop “Barbados Heritage & Culture Tourism”. The loan is timely following the UNESCO inclusion of Barbados in its World Heritage Tourism sites.
The UNESCO World Heritage designation applies to Barbados’ Bridgetown and Garrison Savannah Area. An area with iconic features such as renowned horse racing at the Savannah, mysterious underground tunnel build by the British military, the house that George Washington stayed in excellent heritage museums, to name just a few. Barbados Heritage & Culture Tourism is very distinctive and unlike any other Caribbean destination in its special blend of indigenous, British, Africa and creole culture, history and heritage.
TravelersInsights (TI) celebrated the award with a full feature Barbados World Heritage Magazine. Heritage and cultural Tourism is a “powerful way to bridge differences, share and contribute.” The TI article points out the heritage and culture understanding is healing. It “can change lives and change the world.”
IDB, is the leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The full story is now on Travelers Insights World Heritage Tourism Magazine
Details Of Features & Benefits of the Enhancements
The Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia has created a documentary on the sites actually being enhanced. It explores the heritage & cultural sites that are part of this project, documenting their history and heritage with images and text. It also shows exactly how the sites are being upgraded and what benefits that will have for tourist.
For example the article provides a description of the history and work of the Old Town Hall in Bridgetown, Barbados. It concludes with an outline of how a new visitor center will provide visitors with “guests with fascinating information on the historical and architectural features of this location.”
The city walks and urban heritage tourist routes will be enlivened with animated Interpretation and featured point of interest. The work will allow “visitors to enjoy a more engaging, safer, and complete exploration of this magnificent treasure that blends the heritage of many peoples and reflects the ambition and fortitude of them all.”
The work will extend to the Museum and to Historic Ositins, where the Charter of Barbados was signed.
See details at The Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia Heritage Enhancements