Become A Barbados
"The State of Tourism in Barbados"
You will soon
officially be a Barbados tourist if you have finally decided to
take your Barbados vacation.......and by now I hope you have! : ) .
well known as a popular tourist destination in the
Eastern Caribbean with its beautiful white sandy beaches
visitors for many years, as well as a wealth of sights and activities
available to fill your time on holiday.
of most countries are able to visit the island without a Barbados
tourist visa. These
include North America, Canada, Western Europe and most
Commonwealth countries. However every visitor to the island must have a
valid passport and return ticket to be allowed entry onto the island.
Barbados is not a modern day phenomenon. Visitors came to
the island for holidays as early as the 1600s.
Way back in
1751, even George Washington, many years before he became president,
brother on a six week visit to Barbados. His brother was
suffering from tuberculosis and it was hoped that the warm, sunny
climate of this
island would help him recover. The
home that George Washington lived in during his time on the
island has now been
restored to its former glory and is Barbados' newest tourist
old colonial days, wealthy British visitors would also visit the west
coast of the island where you will find Holetown, the oldest town on
Why is tourism in Barbados so great?
tourism has grown tremendously over the last few decades. This island
has something to offer everyone including families, couples,
sports enthusiasts, watersports lovers, walkers and most importantly
what i like to call beach relaxers!
Here are some reasons why Barbados tourist and visitors, like yourself,
choose my beautiful
island as their Caribbean vacation spot....
has a lower
crime rate than our Caribbean island counterparts.
There is absolutely
no tension between locals and visitors. We love you guys!
on a catamaran and swim
with sea turtles in Barbados!.
have monkeys! This island is home to
hundreds of green
monkeys living in the trees of Barbados.
Barbados tourists have the pleasure of viewing these monkeys
enjoy the safe and
sheltered beaches of the south and
west coasts, as well as the well equipped family oriented hotels.
are plenty of quiet, more
that are lovely for
honeymooning couples. For example Little Arches Hotel in
We've got the most consistent surf in the
Caribbean! Surfers can
have a great time on Barbados' east
coast which faces
the Atlantic Ocean offering fantastic waves and surfing opportunities.
Kite surfers can enjoy the
windy and wavey
south eastern coast of Silver Sands. Other
can also enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and more.
enthusiasts can watch a cricket
game, play world class
tennis, go to the
thoroughbred horse races or
watch a polo match.
is more your cup of tea then
there is plenty to discover amongst the plantations, gardens and rum
explore the coastal paths and interior gullies.
Barbados is a
great place to visit at any time of year, as the weather
is warm all year round. The majority of tourists stay on
which has a vast selection of accommodations available to suit all
tourist seeking a more upscale Barbados vacation tend to stay along the
exclusive west coast of the island with its luxury Barbados villas and
Barbados hotels. Barbados is outside of the path of major
tropical storms and hurricanes due to its location on the
map. The last time
Barbados was struck by a hurricane was over 50 years ago.
Barbados is really easy! The modern, well-equipped
Adams International Barbados Airport has daily direct flights that travel to and
from the UK, USA and Canada and
handles over 2 million passengers every year.
This makes Barbados the most air-serviced Eastern Caribbean vacation
first time Barbados visitors come back to my island again and again with nearly 25% of
the island's tourists on return visits. Barbados
holidays really cater to everyone.
Barbados Tourism Statistics
Barbados Tourism Authority and Tourism Board collect
statistics on travellers to the island on a regular basis. These
tourism statistics help to show
whether or not the tourism strategy for the island is succeeding, or
where more resources need to be focused.
is by far the biggest earner of foreign exchange on the island making
up over 80% and has had a substantial impact on the Barbados economy.
Barbados tourist industry accounts for around 15% of our GDP and
employs over 11,000 of the island's population. It is
that by 2012 over 11% of the island's population will be employed in
the tourism industry.
the beginning of 2006, just over half a
million visitors holidayed in Barbados, and that didn't include the
560,000+ cruise ship passengers! That gave a total of over 1
million island vacationers. There are also just over 6,000
to tourists, ranging from guest houses to large all-inclusive
resorts. This figure is estimated to increase to over 9,000 by 2010.
Which countries do visitors to
Barbados usually come from?
has a longstanding connection with the United Kingdom, and many of the
visitors to this lovely island are British, happy to exchange the often
dreary skies of back home for the paradise beaches of the Caribbean.
The UK is therefore the main
source of visitors for Barbados making up about 40% of tourists,
another 25% coming from the USA and 10% from Canada as of 2007.
However visitors do travel here from all over the world including
Canada, even other parts of the Caribbean.
The Barbados Tourism Authority
tourist information is available from The Barbados Tourism
either online or from their office in Harbour Road in Bridgetown. They
also have offices inside the cruise ship terminal and the airport.
have a wealth of information available for visitors to take away,
including leaflets, brochures and maps.
of Barbados, the Tourism Authority also has offices in the UK, USA,
Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. For more
information on obtaining a visa or locations of these tourism offices
feel free to visit my Barbados
visa requirements webpage.