Barbados aiming to exploit Chinese tourist market

To this end, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and his tourism and culture ministers, Richard Sealy and Stephen Lashley, respectively, held talks on Wednesday with visiting Chinese resident, Dionne Holder, a Barbadian who resides in Beijing, and who is here with a 16-member group from China for the Crop Over Festival.

Stuart also took the opportunity to discuss cultural matters with Holder, and they looked at the possibility of developing a collaborative relationship with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) that could realise larger groups from China coming for future Crop Over Festivals.

Also attending the discussions over lunch were the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Barbados Tourism Authority, David Rice; the CEO of the NCF, Dr Donna Hunte-Cox; and Mara Thompson, MP for St John, where Holder resided before emigrating to China.

Meanwhile, at Wednesday’s working luncheon, the prime minister and tourism minister held talks with visiting Birmingham City Councillor, Mike Whitby, whose West Midlands borough has a large Barbadian and West Indian population, a tourism focal point among the Barbadian Diaspora in the UK.

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