Should you walk into a travel agency this month seeking ideas on where to holiday don’t be surprised if your agent suggests somewhere in the Caribbean. Why? Because this is Caribbean month.
The marketing body for the Caribbean as a whole – Caribbean Tourism Organisation – is launching a campaign called “Love Caribbean.” Whilst this is aimed at the trade so there will be leaflets, posters, the odd competition or two and window displays, you can expect to feel the effect. After all, the Caribbean is one of the top destinations for winter holidays. Even though summer is barely over, all over the Caribbean they are getting things ready to welcome tourists. Island paradises require a lot of work to maintain that paradise look!
Take Barbados for example. A big favourite with our readers, (Barbados stories have attracted over 60,000 unique visitors in the last two years) they will be opening the underground system in the Garrison area of the country this November. Earlier in the year at this World Heritage Site they discovered another thousand feet of tunnels and T-junctions. The tunnels, rediscovered during the restoration of George Washington House, were originally built in the 1820s to drain the once marshy Garrison Savannah will make this one of the more unlikely tourist “must-sees” this coming winter season.
In the Dominican Republic last month, the Ocoa Bay agro-tourism project – described as the first resort of its kind in the Dominican Republic – was launched. This new resort area will be unlike any other in the country in that the villas would be built in a setting of vineyards overlooking the bay. Yes, vineyards. Trained in Chile, the new grape growers are hoping that they will be able to combine a new industry with a tourism draw. With added flights from BA and Thomson this winter, the country will be hoping that more of us head their way.
Jamaica, on the other hand, is thinking even further ahead. They have fewer visitors during our summer so they have just launched ’90 Days of Summer’, their plan to get more of us to visit them next year. But how they will attract us has yet to be decided. The tourism ministry is asking for ideas to be submitted to them. One suggestion put forward by Derrick Williams in the Jamaican Observer is for 90 Days of fun filled activities including parties, games, cook outs, tours, beaches, boating and food.
Can you have too much of a good thing? The suggestion from Williams is probably just what Brits a looking for in their holidays be it summer or winter. But with just 7 or 14 days to pack it all in!