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Travel and Tourism - Barbados - May 2012

Barbados is an island nation and part of the Lesser Antilles, located in the southern Caribbean. The island is twice the size of Washington DC, or one third of the size of London. The nation has a well-developed infrastructure and English is the official language. The former British colony has an attractive climate and only a slight chance of hurricanes or other extreme weather events. Unlike most of the other Caribbean islands, Barbados has lush vegetation and forests. The colonial history is very visible through old plantation homes and Old World traditions such as high tea and cricket matches.

Barbados is a mature destination mostly known for beach-resort tourism. During the 1980s and 1990s it was the only destination outside the US to which the British Airways Concorde flew and had an aspirational reputation due to its high-end and exclusive resorts, such as Sandy Lane. Nowadays, it is still associated with upscale tourism but also offers a variety of other lodging options such as all-inclusive resorts and villas. It is also known as a cruise destination and its infrastructure can welcome five cruise ships at a time.

This report provides insight into

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. Barbados: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Beaches
                • Bridgetown
                  • Natural attractions
                    • Historical attractions
                      • Cultural festivals
                        • Sports events
                        • Tourism and the Economy

                            • Figure 1: International tourism receipts, 2006-10
                            • Figure 2: Direct and indirect employment in the tourism industry, 2007-11
                        • Arrivals

                          • International
                            • Figure 3: International visitor arrivals to Barbados, 2002-11
                            • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals, by region, 2007-11
                            • Figure 5: Arrivals from the top five source markets, by country of residence, 2007-11
                          • Domestic
                          • Market Characteristics

                            • International
                              • Purpose of visit
                                • Figure 6: International visitor arrivals, by purpose of visit, 2006-10
                              • Seasonality
                                • Figure 7: International visitor arrivals, by month, 2010-11
                              • Length of stay
                                • Domestic
                                • Transport

                                  • Air
                                    • Road
                                      • Rail
                                        • Sea
                                          • Ferry
                                            • Cruises
                                              • Figure 8: Cruise-passenger and vessel arrivals, 2007-11
                                          • Accommodation

                                              • Figure 9: Accommodation supply in Barbados, 2007-11
                                              • Figure 10: Arrivals by indicated accommodation as % of total, 2007-11
                                              • Figure 11: Projects in the pre-development pipeline in Barbados, 2008-12
                                          • Tourism News

                                            • What Next?

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                                              Travel and Tourism - Barbados - May 2012

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