The history of Barbados’ tourism industry, now captured in a book titled Island in the Sun – The Story of Tourism in Barbados, has impressed Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Stuart described the book, a pictorial and narrative journey of the island’s key sector over the last 60 years, as “a very impressive piece of work”. A copy was presented to him and Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, recently, in the East Wing of Parliament.
President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Patricia Affonso-Dass, who made the presentation, said the book took on a historic approach which featured tourism as a vibrant industry.
“You get the sense of age as you move through the book. We are very proud of it,” she said.
The book features different aspects of Barbados’ tourism, including the early years of Barbados’ post-independence period and the future of tourism. It also contains advertisements from yesteryear, showing the early prices for staying in Barbadian hotels, pictures of early hotels such as the Ice House Hotel, and the construction phases of the Sandy Lane Hotel.
Affonso-Dass said the BHTA hoped its members would use the book as a gift for their repeat guests. She added that they were also in the process of distributing it to bookstores across the country.
Island In The Sun is an initiative of the BHTA and the historical narrative was written by Professor Henry Emeritus Fraser and Dr. Kerry Hall. It was published by Miller Publishing, with assistance from Neil Barnard of 809 Designs.