Barbadians are expected out in their droves tomorrow night to ring in the new year, according to organizers of some of the most popular events.
The Food and Beverage Manager at the Hilton Barbados Resort which will host All That Glitters told Barbados TODAY that they have been receiving a lot of bookings prior to Christmas Day.
Although Ramon Watson did not reveal the number of reservations the hotel had received for their $350 New Year’s Eve event, he said that a fantastic time was assured.
Meantime, Director of Elevate Entertainment, Mario Greene said all systems are go for Sunday night.
The event, in its fourth year, will be held under the theme Open Ball at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC). This will mark the first time that Elevate will be held indoors. Greene disclosed that this surprising change was due to the unpredictability of the weather which has been an issue in previous years.
“The main driver behind that has been the erratic weather patterns that we have had . . . so, we decided in the interest of our patrons to actually hold the event indoors while giving the same level of execution that we will have for our outdoor events,” he said.
With tickets selling at $180 for females and $200 for males, Greene said that sales have been steadily progressing.
“Generally Old Year’s night is a lot of fanfare and excitement as we look forward to the New Year but the fact is we have had a very difficult year economically and many people are still trying to figure out how they will make ends meet and that has filtered through the economy,” he said, adding that taxes such as the National Responsibility Levy and the foreign exchange tax had affected promoters and sponsorship as well.
Despite this, his team is expecting hundreds to be in attendance at the LESC ringing in the New Year.
Although the organizers of Limerz Cruise don’t have the spectacle of fireworks, their event First Light which is held on New Year’s Day, remains one of the must-attend events.
Co-director Tricia Yearwood told Barbados TODAY that the success of the event was due to its inexpensive pricing, while offering its patrons a good time as they celebrate.
“Our event is kind of catering to persons who do not want to do an extravagant event or spend tons of money on the clothing and the fanfare,” she said.
The Cooler Party which will be held at East Point Grill, St Philip is already sold out – two days before the event.