Despite the ongoing sewage problems plaguing the south coast of Barbados for over a year, this country’s ambassador to the United States Selwin Hart says there is still strong interest among persons living in Washington DC and Baltimore in investing in and vacationing on the island.
Speaking on the sidelines of a presentation of $10,000 cheques to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and Caribbean Science Foundation on behalf of the Barbados Association of Washington DC Area Inc., Hart said that from the feedback received after the Spirit of Barbados Gala held last November there is “a huge demand for Barbados in the US, including the Washington DC and Baltimore areas.
“There is a tremendous amount of demand,” Hart stressed, adding that the team was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response they received to the gala.
“It was sold out a week in advance and we were surprised by the demand, interest and goodwill towards Barbados in the Washington, DC area and that level of interest has continued and it is growing,” he said.
Hart also said there was significant interest “not only in visiting Barbados, but in doing business in Barbados from the Washington DC area”.
In this regard, he said he was working with Export DC, which is the international business arm of the Washington DC government, to put on a seminar on the business opportunities available on the island.
However, in the wake of a health alert issued by the US government last week warning its citizens that there was an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island’s south coast, the Barbadian diplomat acknowledged that there were persons who had concerns about travelling to island. “We have been obviously providing information from the relevant authorities coming from the Ministry of Health and from other official channels [and] we’ve been transmitting that information to individuals who may have concerns,” he added.