A recently launched tour of Bridgetown could become a major heritage tourism attraction, according to Jeffrey Bostic, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) incumbent for The City.
Bostic, along with his political leader, Mia Mottley, and BLP colleague Dwight Sutherland, this week joined a number of residents in taking the tour aboard the Solar Express, the Small Business Association’s renewable energy vehicle, which took them to several heritage sites in The City.
Following the tour aboard the ten-seater vehicle, Bostic said it could be a good way for the country to earn much needed revenue from UNESCO heritage site designation of Bridgetown and the Garrison.
“I think it is a very interesting and exciting initiative. First of all it fits in with our plans at the Barbados Labour Party in terms of trying to make Barbados and the City of Bridgetown as green as possible. We promote renewable energy and solar, so this particular initiative really fits into what we are hoping to achieve going forward,” Bostic said.
“I also like the idea of actually travelling around Bridgetown by that means. That is something that we really have to consider going forward. When you look at the whole aspect of tourism and what we would like to do in terms of the heritage site of Bridgetown and its Garrison, we believe that not enough has been done to exploit that area in terms of revenue earning capacity. So that is something that we will pursue vigorously,” he added.
Bostic, who is seeking to retain his seat in the upcoming general election constitutionally due in just over a month, said there were tremendous benefits for City residents and businesses from such tours.
Therefore, Bostic said, he an expansion of the tour to include the integration of local shops would help increase community tourism.
“A lot of the initiatives that have been held have mainly been focused on the commercial aspect of it without integrating the communities of Bridgetown. And we believe with this initiative, once it is handled correctly, it will facilitate the involvement of residents in the City of Bridgetown.
“Those of us who are associated with Bridgetown we are familiar with the sites, but it was still refreshing to hear about the history of the sites that we were able to visit and it was a good way to interact with people too along the way,” he said.
The solar tours of historic Bridgetown started last month. (MM)