The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) has partnered with the Expedia Group to offer even more value and further enhance the Year of Culinary Experiences 2018 with a special summer campaign, ‘Brilliant Barbados: Year of Culinary Experiences’. The campaign places a strong emphasis on Barbados’ rich food history and rum and promotes the destination as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.
The announcement of the new campaign was made during the Connect Barbados conference by CEO of the BTMI William ‘Billy’ Griffith. “The Year of Culinary Experiences is off to a great start. We recently launched it in our top source market – the United Kingdom, with much fanfare, and it was well-received by all in attendance. Everyone is excited to come to Barbados and to see what all the fuss is about. We think that partnering with a giant like the Expedia Group, on top of all the interest and intrigue that the Year of Culinary Experiences is gathering, is going to bring a phenomenal boost to our summer business,” Griffith said.
Under this campaign, visitors travelling to Barbados receive up to 40 percent off accommodation rates with participating hotels and access special dining options including lunch discounts at participating restaurants. The offer is valid for booking dates between May 1 and October 31, 2018, and the travel window is open until November 30.
Visitors and locals alike can enjoy top class dining at some of Barbados’ best restaurants for just US$50.00 per person, including VAT and service charge, and a bottle of wine per couple for dinner. For lunch meals, the programme allows savings of 10 percent at participating restaurants.
There are currently over 20 accommodations participating in the summer campaign, across several categories. All-inclusive options such as Sugar Bay on the South Coast to boutique hotels like The Atlantis Hotel in the East and the recently renovated Fairmont Royal Pavilion on the West have come on board for this major promotion.
Those who book through Expedia will be spoilt for choice as they choose from 14 restaurants offering breakfast specials, 48 with lunch, and 30 for dinner as part of the Re-Discover dine-around programme.
The campaign also has a strong digital focus. “We are already marketing the summer campaign aggressively in all of our international markets through our traditional channels; however, we are also supplementing these efforts with a strategic, integrated digital marketing component,” Griffith said.
Other digital initiatives include robust social media campaigns on Facebook and Instagram as well as newsletters and online advertising in prime digital real estate.
“As consumers’ booking habits continue to diversify, we are charged with ensuring we remain competitive, particularly in the digital field. This is why we are especially excited about this partnership with the Expedia Group, which is not only our biggest Online Travel Agent (OTA) partner but also the largest OTA in the world. Expedia naturally has a very robust digital marketing focus, and our in-house digital team is working very closely with them on this campaign, and beyond, to augment our efforts in marketing destination Barbados,” Griffith added. (PR)