New York, NY (September 10, 2008) - In a quest to promote cultural tourism and to honor Barbados' slave heritage, Richard Sealy, the Barbados Minister of Tourism, has unveiled a new "Slave Route Signage Project," which will involve the identification, research and interpretation of sites linked to slavery, and the transatlantic slave trade, across Barbados.
The unveiling of the first historic plaque, one of five interpretative signs being put up across Barbados, commemorates phase one of the project, a collaboration between: the Barbados Museum & Historical Society; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the Barbados Tourism Authority.
The sites identified will form the basis for the development of the proposed Barbados Slave Route Heritage Trail and Tour.
The Barbados project, which launched in 2003, comprises part of the Caribbean component of the UNESCO/WTO Slave Route Project, originally launched in Ghana, in April, 1995.
As the project develops, interpretative signage will be placed across Barbados at the following four locations: Gun Hill, St George; Sweet Bottom (Vale), St George; Bourne's Land, Christ Church; and The Cage, Bridgetown. Meanwhile, a refurbished sign will be erected at the Newton Slave Burial Ground, Newton, Christ Church.
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including St. Philip's beach, voted one of the world's sexiest beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com. Barbados is the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts.
The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via Air Jamaica, American Airlines, Delta and US Airways, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. The Barbados Tourism Authority has provided excellent service for 50 years and is a proud member of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association.
For more information on travel to Barbados, contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.221.9831.