Barbados Listed In TripAdvisor Top Choice World Destinations

This is our 100th post and what better way to celebrate in style than to crown our post with fantastic news on Barbados being in the top 10 of must see destinations.

It is often said that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Here’s why. Barbados has been chosen by travellers as one of the top destinations in the world to visit. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community unveil on Wednesday April 29th, the winners of it’s 2008 Travellers Choice Destination Adwards.

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ choice Destination Awards honours the world top destination, earning their distinction from those who know them best ——– real travellers. The winners were determined by a combination of TripAdvisors’ travellers favourite places and overall popularity on TripAdvisor.

“Whether it’s for their unique beauty or abundance of attractions, the 2008 Travellers’ choice Destination awards honour the most beloved destinations from around the world,” said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. “Determined by millions of travellers, the Travellers’ choice destination awards are unique because they single out not just the popular places but truly exceptional places that enthrall travellers and keep them coming back.”

Well Barbados would fall in the category of “truly exceptional places that enthrall travellers and keep them coming back” since we are not blessed with an “abundance of attractions”. Nevertheless we are humble that Barbados is highly favour on travellers’ lists.

One traveller from Marbella Spain wrote, “we are definitely returning to Barbados next year. The duty free shopping in Bridgetown is a must. Cheap shoes ……… say no more!”.

Here’s is Barbados position in the Top 10 [100] Choice World Destinations and the Top 10 [25] Choice Latin/ Caribbean Destinations.

2008 Travellers’ Choice World Destinations

  1. Milford Sound, New Zealand
  2. Queenstown, New Zealand
  3. Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  4. Cayo Largo, Cuba
  5. Rhodes, Greece
  6. Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas
  7. Cruz Bay, St.John
  8. Bridgetown, Barbados
  9. Banff, Canada
  10. Lake Tahoe, California

2008 Travellers’ Choice Latin/Caribbean Destinations

  1. Philipsburg, St. Maarten/St.Martin
  2. Cayo, Cuba
  3. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands
  4. Cruz Bay St. John, St. John US Virgin Islands
  5. Bridgetown, Barbados
  6. Hamilton, Bermuda
  7. Marigot, St. Martin
  8. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
  9. Chichen Itza, Mexico
  10. Oranjestad, Aruba

TripaAdvisor websites attracts 25m monthly visitors, 6m registered members and 15m reviews and opinions.

Source – TripAdvisor

Haiti To Receive Food Aid From Florida

                                                                                                                                                                                                Mayor Major Thomas Masters [Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County] returned from Haiti late Tuesday, armed with a challenge: Collect enough flour, rice and cooking oil to return to the impoverished country in 30 days.

Masters along with two local Haitian  ministers were among a 20-person delegation, headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, that spent three days in Haiti.   The group met with top government officials and toured the country in an effort to assess Haiti’s food crisis.


“Poverty and devastation like I’ve never seen before,” said Masters, also a bishop and pastor of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riviera Beach. “People are literally starving to death.”

The trip moved Masters to lead a local campaign to collect food and water to be shipped Haiti.

At a news conference after his trip, Jackson called the food crisis a “horror of hunger.” He asked for the Bush administration to intervene by forgiving Haiti’s debt, stabilize food prices and provide financial assistance to Haitian farmers.

Haiti needs rice, cereal, bottled water, dry beans, flour, cooking oil and powered milk. The medical supplies like Band-aids, hydrogen peroxide and anti-bacterial ointment are required also.

Mayor Masters is also enlisting the help of other Mayors to provide drop-off locations throughout their cities.

Pablo Garcia, a 19-year Palm Beach Community College student decided to get involved. The Lake Worth teen dropped off 40 pounds of rice and two gallons of cooking oil at city hall to aid in Masters’ campaign.

“When I was younger, my mom and I were living on the streets. I know what it’s like,” said Garcia, who is studying to be a software programmer. “I just wanted to give back.

Source – Palm Beach Post

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