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A big welcome for visitors

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

A big welcome for visitors

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The luxurious grounds and rooms of Ilaro Court were opened last night for the enjoyment of over 190 long term visitors to the island.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart welcomed his guests as well as local Government and tourism officials.
The visitors, along with Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy, Minister of Health Donville Inniss, Senator Peter Gilkes, BHTA officials, Colin Jordan and Sue Springer and David Rice of the Barbados Tourism Authority were serenaded firstly by pupils from the George Lamming Primary School before being escorted into Ilaro Court by students from Combermere, Deighton Griffith, Princess Margaret and Springer Memorial.
The guests mainly made up of visitors from the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada were later given a musical treat by the George Lamming pupils who gave three impressive renditions with the Mighty Gabby accompanying them on guitar.
While pointing out the historical and geographical linkages to those countries via the similarities of names of districts and roads, Stuart underscored the success of Barbados’ tourist industry, indicating that Government’s thrust was in making Barbados the best for it’s citizens first.
“If we make our citizens comfortable and happy then when you come here our citizens can gleefully help you to enjoy Barbados. Government intends to continue and deepen that process of of looking after the enjoyment of our citizens”.