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Heritage stamp plus for island

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JOBS, CASH, more tourism earnings and a load of national pride.
This is how historian Dr Karl Watson listed the benefits expected to flow from Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison being listed last week as a World Heritage Site.
Watson said “a door has been opened” for Barbadians to offer a range of goods and services catering to what is sure to be an increase in the number of heritage tourism visitors.
He made the comments during a Press conference shared with Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and chairman of the Barbados World Heritage Committee, Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday.
Lashley and Cummins had just returned from Paris, where the World Heritage Committee inscribed three new sites on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List.
Watson said the listing offered chances for souvenir makers, including those producing mugs and T-shirts, as well as tour guides and tram drivers to make money.
But Watson also pointed out that the new listing was important for “national pride” and Barbadian “concepts of identity and nationhood”.
Lashley, who described the listing as “a phenomenal feat”, said Barbados had to put up a fight for it. This is because an International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) team which had visited Barbados to investigate the application had recommended a deferral.
Lashley said the team had listed 21 flaws, including that the Garrison had not been in use for some time and that Bridgetown had lost a lot of its historically-important buildings.
According to Lashley, ICOMOS came to accept that it had made 14 errors after Barbados responded to the claims with a mass of data.
Barbados would have had to wait two more years to resubmit its application if it had been deferred, he explained.
A citation on UNESCO’s website described Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as “an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire”. (TY)

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