Fraser: Protect our treasures
An appeal has been made for Barbados’ inherited treasures to be protected from “concrete, cranes and capitalist conspirators” and be included in the island’s tourism product.
In a call yesterday for the preservation of natural and historic landmarks, Senator Profesor Henry Fraser also suggested exploiting the island’s heritage tourism potential which he viewed not only as a niche market with tremendous potential, but also an integral part of “Brand Barbados”.
Just hours before the official ceremony for the inscription of Bridgetown and its Garrison as a UNESCO?World Heritage Site, Fraser told members of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association that heritage tourism was earning Britain more than £20 billion (about BDS$63 billlion) annually and he believed there were also tremendous economic benefits to be derived from marketing Barbados’ “spectacular sites of world class.”
He complained “we have beautiful places, but far too much scrub, new forest and concrete” while identifying several sites that had already been restored.
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