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Crop Over drives economy when tourists leave

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Crop Over drives economy when tourists leave

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CROP OVER IS not just a wuk-up.
That is according to Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Cranston Browne, who said several businesses would probably fold if it was not for the financial boost from the Sweetest Summer Festival.
“Without the Crop Over Festival, I am sure that there are a number of businesses that will probably go under if we did not have this two- to three-month economic stimulus.
“That is what Crop Over provides in the middle of the year; when there is no tourist, when there is no crop, when there is no Christmas, Crop Over in the middle of the year provides that stimulus necessary to keep Barbados and the economy of Barbados alive,” Browne stated.
He was speaking at the media launch for the massive cavalcade on May 30 at Queen’s Park and the Crop Over Preview slated for the National Cultural Foundation on May 23. (YB)