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Greater airlift for Crop Over

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Greater airlift for Crop Over

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Despite some challenges that have plagued Crop Over thus far, the 40th edition of the Sweetest Summer Festival seems to be shaping up to be sweet fuh days.
Still reeling from the late pull-out of the external coordinator for the penultimate event, Cohobblopot, festival producer the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) received news yesterday that nearly full JetBlue flights were daily coming out of New York, while additional seats were coming out of Britain and Canada which should redound to increased spending during the festival.
Additionally, winners of the three major Crop Over competitions will drive away with close to $250 000 in prized vehicles alone, making the stakes significantly sweeter for winners when the cash and other in-kind prizes are added.
Petra Roach, acting president and chief executive officer of platinum sponsor, the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), told a media conference at the NCF headquarters that this month, a total 1 240 added seats were coming from New York, 480 more from Canada and more than 700 out of Manchester, England.
She also said the airline partners were happy with the yields and load percentages which were both in the 90s.