Watson looks to returns of UNESCO exposure
INCLUSION IN THE UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison has so far only paid off in wider recognition for St Mary’s Anglican Church. This satisfies rector Reverend Von Watson for now, but he is optimistic the exposure will bring the church more tangible returns down the road.
Watson said yesterday St Mary’s had been able to gain “some mileage from a tourism perspective”, since the publicity generated by the heritage listing had been drawing visitors to the historic site. The immediate benefit he said had been more goodwill and relationship-building.
In the meantime, the rector said he aimed to maintain the church buildings and the entire site in accordance with the requirements of the World Heritage authorities, so Barbados’ ability to hold on to the prestigious designation was not jeopardised. (GC)
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