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Tours ‘rich in history’


Tours ‘rich in history’

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TOURS OF THE CITY of Bridgetown, staged as an attraction for visitors, are turning into a major success.

Reservations manager at Black Pearl Party Cruises Inc., Megan McGuire, said that there had been an increase in the Bridgetown excursions organized by her company. Historians Trevor Marshall or Maurice Greenidge lead the visiting groups to sites of interest in the capital.

“In the last three weeks we’ve had a very big influx in not only interest, but people actually on the island,” said McGuire, who attributed the increase to the work of the professional tour guides and good reviews on the TripAdvisor website.

McGuire explained that while around this same time last year they were organising only three tours a week, each attracting four to eight participants, currently they were holding five tours weekly with groups ranging from eight to 12 participants.

On Tuesday, a DAILY NATION team joined one of the two-hour tours, which began at the Jolly Roger Tavern in Carlisle House on Hincks Street with special stops at the St Mary’s Anglican Church and Heroes Square, where the Cenotaph and Nelson’s Statue are located.

The visitors showed their excitement and described the event as an education, with Englishman Peter Hare saying the experience was “excellent”.

“We didn’t know Barbados was so significant,” he said.

Canadian Lorne MacDonald, a first-time visitor, said he heard a lot about Barbados and decided it was time to finally visit.

“It’s one thing to see the buildings, but it’s another thing to learn the history behind them and this tour does just that,” said MacDonald.

Jennifer Deering, another first-timer, said she enjoyed Marshall’s personality and the way he told the story, adding that the tours were great for learning about the country as “I didn’t know Barbados had so much history”. (TG)