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Festival attracting more visitors

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Festival attracting more visitors

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BARBADOS’ ANNUAL Classical/Pops Festival is filling a very important tourism niche and is attracting an increasing number of visitors to Barbados for the December event.

While general manager of JetBlue Airlines Terry Layne says the festival has contributed to the airline’s high passenger load into Barbados, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.’s executive Neville Boxill observed it is one of those private sector initiatives which the tourism promotion agency needs in its drive to extend Barbados’ appeal.

Layne and Boxill were among sponsors representatives speaking at the media launch of the third Classical/Pops Festival being held at the Apes Hill Club, St James, from December 9-10.

Owner of the Apes Hill Club Sir Charles Williams also welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the event that brings an all-star orchestra of 65 musicians from the world’s most prestigious symphonies to Barbados to perform with local singers and musicians.

At the Apes Hill Clubhouse launch on Wednesday night, Sir Charles hailed the event as one that does well for Barbados and said as a patriotic Barbadian, he was proud to be associated with it.

The man behind the festival, Michael Aiken, said the organisers were building on the success of last year, as he observed it was fast becoming the most prestigious festival of its kind, drawing many visitors to Barbados. (GC)