Barbados Witnesses a 32% Surge in GCC Passenger Numbers in 2023

The official tourism authority of the Caribbean island country has released data showcasing a remarkable 32% upswing in GCC travelers in 2023, as compared to the previous year. The latest figures reveal substantial growth in visitor arrivals to Barbados from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Among the favored destinations on the island for GCC travelers are the capital, Bridgetown, and the internationally acclaimed beaches along the West Coast and South Coast. These areas host a plethora of luxury villas, all-inclusive resorts, upscale dining establishments, and entertainment options, contributing to the island’s popularity among discerning travelers from the Gulf region.

Visit Barbados has selected dnata Representation Services, based in Dubai, as its sole representative for sales, marketing, and public relations in the GCC. This collaboration aims to deliver the latest updates, exclusive rates, tailored itineraries, and more from Barbados to travelers in the region. The partnership will emphasize highlighting trending experiences for 2024, with a particular focus on travel packages for the eagerly awaited ICC T20 World Cup games scheduled to take place in Barbados this year. The primary objective is to foster an increase in passenger numbers to the country, showcasing Barbados as a premier destination for GCC travelers.

Rakhi Purohit, the Head of Representation Services at dnata, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration with Visit Barbados, stating

“We are delighted to join forces with Visit Barbados and anticipate showcasing the island as a destination of high value, sophistication, and diverse experiences. Our focus will spotlight the island’s impressive luxury accommodations, vibrant gastronomic scene, and an array of unique activities and attractions – from the renowned Barbados Sailing Week to eco-adventure experiences and beyond.”

Hon. Ian Gooding-Edghill, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport for Barbados emphasized:

“Barbados stands out as an enticing long-haul holiday destination from the GCC. With seamless one-stop connectivity, our collaboration with dnata ensures that local travelers are well-supported with the latest in travel, accommodation, and experiences. We have curated a suggested seven-day itinerary for travel in 2024, highlighting the best of the destination and its distinctive luxury offerings.”

Explore the Ideal One-Week Travel Itinerary for Barbados in 2024 – Presented by Visit Barbados and dnata

Day One

Embark on your Barbados journey by indulging in the luxury of a beachfront resort or a private villa with a personal chef, situated on the picturesque South or West Coast near Bridgetown. Elevate your experience by renting a private yacht for an afternoon cruise along the famed ‘Platinum Coast,’ renowned for its pristine white sand beaches. As the day concludes, savor a fine dining experience at The Cliff Restaurant, curated by Michelin Star Chef Matt Worswick.

Day Two

Immerse yourself in high-end shopping at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Following a sophisticated retail therapy session, explore the attractive dining options in the vicinity, particularly around the popular Holetown Beach. Venture to the nearby Sandy Lane Estate, an iconic luxury resort offering three Championship golf experiences, tennis and padel courts, multiple restaurants, and an award-winning spa.

Day Three

Commence the day with a scenic breakfast at your villa or resort, absorbing the breathtaking views. Later, venture to QP Bistro, an elegant restaurant perched on a cliff’s edge, offering beachside dining infused with Caribbean flavors. Indulge in the glamorous ambiance, accompanied by live local music as the sun gracefully sets over the ocean.

Day Four

Embark on a private island tour in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle guided by a local expert. With easy accessibility, explore the entire island or opt for a curated itinerary encompassing top highlights. Choose from excursions like a tram tour through Harrison’s Cave or a relaxing beach day at Carlisle Bay, complete with interactions with sea turtles. Conclude the day back at your accommodation with a romantically lit, fully catered dinner by the beach.

Day Five

Celebrate with friends and family by hosting a private, fully catered party at a local restaurant. Opt for venues like Deia Beach, an upscale beach club, Sea Shed on Mullins Beach for an attractive rustic-style setting with fresh seafood, or Tides Restaurant, offering beachfront fine dining and an accompanying art gallery.

Day Six

Embark on an exploration of Bridgetown, the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and vibrant capital. Immerse yourself in the charm of colorful buildings, lively boulevards, and the rich history of the island. Core areas like Broad Street and Swan Street beckon for shopping and dining experiences, while Baxter Road is the go-to spot for nightlife. Don’t miss the nearby popular Carlisle Bay, renowned for its snorkeling opportunities with multiple shipwrecks in shallow waters.

Day Seven

Conclude your Barbados journey with a delightful breakfast or lunch at Port St. Charles, an upscale resort boasting enchanting marina views. Afterward, embark on a tour exploring some of the island’s finest natural sites. Options abound, from a family-friendly Welchman Hall Gully hike, traversing a smooth cliffside path adorned with local wildlife, to horseback riding adventures on Bath Beach, or a serene stroll through the captivating Hunte’s Gardens.

GCC travelers have convenient access to the Caribbean haven of Barbados through key gateways including London, New York City, Toronto, Amsterdam, and Panama City. Barbados boasts robust air connectivity with several major cities worldwide, and there are plans to further expand these connections in the near future.

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