The ringing of church bells across the island will set the tone for the upcoming launch of the National Tourism Host Programme (NTHP) ??? a concept aimed at emphasising the need for Barbadians to be good hosts to our visitors.
The bells will toll at all churches on Monday, September 29, at noon, ahead of the official roll out of the Barbados Togetherness Programme on Saturday, October 4, in Queen???s Park, the City, starting at 7:30 p.m.
This stellar affair is expected to attract scores of Barbadians, who are being encouraged to come out to hear programme Champion, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, speak about the need for Barbadians, particularly those employed in or associated with the hospitality sector, to be more aware of the various facets of the country.
In short, the Prime Minister will rally the population to be gracious hosts to all who choose Barbados as the perfect getaway. Those at home or attending the event will see the logo and hear the jingle during the event, which will be simulcast on CBC TV 8 and CBC Radio Q100.7 FM.
Once the formalities are over, patrons will be treated to the best in Barbadian entertainment, such as Red Plastic Bag, the St. Leonard???s Boys??? Choir, Sammy G, Kellie Cadogan, Richard Stoute, and the Mighty Gabby along with a tuk band.??The public will also be serenaded by reigning Calypso Monarch, Ian Webster; Alison Hinds backed by Soca Kartel; Gorg backed by Soca Kartel; and Soca Kartel with Blood and Mikey.
The aims of the NTHP programme are to: improve the relationship between the guest and the Barbadian public; improve the quality of our guests??? experience; ensure guests are provided with accurate and useful information; provide those persons employed in the sector with the information necessary to fully satisfy the needs of guests; develop other systems to support the continued successes of the industry; and to provide employers with the tools necessary to orient employees.