Players in the tourism industry will celebrate the importance of this country’s key foreign exchange earner, next month, when the Ministry of Tourism hosts Tourism Week, December 6-12.

Under the theme: "Achieving Success through Service Excellence", the week will begin on Sunday, December 6, with divine worship at the People’s Cathedral, Bishop’s Court Hill, from 10:15 a.m.

On Monday, December 7, there will be a tour of key places of interest for over 50 fifth and sixth formers from secondary schools across the island and their teachers.

Dubbed "Tourists for A Day"; the group will board a bus at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre at 9:00 a.m. and visit Gun Hill Signal Station in St. George; East Coast, St. Andrew; Arlington House, Speightstown, St. Peter and lunch at Brown Sugar Restaurant, Bay Street, St. Michael.

Later that day, a public lecture entitled "A Vision For Tourism in the Future"??will be held in the Lecture Theatre 2 of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Professor John Tribe from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.

The following day, Tuesday, December 8, there will be a road tennis tournament at Oistins Bay Gardens, Oistins, Christ Church. Organised by the Barbados Road Tennis Association, it will comprise demonstrations and competitions between road tennis players who work in the industry. The tournament gets under way at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a big night of celebration for industry players on Thursday, December 10, when they meet at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for a dinner and dance from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy will deliver remarks and welcome the party.

Friday, December 11, will see representatives from the Ministry of Tourism; the Barbados Tourism Authority, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and the Barbados Workers’ Union touring Six Men’s, St. Peter and Moon Town, St. Lucy.?? The tour starts at 8:00 p.m. and is being planned to allow representatives to interact with visitors and locals to hear views about these popular liming spots. Minister Sealy will be in attendance.

Tourism Week 2009 will climax on Saturday, December 12, with a Christmas concert in Independence Square featuring a number of local performers. These include Praise Academy of Barbados, The Barbados Landship, The Foundation School Band, Israel Lovell Foundation and Edwin Yearwood. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Jennifer Walker. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to support the activities in recognition of Tourism Week.

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