Today a visitor from the UK commented on our article about the disappointing turnout for the recent West Indies – South Africa test match, saying that they were in Barbados at the time and tried to obtain information and tickets for Saturday’s event but were unable to.
No one at their hotel knew of the match. There were no schedules available, no contact information and apparently no effort at all by the WICB or Barbados Tourism to promote cricket to hotel guests.
Our friend suggests that a half-day experience should be offered to encourage tourists to experience a bit of our cricket culture. In our opinion that’s a wonderful idea and we’re surprised that the WICB and the BTA haven’t already collaborated on this. They could combine watching cricket with a talk about the history in the West Indies, and perhaps some lunch or a stop at a rum shop.
Yup. Have the happy tourists drink some rum, down a cutter, watch some cricket and talk with the handsome friendly athletes. More rum. Then drop them back at their hotel to let the other guests know what a wonderful afternoon they had.
Perhaps our resident hotelier Adrian Loveridge can advise us if such a tour would be successful and at what price point?
Here is the comment from our friend in the UK and many thanks to them!
I’ve visited Barbados 5 times (I’m from the UK) and arrived on the Saturday when the test match started.
I did think about going to watch, but decided against it in the end, but…
– I asked at the hotel front desk about tickets. They did not even know a test match was happening at the Oval!
– When I informed that it was WI v SA, I asked about how to get tickets – they weren’t sure about that either, looks like I could have just turned up.
– There was no promotion of the match at all by the hotel – you would think the WICB would try to at least promote it to tourists (in conjunction with hotels) who might consider half a day watching in order to experience a bit of Caribbean culture and the price of tickets is not an issue.