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Sporting Barbados – So good it should be considered a National Treasure?

A little birdie tells us that the hype about the new edition of Sporting Barbados was laid on very thickly at the World Travel Market this week with Tourism Minister Richard Sealy telling all that Sporting Barbados annual magazine is a “National treasure.”

Unlike our hyperbolic Tourism Minister (who was admittedly just doing his job and doing it well), we’re not going to call a magazine a “National Treasure” – but we are truly impressed with the new Sporting Barbados website and their 2012 issue available online now at SportingBarbados.com.

Sporting Barbados has always been an interesting and well executed, high end publication – but that very “high end” market focus might have kept their dead-tree (paper) edition from seeing wider distribution to the more ordinary folks who make up the bulk of our visitors.

That limitation was a shame because Sporting Barbados effectively delivers the message that our country is a great place for sports tourism – and when the sporting day is done, there’s lots more to do and see.

No worries about distribution and market reach now though, because the new SportingBarbados.com website is a compelling work of art for the eyes, extremely useful in researching and planning a sports vacation in Barbados and ‘sports’ (could’t help it!) a free electronic edition of the 2012 issue online.

Technically the website is fast, easy to read and uncluttered. It just works. Providing the content and events lists are continually updated so the site always remains current and accurate, Sporting Barbados.com could have a major impact in convincing sports-minded tourists to choose Barbados.

Sean Chandler, his Caribbean New Media team and everyone else involved in creating the new website should be proud of their work.

STORY UPDATED: New Information

In the credit where credit is due department, Sean Chandler wrote the following to BFP…

Thanks for the kind words re the sportingbarbados.com site. I would also like to point out that the website design was done by 809 Design, and that the website technical lead was Graeme Finlayson, fellow Director here at Caribbean New Media.

Sean Chandler

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Barbados Tourism Authority stumbling on sports tourism

Personal relationships, political patronage appointments hurting the BTA?

The following was submitted to Barbados Free Press through one of the thousands of free “here today, gone tomorrow” European proxy services. BFP’s readers are intelligent enough to question anything they read on the internet and in newspapers large and small. They also know that anonymous articles should be taken with a good dose of salt.

This anonymous article says that personal relationships and political patronage appointments are negatively impacting the performance of the Barbados Tourism Authority. That makes an “office fight” into a national concern when the mainstay of our economy is under pressure.

We’ll be happy to print any response from Minister Sealy (photo above), the BTA or anyone mentioned in the story…

Lip service and just a lot of long talk!

by Concerned Citizen who makes a living from sports tourism

That is what some stake holders in tourism are saying is being served up by the Barbados Tourism Authority when it comes to servicing a niche identified by the DLP Government as being critical to the long term sustainability of the tourism sector – sports tourism.

The BTA recently advertised in the local press for a sports consultant to join its team. This raised the question as to what had happened to the person who had run that department for the past year, Hayden Coppin.

I had met with Coppin on a number of occasions to discuss a sporting venture and was very impressed with his knowledge and dedication.

He gave no impression that he was leaving and in fact said he quite enjoyed his job where he felt he was making a contribution to Barbados.

Hayden Coppin: Forced out

I was therefore surprised to see the advertisement and shocked when checks with some “friends” in the BTA suggested that he was forced out by CEO, David Rice.

The sources further suggested that it was a purely personal decision by Rice, who never liked or wanted Coppin at the BTA, a view he expressed to many at the BTA, even marginal line staff! Continue reading

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