BHTA strengthening relations with the diaspora

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is strengthening its relationship with Barbadians living overseas.

This as it partners with the various Barbados Associations across the United States, including New York, Atlanta and Boston.

To this end the Association will be lending its support to the Barbados Association of Tampa Bay Inc. (BAOTB), as it celebrates Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence and raises funds for a number of worthy causes through its annual Spring Gala in June.

President of the BAOTB, Henderson Griffith, welcomed the BHTA’s partnership, stating;

“We are a non-profit organisation and each year we raise funds for a number of worthy causes in Barbados and Tampa including the Cancer Support Services, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Moffitt Cancer Centre and the Carrie-Lyn Grazette Foundation through our two fund raising activities, the annual Dance for Hope and the Spring Gala.

“Our new partnership with the BHTA will better equip us to continue on our mission to help thousands of Barbadians impacted by cancer annually and those who rely on the QEH for medical care. It will save the lives of many and provide comfort and a helping hand to patients and families whose quality of life and livelihood are in turmoil as a result of cancer.

“Additionally, we also do all we can through our Gala and other activity to promote Barbados as a tourist destination of choice, by highlighting the loving friendly people, steady Government, the sea, sun, fun and the best talent Barbados has to offer. Working with the BHTA will definitely assist us in our efforts in this area and we are looking forward to a successful partnership and a continued and enriched future relationship.”

CEO of the BHTA, Sue Springer, echoed similar sentiments and explained that the Association was pleased to be establishing a long term relationship with the BAOTB:

“We are looking at ways of entering into new relationships with the Diaspora and were very impressed with the work being done by the Tampa Association, especially as it relates to its fund raising activity. The assistance they have provided over the years to health care is commendable and we wanted to get on board with this worthwhile venture.

 “Added to that, we will also be lending our support to the BAOTB’s promotion of Barbados in Tampa and have pledged to work with the Association to provide special rates from our membership, namely our accommodation members, restaurants and attractions. This new partnership is another step in our quest to broaden our reach, while embracing Barbadians living overseas.”

The BAOTB’s 7th Annual Spring Gala weekend celebrations will also include a church service, golf tournament, Town Hall meeting, ‘Old Tyme Bajan Lyme’ and a fishing trip.