Barbados Considers ‘Roots Tourism’

I wonder if more governments should think about this. Promoting genealogy tourism can add millions of dollars/pounds/Euros/ or other local currency to local businesses’ income:

Barbados Today:-Local officials have identified genealogy tourism as a niche area on which they will seek to capitalize.

Manager of Innovation and strategy at the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) Terry Vanterpool-Fox said Barbadians locally and abroad had a keen interest in learning about their family history.

As a result she said the BTPA would be working closely with the Archive Department to develop that niche and capitalize on the earnings potential, as that aspect of the tourism market becomes more popular.

“We believe that there is so much to learn within our history as it relates to a person’s genealogy . . . The interest in tracing ones roots is growing at a rapid pace,” Vanterpool-Fox said.

You can read the full article at http://stluciatimes.com/2016/08/09/barbados-considers-roots-tourism.

One Comment

David Paul Davenport August 11, 2016 at 9:35 pm

A considerable number of Puritans who settled in Virginia, settled first in Barbados. They were encouraged to do so during the “Commonwealth” period, after Oliver Cromwell came to power at the end of the English Civil War (1642-1651). As a Puritan he wanted to lessen the importance of the Church of England in running the affairs of Virginia. Thus, it is important for researchers of “non-conformists” in Virginia to look for Barbados as a temporary place of residence for Puritans who started out in East Anglia (and other areas of England associated with Puritans) who eventually showed up in Virginia in the years before the monarchy was restored in England (circa 1660).

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