PRINCE EDWARD TOURS LAND AND SEA IN BARBADOSFrom sailing princes to sports and arts enthusiasts, the island hosts a variety of activities this monthTORONTO, ON (March 29, 2011) –TRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, accompanied by the Countess of Wessex, found plenty of activity in Barbados as they toured the lush Caribbean island in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association from March 18 – 21. It is of little surprise that the prince journeyed to the beautiful island in March because this month is filled with activities and events that cater to all tastes. From arts aficionados to sport-enthusiast royals, Barbados has something for everyone.
As well as attending a number of events including a Gold Award Ceremony and several fund raising events, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex attended Prince Edward’s Golf Tournament on March 20, at Apes Hill Golf Club. Prince Edward also took part in the 2011 Royalist Regatta on March 19 to help raise funds for the development of the Barbados Sea Cadets and support the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program currently operating in nine schools in Barbados.
Barbados has proven to be a popular spot for the royal family to host events over the years. In 2010, Prince Harry hosted a charity polo match for his Sentebale charity at Apes Hill Polo Club. This year polo matches are played every weekend in March at each of the five state-of-the-art polo fields in Barbados. Other equestrian sporting events popular with locals and visitors is the Sandy Lane Gold Cup which has been around since 1982 and is the most prestigious race in the Caribbean. The race sees entries from across the Caribbean as well as from the U.S. and Canada – including horses owned by business executive Eugene Melnyk.
Commonly regarded as the island’s “Biggest Social Event of the Year,” the Holders Season brings world-class music and arts performances to Barbados. A variety of shows, ranging from opera to comedy to theatre, take centre stage from March 19 until April 2 at the breathtaking 17th century Holders House. This year’s program includes Canadian opera singers Jennifer Elisabetta Fina, Emilio Fina and Douglas Tranquada in The Well-Clipped Barber as well as comedy, theatre, jazz and classical music performances from around the world. Afternoon performances took place at the newly opened shopping centre Limegrove on March 25 and March 27.
Getting there:Air Canada offers seven direct flights weekly from Toronto to Barbados and one direct flight a week from Montreal. Flights are on sale at www.aircanada.com. WestJet has service to Barbados with five non-stop flights weekly from Toronto. Book online at www.westjet.com.
About BarbadosThe island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including The Crane beach, St. Philips, voted one of the world’s sexiest beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com. Barbados is the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from a Toronto daily on Air Canada and 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal. WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto. Barbados was voted #8 in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados and Twitter at www.twitter.com/barbados. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org or call 1-800-268-9122 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-268-9122 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.