BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Promoter Ryan Kruger scouted five potential locations for his Vujaday techno festival before opting to carry the five-day event in Barbados, flying in DJs to play to around 1,in April 500 party-goers at a string of dramatic locations round the island.
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Now likely to return next year, Vujaday – alongside gospel and jazz festivals, fertility holidays, sports camps, genealogy and marijuana vacations – is among a patchwork of tourism niches boosting revenues for Caribbean islands.
“We’d this concept of fabricating a destination event beyond THE UNITED STATES where AMERICANS and Western Europeans mostly could go when it had been cold,” said Toronto-based Kruger, some government was had by whose RKET Group support for the function.
“Our people and our operations put 4 about.3 million Barbados dollars ($2.15 million) in to the local economy.”
For the world’s most tourism-dependent region, finding fresh markets could become increasingly important because the impacts of climate change – from rising sea levels to reef degradation and much more powerful storms – take their toll. year by hurricanes Irma and Maria
Swiped last, the low-lying Turks and Caicos Islands are analyzing the risks global warming poses to the tourism industry following the ferocious storms cost $500 million and damaged the favorite Grace Bay beach.
“Of your day by the end, (if) we lose our beaches, we’ve economic challenges,” Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The British overseas territory is selling itself as a spot for eco-tourism also, weddings and conferences – and is even calling star basketball players seeking somewhere warm to perform training camps off-season.
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), year about 30 million people flocked to the spot last, bringing much-needed forex, and supporting jobs and businesses on many islands fighting high degrees of public debt.
In Barbados, the global world Travel & Tourism Council estimates nearly 40 percent of jobs and economic activity derive directly or indirectly from tourism – but climate change is really a threat.