African Diaspora celebrated in Barbados

Linking the Diaspora is key to a conference taking place in Barbados during September. 

The eighth Annual African Diaspora Heritage Trail conference takes place between 17-19 September in the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. 

Approximately 400 members are due to attend the event, which is titled “Our Freedom, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover”. 

The primary goal, said organisers, is to establish heritage trails which link the Diaspora traditions in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America and Europe. 


Tourism aspect 

Related tourism aims include the pinpointing of authentic local culture dating back to African slavery, the publishing of a tourism management guide geared for the expanding cultural heritage market and the development of a network of partners dedicated to providing all the necessary skills and resources for furthering cultural heritage destinations. 

Valerie Marshall of the Barbados Tourism Authority said the island would benefit from hosting the conference. 

“Apart from providing hospitality for around 400 extra people on the land, the islanders will also receive aid in developing a strong cultural heritage component for its tourism, aimed especially at attracting visitors from within the Diaspora.  

“This could in turn result in mutually beneficial business relationships,” she said. 

The conference originated in Bermuda as a cultural heritage tourism initiative developed by the Ministry of Tourism in that country. It has since been endorsed by UNESCO. 

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Barbados hosts an important Diaspora gathering with real tourism components. – Photo: File

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