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Last week 65 travel agents and two journalists from TTG and Travel Biz turned up at Gatwick airport ready to embark on Barbados’ Mega Fam to celebrate the 65 wonderful years that British Airways has safely carried UK travellers to its paradise shores.

In partnership with TTG, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and British Airways ran a competition for travel agents to win a place on the fam trip to explore and experience the island in all its glory. Siren hosted the media along with a group of 20 excited agents, on the trip.

The group was split across three luxury hotels including Turtle Beach, Seabreeze Beach House, and the recently opened The Sands Barbados.

After touching down on the scorching tarmac, the group were straight into their busy itinerary, from the Island Safari, heritage railway tour and cave explorations to site visits of a diverse mix of hotels on island. The trip encompassed all the best bits of Barbados and showcased the plethora of activities available. Barbados is a favourite for winter sun seekers but it has so much more to offer than simply sun, sand, and sea. 

On Friday morning the agents were hosted by Sandals resort where they took part in a mini trade show, this was a great opportunity to meet all the hotel partners, receive all their news and updates and create lasting relationships from which they can move forward and sell the destination in the future.

The Barbados Olympics was one of the highlights of the week, agents and media battled it out in a race of their choice; either taking to the waves for a 100m swim, running a mile on the open road, as well hitting the countryside tracks for a 5k cycle; and for the adrenaline junkies, the obstacle course at the Barbados Ninja Throw Down put them through their paces.

We are happy to say that though our Siren did not win …or even finish the course… she did tackle every obstacle with commitment and enthusiasm… until she fell off the monkey bars and was dunked in the pool #lifeasasiren #goneswimming

The final night saw the agents dancing the night away with rum in hand and soca beats pulsing through the air as they sailed the sea on a catamaran cruise.

By Sunday night no one wanted to leave and our Siren was left knocking on hotel doors and scouring rum shacks for all her wayward sheep.  To the disappointment of the agents, and the relief of our CEO, the trip returned all heads accounted for and not one extra stowed away in a suitcase.


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We were on the road last week with our sister brand within the Siren Communications Group, Essence Communications, and it’s client, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., helping to make their ‘Taste of Barbados’ roadshows a big success. 

The week-long tour was the latest stage of the BTMI’s ‘Year of Culinary Experiences’, which has included multiple press and Influencer trips, a collaboration with Hello Fresh, and other experiential activations across a programme designed to bring Barbados to life through its cuisine, and showcase the whole island through something that is absolutely at its heart – its food and drink. Roadshow events took a delegation of Barbados hoteliers, representatives from the BTMI, as well as a Bajan chef, mixologist and band, from Dublin to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Knutsford and London. 

In each location, trade partners, travel agents, tour operators and media were immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of Barbados and reminded of what makes it one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean for UK holidaymakers. In turn, the positive reaction of attendees to each event demonstrated why the UK remains Barbados’ biggest overseas source market, and why UK visitor figures are 3% up year on year. 

Hands-on cocktail and cooking demonstrations, live music straight from St Lawrence Gap, the chance to win exciting raffle prizes, and the opportunity to hear about latest developments from Barbados, was the order of the day in each location, for a combined total of more than 350 people. 

Judging by the photos, a great time was had by all!