Preserving Caribbean Heritage
Barbados Tourism Master Plan 2013 – 2024
Assembling a team of professionals with expertise in economics, environmental management, social development, community involvement, marketing, transport, accommodation, niche markets, heritage tourism, and tourism planning, EPG developed the first Tourism Master Plan for Barbados, basing it on a green visitor economy model that would guide the nation’s tourism development over a 10 year period.
Harrisons Cave, Barbados
EPG jointly managed the Integrated Nature Tourism Study for Harrison’s Cave, Folkestone Marine Reserve and Carlisle Bay with Canadian firm Axys Environmental Consulting Ltd. These three important tourism sites located in different parishes in Barbados were assessed for nature tourism development and expansion. Harrison’s Cave features an underground subterranean cave with associated upland gully ecosystem; Folkestone Marine Reserve is the only one of its kind on the island; Carlisle Bay boasts one of the largest beaches in Barbados and is a popular recreational zone located within the UNESCO World Heritage Property of Bridgetown.
Harrison’s Cave has been redeveloped as a major ecotourism project for Barbados. A detailed master plan was created, including new and upgraded infrastructure for Harrison’s Cave, the island’s premier tourist attraction and a designated Natural Heritage Conservation Area. The new interpretation centre features interactive materials that support public awareness and environmental education. A nature trail was designed and implemented just outside the cave’s entrance along the gully floor.
Speightstown Living Heritage Program, Barbados
A thorough assessment of Speightstown’s heritage elements was conducted through research and stakeholder consultations as a means to identify infrastructural projects for funding and investment.