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Minister of Tourism Anticipates Sports Tourism Link with Brazil as GOL launches New Barbados Flights

  • 29-Jun-10 10:38
  • Barbados
  • Holiday Industry

As the low cost airline, GOL, launches new flights from Brazil to Barbados, the routes not only offer opportunities for Barbados holidays but they will also open up the sporting prospects which could also prove to be beneficial to the island's tourism.

Minister of Tourism Anticipates Sports Tourism Link with Brazil as GOL launches New Barbados Flights

According to the Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy, the new flight links between Brazil and Barbados could open up the opportunities for sport and cultural events which will benefit the Caribbean island’s tourism sector and increase the number of travellers booking Barbados holidays.

Sealy stated a Barbados Tourism Authority Press Conference that he believe sports including football, polo, and hockey could benefit from the new series of flights which have recently been launched by GOL airline.

Sealy said: “There are all kinds of opportunities for many sports, namely football, hockey and polo. I would like to think that sports tourism could benefit a great deal from teams coming from Brazil, the largest country in South America."

“It may not necessarily be a national team but there are club, state and school sides who would relish the chance to visit here.

“I will wait to see to what extent some of the sporting organizations here will take advantage of it. The prices are affordable. It is certainly cheaper than going to Europe,” he added.

Last weekend, the low-cost airline, GOL, launched non-stop six-hour flights from Sao Paolo-Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil to Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados, providing a new route for travellers taking holidays in Barbados and Brazil.

GOLS’s GOL's Market Vice-President, Claudia Pagnano, said: "We will be the only Brazilian airline to offer regular flights to Barbados.

"Our operation will reduce the journey time of Brazilians visiting this destination by several hours. Currently the fastest route is via the United States."

Travellers can set off on their Barbados holidays on a 737 aircraft which will operate on a weekly basis departing Sao Paulo on Saturdays at 4:35pm local time and arriving in Bridgetown at 9:15pm. The return flights will depart Bridgetown at 10:00pm on Saturdays and arrive in Sao Paulo on Sundays at 4:35am local time.

The new route is expected to increase the number of travellers from Brazil enjoying Caribbean holidays and open up the opportunities for world-class cultural, musical, and sporting events on the tropical Caribbean island.

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