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WHY INVEST IN BARBADOS TOURISM The tourism product of the island is diverse and truly unique!

Track Record

By the end of 2005, the island had hosted over 1.1 million tourists, of whom 547,534 were stay-over visitors and 563,588 were cruise ship visitors. Accommodation for tourists is targeted to increase from approximately 6,255 rooms in 2005 to approximately 9,500 rooms by 2010.

Over 70% of the country's foreign exchange is earned by the tourism sector. It is anticipated that by the end of 2006 Tourism's contribution to real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be in the region of 12%.

Over 12,000 people are directly employed by tourism currently (9% of total employment). This number is expected to increase to approximately 11% of total jobs by 2012.

  Number of Establishments
in Operation
of Units
of Bedrooms
Hotels 65 4,723 4,944
Apartments 71 858 1,156
Guest Houses 25 148 155

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