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Barbados Tourism welcomes Europe for winter

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Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. announced the return of KLM direct service from Amsterdam just in time for winter travel.

Barbados has become the only anglophone Caribbean island that will have a direct flight from Amsterdam via the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM).

After a successful first season of operations in winter 2021/2022, KLM will resume its flights to Barbados from October 18, 2022. The Dutch national airline will resume operations from Amsterdam to Barbados with three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Thanks to the accessibility provided at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the KLM connection is particularly attractive for passengers from Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and the Nordics.

Jens Thraenhart, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), expressed that he is looking forward to the return of this flight as it further positions Barbados as an accessible island for our European tourists.

“The European market is an important market to Barbados and our offices in Europe have been working to find ways to make accessibility to Barbados easier for our European visitors.”

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“With KLM currently operating out of 90 cities in Europe, the resumption of this flight to Barbados strategically places the island as a reachable hub for all,” Thraenhart said.

He added that “We are pleased at KLM’s confidence in building Barbados as a winter destination for its hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. We will be working on programs in the market to support and defend this airlift and ensure we have a productive season,” Thraenhart said.

Emile Arnst, Manager Destination and Tourism Development at Air France-KLM, concurred, stating, “we are happy to return to Barbados this winter season and to encourage exploration of this exotic gem in the Caribbean via our hub at Amsterdam.”

Stimulating the market

BTMI is especially pleased at the return of this flight as flights return just in time for the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival, which returns October 27 to 30. It is a part of the activities slated for the winter season to add excitement to the calendar.

KLM will fly to Barbados from October 18 to the end of March 2023. In addition, BTMI recently launched an advertising campaign showcasing KLM as an airline partner at Schiphol Airport, and since July at Milan Malpensa Airport and on a dedicated tram in Amsterdam. KLM will take off for Bridgetown with an A330-200 with a two-class configuration. The flights depart from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 10:05 a.m. and arrive at Barbados Grantley Adams Airport at 14:20 local time.

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers a unique Caribbean experience steeped in rich history and colorful culture and rooted in remarkable landscapes. Barbados is the home of two of the three remaining Jacobean Mansions left in the Western hemisphere, as well as fully functional rum distilleries. In fact, this island is known as the birthplace of rum, commercially producing and bottling the spirit since the 1700s. Each year, Barbados hosts several world-class events including the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival; the annual Barbados Reggae Festival; and the annual Crop Over Festival, where celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton and its very own Rihanna are often spotted. Accommodations are wide and varied, ranging from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfast gems; prestigious international chains; and award-winning five-diamond resorts. In 2018, Barbados’ accommodation sector captured 13 awards in the Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, All-Inclusive, Small, Best Service, Bargain, and Romance categories of the “Traveler’s Choice Awards.” And getting to paradise is a breeze: the Grantley Adams International Airport offers plenty non-stop and direct services from a growing number of U.S., U.K., Canadian, Caribbean, European, and Latin American gateways, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. Visit Barbados and experience why for two years in a row it won the prestigious Star Winter Sun Destination Award at the ‘Travel Bulletin Star Awards’ in 2017 and 2018. For more information on travel to Barbados, click here, follow on Facebook and via Twitter.

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Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor

Linda Hohnholz has been writing and editing articles since the start of her working career. She has applied this innate passion to such places as Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, and now TravelNewsGroup.

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