Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is reaping sweet tourism rewards for Barbados. That’s because nearly every hotel on the South Coast is booked up for today’s 38th edition of the most celebrated horse racing event in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Chief executive officer of the Barbados Turf Club, Rosette Peirce, told the NATION, it was near impossible to get a room at any hotel in Hastings, Rockley, Christ Church, and those environs, while title sponsor Sandy Lane was at near 100 per cent occupancy.

“Certainly, if you were to try to get a room within the environs of the Garrison, it is impossible right now. They are all booked up. The response has been overwhelming. The hotels benefit tremendously from the Gold Cup,” Peirce said.

As was the case with international cricket when Joe Root’s England side visited here a few weeks ago, the majority of the tourists will be from the United Kingdom. However, Peirce said some of the fans will be from the United States and Canada.

“The English are predominantly the ones who are interested in racing, whether it is Gold Cup or not, but the Gold Cup is special and people book specifically to attend the event, but because the Gold Cup is a total entertainment package, even if you are not interested in horse racing,  people from everywhere come because they are told it is not an event to be missed.

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