The Barbados Evening at Son Cubano a Huge Success

By Victoria Falk

The Barbados Evening at Son Cubano a Huge Success

Deborah Millington. Photo: Mario Figeroux

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. hosted a fabulous event at the upscale Son Cubano Restaurant and Bar, located in West New York, New Jersey. The premier award-winning restaurant was a great choice of venues for Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. to meet with valued Travel Agent partners from New York and New Jersey. In addition to Travel Agent partners, the Editor of Caribbean American Weekly, Ms. Pearl Phillip, and the founder of the Barbados-American International Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Brian Figeroux, were specially invited guests for the evening.

Travel agents. Photo: Mario Figeroux

The Barbados Evening was scheduled to start at 6:30 pm. However, Travel Agents began pouring into the venue early and mingled while they waited for the event to start. By 6:10 pm, the event space was already filling up with smiling Travel Agents who were eager to hear updates on Barbados travel and tourism. The Travel Agents who entered the room around 6:30 pm were surprised to see they had to search for open seats because the venue was already packed with their Travel Agent partners.

Guests were welcomed with rum punch and hor d’oeuvres, and a trade show event. Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.’s Business Development Officer, Ms. Deborah Millington, worked double duty that evening as the event host and one of the event’s presenters. Ms. Millington kicked off the program with her presentation that reminded guests of some of the reasons why Barbados is an excellent choice of travel destinations. “Barbados is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Food is good everywhere,” said Deborah Millington to the New York and New Jersey Travel Agents and specially invited guests, as they enjoyed guacamole with plantain and taro root chips, watermelon salad, roasted chicken, jerk spiced halibut, toasted coconut flan, rum punch, and more; compliments of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and their sponsors. In addition to Ms. Millington, several presenters in the room representing major hotels and resorts in Barbados attended the event to share updates and information about their properties.

Each of the presenters appeared ready and eager to speak to the crowd of Travel Agents and specially invited guests. Lynette Dmuchowski and Crystelle Casimir were there representing Hilton Barbados. Albert Oliveto represented Elegant Hotels of Barbados by Marriott International.

Kristen Moore and Lindsey Sciandra updated the crowd on Destinations by Distinction representing Port Ferdinand, St. Peter’s Bay, O2 Beach Club and Spa, and Sea Breeze Beach House. Tevin Stewart and Beatriz Peneda represented Sandals Royal and Sandals Barbados, while Rick Troiano gave an update on Bougainvillea Beach Resort and Sugar Bay Barbados. Important updates shared regarding Barbados travel:

The 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp is available now. The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, encourages remote workers who want to work and live in Barbados to apply online for this special Visa. Visit

Before your next trip to Barbados, download the BIMSafe App. The mobile app was developed by the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness and is a tool to assist in stopping the spread of Covid-19. The app monitors a location and Covid-19 symptoms. Go to

Victoria Falk is the award-winning CEO of Passionate Travel Inc.

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