The Barbados Concorde Experience, the
newest visitor attraction on Barbados, was unveiled April 16 in a
$3.5 million, 28,000-square-foot facility at the Grantley Adams
features an interactive flight school, a departure lounge, an
observation deck, an inflight experience multi-media presentation
and, of course, the aircraft itself.
Barbados' minister of tourism and international transport, said
that the new facility would accelerate the island's tourism
industry to "even higher heights" and would help Barbados "to soar
above other destinations."
In addition, the
new facility "gives Barbados a stronger branding image which is
closely associated with excellence and luxury. The Concorde
inflight attraction will help place Barbados in a league of its own
and ensure the sustainability of our tourism industry."
Tourism Investment agency hopes to develop a permanent aviation
museum in the near future to house the Barbados Concorde
Experience, according to Anthony Ellis, chairman.
Barbados beat out
more than 70 other countries to showcase the delta-wing aircraft,
which traveled at twice the speed of sound.
Mike Bannister, a
retired Concorde captain, described the new attraction as being
"the most impressive in the world."
recalled that "the most memorable experiences of piloting Concorde
was flying over Buckingham Palace to salute the queen; flying to
Barbados for the very first time; and flying the aircraft back
'home' to Barbados for the final time in 2003."
Only 20 Concorde
aircraft were manufactured -- six for development and 14 for
commercial aviation operations.
Concorde Experience is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and
under. Special group rates are available.
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