Barbados Highlights Special Events

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NEW YORK -- Agents can sell more clients on Barbados if they market more than its beaches.

Many customers are lured by island features ranging from sports to music, according to the Barbados Tourism Authority.

For instance, trips can focus on local festivals and events, such as November's Sir Garfield Sobers Seniors Cricket Festival for players over age 50.

The Independence Classic Surfing Championship is also scheduled to be held sometime in November.

Throughout November, the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts is held to celebrate music, dancing, singing, photography, painting, drawing, crafts, drama, creative writing and poetry. Finalists are featured during a gala presentation on Barbados' Independence Day, Nov. 30.

On Dec. 5 and 6, the Run Barbados road race series attracts runners worldwide. This series features a 10-K (6.2-mile) race Dec. 5 in Bridgetown and a marathon Dec. 6 starting at the Grantley Adams International Airport. The marathon follows a coastal route that culminates at Heywoods in northwestern Barbados.

The Barbados Tourism Authority, Phone: 888-BARBADOS, Web: www.barbados.org

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