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Ian Webster is from the Caribbean island of Barbados. He is a musician, educator and entrepreneur. Ian graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Southern Caribbean in 2009, where he received a bachelor’s degree, Major: Theology and Minor: Music. He has taught at the Secondary School level for seven (7) years and is heavily involved in the Cultural & Music Industry in Barbados. He is the owner & founder of "iWeb Entertainment” as well as a co-owner of song-writing company “Waterstreet Boyz Inc”. At present, Ian is a MSc: Advertising and Marketing student at Hull University who loves new challenges and learning new skills.

The World’s Best Kept Secret

Mimi Sheller describes the European perception of the Caribbean’s tourism brand as conjuring up ideas of “heaven on earth” or “paradise”.  The Calivigny Island located off the coast of Grenada aptly fits the description.
The island is a luxurious rental property, which caters to an affluent niche market. Owned by Frenchman Georges Cohen, Calivigny Island boasts six gorgeous beaches, and offers picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other.

Visitors to the island can choose from five deluxe accommodation options.

These include two residences, “The Beach House” which features 10 suites and “The Overhang House” which features nine suites, with scenic terrace views, a fresh water pool and easy beach access. There are also three beach bungalows which feature a private outdoor jacuzzi, and large terrace area.

History identifies a symbiotic relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction as integral to customer retention. As such, the Calivigny Island staff customizes their offerings to meet the unique needs of their guests, which include private chefs who cater to the culinary demands of consumers as well as an array of dining arrangements for formal, casual and celebratory occasions.

Additionally, the island caters to varied recreational activities including water sports, tennis, hiking, music and even all-day excursions to the neighboring island, Grenada.  After a day of exploration, guests can return to the solitude of the “Caribbean paradise” which can only be described as the World’s best kept secret.

References

Baker, S,. Taylor, T. (1994) ‘An Assessment of the Relationship Between Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in the Formation of Consumers’ Purchase Intentions’, Journal of Retailing , 40(2), pp. 163-176.
Calivigny Island (N.D. ) Calivigny Island , Available at: http://www.calivigny-island.com/theIsland.php (Accessed: 30th January 2019 ).
International Opulence Magazine (2018) The Story of Calivigny Gilligan’s Island Gone Glam, Available at: http://www.internationalopulence.com/story-calivigny/ (Accessed: 30th January 2019 ).
Sheller, M. (2004) Natural Hedonism: The invention of Caribbean islands as tropical playgrounds. Tourism in the Caribbean Trends, Development, Prospects [Online]. Available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780203402696 (Accessed: 30th January 2019 ).
Vladi Private Islands (2018) The Undiscovered Gem of the Caribbean, Available at: https://www.vladi-private-islands.de/en/islands-for-rent/caribbean/grenada/calivigny-island/(Accessed: 30th January 2019).

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What the Hull Are You Doing Here?

What are you doing here? This is the question posed whenever a taxi driver, or a Hull local, learn that I am from Barbados. Prior to my arrival, I inquired about what it was like to live in Hull. Interestingly, persons with whom I inquired didn’t have many compliments for the city. However, now I am here, I am enjoying it.
As a student, the cost of living is one of the most satisfying benefits enjoyed in Hull. According to the 2018 NatWest Student Index, Hull is the most affordable city for students in the UK. It ranks 1st in England for rent costs, 1st in terms of night life and 1st in cheapest takeaways. Inter-city travel for students is also affordable especially with the use of the 16-25 Railway Card.
Other impressive features of Hull, though not unique to the city itself, include the efficiency of the transportation system, the friendly customer service, and general interaction with the people. Not only this, but the efficiency of the NHS in Hull is also another feature with which I am satisfied.

If there were to be a down-side to living in Hull, it would be the fluctuating weather and the temperature. In the tropics, temperatures are generally within the 25℃ – 30℃ range, varying between sunshine and rain, but the maximum temperature in Hull varies annually between 7℃ and 21℃, according to the Met Office website. So; what the Hull am I doing here? Having a Hull of a time! 

References

Met Office (2019 ) Kingston Upon Hull Climate, Available at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate/gcxcb25c4(Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
National Rail (2019 ) 16-15 Railcard , Available at: https://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/ (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
NatWest (2018 ) Student Living Index 2018 , Available at: https://personal.natwest.com/personal/life-moments/students-and-graduates/student-living-index.html (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
University of Hull (2019 ) Get Real Value for Money in Hull, Available at: https://www.hull.ac.uk/clearing/affordability.aspx(Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).

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5 Places you Must Visit on Your Next Trip to Barbados

Apart from its aquamarine waters and white sandy beaches, here are five (5) of the top “Must Visit” tourist attractions in the island of Barbados

1 .       Oistins Bay Garden

Oistins is a small fishing community located on the south of the island. Each Friday night the village comes alive with music, dancing, singing and lots of food. Most of the dishes on offer feature seafood, but other food options are also available. 

2 .       The Garrison Savannah

The Garrison Savannah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this location in 1966, Barbados was declared an independent nation.

Since then, it is has become the home of Barbadian horse racing and is abuzz with activity on the first Saturday of March for the Caribbean’s most prestigious horse race, the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

3 .       Harrison’s Cave

Harrison’s Cave which ironically got its name from Thomas Harrison, is in the rural parish of St. Thomas. The cave is active and features a stream cave system as well as some of the world’s most beautiful stalagmites.

4 .       The Animal Flower Cave

The Animal Flow Cave gets its name from the sea anemones found in the pools of the cave. It is found in the north of the island and is among the most popular tourist attractions.

5.       St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey is one of the most exquisite and multifaceted pieces of property in Barbados. It features a plantation great house, rum distillery, steam mill and recently a heritage railway. It is a popular spot for destination weddings and a favorite of many visitors to the island.

References

Abbey Holdings Limited (2019 ) St. Nicholas Abbey , Available at: https://www.stnicholasabbey.com/ (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
Britell, A. (2019) Barbados Tourism Continues to Surge, Available at: https://www.caribjournal.com/2017/10/09/barbados-tourism-continues-surge/ (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
Ciniva Web Agency (2019 ) Oistins Fish Fry , Available at: https://www.barbadosbarbados.com/activity/oistins-fish-fry/(Accessed: 31st January, 2019 ).
Go Barbados (2019 ) Animal Flower Cave, Available at: https://barbados.org/aniflow.htm#.XFNJ7VVKhdg (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
Go Barbados (2019 ) The Barbados Garrison , Available at: https://barbados.org/garrison.htm#.XFNNqlVKhdg (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).
Harrison’s Cave (2019) Harrison’s Cave Barbados , Available at: http://www.harrisonscave.com/ (Accessed: 31st January 2019 ).

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