THE BARBADOS Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has given Andre ‘DJ Puffy’ Parris the opportunity to sample the island’s tourism product as a reward for his recent win of the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championship held in Santiago, Chile.
From a staycation with breakfast included at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, to a private dinner at Ocean Two Resort & Residences, sunset cocktail cruise on Tiami Catamaran Cruises, day/night tours on Atlantis Submarine, rum pairing tour at Mount Gay Visitor centre and Five-Star Fast Track Arrival vouchers from St. James Travel and Tours, Puffy will get to experience a cross section of what BHTA members offer.
CEO of the Association, Rudy Grant, congratulated the new champion on his tremendous achievement at the presentation at the Radisson Aquatica recently, noting that it was not only great for entertainment but the country on a whole.
“It is achievements like yours Andre, that allow Barbadians to feel good about themselves and to realise that we here in Barbados, even though ours is a small country, can stand alongside the more developed and established countries and hold our own. As the World DJ Champion, you certainly did it your way and demonstrated it as a Barbadian.
“Your achievement also allows for the showcasing of the culture of Barbados and that is very positive. You have allowed the world to get a glimpse of Barbados, who we are, what we have to offer and the way that we do things,” Grant said.
He added that the recent win also made the island even more visible on the world scene: “When you are able to expose Barbados as a destination and allow persons to recognize the kind of appeal and attractiveness of our destination, that is marketing support for the island and it is significant.
So there are cultural, economic and social components of your success. It is not simply an award. It is your ability to create significant benefits for the island and we at the BHTA want to say thank-you for the tremendous work that you are doing.”
The CEO also congratulated a number of other entertainers who recently won competitions for their work including Hypasounds, King Bubba, De Red Boyz and Dwain Dwaingerous Antrobus, who copped top awards at the International Soca Awards and Chrystal Cummins-Beckles who retained her crown in the Queen of Queens Regional Female Calypso Monarch Competition for the third time, and pledged the Association’s commitment to working with them.
Puffy thanked the BHTA for acknowledging his achievement: “It has been an honour to break some walls down in terms of showcasing the kind of talent that we have not only as Barbadians but as Caribbean people. We definitely showcased what we have to offer to the world.“We are going to be making here the hub for future endeavors. The Red Bull team will be visiting this year for workshops and I am looking forward to working with the BHTA to make these things a reality. So on behalf of myself and my team I want to say thank-you.”