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‘Glamorous’ exposure for Barbados
Documentary set to showcase
country’s history, culture and people
By RuthMoisa Alleyne
Barbados is set to gain major exposure in China by year end via a two-part documentary series on its history, culture, people and popular scenery.
Called Glamorous Barbados, the series is the product of negotiations between the Governments of Barbados and the People's Republic of China, which involved a collaborative effort between the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and China's CCTV. Part of the agreement will also see a team from CBC travel to China next month to film aspects of China's life and culture.
Speaking to the Barbados Advocate on Wednesday at a farewell and appreciation reception for the CCTV team, which took place at the Chinese Embassy, Yuan Tian, Head of the Documentary Channel Division, said that it was the team's desire to showcase what Barbados was all about, given that there were still many persons who were unfamiliar with the destination.
While admitting that it would be a challenge convincing Chinese to make such a long trip just to enjoy good beaches and a slower paced style of living – there are several destinations much closer, offering the same thing – Tian said that persons were still looking to have an adventure and that they appreciated having choice. It was this alternative choice, along with the peaceful atmosphere and warm personality of our people that his team hoped to deliver to their audience via the documentary.
Filming took place over fifteen days with the assistance of several bodies, including the Barbados Tourism Authority. Glamorous Barbados is part of a wider Glamorous televised series. To date, the CCTV team has completed filming in Kenya, Indonesia, Slovenia, Virginia USA and Greece.