Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, celebrated the inauguration of the Embassy of Barbados in Havana on September 16.
In her address to mark the occasion, Minister McClean said: "What we are witnessing here today is best seen within the context of a journey that began in 1972, when four visionary Caribbean leaders, President Forbes Burnham of Guyana and Prime Ministers Michael Manley of Jamaica, Dr. Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago and Errol Barrow of Barbados, took the bold step to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Reacting to news of his high accolade, Dr. Ewart Brown, who also is Bermuda's Minister of Tourism, said, "I am humbled and deeply gratified to be selected as a recipient of the CMEx 2010 World Leadership Award. In Bermuda, we have made tremendous strides to revive our once moribund tourism industry. From targeting new air carriers to improving existing hotel properties and attracting new properties to our island, we have begun a tourism turnaround that will continue for years to come."