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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Barbados Going Diamond; Barbados Hotels and Restaurants to Carry AAA Rating by Next Year

Tuesday October 10, 11:13 am ET

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- By January 2007, Barbadian hotels and eateries will carry the prestigious American Automobile Association (AAA) diamond rating. In an effort to improve the quality of the island's hospitality offering, local tourism officials have introduced the rating system, known for its enhancement of travel experiences for tourists worldwide.

While a few of the island's major properties will carry the hallmark five- diamond rating, hotels and restaurants of all sizes and classifications are expected to be rated. Establishments will be ranked according to AAA product and service standards, ranging from management style of operation to room decor and ambience.

The industry-wide introduction of the AAA diamond rating marks the BTA's second effort to have the island develop customized services to match worldwide standards. The "Zagat Barbados Guide," developed by the prestigious Zagat Survey, was launched this September in Barbados and New York.

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