Captain Ophneal D. Kellman. (GP)

MON, OCTOBER 06, 2014 - 3:35 PM

WHEN JETBLUE’S FLIGHT 661 lands in Barbados tomorrow, a new chapter will be written in the history of the airline’s service to the Caribbean country.

For the first time since the carrier started flying to Barbados in 2009, a Barbadian, Captain Ophneal D. Kellman, 37, will be in command of the 190-passenger aircraft that is due to depart John F. Kennedy International Airport tomorrow morning.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Captain Kellman told the NATION.

“I am excited and ecstatic that at last I will be able to command a commercial fight into Barbados. Ever since, I began this aviation journey, I have been dreaming of someday flying a passenger plane into the home of my parents and it is coming true.”

 Kellman has been flying for JetBlue since 2007, two years before the carrier started its service to Barbados but it will be the first time he will be flying into Barbados as a captain of a flight. He has commanded flights to St Lucia, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Turks & Caicos Islands and a long list of domestic destinations in the United States.(TB)


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Barbados Announces The Launch Of New Tourism Divisions

Destination & Tourism | September 09, 2014

Barbados Announces The Launch Of New Tourism Divisions


The island of Barbados is pleased to announce its newest division of tourism affairs, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA). Built as a reform to the original Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), the new divisions will work together to transform the current tourism landscape creating a bold new organization focused on keeping the island top of mind in the dynamic and ever-changing tourism industry.

 Ensuring dedication and focus is delivered to each individual market, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) will assume responsibility for all destination marketing while the Barbados Tourism Product (BTPA) will focus solely on the development and improvement of the island’s current and future tourism offerings. Both companies will continue to be housed on the premises of the former BTA and will work towards the ultimate goal of driving island tourism and increasing destination awareness.

Petra Roach, chief executive officer of the BTMI said, "The global travel industry is changing rapidly and it's absolutely critical for Barbados that we respond to those changes equally swiftly, in order to protect and build our visitor economy for the future. Consumers and travel partners are adopting new technologies, researching, booking and communicating their travel experiences very differently than in the past decade. Our two new focused organizations; the BTMI and BTPA, will ensure we develop and communicate the best possible products for our island and our visitors for the future. We very much look forward to working with all our partners in this new era."

With the recent announcement of nonstop flights from New York and Atlanta via Delta Air Lines kicking off this winter to the Caribbean island, Barbados continues to wow guests with ultimate sun, sand and sea experiences including an exciting line-up of island events and attractions such as the Barbados International PRO Surf Fest 2014 (Nov. 13-16), the 5th annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (Nov. 20-23) and the Classical Pops Festival (Dec. 11-14). The island’s Barbados Island Inclusive offer provides guests with the ultimate in incentive travel offering “free spending money” for use at participating attractions and restaurants while on-island.


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