Consulate and Tourism Leaders Launch Promotions for 2025 World Cup Cricket in Barbados at South Florida’s Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

Kicking off their South Florida promotions for the ICC Cricket World Cup to be held on the island in June 2025, the Consulate General of Barbados in Miami along with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc welcomed around 100 guests to a reception at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum on the evening of Saturday, April 27th.

Barbados Consul General Rudy Grant addresses the audience at Island SPACE as he introduces ICC World Cup Cricket coming to Barbados in summer 2025. | Photo by K Rich Photography.

Distinguished guests included former Barbadian ambassador to the United States Noel Lynch, who delivered an impassioned keynote address. Sharing details on the island nation’s decision to invest $50 million into preparations for the event, he said that, conservatively, Barbados stood to generate more than $110 million in revenue from it. With game tickets currently starting as low as $17, he invited all in attendance to plan their visits early.

Peter Mayers, USA Director of Tourism for BTMI, offered a presentation giving insight into the state of the island’s tourism sector for 2024 and inviting the assembled diaspora to make plans for “We Gatherin’” — Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s vision for an all-inclusive Bajan homecoming, in 2025.

Also present was legendary Barbadian cricketer Joel “Big Bird” Garner, who shared a few words early in the evening, later presenting a signed West Indies jersey and cricket bats as gifts to the museum. Joining him in signing were cricketers Lawrence Rowe and Adrian Griffith.

Joel “Big Bird” Garner presents a WI cricket jersey and mini bats to Island SPACE president Calibe Thompson as (L-R) Barbados Consul General Rudy Grant, fmr Amb Noel Lynch and Peter Mayers, Director USA for BTMI look on. | Photo by K Rich Photography.

Consul General Rudy Grant played emcee for the evening, encouraging the audience to engage with Barbados, with cricket, and with the host venue at Island SPACE. Other presenters included Father Anthony Holder, who started the evening with a blessing, Island SPACE president Calibe Thompson, who welcomed attendees, and Consul Marvin Brathwaite, who offered closing remarks.

Rum cocktails and small plates of traditional Bajan favorites including fish cakes, macaroni pie and pelau were provided by culinary ambassadors Philip “Casanova” Antione and Chef Creig Greenidge.

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About Island SPACE

Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture, history, and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region, in South Florida and the broader diaspora. The public is invited to visit the Caribbean museum Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General museum entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Contact [email protected] or call 954-999-0989, or visit to learn more.

About Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc 

The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) functions are to promote, assist and facilitate the efficient development of tourism; to design and implement suitable marketing strategies for the effective promotion of the tourism industry; to make provision for adequate and suitable air and sea passenger transport services to and from Barbados; to encourage the establishment of amenities and facilities necessary for the proper enjoyment of Barbados as a tourist destination; to carry out market intelligence in order to inform the needs of the tourism industry.