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STOP SAYING ”BAR-BOO-DA!” IT’S PRONOUNCED”BAR-BEW-DA” LIKE ‘BER-MU-DA!’

The first goofy broadcast news anchor to talk about Barbuda said, “Bar-boo-da” when talking about the destruction experienced on that Caribbean island destination and every . . . EVERY. . . broadcaster after that, right down to someone on TV minutes ago. . . has mispronounced this island’s name. As if the destruction on that island isn’t bad enough, insult is hurled after injury by mispronouncing the destination’s name!

The island, dear hearts, is pronounced, “barBEWda.” Can you say, “Bermuda?” Now take out the first four letters, B-e-r-m,” and insert “B-a-r-b” and you’ll get it right every time! BAR-BU-DA. . . not Bar-boo-da!

Please notify the folks at the radio and televisions stations you tune in to that they are perpetuating a fraud upon this island destination by spreading the rampant mispronunciation that is raging at the moment!

Barbuda’s sister island, Antigua, has also had some painful pronunciation hits as well! Antigua, blessed by mostly receiving damage to palm trees and landscaping and is open for business to welcome and pamper visitors, is NOT pronounced “An-teeg-wa!” No, that place is in Portugal.  This Caribbean sister of Barbuda is pronounced, “An-tee-ga!”

Perhaps the best way to practice the name of Antigua and Barbuda is to plan a visit to Antigua and get your pronunciation under control while you partake in the friendly and pampering service you’ll experience while rejuvenating your spirit in this very special tropical destination! There is a hotel, resort, lodging to fit every lifestyle expectation.

You can hear an interview that I did with Minister Asot (Ascot without the ‘c’) Michael, the Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy for Antigua and Barbuda, this weekend on Saturday, September 22, 2017 on Travelers411 in Hour 2, at 11am ET,  and on Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams on September 24, 2017 in Hour 2, at 7pm ET. Minster Michael reminds listeners that 70% of the Gross Domestic Product of the islands of the Caribbean are based on tourism and that Antigua and its warm and friendly citizens have rolled out the welcome mat for your very special visit.

I’ve been to Antigua many, many times. I know exactly what Minister Michael is talking about. Antigua is wonderful. It’s people are creative, inventive, talented, and skilled when it comes to the needs of visitors and that’s one of the reasons that I’ve returned to Antigua time after time as a destination I love when, in fact, I could choose to go anywhere! Antigua is high on the list of island destinations I am drawn to magnetically!

If you’d like to hear interviews I have done with people from Antigua in the past, click on this link to hear the archived audio of those interviews.

Remember that you’ll be able to hear Minister Michael’s interview podcast at travelers411.com for 52 weeks after it airs this weekend and it is simultaneously be archived in our show notes, in our Directory features, and other in our Forums location for Antigua!

Start packin’ ! They’re waiting for you in Antigua. . .and bring your appetite for the great food you’ll find there as well!

Click here to listen to an interview done at the NYTimes Travel Show about Antigua and Barbuda as I interviewed Derede Witlock who was the Director of Tourism for this island nation.

You’ll find a number of interviews with Antigua’s Rob Sherman from Curtain Bluffs Resort if you click here for results for that search at sAbrams.com. Find the hour in which he appeared and click at the top of the show notes for each date to hear that hour!

But if you click here, you’ll reach the page of show notes for January 2005 shows and if you scroll down that page to the January 23, 2005 show, you’ll find historic archived interviews with key staff that built the super reputation of Curtain Bluffs including an interview with its founder and visionary for this resort, Howard Hulford.

And click here to listen to an interview I did in Antigua with the then Deputy General Manager of Hawks Bill Resort in Antigua!

By early next week, the interview with Minister Asot Michael will be podcast for 52 weeks at travelers411,com and archived indefinitely at sAbrams.com.

Listen while you pack to take off for Antigua!

Hugs to all,

Your personal travel expert,

Stephanie Abrams

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Nationally syndiated radio show host
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