Barbados. In February, the country’s minister responsible for tourism and international transport noted that 2015 was the best tourism year ever for Barbados. According to countryaah, the current population of Barbados is 287,386. most tourists, just over a third, come from the UK. The service industry, which includes the tourism sector, contributes over 80% of Barbados total GDP.
In March, an agreement was signed between Barbados and the island state of Saint Lucia. A state can claim a territorial sea of up to 12 nautical miles off the baselines that delimit the state’s inland water. But Barbados and Saint Lucia are closer than that, so the states must agree on the boundary of each state’s territorial sea. Present at the negotiations were representatives of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, who in 2015 signed a similar agreement with Barbados.
According to figures from the UN in 2003, Barbados has one of the highest levels in the Caribbean for HIV/AIDS. In June 2000, 2,415 of the country’s residents were infected with the disease. In 1985-2001, the country’s HIV/AIDS prevention program was administered by the Ministry of Public Health, but the same year a national HIV/AIDS commission was set up. It received advice on the design of prevention policies from CARICOM, from the UN program UNAIDS and from the Caribbean epidemiological center. The Commission has received considerable international financial support from, inter alia, World Bank.
In May 2004, Washington formally apologized to Bridgetown because the United States had disseminated erroneous information on the Internet about the crime in Barbados and the police’s inability to solve the problems. Washington lamented that the erroneous information had been online for 4 months before being removed and replaced with correct information about the country. According to thereligionfaqs, Barbados State Attorney Mia Mottley accepted the apologies. She also stated that the information had been deeply regretted because it had had a significant negative impact on the flow of tourism to the country.