World Heritage Tourism as defined by UNESCO is one of the world's largest industries. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that tourism generates some 12% of the world total GNP and is growing.
Tourism and travel is divided now into many markets niches including sports such as equestrian events, horse racing, polo as well as all forms of activities and competitive games. Cultural tourism, eco-tourism and adventure travel, and a general interest in lifestyles and communities.
The tiny island of Barbados in the Caribbean has an intriguing interest in equestrian events. It has 4 polo fields and hosts international games played by royalty. Its horse racing attracts international jockeys, and race horses from all over the world compete in its top events.
On a lighter side Barbados' horses have a pretty decent life, living in one of the world's top holiday destinations, and enjoying life in a seaside tropical paradise.
Horses, trainers and owners regularly take their horses to the sea, for a rub down, to exercise in the water, to recuperate from injury and ill health, and to swim.
Swimming is a routine exercise for many, and champion race horses are often seen swimming past the Barbados Yacht Club, out amongst the moored yachts, pleasure boats and sailors.
This video is a chance meeting with an owner and his horse, Grenadilla, who just won a race. The same owner, who clearly loves horses, is also tending to a horse who is recovering from an operation. The horses are beautiful and not at all camera shy. You will look straight in their eyes a mirror to a highly sensitive and aware being.