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MarvilleUs Interviews: Minister of Tourism Mr. Richard L. Sealy

The Honourable Richard Llewellyn Sealy, M.P., was duly elected to represent the constituency of St. Michael South Central in May 2003 and was appointed as Barbados’ Minister of Tourism in January 2008.

He received his secondary education at Harrison College and pursued tertiary studies at the University of Florida, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree in Civil Engineering and received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

A Civil Engineer by profession, Mr. Sealy has served on the Film Censorship Board, the Engineering Registration Board, as well as the National Assistance Board and is a member of the Barbados Cancer Society.

Actively involved in community service, he is a former Vice President of the Democratic Labour Party and is a Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and is the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy.

As a member of the opposition, Mr. Sealy has shadowed several portfolios including Industry and International Business, Foreign Trade, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, International Transport and Health.

He is the firm believer that every Barbadian who has been blessed with special skills and has developed specific competencies should use those gifts in service of their country.

FAST FACTS ABOUT BARBADOS

flag-map of barbadosVisa - Not required for US, EU or Commonwealth visitors.
Money - Barbados dollar (B$ or BBD); B$1 = US$0.50 = €0.32 = UK£0.25
Official name - Barbados
Departure tax - Departure Tax of BDS $55 (US $ 27.50) applies to all passengers over 2 years old leaving Barbados. Most airlines include this with the cost of the ticket, but passengers should always check to be sure.
Area - 432 sq km
Population - 282,000
Famous for - Beaches, rum, flying-fish sandwiches
Country code - 246
Capital - Bridgetown
People - Barbadian (formal), Bajan (slang)