GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY
The Annual Festival is not one to miss. It is full of festivities, dancing, and singing of old chants and songs in their native Garifuna language. There are several small performances throughout the day, but the main event is a march, along with the bay on foot and on a boat that ultimately ends in Punta Gorda, Roatan.
- WHEN: April 12th
- WHAT TO BRING: Cash, there are no ATM's
- WHERE: Punta Gorda, Roatan
- WHAT TO EXPECT: Drumming, Folkdance, Trickets, Food, & Gifiti
VIDEO OF EVENT
HERITAGE OF HUMANITY
The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna language, music, and dance a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Honduras, Belize, and in Nicaragua. The first Garifuna Summit was held in 2005 in Corn Islands, Nicaragua, with the participation of many Central American countries. Since 1797, the Garifuna have found a refuge in Roatan and along the coast of Honduras. The Garifuna people first came to Punta Gorda, Roatan, Honduras as they fled from Slavery from Spanish and British rule. The first Garifuna came from Yurime, which is a small region of St. Vincent Island.
Garifuna Photo Gallery
About Roatan Tourism Bureau ™
WHO ARE WE?
The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™ (RTB) is a private, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which aims to encourage and promote the vitality & growth of Roatan's tourism industry. Promoting Roatan, as a premier travel island destination (both domestically & internationally) is at the center of the Bureau's principal focus.
WHAT WEBSITES DO WE HAVE?
We first launched Roatan.Online and soon after, the Roatan Tourism Bureau site you see today. Since those two sites were launched we've also added two more websites (Roatan.Jobs, Roatan.Gallery) along with several social media profiles to help us grow our media footprint. We continue to look for ways to serve our community while promoting the interest and the natural beauty of our Bay Islands. Here are a few of our websites:
WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER?
Each website has a different revenue target. The Roatan Tourism Bureau website depends on a subscription-based business model while Roatan Online drives most of its revenue by way of advertisements on its various pages.
- Marketing Services
- Lead Generation
NOTE: For intangible services such as advertising and web marketing, we offer our services to our clients FREE and UPFRONT before we ever submit an invoice. In other words, If our clients are not satisfied with our work first, we do not charge them.
WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
Our purpose is to improve the online presence of the Bay Islands through the latest web marketing techniques and the newest online platforms and mediums.
IS THERE A NEED FOR A PRIVATE BUREAU?
We believe so. And to understand why we've included a message from our founding member:
"I was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I've lived in five countries, including Jamaica where I spent five years falling in love with the Caribbean. I am a proud American citizen and an entrepreneur.
The United States has been good to my family and me, but as a native Honduran, I have a special love for my culture, my heritage, my family, and my people.
Like most Hondurans, I want to see Honduras showcased to the world in the best light possible. And while Honduras has so much to offer, few places can match the sheer beauty we find in the Bay Islands.
Until now, the Bay Islands have had a poor online presence.
Sure, there are many businesses and organizations who themselves have stunning websites, but the island of Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja lack the proper online representation.
A key contributor to the Bay Islands' poor online representation has been a slow adoption of new technologies.
There is excellent content online today. but the manner and the platforms on which that content is displayed to the world is outdated and antiquated.
I believe my Honduran birth, my exposure to the American culture, my technical and online knowledge, and my entrepreneurial spirit uniquely qualify me to bring the Bay Islands to the forefront and to the world, online.
Thank you for your continued support,"
Emilio F. Castillo
The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™
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