Over the years, Barbados has been improving its reputation, becoming an obligatory country to visit on the lists of many tourists. Also there is a category of guests who come to the island regularly. The number of wealthy tourists from the United Kingdom is especially growing, which contributes to the significant development of the economy. If earlier travelers were attracted mostly by the sea, beaches and the sun, now Barbados beckons with more diverse forms of pastime. Over the years, the popularity of the Plant Growing Festival has grown: every year it gathers thousands of people. The same applies to sports tourism, equestrian competitions, car racing, marathons, cycling races and a number of other less traditional sports. Music and food festivals are also regularly held on the island.