A Company with Tradition & Insight
SunTours Barbados traces its origins back to 1860, when it was named Trotman's Livery Stables. These stables once hired out their horses and carriages to passengers and crew of the many ships that used Barbados as a stop from Europe, The Americas and The Caribbean.
After a few years, Mr. Trotman sold the enterprise to J. G. Johnson who changed the name to Johnson's Livery Stable. In 1915, the firm was purchased by a Mr. Edwards who retained the name until 1917, when it was modified to Johnson's Stables & Garage to accommodate the motor cars that were making their appearance.
In 1926, U.J. Parravicino or "Poor Bob" as he was known, joined the firm and a couple of years later, purchased it. "Poor Bob" probably is as far from the truth as you can get. He was a man ahead of his time and was personally and financially involved in many local tourism ventures, long before the potential of the industry was realized. He changed the name to Johnson's Stables & Garage Limited in 1937 and ran through two generations of the Parravacino family.
In 2003, Johnson's Stables changed management control and joined the Caribbean World Travel Services Group of Companies, now trading as Sun Group Inc. Headed by Chairman Bernard Weatherhead J.P., it operates various tourism related businesses, including Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals in Barbados and St. Lucia, Going Places Travel in Antigua, Barbados, Bequia, Cariacou, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, and Dominica, Island Safari in Barbados and Antigua, Forest Safari Barbados, SeaFari in Barbados, Tropical Weddings Barbados, Island Executive Services, Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa in Barbados and Suntours Caribbean in Barbados, Antigua and St. Lucia. Today, Johnson's Stables has moved to the name SunTours Barbados and specializes in sea and airport transfers, around the island coach and taxi tours, destination management and boasts the island's largest fleet in luxury taxi service.