Rihanna has been named a tourism ambassador for Barbados.

The 'S&M' singer - who was born on the Caribbean island - has joined forces with the country's tourism authority because she wants people to experience the "spirit and warmth" of her fellow Barbadians.

Rihanna said: "Barbados is a place like no other and one of the reasons for this is the spirit and national pride of our people. I want each and every visitor to this beautiful island to experience what makes this destination different from all others and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians."

In addition to promoting Barbados worldwide, the 23-year-old singer will kick off her duties by bringing her 'Loud' tour to her hometown of Bridgetown in August.

The Barbados Tourism Authority said: "We are proud to announce that musical sensation and social phenomenon Rihanna has partnered with the Barbados Tourism Authority as an exclusive promotional partner for three years. Celebrate this amazing announcement today by joining us on August 5 as she brings her 'Loud' tour to Bridgetown, Barbados, her homeland."