E-Newsletter November 2011 Issue #1
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Faylene_Findlay_Scrubb_lo_resThe St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) is the national agency entrusted with the responsibility of promoting the country as a tourist destination, developing standards and regulating the quality of the local tourism service providers. The SVGTA is also required by law under the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority Act 2007 to assist in the development of the varied tourism products on offer.

The Authority became operational on January 2nd 2009 and was officially launched on July 2nd 2009. Over the last two years, the work of the Authority has had very little publicity due primarily to the absence of a designated public relations unit. Nonetheless, significant strides are being made locally and overseas by the staff and agencies employed to execute the mandate.

The intention of the SVGTA is to use the E-Newsletter to not only update the various stakeholders who interface directly and indirectly with the Authority, but ultimately it is hoped that the E-Newsletter will seek to dispel any misconceptions about the work of the SVGTA.

This E-Newsletter will be published monthly and will report on the current month as well as highlight any activities/events in the upcoming month. Your feedback is welcomed; please send any comments/queries or suggestions to svgta@discoversvg.com

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Executive of the SVGTA, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your support  over the last two years and look forward to even greater collaboration in the future as we seek to further develop this vital sector.

Faylene Findlay-Scrubb
Chief Operating Officer





November 2nd was recognized as Caribbean Tourism Day under the theme “One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.” As part of the celebration visitors at the E.T. Joshua Airport and Kingstown Cruise Ship Terminal, were treated to local beverages, wrist bands and they were entertained by steel pan and string band music, offered by the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority.

church_serviceHowever, Tourism Week was celebrated in St. Vincent & the Grenadines under the theme "Tourism Is The Oxygen Of Our Economy, Let's All Breathe It." Activiities ran from November 14th-20th which included a Church Service on November 14th at the Arnos Vale Methodist Church, School Visits on the 15th, a Staff Session on the 16th, Youth Congress on the 17th and a National Tourism Awards Ceremony on the 19th.  The week wrapped up on the 20th with Vincy Flavours hosted by the SVG Hotel and Tourism Association.



staff_training_finalOn November 12th 2010, a training session was conducted with St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s (SVGTA’s) staff, utilizing the theme “Walking the Talk.”  This event was a follow up from a staff orientation workshop held in February of this year.

The objectives of this year’s training sessions included implementing SVGTA’s Staff Charter and defining a Customer Promise. The facilitators were Ms. Faylene Findlay-Scrubb, Chief Operating Officer and Dr Afzal Abdool, Tourism Consultant.   Group sessions and presentations from the Administration, Marketing and Research & Information Units within the Authority were incorporated in the session.



Fam_tourThe St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority hosted a group of eight (8) travel agents from the United States on a familiarization tour of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, during the period November 3rd – 8th, 2010. Complimentary accommodation was provided by Young Island Resort. 

The contingent comprised:

Christy Lombarde-Endless Journey      Marylou Gross-Stargazer Travel
Cynthia Milleraird-CTO, Connecticut         Joanne Silva-Hamden Travel
Jill Sapak-Anchor Cruises & Travel           Arthur Mehmel-Tourscan
Susanne Marie-Leo-Collaborative Travel   Harold Peat-Travel writer

donationIn addition to visiting sites and attractions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the USA fam tour group made monetary donations to the St. Benedict`s Children Hospital, Bread of Life Home for Children and the Sunshine School for Special Needs on Bequia.  

Also,  Ms Cynthia Milleraird of the Connecticut Caribbean Tourism Organization  donated toys and books for the children.


flaremagazineCanada’s leading fashion and lifestyle publication, Flare Magazine conducted a photo shoot of St. Vincent & the Grenadines during November 30th – December 6th.  This photo shoot would showcase the destination’s natural beauty as an intriguing backdrop, and it would also portray beaches. The article would be featured in the Spring & Summer issues, as well as on the website wwww.flare.com Flare Magazine is a target publication that reaches affluent travelers.


WTM_2010finalThe SVG/London Tourist Office and bgb Ciommunications, the UK PR agency participated in the World Travel Market (WTM) held in London, November 8th – 11th 2010.  Over 5000 exhibitors attended WTM 2010, in excess of 100 new exhibitors, making it the biggest edition of the event in its history. View WTM pictures here. For more information on WTM see: http://www.wtmlondon.com/


Argyle_International_AirportloresThis country was represented at the 16th World Routes Development Forum held recently in Vancouver, Canada.  The delegation to the meeting comprised Minister of Tourism Hon. Glen Beache, Mr. Tim Sieber, Airport meeting consultant with Boyd Group International, Mr. Chris Spring of Spring O’Brien Inc., Mr. Robin Mack of bgb Communications and Mrs. Shelley John Sales Representative, Canada.

On his return to the state, the Minister stated that positive meetings were held with British Airways, JetBlue, West Jet and Delta Airlines. He also noted that discussions were held with Virgin Atlantic and TUI/P&O Cruises/Tours out of the United Kingdom.

Discussions at the Forum included incentives and market support.  Minister Beache noted that further discussions would take place on these matters as well as the management of the airport.  A follow-up Forum will be convened in the Dominican Republic in February.

The marketing of the Argyle International Airport is being spearheaded by the Authority’s local and overseas offices, working in collaboration with its Advertising and Public Relations Companies, Boyd Group International and the International Airport Development Company. For more information on the Argyle International Airport view http://www.svgiadc.com/



jadensun2Visitors to St. Vincent & the Grenadines would find it easier now to get to the Grenadines.  A new local fast ferry service, Jaden Sun commenced operations between St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The ferry is air-conditioned with a maximum capacity of 230 passengers, and is kitted out with padded seating, overhead storage, life jackets, pull-down trays, canteen, television, toilet facilities, garbage bins and sick bags.   The journey between St. Vincent and Bequia takes 20-25 minutes; and between Bequia and Canouan 50 minutes. 
For more information visit http://jadeninc.com


ninemornings3_175sqIt's a Christmas experience with a difference in St Vincent & the Grenadines - Nine Mornings Festival is an annual event from December 16th up to Christmas Eve.  For Nine Mornings  people in various communities join in activities before dawn, and also parade through Kingstown.  They celebrate the festival with events such as dancing, singing, poetry, story telling competitions, steel pan, bicycle races, ‘lighting up’ competitions and much more!  Church goers attend early morning mass during the Nine Mornings Festival at  various  churches around the island.  The 2010 Nine Mornings Festival would be launched on December 5th at Heritage Square at 6:00 p.m.
For the history of Nine Mornings view: 




August_Stats Total Visitor Arrivals to St. Vincent & the Grenadines for the period January to August 2010 in comparison to January to August 2009. 
Download 2009 Tourism Statistics at:


630 plants arrived in St. Vincent in 1793; and it has since become a staple of the Vincentian diet. What am I called?
The answer will be published in next month's edition.

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