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SVGTA's E-Newsletter July 2011 Issue #7
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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER JULY 2011

ISSUE #7


 

SVG RECEIVES TRAVEL & LEISURE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS

awardSt. Vincent & the Grenadines has been awarded in the Top 5 Islands of the Caribbean’ Travel and Leisure World's Best 2011 Awards.  The other four Caribbean islands capturing this award are Cuba, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands.

Travel and Leisure is one of the biggest and most influential travel magazines in the world, which for the past 16 years has published a list of the "World's Best Awards".

View the Top 5 Islands of the Caribbean listing at:
http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2011/islands/caribbean-islands/240



‘Do 32’ MAGAZINE

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) has announced the latest addition to its promotional materials, the ‘Do 32’ magazine. This publication is the official destination magazine which replaces the ‘Life in St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ magazine, which the Authority previously endorsed and distributed.

The SVGTA has extended an invitation to interested stakeholders to partner with it by advertising in ‘Do 32’. Ad spaces are limited and would be allocated on a first come basis. The spaces are available in full and half pages at EC$2500 and EC$1525 respectively.

The SVGTA is the sole proprietor of ‘Do 32’ and has streamlined it to be a versatile travel companion to all visitors wishing to explore the destination. The new magazine measures 4.5”x 6” and features a full size pull out map of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Despite its compact size the publication is a comprehensive guide which includes all the information found in the previous destination magazine as well as greater details on the four pillars of SVG’s marketing: yachting & charters; diving and snorkeling; eco adventures; and weddings & honeymoons. Additionally, ‘Do 32’ will feature several engaging articles.

This magazine will be distributed primarily to potential and actual visitors to the destination and will benefit from the SVGTA’s strong distribution channels. Thus it will be available at all SVGTA’s offices worldwide as well as at information bureaus, major tourism sites and industry partners throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Additionally, it will be distributed at all travel and trade shows where the destination has a presence.  The deadline for the submission of all artwork and contract information is August 31st 2011.



TOURISM AUTHORITY’S FACEBOOK PROMOTION

facebook_copyThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) will be launching soon a global Facebook competition, as part of its new social media functionality. 
Keep posted for entrance and prize details at DiscoverSVG Facebook and Twitter pages:
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BEQUIA IN TOP 10 MOST ROMANTIC BEACHES

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The editors for Beach Tomato shared their ‘Top 10 Picks in Romantic Beaches’ and Bequia was a part of the crop.

See: http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2011/05/top-ten-most-romantic-beaches.html

 

 

 

PSV RESORT REVEALS MAJOR UPGRADE PLANS

Petit St Vincent’s upgrade plans announced earlier this year are under way, as the new owners Robin Paterson and Phil Stephenson have used their experience on the island and feedback from staff and customers to devise a customized renovation plan for the resort. At the heart of the renovation is the promise to keep the ‘fundamental nature’ of PSV intact. It’s natural beauty, peace and quiet, privacy and discretion and friendly, non-intrusive service will not change and PSV will continue to be a privately owned hideaway. PSV1

Read the entire article at: http://www.discoversvg.com/index.php/en/home/latest-news/524-petit-st-vincent-resort-reveals-major-upgrade-plans-

 

 

BIODIVERSITY MEDIA TOOLKIT

biodiversityTool kits on topics surrounding the environment and biodiversity conservation, were distributed to media workers in St Vincent and the Grenadines, at the Sunset Shores Hotel on July 15th.   The launch was hosted by the Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit of the OECS, through the OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihood (OPAAL) Project.

Work on the tool kit commenced in 2010, which included OECS media workshops on biodiversity, and a visit to the Tobago Cays Marine Park by OECS journalists in April 2011.

For more details on the media tool kit launch see:
http://discoversvg.com/index.php/en/home/latest-news/530-tool-kit-for-media-workers

 

VISITOR ARRIVALS STATISTICS

The provisional figures for the month of May 2011 show that the stay-over visitor category continued to perform well with a 2.3% increase over May 2010. The same-day visitor category again reflected very poor performance; the numbers now are negligible when compared to the other categories with 209 visitors in May 2011 versus 398 in May 2010 or a 47.5% decrease. The total number of same-day visitors for the period Jan – May 2011 was 2087 compared to 2634 for the same period in 2010 or a 20.8% decline. For the month of May, yacht visitors took an unexpected down-turn declining by 13.4%. However, the performance of this visitor category continues to be very healthy for the year to date, with 25,637 visitors in Jan – May 2011 versus 24,485 in Jan – May 2010 or a 4.7% year over year increase. With cruise season ending around April in recent years, there were no visitors in both May 2010 and May 2011; as such there were no changes to the numbers in this category from the month of April.

 

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KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

These drawings were carved on rocks in St. Vincent & the Grenadines by pre-Columbian people such as Ciboneys, Arawaks and Caribs.
What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue.

Issue#6  Knowledge Check on Hairouna:
Built in 1806 this fort is 600 feet above sea level.  
What am I called?
Answer: Fort Charlotte
FortCompleted in 1806, Fort Charlotte is on a ridge 600 feet above the sea, providing a magnificent view across Kingstown and down the Grenadines.  There are interesting paintings of the Black Caribs’ history by Lindsay Prescott in what used to be the officers’ quarters in the fort.  The Fort is only a few minutes drive from Kingstown, or approximately 30 minutes walk.



 

 

 

 

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The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s Tourist Information Desks
are based at the following locations:

Barbados
Tourist Information Desk
Grantley Adams International Airport
Barbados
Tel: 246-428-0961 or 246-233-8746

 

  
St. Vincent


Tourist Information Desk
E.T. Joshua Airport, Arnos Vale
St. Vincent
Tel: 784-458-4685

                                                                                                   

Tourist Information Desk
Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown
St. Vincent
Tel: 784-457-1592

 




 

 

 

 

Published by:
The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA)
P.O. Box 834
2nd Floor, NIS Building
Upper Bay Street, Kingstown
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Tel: 784-456-6222
Fax:  784-485-6020
Email: svgta@discoversvg.com
www.discoversvg.com

 

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