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SVGTA's E-Newsletter February 2012 Issue #13
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ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2012

ISSUE #13

 

 NEW MINISTER OF TOURISM, SPORTS & CULTURE

cecil-mckieThe Hon. Cecil McKie is the new Minister of Tourism, Sports & Culture in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. This appointment was part of a cabinet reshuffle announced by the Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on February 13th 2012. Prior to the reshuffle, Minister McKie held the position of Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment.  Minister McKie replaces the Hon. Saboto Caesar who served as Minister of Tourism and Industry from December 2010.


 

 SENATOR CHARLES APPOINTED PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY
 IN MINISTRY
 

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The Hon. Elvis Charles has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture with specific responsibility for Youth and Sports. Senator Charles previous served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security.

 


 

ACCOUNTANT JOINS SVGTA
 

Anika

On February 13th 2012, Ms. Anika Stapleton joined the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) as the Authority’s Accountant.  

Ms. Stapleton was formerly employed with V. A. Barnwell Associates, an accounting firm in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The management and staff of the SVGTA extend a warm welcome to Anika.

 

 

SVG AT ROUTES AMERICAS CONFERENCE 

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A delegation led by Mr. Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA), attended the Routes Americas Conference, in Nassau, The Bahamas, during the period February 19th - 21st.

Routes Conferences are attended by airline planners, airport managers and other consultants to the airline industry. These networking events are held in different regions throughout the year and this is the second Caribbean conference that SVGTA has attended.  Meetings were held with a wide range of U.S., Canadian and European airlines to update them on the progress in constructing the Argyle International Airport as well as discuss the expansion of their air service to the new airport when it opens in early 2014.


In addition to attending the Conference Mr. Glen Beache participated in a panel discussion on  “Taxation - the real cost to the economy and the impact on the aviation industry."  

The Conference was another step in attracting major international airlines to fly non-stop to St. Vincent & the Grenadines from the destination’s main tourist markets.



SVGTA WITH LIAT IN PUERTO RICO

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The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) partnered with regional airline LIAT in hosting a mall promotion at Plaza Las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, from February 10th - 12th 2012. The regional destinations showcased at the mall promotion, were Antigua, Barbados, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Destination promotion giveaways included an all-inclusive trip to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, with complimentary airfare, accommodation at Beachcombers Hotel, and an island tour. The lucky winner was Mr. Hector L. Rodriguez, from Puerto Rico. The SVGTA was represented by Ms. Kathique Haynes, Marketing Officer, and Ms. Kimisha Bailey, Tourism Information Officer.



BOTANICAL GARDENS RESTORATION PROJECT
 

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The Botanical Gardens Restoration Project was launched in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, on February 6th 2012, by the National Parks, Rivers & Beaches Authority.  The Botanical Gardens which will celebrate its 250th anniversary in the year 2015, is the oldest Botanical Garden in the Western Hemisphere. The Restoration Project aims “to return the Gardens to its former glory in honour of its 250th anniversary in 2015.”

For more information on the Launch of the Botanical Gardens Restoration Project see: http://www.discoversvg.com/index.php/en/home/latest-news/574-botanical-gardens-restoration-project-launched



CNN LISTS PALM ISLAND IN WORLD’S BEST WEDDING VENUES
 

palm_cnnCNN has listed Palm Island as one of the ‘World’s Best Wedding Venues’. The list features “some of the classiest resorts at the most stunning wedding locations” including:

•    Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia  
•    Wilson Island, Australia  
•    Tanjung Rhu, Malaysia
•     Half Moon, Jamaica
•    Rocky Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

See CNN’s ‘World’s Best Wedding Venues’ at:

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/escape/valentines/where-to-get-married-865439?page=0,1&hpt=tr_c2



PALM ISLAND RANKED BEST BEACH IN FODOR'S GUIDE

palm_fodorsPalm Island gained the title of “Best Beach” in Fodor’s Guide
‘The Best Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts for Any Travel Style.’
All-inclusive resorts were categorized by Fodor’s as ‘Best Beach,’
‘Best Food,’ ‘Best Value,’ ‘Best Spa,’ ‘Best Romantic Getaway,’
‘Best For Singles,’ ‘Best For Girlfriend Getaway,’ Best For Adventure Seekers,’ ‘Best Multigenerational Resort,’ and ‘Best For Families.’

Fodor’s Guide is the largest global publisher of English-speaking travel guides in the world, with over 700 global travel researchers.


See ‘The Best Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts for Any Travel Style’ at:
http://www.fodors.com/news/story_5144.html



PERFECT CARIBBEAN GETAWAYS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY TRAVEL

PSVIn February, viewers of thestar.com were invited to “A Table For Two” at Petit St. Vincent. The article captioned ‘Valentine’s Day Travel: Your Perfect Caribbean Getaways’ was featured in ‘thestar.com’ Canada's largest online news site.



View Your Perfect Caribbean Getaways at:

http://www.thestar.com/article/1124687--valentine-s-day-travel-your-perfect-caribbean-getaways



BEQUIA IN CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER’S SECRET ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN

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Bequia was named among ‘The Secret Islands of The Caribbean’ in  Condé Nast Traveller. This publication is a UK luxury travel magazine aimed at the upmarket, independent traveller.    

Read more on ‘The Secret Islands of The Caribbean’ at:

http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/tropical/caribbean-islands/bequia



SVG IN TOP 7 GETAWAY SPOTS FOR A 'DIGITAL DETOX'

digital_detoxThe Travel Channel has rated St. Vincent & the Grenadines in its
Best “Unplugged” Vacations.  St. Vincent & the Grenadines was in the ‘Top 7 Getaway Spots for a Digital Detox.’  Travel Channel’s picks for a digital detox getaway are:

•    St. Vincent & the Grenadines
•    Savute Elephant Camp, Botswana, Africa
•    Red Mountain Resort, Southern Utah
•    Jade Mountain Resort, Soufriere, St. Lucia
•    Oasis Surf Camp, Santa Catalina, Panama
•    The Sanctuary, Koh Phanghan, Thailand
•    Amankora Resort, Paro, Bhutan

See Travel Channel’s ‘Best Unplugged Vacations’ at:

http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/wellness-and-renewal/articles/best-unplugged-vacations



VISITOR ARRIVALS STATITISTICS

The month of December 2011 saw an increase of 1.9% in the cruise visitor category, when compared with December 2010. For the same period, the stay over category declined by 1.8%. Same day and yacht visitor arrivals suffered harsher declines of 38.5% and 49% respectively. It is not altogether clear why the yacht visitor category declined so dramatically in December as it was a consistently positive performer for the first three quarters of 2011.

Overall, the period January to December 2011 compared with the same period in 2010 stay overs increased by 1.9%. So significant was the decline in yacht visitor arrivals for December 2011 that yacht visitor arrivals for January to December 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 registered a 3.1% decrease after being positive for the entire year! Same day arrivals and cruise visitor arrivals for January to December 2011 compared with the same period in 2010 decreased by 22.5% and 19.9% respectively.


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For more on St. Vincent and the Grenadines tourism statistics visit:
http://discoversvg.com/index.php/en/about-svg/tourism-statistics

 

 

KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

St. Vincent was given a name by the Kalinago people, who inhabited the island, when the Europeans first landed.
What is the name?

The answer will be published in the next issue.

Issue#12 Knowledge Check on Hairouna:
This Fort is a cultural heritage site with a unique ecosystem; it is also a roosting site for birds.  
What am I called?

Answer:  Fort Duvernette

fort_duvernetteFort Duvernette commonly referred to as ‘Rock Fort’ was re-opened in 2011, after being closed for rehabilitation work.  Fort Duvernette is located south of mainland St. Vincent. It now boasts a small landing jetty, brand new steps leading to the fort, protective netting, garbage receptacles, and gazebo-type accommodation on the summit. Fort Duvernette was ceded to the St. Vincent & the Grenadines National Trust in 1971.

 

 


 

 

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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                             Tourist Information Desk
E.T. Joshua Airport, Arnos Vale            Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown
St. Vincent                                         St. Vincent 
Tel: 784-458-4685                              Tel: 784-457-1592

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inhabited Islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent, Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan,
Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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