SVGTA's E-Newsletter May 2012 Issue #16
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AwardSt. Vincent & the Grenadines captured the 2012 Caribbean Week Award ‘Best Consumer Newspaper Feature’ category by Kahn Travel Public Communication Relations and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

The winning feature was written by travel writer
Jeremy W. Peters, in the New York Times,   “Bequia: Getting Away From the Getaways”.


Planning_Meeting_copySt. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) hosted its Annual Strategic Planning Meetings from April 30th – May 4th 2012. The event included consultations with tourism stakeholders, and familiarization tours of properties and sites. The meetings were attended by the SVGTA’s Public Relations and Advertising Agencies, as well as staff from its Overseas and Head Offices.

On Friday Ma
Site_Visit_Airporty 4th, the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority along with its Overseas Re presentatives and Public Relations Agencies from North America, Europe and the Caribbean (Spring O’Brien, Four BGB and Lonsdale Saatchi & Saatchi) visited the construction site of the Argyle International Airport (AIA) and met with officers of the International Airport Development Company(IADC). 

During  the visit, the team was invited to view a presentation of the design and developmental plans of the AIA by CEO of the IADC Dr. Rudy Matthias and his engineering  department. The team was then taken to the site designated for the contr ol tower that offers a full vantage point of the entire runway and the construc tion of the terminal building which is well underway.  The visit then conclud ed with the team being taken to the ridge overlooking the terminal building which afforded them a bird’s eye view of the construction taking place. 




internsDuring the month of May, Ms. Marcella Friday and Ms. Semonne Enville, students of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Community College, Division of Technical & Vocational Education, were assigned to the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) as part of their internship program.

The SVGTA’s management and staff take this opportunity to wish Marcella and Semonne all the best in the completion of their hospitality, travel and tourism studies. 



CTO_HR_conference1The Caribbean Tourism Organization collaborated with the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and the Barbados Hospitality Institute – Hotel PomMarine to host the 6th annual Tourism Human Resources Conference from May 23rd – 25th, 2012 in Barbados. The conference was held under the theme ‘Enhancing Caribbean Tourism Human Resources through Partnerships and Innovation’.

Aimed at providing a forum “to bring together tourism human resource professionals from both the public and private sector, tourism educators/trainers and consultants to share strategies and best practices on areas and issues affecting the sector, to provide more technical information on certain aspects of tourism development, to enhance skills and to allow opportunities for professional networking”, the conference drew participants from CTO member countries. The SVG Tourism Authority was represented by Mrs. Avanell Da Silva, Quality Development Manager and Ms. Aina Browne Quality Assurance Officer.

Over the three (3) day period participants were engaged in several interactive and enlightening workshops facilitated by industry practitioners and consultants. Dr. Hillary Beckles led the presentations at the conference with his thought provoking and insightful presentation on “Enhancing Caribbean Tourism Human Resources through Partnerships and Innovation.” Dr. Beckles purported that the tourism human resource sector needs an immense and intense push into the 21st century and the only way to do this is through education.  He stated that there is a critical shortage in “critical imagination”, “investment in education” and “training”; therefore the three (e) “E’s” of Education, Energy and Evolution must be applied.  At the end of his presentation Dr. Beckles had not only given participants a clear insight of the emergence of human resource all the way back from the age of slavery but had also wetted the appetites for a spectacular three-day conference.

The conference continued with facilitators and presenters sharing on other topics such as “Collaboration & Leveraging Resources across Boundaries,” “Embracing Diversity for Competitiveness,” “Waking up the Workplace, and Recognizing & Nurturing Leadership at all Levels of the Organization”. 

The final session  of the 6th tourism Human Resource Conference was that of “Awakening Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace: Coloring outside the Lines”, which was facilitated by  Dr. Carolin Rekar Munro, associate professor, at the Royal Roads College in Canada.  Dr. Munro brought to life the stifled imaginations of participants and encouraged them to take their imaginations out of the proverbial box. Dr. Munro further emphasized that creativity is a skill that is learned and honed, and also one which must be prepared and harnessed in order to attain the competitive advantage in human resource development.

At the end of the conference participants testified of being re-energized to work harder at developing, training and harnessing the talents and abilities of the human resources that encompass the tourism industry. Each session was provocative, inspiring, refreshing and undoubtedly stimulating to participants; commendation was given to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation for an excellent conference.


Le_PointThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) hosted journalist, Ms. Julie Malaure from the “Le Point” a French weekly magazine based in France for a press visit to the destination. From May 13th - 17th, Ms. Malaure had the opportunity to visit sights on St. Vincent including the Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte, Belmont Lookout and La Soufrière. She then journeyed to the Grenadine islands of Bequia, Tobago Cays and Petit St. Vincent, where she was able to explore and experience more of the destination.


BLOGFor the first time since its inception, the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) had the pleasure of hosting bloggers Isabelle Kennis; www.isabellestravelguide.com, Abigail King; www.insidethetravellab.com, and Giulia Cimarosti; www.traveldudes.org from May 14th – 20th. The bloggers who were accompanied by the SVGTA’s UK PR representative Sarah White, were engaged in island tours to the Dark View Falls, Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte, La Soufrière, as well as a visit to Bequia and Canouan. All bloggers were constantly engaged in blogging on their relative sites, as well as on the SVGTA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 



Public comments are invited on the St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2012 Code of Practice for Taxi Operators, which will be subsequently declared as a National Standard.

The Code of Practice for Taxi Operators can be reviewed at the SVG Bureau of Standards, Campden Park, as well as at the SVG Tourism Authority, 2nd Floor NIS Building, Kingstown.

Comments on the document should be submitted before July 30th 2012 to: Executive Director, SVG Bureau of Standards, P.O Box 1506, Kingstown, VC0100. Further information on this document can be obtained from the SVG Bureau of Standards, Campden Park, Telephone: 784 457 8092, Email: svgbs@vincysurf.com; info.svgbs@gov.vc.




CanouanThe Canouan Regatta which took place from May 24th – 28th 2012 saw patrons engaged in various activities in Canouan including a Cultural Extravaganza, Foam Fete, Wet Fete, Sailing, Family Fun Day, Back in Time Dance and Street Party along with various Beach Activities.

C.R.D. Holdings Limited sponsored prizes for the regatta, and the  Prize-Giving Ceremony was held at the Canouan Sailing Club.      


La_Soufriere_CraterThe bamboo leaves are loyal to our trudge, sacrificing themselves as rugs to cushion our feet. On either side of us the branches embrace to repel the scorch of the sun thereby giving us cool passage. But there are times when the bamboos are not as selfless; when they are more self- indulgent. Those are the times when they click like voices mired in the breeze or their swooshing breath is echoed like a crescendo of snores.  We climb with the wind sweeping uphill. The same wind that contributes to the illusion of snowfall afar off, as the white underside of a fleet of Trumpet Bush are exposed.  Below us, within a steeping ravine, a black hawk is suspended in flight. We watch the black shadow glide at ease above a narrow stream and we suggest that it is hunting for crabs. The hunter and the hunted paired in this wilderness of conveniences! The birds are never silent. What songs do they sing? What stories do they tell? All we know is that their language is music and they speak in choruses.

Suddenly, a Bull Finch appears in our path: a shiny black bird with a bright orange crest. We know from its stunning beauty that it is male. In the world of birds males are more beautiful than females because it is their duty to attract. And with such beauty, how can they not flutter in the vista of many hearts? Green Helicones are protruding from the varnished bark of Pine trees like the funnels of measuring cups, trapping rain water, attracting tree frogs whose droppings are then digested by the leaves, engendering sprawling growth and strongly recommending to my daunting curiosity, the theory of Intelligent Design. There is a decisive hand in nature, there are no random occurrences, I ponder as I tackle the winding path. Farther up, we behold Begonias in full bloom.  Their bright pink petals suggesting that we are in a floral boutique where the necessary trading apparatus are nothing but our eyes. We pay them our attention and they happily dance for us and for a moment we ponder on the existence of such genteel creatures in such a hardened place.  But we have left them behind and we are now standing in a clearing where the forest lies beneath us. We look down upon the blinding green patina of trees.  We see the village of Georgetown seated at the instep of the Atlantic Ocean and with great fascination we watch the multitude of silver house roofs break onto the shore of the mountain we have ascended. To our right, the crowning landscape splits into three mighty peaks elegantly punctuated by valleys: “Brisbane,Guru,Bonhomme!”  We call their names and watch them respond with motionless fortitude.  

“This is Jacob’s Well,” our guide draws our attention to a gorge casted in molten rock that bears a shiny resemblance to zinc . It is fenced by foliage including plants bearing tiny red berries. The berries are delicious. Also visible are fern trees that declare themselves like prehistoric graffiti on the vast mountainside to the East. I imagine that an aquatic dinosaur once lifted its head from the neighboring blue Atlantic and nibbled upon the mountain vines that look so much like sea weed.  I stop to admire the strawberry flower shaped like a red heart with a yellow pouting beaker.  Now the mountain before us is rising to our breasts. The path is a chaos of options. It is no longer narrow and structured. It is wide open and encumbered with rocks. Here you choose your own path: digress to the right or left, go ahead, turn back.  Now the soil is sagging like a stony beach. We can almost hear our muscles and sinews cry out as they tighten in revolt against almost two hours of constant climbing.  We can feel the grey granite soil in our shoes. There is ice in the breeze wheezing about us. There is yearning in our hearts and frantic urgency in our bones like men lost at sea suddenly energized by the sight of birds that promises the emergence of what they seek. And now, the smell of sulfur! Certainly, we are nearing the crater! Amidst the excitement I am thinking of the Kalinago, the Garifuna, and the derring –do- minded Europeans of centuries past who must have ascended this mountain before us perhaps, in search of sacramental tranquility, swashbuckling adventure or may be just to pander to the kind of wanderlust that drove Marco Polo and Columbus. Yet in spite of such recurring human contact, La Soufriere remains an immaculate character that seduces us into thinking that the poet John Keats was perfectly correct when he concluded in his poem ENDYMION, that “a thing of beauty is a joy for ever.”

(An excerpt from my personal Travelogue) by Marlon. L. Joseph, Hospitality Officer, SVGTA


The colonization of St Vincent & the Grenadines by France in the late eighteenth century brought with it a Pre-Lenten festival, which stemmed from African roots borrowed from European tradition and mixed with Caribbean and local folk lore.
What am I called?

The answer will be published in the next issue.

Issue#15 Knowledge Check on Hairouna:
This pond is enclosed by lava peaks and ridges, close to a Carib village, and it is an ideal spot for picnics, swimming and snorkeling.
What am I called?

Answer: Owia Salt Pond
Owia_Salt_PondThe Owia Salt Pond is located on the north-eastern coast of St. Vincent close to the Carib village of Owia. This unusual gift of nature consists of a huge bathing pool enclosed by lava peaks and ridges. The pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash into this barrier and then gently cascade into the pool.  Surrounded by mountains and the thunderous surf, the area is an ideal spot for picnics, and snorkeling.  Facilities include gazebos, vending units, bar, shower, washrooms, children’s play area, craft centre and fire pits.



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For the first time since its inception, the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) had the pleasure of hosting bloggers Isabelle Kennis; www.isabellstravelguide.com , Abigail King; www.insidethetravellab.com, and Giulia Cimarosti; www.traveldudes.org from May 14th – 20th. The bloggers who were accompanied by the SVGTA’s UK PR representative Sarah White, were engaged in island tours to the Dark View Falls, Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte, La Soufrière, as well as a visit to Bequia and Canouan. All bloggers were constantly engaged in blogging on their relative sites, as well as on the SVGTA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.