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SVGTA's E-Newsletter June 2012 Issue #17
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ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER JUNE 2012

ISSUE #17

4TH IN TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S TOP ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN

travel_and_leisure_awardSt. Vincent & the Grenadines has been listed 4th in ‘Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards Top Islands In the Caribbean’.

1     
Vieques
2
Harbour Island, Bahamas
3
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
4
Grenadines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
5 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands


Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards is based on an annual survey conducted by the magazine’s readers, to rate the ‘very best in travel’ on hotels, destinations and companies. Travel + Leisure travel magazine is an American magazine with a readership of 4.8 million. See more on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards at:
http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2012/islands/caribbean-islands/367




CARIBBEAN WEEK 2012

Caribbean_Week2A six-member delegation represented St. Vincent & the Grenadines at the recently concluded annual Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week 2012. The event which was held in New York from June 4th-9th was attended by: Hon Cecil McKie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture, Mr. Glen Beache, Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) and his team, Ms. Kathique Haynes, Marketing Officer for North America, Mrs. Celia Ross-Latham, Director of Sales, USA, Ms. Eleen Ackie, Assistant Director of Sales, USA along with Ms. Jennifer Reisfeld, Public Relations Representative from Spring O’Brien & Co.

The delegation was busy during the course of the week promoting St. Vincent & the Grenadines at a number of trade and consumer events, as well as several meetings to discuss Caribbean Tourism, factors affecting the industry and strategies to increase tourism arrivals to the region in a sustainable manner. In addition to attending strategic planning and business meetings, the delegation participated in an Investment Forum, a Caribbean Cultural Fair, a Travel Agents Trade Show, the Media Marketplace, and a Marketing Seminar.   They also took the opportunity to attend the Diaspora Forum and the Student Colloquium. The Caribbean Fair, generally one of the highlights of the week was held in the landmark Grand Central Station, giving exhibitors exposure to the thousands of people passing through daily.   The soloist (Abena Amory-Powell) for the much anticipated wedding at the fair was sponsored by St. Vincent & the Grenadines.



SVG AT WORLD CULINARY TRAVEL EXPO

Eat_VancouverSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was represented at the 'World Culinary Travel Expo'Eat Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia from June 1st – 3rd, 2012 at BC Place Stadium. This change of venue from the former Vancouver Convention Center proved to be a good move with over 33,129 visitors entering the show. The explosion of interest in cooking shows, food competitions and celebrity chefs around the globe is propelling gastronomic travel to greater heights. The Directors of Sales in Canada Mrs. Shelley John was able to connect and market face-to-face to an engaging, affluent, qualified target audience and create more brand awareness in the city known as “Hollywood North”. St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ promotional stock included a recipe flyer which was used to lure the potential client with some enticing local recipes.


SVGTA WELCOMES INTERN

Brittney_Shortte-Ms. Brittney Shortte commenced a two-month student internship in June, at the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA). Ms. Shortte is pursuing studies in BSc. Tourism Management, at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. The management and staff of the SVGTA extend best wishes to Brittney in her studies and future career.  



HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL DISCOVERS SVG

House_HuntersThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) had the opportunity to host the crew of Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) from June 21st - 26th, 2012, for the filming of an episode of the ‘House Hunters International’ show. The television show is a popular half hour documentary that has filmed across the globe from Sao Paolo to Prague; in which “home hunters and their real estate agents check out all sorts of architectural styles and work, through the idiosyncrasies of buying real estate in other countries.” The show will be a half hour documentary based on ‘why someone would want to buy a home in Bequia.’ The public will be notified when this show will be aired. HGTV network is receivable in 99,522,000 US households, and ‘House Hunters International’ has an audience of 1.4 million viewers. 


SVG’s ISLAND SECRETS TO BE REVEALED ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL

travel_channelThe Travel Channel visited St. Vincent & the Grenadines during the period June 12th – 18th to film the brand new series ‘Island Secrets’ which will be aired in the USA on primetime television. The ‘Island Secrets’ series will uncover a variety of St. Vincent & the Grenadines product offerings such as “high end luxury hotels, local food, culture, attractions, along with insider’s secrets and tips.” The Travel Channel reaches approximately 95 million homes in the United States of America.


USA JOURNALIST VISITS SVG

TedTed Alan Stedman, a freelance journalist and photographer, from Denver, Colorado, visited St. Vincent & the Grenadines on a familiarization tour of dive sites, from June 20th – July 1st.  Mr. Stedman’s diving expeditions were facilitated by local dive operators: Dive St. Vincent, Indigo Dive, Dive Bequia, and Canouan Dive Center.  His diving tours would be illustrated in magazines including Sport Diver and Global Travel.

“Ted Alan Stedman has been on assignment throughout the world. His photo of South African school children is featured in Awesome South Africa, a celebration of South Africa's people. Ted is a frequent contributor to Islands, Outside and Sport Diver magazines.”


FRENCH JOURNALISTS VISIT SVG

ouiFrom June 6th - 11th, the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) hosted three journalists from France. The  journalists hosted were: Laure Belot from ‘Le Monde Magazine’, an important and large newspaper in France, with a daily circulation of 292,765; Anne Walther representing ‘Avantage’ a Women/Lifestyle magazine with a monthly circulation of 441,134 copies; and Delphine Planchon of ‘Oui Magazine', a Bridal magazine with 6,850 copies circulated every three months. The visiting journalists were engaged in tours of St. Vincent, Bequia, Union Island, Petit St. Vincent and the Tobago Cays.



SVG IN MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS

Martha_Stewart_weddingsSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was featured in Martha Stewart’s Weddings Spring Issue, ‘Spotlight On: THE NEW CLASSICS.’  This spotlight provides fresh options for honeymooners instead of customary vacation spots. The article is captioned “If You Love The Bahamas, Try St. Vincent & the Grenadines.”
The Martha Stewart Weddings is a quarterly USA magazine, which was published in 1994.



PSV IS IN IT LIST: THE BEST NEW HOTELS 2012

PSV_It_ListIn June, Petit St. Vincent (PSV) made Travel + Leisure’s ‘In It List: The Best New Hotels 2012.’  PSV was listed as 29 of 52. For more information see:
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/it-list-the-best-new-hotels/29
Travel + Leisure is a monthly New York travel magazine, with a circulation of 4.8 million.



VISITOR ARRIVAL STATISTICS

The month of May 2012 saw an increase of 5.5% in the overall visitor arrivals category, when compared with May 2011. For the same period, the stay over category increased by 3.5%. Same day and yacht visitor arrivals also saw fair increases of 14% and 8.2% respectively. Overall, the period January to May 2012 compared with the same period in 2011 stay overs increased by 5.4%. Interestingly enough, the arrival figures for May 2012 are greater than May 2011 but the overall Jan-May 2012 arrivals are slightly less than the period of Jan-May 2011 with a decline of 6.6% that could be attributed to the decline in the arrival figures recorded in the first quarter of the calendar year.

 


KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

This village is made up of a complex of historical buildings at Orange Hill Estate.  What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue.


Issue#16 Knowledge Check On Hairouna
QOBThe 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?

Answer: Vincy Mas


“More than the spirit of enjoyment Carnival or, “Vincy Mas” as it is popularly called in this multi-island state epitomizes the celebration of the talent, artistry and craft as displayed by Panists, Calypsonians and Masqueraders. The general populace as a whole join in celebrating the success of our Cultural artisans.”


 

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The month of May 2012 saw an increase of 5.5% in the overall visitor arrivals category, when compared with May 2011. For the same period, the stay over category increased by 3.5%. Same day and yacht visitor arrivals also saw fair increases of 14% and 8.2% respectively. Overall, the period January to May 2012 compared with the same period in 2011 stay overs increased by 5.4%. Interestingly enough, the arrival figures for May 2012 are greater than May 2011 but the overall Jan-May 2012 arrivals are slightly less than the period of Jan-May 2011 with a decline of 6.6% that could be attributed to the decline in the arrival figures recorded in the first quarter of the calendar year.