SVGTA's E-Newsletter September 2012 Issue #19
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world-travel-awardsThe Buccament Bay Resort, is the winner of two World Travel Awards - Caribbean’s Leading New Hotel 2012, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ Leading Spa Resort 2012.

World Travel Awards is hailed as “the Oscars of the travel industry by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.”

Buccament Bay Resort is a luxury, all-inclusive hotel, located on the leeward coast of St. Vincent. For more information see:  http://buccamentbay.com


TravelscopeTravelscope was honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for its audio (podcast) show  ‘St Vincent & the Grenadines – Close to Home, but a World Away’.  

One of the judges quoted the following: “Joseph Rosendo is an excellent interviewer, and his enthusiasm for travel is infectious. He weaves music, voices and natural sound seamlessly through his stories, bringing faraway places to life for listeners. In this episode, we can practically feel the water splashing as he takes us on an over-and-underwater adventure in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Rosendo paints some of the best word pictures you are likely to hear and leaves you wanting to come back for more.”

The award is listed under Category 20: Travel Broadcast - Audio (15) Silver: Joseph Rosendo, “St. Vincent & the Grenadines,” Travelscope.net podcast and radio at:

“Since 1985, the Society of (North) American Travel Writers (SATW) has held an annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition for outstanding print, online and multimedia works and for travel photography and both audio and video broadcast.”


BillMr. Bill Tewes, owner of Dive St. Vincent has retired. After 28 years of pointing out “critters” and over 30 years as a dive instructor, Bill has decided to hang up his flippers, put his pointer away, recline in his hammock with a rum and coke and enjoy the life of retirement. According to a press release issued by Dive St. Vincent “Bill Tewes has spent over half his life diving around the world. In the early 1980’s he purchased a small dive shop on an obscure island in the Caribbean. He soon realized that there were no “big fish” to attract divers, so he had to find another draw. Instead of big fish, he concentrated on small critters. Over the years, he turned the island of St. Vincent, in the Grenadines, into the “Critter Capital of the Caribbean.” He earned two titles, “The Critter King,” and the “Curmudgeon” and he is equally proud of both of them. The country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines honored him by issuing a postage stamp with his picture on it http://divestvincent.com/Bill.html  His shop will continue to show the healthy reefs, fish and, of course, the “critters” that have made Dive St. Vincent famous.”  The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority congratulates this stalwart on the proud achievement of a milestone in his career, and acknowledges his sterling contribution to the local diving industry.


world_footprintsThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) hosted Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick, radio hosts/executive producers/owners of World Footprints, from September 23rd - October 1st 2012. Tonya & Ian Fitzpatrick are award-winning broadcasters, authors, and sought after travel experts for World Footprints (a division of Travel on Media Productions, LLC). World Footprints has a listener base of millions through their various online syndicate networks.

They conducted taped radio broadcasts exploring the islands of SVG while interviewing various guests. The Fitzpatricks also took time to volunteer at the St Benedict Day Nursery and Orphanage in Georgetown, which is consistent with their call that all travelers must leave positive footprints wherever they go.


travel_agents_seminarApart from familiarization visits, which provide firsthand knowledge, educational seminars are probably the most effective way of educating Travel Agents on a destination and providing them with the knowledge to sell that destination.  With this in mind, the Sales Director of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Office in New York again themed up with the USA Representative of the Tamarind Resort on Canouan in conducting an educational seminar for Travel Agents in the United States.  The September seminar which took the form of a dinner presentation, followed by a Q & A session, targeted Travel Agents in and around Connecticut who are members of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) chapter.

A total of 40 agents initially signed up for the seminar but due to very inclement weather there were a few cancellations.  However, the 33 agents who braved the weather were extremely enthusiastic and eager to further educate themselves on the destination.   Those who previously visited were eagerly extoling the virtues of the destination to their colleagues.  At the end of the evening, the group expressed an interest in making a donation to a charity in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  This will not be the first time that particular Travel Agent group showed their generosity for charities in our destination.  Three years ago a group of about nine (9) agents from the CTO Connecticut Chapter had a familiarization visit to St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  During their visit, they made monetary donations (the proceeds from a fashion show fund raiser) to two charities on St. Vincent and one on Bequia. 


Boyd_picThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) was represented at the 17th Annual Boyd Group International Aviation Forecasting Summit in Dallas, Texas from Sept 16th – 18th, 2012 by CEO Mr. Glen Beache and SVGTA Director of Sales in Canada, Mrs. Shelley John. The 2012 summit was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas and was the largest and best-attended yet, with forecasts and real insight delivered by a line-up of leaders unmatched at any other conference. This year the summit attracted the most prestigious list of decision-makers from across aviation: Steven Udvar-Hazy, CEO Air Lease Corp.; Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest; Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue;  Scott Kirby, President of US Airways;  Ben Baldanza, CEO of Spirit; Dr. Chi Zhihang, SVP/NA of Air China; David Neeleman, CEO Azul Airlines; Paul Jacobson, CFO of Delta; Chuck Schubert, VP Network Planning, American Airlines; David Cush, CEO, Virgin America;  Jeff Fegan, CEO, DFW International Airport; Mary Prettyman, VP, Airbus. Executives from Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, SkyWest, Pinnacle, Great Lakes and Mitsubishi Regional Jet also presented. The Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit is the most valuable and prestigious event of its kind and the SVGTA booth created much interest in the Argyle International Airport and the destination as an up and coming place to visit.  The SVGTA has been charged with the marketing of the Argyle International Airport and the conference provided invaluable insight and information in the airline and aviation industry and generated numerous key contacts. Boyd Group International is  retained by SVG as airline consultants.


TTGTravel Trade Gazette (TTG) is giving travel agents the opportunity to experience a free luxurious vacation in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The deadline to enter the competition is November 1st 2012 see details at: http://www.ttgdigital.com/ttg-luxury/ttgluxury-experience-to-head-to-the-caribbean/4685105.article

“TTG, was launched in 1953 and claims to be the world's oldest travel trade newspaper. It features news, destination reports and careers advice for the travel and tourism industries. The paper has an audited circulation of 18,670. TTG also publishes TTGLuxury, a quarterly publication for the luxury travel sector. The paper's website, TTGdigital.com features news, photo galleries and job vacancies.”



palm_aerial_600_copyPalm Island was promoted in Dolce Vita Magazine with a giveaway for vacationers in its Spring Getaway Sweepstakes. “Dolce Vita is a Canadian luxury lifestyle publication enjoyed by an audience of 290,000 per quarterly issue.”
For more information on this fantastic getaway see: http://dolcemag.com/palmislandresort



PSVAn article on Petit St. Vincent (PSV) entitled ‘Honeymoon Resort Spotlight’, by Deborah Geiger, was featured in the September issue of Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons.  “This bridal magazine devoted exclusively to romantic travel and weddings has a circulation of 175,000.”

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 This volcano is one of the most studied volcanoes in the world, it stands over 4,000 feet and last erupted in April, 1979.
What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue

Issue#18 Knowledge Check On Hairouna
This garden located in St. Vincent is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.
What am I called?

Answer: The Botanical Gardens
Botanic_GardensThe Botanical Gardens is the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It is located on 20 acres of land on the outskirts of the capital Kingstown. Among the wide variety of tropical trees and shrubs is a breadfruit tree from the original plant brought to the country by Captain Bligh (of The Bounty fame) in 1793.




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