SVGTA's E-Newsletter October 2012 Issue #20
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World_RouteCEO of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) Mr. Glen Beache, attended the 18th World Route Development Forum hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company in October. “World Routes is a truly global event - the annual meeting place for the world's airports, airlines and tourism authorities and the largest event entirely focused on route development.”

Construction of the Argyle International Airport is scheduled to be completed in late 2013. According to Mr. Beache the Tourism Authority has been speaking to airlines since 2008 and is quite close to being able to report which carriers will be operating to the airport. It is also anticipated that agreements with airlines will be in place by spring next year. The CEO says he expects operations between the Argyle International Airport and London Gatwick, Puerto Rico, Florida, Atlanta and Toronto.

The US$240,000,000 airport project is being built on 290 acres of land, and is designed to handle about one and a half million passengers annually. The airport will accommodate jets as large as the Boeing 747-400s and will allow for direct flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from USA, Canada, Europe, Central and South America.


FCCA_2012The 19th Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show took place in Curacao from October 1st – 5th 2012. St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ representatives at FCCA 2012 included Ms. Kathique Haynes, Marketing Officer, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority, Ms. Nicole Hazell, SVG Port Authority Port Manager,
Mr. Bishen John, CEO, SVG Port Authority, Mr. Edwin Snagg, Chairman,  SVG Port Authority, Mr. Garth Williams, Coreas Hazell Co. Inc., Ms. Michelle Forsithe,Coreas Hazell Co. Inc.,  Mrs. Kim Halbich and Mr. Storm Halbich, Fantasea Tours, and Jean Marc Sailly, Wind and Sea.

“The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 14 member cruise lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security and other cruise industry issues. The FCCA works with governments, ports and all private/public sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, cruise line and cruise line employee spending, as well as enhancing the destination experience and the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.”Next year’s FCCA is scheduled for September 30th - October 4th 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia.


UnitedStatesSailboatShowBanner2During the period October 4th - 8th, a team of tourism personnel, both private and public sector, showcased St. Vincent & the Grenadines as one of the world's finest sailing destinations, at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.  

The SVG delegation consisted of four persons from Barefoot Yacht Charters, including the Manager, Mr. Philip Barnard, Mr.John West from TMM Yacht Charters and Ms. Celia Ross, from the SVGTA's office in New York. 

The US Sailboat show is the largest of its kind in the United States and provides an opportunity to showcase the destination to an audience exceeding 50,000 persons each year.  It is also one of the very few shows where attendees are willing to commit to immediate booking. Over the last four years that SVG has participated in the show, it has gained popularity as a sailing destination.


Salon_IntlThe SVG Tourism Office in Toronto attended the premier consumer show in the French Canadian market – Salon International Tourisme Voyages (SITV) from Oct 19th – 21st 2012 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal Quebec. This year the show saw an increase of 17% with over 43,500 persons attending and shopping for their next vacation. Over the years, this event has become the meeting place for travel professionals, the industry in general, and all those with a passion for travel. The SVG booth was situated in the Caribbean section of the show and saw increased interest in the destination from this market, with both its French and English brochures all taken by the end of the show.


St_Vincent_national_flagSt. Vincent & the Grenadines celebrated its 33rd Independence anniversary on October 27th 2012, under the theme “Celebrating Vincentian National Pride.” Independence activities included Market Week, Early Childhood & Educational Centre Zonal Independence Celebrations, Masters’ Cricket, Cultural Parade, Independence Military Parade, Regional Motor Sports, Legacy Theatre Arts Company Production, Pan Concerts, and Youth Fair.


tourism_weekTourism Week 2012 will be celebrated in St. Vincent & the Grenadines from Sunday, 25th November, 2012 to Saturday, 1st December 2012. This year’s activities will be hosted by the Ministry of Tourism under the theme "Tourism is Everyone's Business – Live it, Love it, Embrace it."
The week’s events are listed below:

Sun. 25 November
Church Service: Faith Temple Church New Montrose
Mon. 26 November

Minister’s Message
Senior Citizens’ Field Trip
Tues. 27 November Secondary Schools’ Youth Congress: NIS Conference Room
Wed. 28 November Visits to Primary Schools
Fund Raising Dinner: Bequia
Bequia Schools’ Debate
‘Ventura’ Cruise Ship Welcome: Cruise Ship Terminal
Thurs. 29 November Tertiary Level Colloquium: NIS Conference Room
Cocktail and Awards: Paradise Beach Hotel
Fri. 30 November Exhibition & Brief Cultural Presentations: Heritage Square
Sat. 1 December Street Cricket: Arnos Vale Sports Complex

For more information on Tourism Week contact:
The Ministry of Tourism
Tel: 784-457-1502
Email: tourism@gov.vc


global_travelerSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was featured in the October issue of Global Travel Magazine, by journalist Ted Alan Stedman in a five- page spread, captioned ‘Escape to the quiet corner of the West Indies.’

Read article at

“Global Traveler is written for executive business travelers and focuses on the business and lifestyle interests of that exclusive and difficult-to-reach demographic. Editorial coverage includes in-depth reports on domestic and international destinations, common-sense advice on navigating the ever-complicated world of domestic and international travel, and highlights the best ways to maximize airline and hotel reward travel.”



Goaties-Bar-at-Petit-St-VincentPetit St. Vincent (PSV) was featured in Fodor’s ‘Best Beach Bars In the Caribbean’. The article posted by Jimmy Im highlights the signature drink Conrad’s Rum Punch, and Goatie’s Bar “named after an employee who's been on the island the longest (46 years).”

See PSV in Fodor’s Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean at:


“Fodor's is the world's largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information, and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks.”


PSV_copyTravel Writer Anne Kazel-Wilcox's article on Petit St. Vincent (PSV) entitled ‘Petit St Vincent A Treasure of An Island’ was published in the Private Journey Magazine, fall holiday retreats.

The Private Journey Magazine is a “luxury lifestyle publication created to reach the High Net Worth and the Ultra-high Net Worth consumer…those individuals at the highest level of purchasing power who are driven by quality and seek out the rare and unique in luxury.”


This waterfall flows from a tributary of the Richmond River on the Leeward side of St. Vincent, with an elevation of 110 feet and 229 feet above sea level.
What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue

Issue#19 Knowledge Check On Hairouna

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?

Answer: La Soufriére Volcano

soufreireIcrater600Dominating the north of St. Vincent, La Soufriére Volcano is accessible from either leeward or windward coasts. The most popular hiking route is from Rabacca on the windward coast where a paved farm track heads inland through plantations of bananas until it reaches the clearly marked trailhead. From there it is a two hour steady uphill climb to the crater’s edge. The hiking trail passes through rainforest, montane thicket and cloud forest before arriving at the volcanic rock and ash-strewn rim of this awesome crater.



           St. Vincent                                                                                                                           Young Island

St_Vincent                                                    young_is

           Bequia                                                                                                                                  Getting Here


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