SVGTA's E-Newsletter November 2012 Issue #21
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                      E-NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2012

                                       ISSUE #21


Tourism_Week_Church_Service“Tourism is Everybody’s Business – Live It, Love It, Embrace It.” That was the theme under which activities to mark St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Tourism Week 2012 were held.

Celebrations to mark the week commenced with a Radio Message from the Minister of Tourism, and a Church Service at the Faith Temple Church, New Montrose, on Sunday November 25th.

On November 26th, the celebrations continued with a Senior Citizens’ Field Trip to the windward end of St. Vincent, and a Cultural Welcome by the Bequia Tourism Association on the Grenadine island of Bequia.

Youth_CongressA Secondary School Tourism Youth Congress took place on November 27th, at the National Insurance Services Training Room, Kingstown. The four (4) schools that were represented were Bishops College Kingstown, Buccament Secondary School, Petit Bordel Secondary School and St. Vincent Grammar School. The highlight of the youth panel’s presentations was the delivery of the prepared topic as Junior Minister of Tourism. The panel of judges comprised Ms. Faylene Findlay-Scrubb, Ms. Joanne Marshall, Mrs. Margaret Soleyn, Ms. Theresa Daniel and Mr. Michael Findlay. First (1st) Place went to St. Vincent Grammar School, Second (2nd) Place to Bishops College Kingstown, Third (3rd) Place to Petit Bordel Secondary and Fourth (4th) Place to Buccament Secondary School. The Impromptu Trophy and Best Prepared Trophy were also captured by Mr. Storm Halbich of the St. Vincent Grammar School. The SVG Tourism Authority commends all the students on their passion for tourism which was revealed in their presentations.

Tourism Week events continued with School Visits on St. Vincent and

Mustique, Bequia Primary Schools’ Debate, and Welcome by the Royal SVG Police Band for cruise passengers at the Kingstown Cruise Ship Terminal, on November 28th.

On the evening of November 29th the coveted SVG’s Tourism Awards, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism Sports & Culture, SVG Tourism Authority and the SVG Hotel & Tourism Association, was held at the Paradise Beach Hotel. The awardees included the following: Mr.& Mrs. Beresford & Ruth Stevens of Hotel Alexandrina, Mr. Bill Tewes of Dive St. Vincent, Mr. Calvert Mills of Airport Taxi Drivers Association, Mrs. Dawn Smith of Hillside Company and  former Executive Director of SVG Hotel & Tourism Association, Mrs. Kay Wilson of Watersports Ltd., Mr. Robert Gibson of SVG Taxi Drivers Association, Ms. Vonell Mashare Smart, Immigration Officer, and Wallilabou Community Group - National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority.

Tourism Week culminated with a Fair/Exhibition at Heritage Square, Kingstown, on November 30th, and Floodlight Cricket Matches, hosted by the Department of Sports at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex, on Saturday December 1st 2012.



HSMAI_logo_copySt. Vincent & the Grenadines captured the Silver HSMAI Adrian Award, for a feature and placement print entry entitled ‘Bequia: A Caribbean Without the Crowds.’

“The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry's leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue.”


Conde_nastePalm Island Resort is on the list of Condé Nast Traveler's 2012 Readers Choice Awards for Top 100/Best Hotels in the World.

“The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey, begun in 1988, is available through a secure web site at condenasttraveler.com/vote. This year's tabulations of 46,476 responses were done by Global Market Insite, Inc., of Boston. Organization: The questionnaire contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Individual candidates are judged by relevant criteria for each. Those that receive a required minimum number of responses are deemed eligible for a Readers' Choice Award.”


WTMWorld Travel Market (WTM) 2012 took place in London at Excel from November 5th - 8th. The SVG Tourism Authority ‘s (SVGTA) main goals were to strengthen the relationships with existing industry partners, forge new alliances that would promote the SVG brand and encourage new operators to sell the destination.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines had a commanding presence at this prestigious event with a destination booth and individual booths from the Buccament Bay Resort, Canouan Island and Palm Island Resort under their respective brands; Petit St. Vincent Resort had a presence in the destination’s both. The SVGTA’s delegation comprised Ms. Natasha Anderson (Marketing Officer UK/Europe); Ms. Barbara Mercury (Director of Sales UK/Europe) and Mrs. Gracita Allert (Assistant Director of Sales UK/Europe).


DEMASt. Vincent & the Grenadines was represented at DEMA (Diving Equipment & Manufacturing Association) 2012 by: Glen Beache, Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) Ms. Kay Wilson, Indigo Dive, Ms.Claire Lloyd,  Representative for Buccament Bay Resort and –   Mrs. Celia Ross-Latham, Director of Sales for the SVGTA in New York Office.

This year, In addition to attending educational/informative seminars and manning the destination's booth, members of the delegation focused on meeting with Tour Operators and other key persons in the dive industry, in an effort to increase the dive business to St .Vincent & the Grenadines.  The meetings   were particularly productive and resulted in several large groups confirming dive trips to the  destination, as well as a significant interest by others.

Mr. Beache also met with Tour Operators specifically to discuss promotional partnerships in an effort to achieve maximum returns on limited funds and to prepare for the opening of the new airport in just over a year.

From all the interest displayed in
St .Vincent & the Grenadines at DEMA this year, it was obvious that increased marketing efforts have resulted in positive heightened awareness of the destination.  

DEMA remains an industry trade show and, as is the norm, was not open to the public but continues to provide excellent networking opportunities for exhibitors to grow their business.



The St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority has commenced preparations for a new promotional video for St Vincent & the Grenadines. Roberto Mitrotti, President of RPM Media and his wife Christina ended three weeks of scouting here on  December 6th, 2012. The Mitrotti’s used that opportunity to be reacquainted with the destination and to meet with Mr. Glen Beache, Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority.  The new video is expected to combine classic b-roll with a refreshing human interest narrative. Actual filming is slated to begin early next year. RPM Media is a US based company with extensive experience in the filming industry. Roberto Mitrotti has worked on Hollywood projects like the motion picture, THE SECRET DIARIES OF SIGMUND FREUD (as script writer) and his wife Christina is currently part of the digital production team of the HBO widely acclaimed series, BOARDWALK EMPIRE.



Rosie Birkett and Esther Shaw, freelance writers from the UK were commissioned to do respective features on the destination. Their familiarisation tour included four nights exploring the waters of SVG’s multiple islands and cays aboard a mini flotilla. The visit lasted from November 8th - 15th and was facilitated in conjunction with the generous assistance from Sunsail; Buccament Bay Resort; Young Island Resort and the Mustique Company.


UK_Product_Managers_copyThe St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) hosted four (4) UK Product Managers from November 21st - 28th: Michael Taylor, ITC Classics; Victoria Faircloth- Scott Dunn; Joni Winter- Tropic Breeze; Jacqueline Michael - Holidays to feed your soul. While in the destination, they were exposed to the range of tourism offerings and saw a cross section of properties and sites throughout the destination.  This familiarisation trip was supported with the invaluable assistance of Virgin Atlantic; Buccament Bay Resort; Bequia Beach Hotel; Canouan Resort; Petit St. Vincent Resort; Wind and Sea; Palm Island Resort; and Young Island Resort.


Cruise_Ship_Season St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ cruise ship season runs from October 31st 2012 – April 21st 2013.  As illustrated in the table below a total of 199 cruise ships will visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines during this period. There will be five (5) inaugural cruse ship visits which comprise Saga Sapphire, Vision of the Sea, Riviera, Kristina Katrina, and The World.  The 2012 - 2013 Cruise Ship Schedule may be downloaded at: http://www.discoversvg.com/index.php/en/gettinghere/getting-to-svg

Port of call
No. of calls
Bequia 56
Union Island
Mayreau 43
Tobago Cays
Canouan 02
Total calls 199












bridal_guideSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was featured in Bridal Guide’s Nov/Dec 2012 issue, ‘Favorite All-Inclusives’ by Donna Heiderstadt. Buccament Bay Resort and Palm Island fell in the “winners’ circle of top spots across 10 islands.”  ‘Best for Foodies’ was taken by Buccament Bay Resort, while Palm Island was selected as ‘Best for Seclusion Seekers’. The other “perfect match” categories included ‘Best for Active Types,’ ‘Best for Budget Watchers,’ ‘Best for Party People,’ ‘Best for Night Life,’ and ‘Best for Local Vibe.’
Bridal Guide is the most comprehensive bridal magazine available, providing up-to-the-minute advice on styles and trends. We've got all the How-To-for-I-Do...”


National_PostSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was featured in the National Post on November 10th 2012, under the caption ‘Escape those pesky paparazzi - How to live like the 1%, if only for a long weekend’ by Editor, Maryam Siddiqi.  The article also ran online at:

“The National Post (one of Canada's largest daily newspapers) has a Sunday circulation of 152,487 and its online version receives 900,000 unique visitors per month.”


Huffington_Post_copySt Vincent & the Grenadines was highlighted in the new slideshow, created by The Huffington Post travel section, 'Exploring the Unknown Caribbean.'  Bequia was featured on slides 9-12 and Canouan on slides 17-20.

“The Huffington Post is an American news website, content aggregator and blog featuring columnists and various news sources. The site offers news, blogs, original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests and local news.”



Located in St. Vincent’s southern interior, these awe-inspiring hikes take you through lush rainforest with an amazing variety of tropical flora, ending up with beautiful scenery and a chance to see the famous St. Vincent Parrot in its natural habitat.
What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue

Issue#20 Knowledge Check On Hairouna
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?

Answer: Dark View Falls
Dark_ViewSituated at the foothills of the Richmond Peak in the northwest of St. Vincent’s leeward side, Dark View Falls contains that rare wonder of twin waterfalls, and a bamboo bridge crossing. The falls are multi-layered, the one above feeding below. The higher fall is nestled in the mountain forest above. Situated deep into the hillside, this waterfall is more secluded, more tranquil, less disturbed and more meditative.



        Mustique                                                                                                                          Canouan

mustique canouan

        Mayreau                                                                                                                      Getting Here


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