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SVGTA's E-Newsletter December 2012 Issue #22
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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2012


ISSUE #22


 SVG TOURISM AUTHORITY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY

Breakfast1_copyMembers of staff of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority  again spearheaded their annual Christmas Charity with the aim of spreading cheer and extending hospitality to the less fortunate in the society.
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The 2012 Christmas Charity undertakings held on December 24th - Christmas Eve, involved preparing and serving breakfast to approximately forty homeless persons around Kingstown, as well as presenting gift baskets to four less fortunate families from the Redemption Sharpes, Questelles, Queen’s Drive and Glen communities. The families were identified by members of staff who reside in those communities.


breakfast2_copyThe Christmas Charity concept was developed in 2009 by the team at the SVGTA as an annual goodwill gesture, with support from staff of the Ministry of Tourism. All items used for the breakfast and gift baskets were donated by the staff in the local and overseas offices.
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The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) is the national agency entrusted with the responsibility of promoting the country as a tourist destination, developing standards and regulating the quality of the local tourism service providers. The SVGTA is also required by law under the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority Act No. 39 of 2007 to assist in the development of the varied tourism products on offer.


The SVG Tourism Authority which began operations on January 2nd 2009 is located on the 2nd Floor of the NIS Building. The Authority also has offices in London, New York and Toronto, as well as Information Desks at the Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados, E.T. Joshua Airport Arnos Vale, and Cruise Ship Terminal Kingstown. The staff complement currently stands at thirty-one (31).


NINE MORNINGS FESTIVAL

St. Vincent & the Grenadines once again celebrated its annual Nine Mornings Festival during  the period December 16th – 24th 2012. Nine_Mornings_logo

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is a unique Vincentian festivity associated with the Christmas season.  Nine Mornings before Christmas, Vincentians awake in the early hours of the morning and partake in a range of activities, among them sea baths, dances (or in local parlance, fetes), bicycle riding and street concerts.  In the rural areas, the final morning of the festivity usually ends with a steel band “jump-up”.


The origins of this festivity are clouded in some mystery, although the original tradition relates it to the ‘novena’ of the Catholic Church on the nine days before Christmas. It is believed that after the early morning church services of the Catholics, worshippers began walking the streets while others went for sea baths.  From this, the popular Nine Mornings festivity emerged.  Although popular opinion has this practice as starting during the period of slavery, it was more likely to have been a post-emancipation practice.

               SVG NINE MORNINGS COMMITTEE 2012 RESULTS

CATEGORIES 
WINNERS
VINLEC Community Lighting Competition  
ZONE 1 (Leeward)
1st   Rose Bank
2nd  Troumaca
3rd   Rose Hall
      ZONE 2 (Kingstown)   
                                                             
1st   Town Hill
2nd  Dorsetshire Hill
3rd  Calliaqua
ZONE 3 (South Windward)
1st  New Grounds
2nd Carriere
3rd  Stubbs
ZONE 4 (North Windward) 1st  Point Village
2nd Park Hill
3rd  Owia
ZONE 5 (Grenadines) Bequia
National Champion 1st  Town Hill
2nd  Point Village
3rd  Rose Bank
Best Lit Garden 1st  Ces For Wes
2nd Richmond Hill
3rd  Sunset Shores
Best Lit Private House 1st  Olivia DaSilva
2nd  Jimmy Samuel
Best Nine Mornings Community 1st  Stubbs
2nd Carriere
3rd  Richland Park
4th  Dorsetshire Hill
Best Christmas Community 1st  Carriere
2nd  Point Village
3rd  Dorsetshire Hill
4th  Rose Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

   

 
   

 


   

 

 

 




DISCOVER SVG FACEBOOK 10,000 LIKES

DiscoverSVG_fbThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s Facebook page Discover SVG reached 10,000 Likes, on December 17th 2012. Discover SVG Facebook started in 2009. The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority takes this opportunity to express sincere appreciation to all its Discover SVG Facebook Fans, on the achievement of this benchmark,and encourage their  continued comments.



 DISCOVER SVG ITALIAN FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN

facebookDiscover St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) IFacebook Ad Campaign was launched in Italy on December 17th 2012.  This Facebook page will be live until January 12th 2013. Its potential audience is 4,113,300.

The campaign targets new Italian fans, living in Italy, aged up to 25 years old who 'Like': Yachting, Sailing, Caribbean, Sea, Honeymoon, Travelling, Tourism, Beach, Islands, Summer.




 SAIL’S GREAT ESCAPE CONTEST WINNER

sail_logo_copyLucky SAIL readers, Daniella, Elliott and Elliott (Jr.) Crowder from Newport, Oregon, won a week-long bareboat charter aboard a TMM sailboat in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

SAIL’s Great Escape contest ran from July 1st, to October 31st, 2012.
To enter, contestants had to submit their “Top 5 Reasons to Escape to St. Vincent & the Grenadines.”

“SAIL Magazine is for sailors of all types (cruisers/racers/day sailors) from novice to expert and includes many industry links.”




SVG BLOWS TRAVEL CHANNEL MIND

Travel_Channel_blows_mindSt. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) ‘blows the mind’ in Travel Channel.com Slide Show of “Mind-Blowing Caribbean Voyages”. The 15-page Caribbean slide show features the Tobago Cays, scuba diving in SVG, Princess Margaret Beach Bequia, Kingstown, Villa Beach and La Soufriere Volcano.

Travel Channel. com receives 988,862 unique visitors per month.”



MAYREAU IN TOP 20 CARIBBEAN HIDEAWAYS

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The island of Mayreau was featured in the Sunday Times Travel Section's  “Top 20 Caribbean Hideaways.”  The listing was published by Lydia Bell, on November 3rd 2012. The Sunday Times is one of the largest-selling British  Sunday newspaper with a circulation of 1,000.000.




LIMING IN BEQUIA

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Liming in Bequia' was one of the Sunday Times Travel ‘Top 2012 Our Year in Travel' entries, which was published on Sunday December 30th 2012.
Bequia was also highlighted in the Sunday Times under the caption “How To Adjust To Caribbean Island Time.”






 SVG GOES JETSET

Jetset_copyThe affluent lifestyle magazine, Jetset, Issue#6, Nov/Dec. 2012, featured the islands of Petit St. Vincent and St. Vincent in a striking article.

“Jetset is a bi-monthly magazine with a circulation of 60,000. It targets owners and executive leadership of Fortune 500 businesses, key decision makers within the corporate world, prestigious entrepreneurs, politicians and diplomats, and professional athletes. It provides information for affluent fliers on art and collectibles, automobiles, aviation, boating and yachting, electronics, fashion, fine dining, health, home design, jewelry and watches, real estate, travel, and wine and cigars.”




 

KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

This waterfall is accessible via a hike through lush rain forest, it is set in a deep volcanic canyon, about 4 miles from Richmond Vale Academy, along the leeward coast to Richmond.
What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue

Issue#21 Knowledge Check On Hairouna

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?

Answer: Vermont Nature Trail


Knowledge_checkl_copyThe Vermont Nature Trail starts near the top of Buccament Valley and leads through tropical rainforest.  There is also a chance of seeing or hearing the St. Vincent Parrot and the Whistling Warbler, both unique to St. Vincent.

 

 

 

 

 

Tobago Cays                                                                                                                      Union Island

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       Palm Island                                                                                                                    Getting Here

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The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s Tourist Information Desks
are based at the following locations:    

 

Barbados

Tourist Information Desk
Grantley Adams International Airport
Barbados
Tel: 246-428-0961 or 246-233-8746

 

St. Vincent

Tourist Information                             Tourist Information Desk
E.T. Joshua Airport, Arnos Vale            Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown
St. Vincent                                         St. Vincent 
Tel: 784-458-4685                              Tel: 784-457-1592

 

 

 

 

The Inhabited Islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent, Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan,
Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P.O. Box 834
2nd Floor, NIS Building
Upper Bay Street, Kingstown
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Tel: 784-456-6222
Fax:  784-485-6020
Email: svgta@discoversvg.com
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