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SVGTA's E-Newsletter April 2013 Issue #26
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ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER APRIL 2013


ISSUE #26


 LIMING LIVE WEEK

Liming_weekThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) hosted a ‘Liming Live Week’ in SVG from April 24th - 30th; with travel bloggers Nellie Huang and Alberto Jurado from Wild Junket, Matt Preston from Travel With a Mate, Sarah Lee from Live Share Travel, and Graham Padmore from Global Grasshopper.

The ‘Liming Live Week’ experience was shared across social media platforms as; Blogs, DiscoverSVG Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest: PinUpLive Twitter: #SVGLiming and #TravelBookChat.


‘Liming Live Week’ social media fans also got the opportunity to win a week of liming in SVG by entering a competition at Liming Appreciation Society Facebook.

‘Liming Live Week’ was spearheaded by Four bgb, SVGTA’s UK/Europe PR & Advertising agency, as part of SVGTA’s Liming Appreciation Society promotional campaign, which was launched on January 28th 2013. The Liming Appreciation Society is an interactive way for consumers to share and discover St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ liming experience via stories, photos, cocktail recipes, music, blog posts and much more.


DESTINATION OF THE MONTH

Destinology_rev_logoSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was the ‘Destination of the Month’ in April for Destinology.com - Luxury Hotels.  

“Destinology is one of the UK's largest and most respected luxury tour operators. Destinology was founded in 2004, to provide luxury, tailor-made holidays online at the best value prices, backed by a dedicated and experienced team, to ensure that all of their clients receive the very highest levels of personal service from start to finish.”



STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM

Standards_symposiumCaribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Spa and Wellness (C-SWA), held a two day stakeholders’ consultation at the Bay Gardens Resort, St. Lucia on April 18th – 19th, 2013.  The  meeting was carried out within the framework of the project ‘Development and Promotion of the Caribbean Health and Wellness Tourism Sector’ funded by the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund), which is administered by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on behalf of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the draft industry standards developed by the University of the West Indies and their implementation; and to identify the entities that will be responsible for establishing and maintaining the quality assurance framework at the national and regional levels.


The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority was represented at the meeting by Quality Assurance Manager, Nathalie James-Shortte.



TOURISM’S SCHOOL TOURS

School_toursThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s Quality Assurance Officers participated in school visits during April, in collaboration with the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Tourism. The main focus of these visits is to sensitize primary school students on the importance of tourism to the development of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. It is also anticipated that students will recognize the role they have to play in ensuring the survival of this vital sector. 



SVGTA AT PHENOMENAL WOMAN CONFERENCE   

Phenomenal_Woman_ConferenceMembers of staff of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority received a golden opportunity to attend the Karen Hinds’ Phenomenal Woman Conference, held under the theme “Healed, Whole, Happy” at the Kingstown Methodist Church Hall, on April 13th 2013.

Local and overseas participants described their experience of the conference, to the media, in terms as: “the ability to uplift and embrace ourselves as women; learning the value of forgiveness and perseverance; a sense of empowerment; personal inspirational self development; a powerful, moving, worthwhile and wonderful experience.”    

The conference’s program included presentations by the following local and international guest speakers, who shared their life’s success stories: Rosanne Small-Morgan,
Allison Demers Campagna, Jenifer Jacqueline Johnson, Lessie Williams, and lone male speaker Neil Savaru. The SVGTA's attendees were Quality Assurance Manager, Nathalie James-Shortte, Executive Assistant Annie Nedd-Peters, E-Commerce Officer Jacqui English and Accountant Anika Stapleton (see photo left-right).

The next Karen Hinds’ Phenomenal Woman Conference has been slated for April 11th – 12th 2014, in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.


“Karen Hinds is an acclaimed Vincentian author and is the Founder and CEO of Workplace Success Group, an employee development firm. Karen is the author of five books and writes a weekly business column for an international newspaper, she also appears as a guest on radio and television programs.”



TOP 5 CARIBBEAN GOLF COURSES

Top_5_Caribbean_Golf_CoursesThe Grenadines Estate Golf Club, Canouan, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, was featured in Ultratravel’s Golf Special ‘Top 5 Courses in the Caribbean.’ Golf courses in Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda and Dominican Republic also topped the list.  

Ultratravel is the Daily Telegraph’s glossy quarterly magazine which showcases the ultimate in luxury travel. Ultratravel Golf provides readers with the ultimate golfing escapes, the newest luxury golfing experiences and latest accessories for golfers. Ultratravel has a circulation of 545,283.”


THOMAS COOK CARIBBEAN BEST SELLERS

thomas-cook-logoThomas Cook’s “Caribbean Best Sellers” were treated to a tour of St. Vincent, by the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority, on April 20th 2013. These ten top performers of “Caribbean Best Sellers” visited sites such as; Botanical Gardens, Belmont Lookout, Rawacou Salt Pond and the Black Point Historical & Recreational Park. Lunch was hosted by Ferdie’s Footsteps Restaurant & Bar in Georgetown.

“The Thomas Cook Group is the oldest and best known name in leisure travel with a history of innovation that started in 1841. Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world’s leading leisure travel group. Thomas Cook is supported by 29,000 full time equivalent employees and operates from 19 countries.”


BEST CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORTS   

Best_Caribbean_BeachesThe Grenadine island of Petit St. Vincent was highlighted in USA TODAY’s Summer Travel Guide 2013, ‘Best Caribbean Beach Resorts.’   Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon captioned the Best Caribbean Beach Resorts as “secluded beaches, rummy cocktails and glowing sunsets whispering romance.”

USA TODAY  was founded in 1982 and is a multi-platform news and information media company; with a circulation of approximately
1.7 million.”




SPORT DIVER’S CARIBBEAN FLAVOUR

Caribbean_FlavourSport Diver featured Miranda Krestovnikoff’s “Caribbean Flavour” visit to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, in its April issue. The article showcased TV presenter and author Miranda Krestovnikoff’s diving experience as she “headed off to the warm waters of the Caribbean with her family in tow as part of a kids sea camp, and found St. Vincent & the Grenadines the perfect holiday destination.”

Sport Diver offers diving news, scuba gear, dive training and is the official publication of the PADI Diving Society in the UK; it is an online resource for all aspects of scuba diving in the UK and worldwide.”

Miranda Krestovnikoff is a British radio and television presenter specialising in natural history and archaeological programmes. She is also an accomplished musician, as well as a qualified scuba diver (which has led to co-presenting opportunities in programmes with an underwater element).”


FLY AND HOP TO SVG

Fly_and_hop April Hutchinson, Editor of ttgluxury, captured four travel agents' visit to St. Vincent & the Grenadines in her article ‘Fly and Hop’ .

ttgluxury is a quarterly publication for the luxury travel sector. It features travel news for premium travel agents and professionals, luxury and boutique five-star hotels and resorts, airlines, destinations, and tour operators.”



BEST FOR ISLAND HOPPING

Place_in_the_sunThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s UK/Europe PR and Advertising agency, Four bgb, reported that, ‘A Place In The Sun’ picked  St. Vincent & the Grenadines as “the Best For Island Hopping in their guide to which islands to choose and why in the Caribbean.”

“A Place in the Sun magazine is the UK’s best selling overseas properties magazine featuring holiday destinations reviews along with properties abroad. It has a circulation of 35,818.”



TOP 10 DIGITAL DETOX HOTELS  

Best_for_Island_HoppingFemalefirst.co.uk selected Palm Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines in its Top 10 Digital Detox Hotels’.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines created the ‘de-teching’ concept and coined the term ‘Digital Detox’ which has now become a well-known vacation style around the globe. The campaign was launched in January 2012 to create even more compelling reasons for travellers to journey to St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The Digital Detox holiday was branded as a holiday to deal with the modern day ‘addiction’ to gadgets and technology and has resonated extremely well with a global audience, not just UK consumers.

Femalefirst.co.uk is one of the top 50,000 sites in the world and is in the women category. It is an online community for women offering articles on issues such as sex and relationships, fashion, entertainment, and travel. It has a circulation of 2,800,000 unique users.”


DIGITAL DETOX RETREATS 

Digital_Detox_RetreatsThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s North American PR and Advertising agency, Spring O’Brien, reported that The Huffington Post ran a story titled ‘Digital Detox Retreats: Unplug & Recharge At 8 Tech-Free Getaways.’

St. Vincent & the Grenadines was featured on the second destination on the slideshow and may be viewed at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/digital-detox-retreats-un_n_3147448.html#slide=2374696

The Huffington Post 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. Huffington Post receives 40,903,800 unique visitors per month (UVPM).”



A PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE

the_mayfair_residentThe Grenadine island of Petit St. Vincent was showcased as a ‘Private Island Paradise’ in The Mayfair Resident. Lorraine Crichton-Smith’s expounding article informed readers to “get set to switch off your phone and your mind on the ultimate private island getaway, as you enter a tech-free zone on Petit St. Vincent.”

The Mayfair Resident luxury monthly lifestyle magazine has a circulation of 52,589.”




HONEYMOONSABOUT.COM

aboutcomFeatures on Young Island and Palm Island, by Lyn & Arthur Dobrin, are presented in the Honeymoons segment of About.com.

About.com is an online resource site, which consists of articles, online courses, and multimedia. It receives nearly 20 million unique visitors per month (UVPM).”



VOTE FOR TOBAGO CAYS IN 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD

8thwonder-lrgSt. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s (SVGTA) North American PR and Advertising Agency, Spring O’ Brien, on behalf of the SVGTA, has nominated the Grenadine island of Tobago Cays, in the ‘8th Wonder of the World Contest.’

The 8th Wonder of the World Award will be voted online by the general public. Voting is open from June 3rd – September 30th 2013 at: http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder

“VirtualTourist.com a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group, is crowning the 8th Wonder of the World and will announce the campaign world-wide in collaboration with its media partner, a top American syndicated television show, Extra.”


GOSPEL FEST

Gospel_FestSt. Vincent & the Grenadines celebrated its 11th Gospel Fest from April 7th - 28th, 2013 under the theme “Lifting Jesus Higher.”  The festival’s activities included eight zonal showcases comprising about ninety churches from the Grenadines, North Leeward, South Leeward, Kingstown, South Windward, North Windward and Marriaqua; in singing, dancing, drama, sermonettes and other talents.

A mission team from the United States of America also participated in Gospel Fest, along with top gospel promoter Pastor Veryl Howard, and a well-known film producer Jason ‘JP’ Providence.

 This year, a video and recording contract, was awarded to Mr. Tishorn Edwards, of New Testament Church of God, Chateaubelair, for the most outstanding solo performance “In My Life” compliments Mt Zion Production and Jason Providence.

Gospel Fest 2013 was sponsored by Busta and Fruta distributors Facey Trading Limited.

 

FISHERMAN’S MONTH

Fishermans_day_copy_copyThe 38th annual Fisherman's Month "New Technology, Fish Effectively" was held in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, April 19th - May 20th 2013; under the theme "Increasing Fishing Productivity Through Innovative Technology."

At the launching ceremony, Acting Chief Fisheries Officer, Jennifer Cruickshank-Howard, expressed that “capacity building for stakeholders is necessary for the growth of the fishing industry, training in fish processing and handling, new fishing gear in technology and techniques, navigation and safety at sea and small business management are some of the essential subject areas for training needed to assist the fisher folk with enhancing their capabilities to compete.”

Fisherman’s Month activities included fish nights in Calliaqua, Barrouallie, Rose Place, beach seine fishing competitions, ‘Tots in Marine Life’ Exhibition and Beach Clean Up. The grand finale event took place in Calliaqua on May 20th, Fisherman’s Day.









KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

This recreational site’s dominant features are two beaches separated by a rocky headland with a man-made pool, coconut trees and sea grapes.

What am I called?
The answer will be published in the next issue

Issue#25 Knowledge Check On Hairouna.
After previous efforts by European nations to establish a settlement on St. Vincent failed, another attempt was made in 1723 by the English, who landed on the beachfront of an area in Kingstown. 

Answer: Heritage Square

Knowledge_Check_Heritage_SquareThe Caribs’ dreams were shattered when they surrendered to the British in 1796. However, their descendants never lost their vision of freedom in the homeland of their forefathers. It was in the area of Heritage Square, Kingstown, that the intentions of the Caribs forefathers were first clearly announced and recorded in 1723.  That dream came true on October 1979 when St. Vincent & the Grenadines became an independent nation. It is envisaged that Heritage Square, will in future years hold a more meaningful significance for all Vincentians.

 




 




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The SVGTA’s attendees were Quality Assurance Manager
Nathalie James-Shortte, Executive Assistant Annie Nedd-Peters, E-commerce Officer
Jacqui English and Accountant Anika Stapleton (see photo left-right).