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SVGTA's E-Newsletter July 2013 Issue #29
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ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER JULY 2013

ISSUE #29



SVGTA’S CHAIRMAN APPOINTED TO CANADA

Fitz-HugginsThe former Chairman of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s (SVGTA) Board of Directors, Mr. Fitzgerald Huggins, has been appointed as SVG’s Consul General to Canada.

SVGTA’s Board, Management and Staff applaud Mr. Fitzgerald Huggins on his new portfolio and extend wishes for a successful tenure with the SVG/Canada diaspora.




CREW AT SVG

crew_clothingThe St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority hosted Nadia Grey and Amanda Wheble, Designers from the Crew Clothing Co. U.K. on an inspiration trip of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, from July 9th – 13th 2013.

This tour precedes a photo shoot and scouting trip scheduled for November of this year.  The crew was accommodated at the Bequia Beach Hotel. Site visits on Bequia included Mount Pleasant, Fort Hamilton, Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Port Elizabeth and Sargeant Brothers Boat Shop.

 The Crew also toured the Tobago Cays, Botanical Gardens, Fort Charlotte and Dark View Falls.

Crew Clothing is a UK-based clothing retailer that specialises in luxury British casualwear for men and women. Crew Clothing started out in Salcombe in 1993, when founder Alastair Parker-Swift was running a thriving windsurfing business during the summer months.”



CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Cultural_FestThe inaugural Cultural Festival was held at the Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown, from July 20th – 21st, 2013. The event which was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority sought to build awareness of SVG’s export potential, and exhibit diverse cultures to visitors who came to experience Vincy Mas.

The Cultural Festival showcased local arts and crafts and an international food collage from various ethnic groups in SVG (Africa, Brazil, El Salvaldor, Jamaica, Japan, Trinidad).  There was also a colorful entertainment package with folklores, dramatizations, kids' corner, steel pan and fashion shows.



SVGTA AT SERVICES PARTNERING FORUM

SVGTA_workshopLike many other OECS countries, the service sector continues to be the leading contributor to the economy of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Recognizing the fundamental need to maintain consistent quality services, as well as fostering partnerships amongst industry personnel, staff  of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) attended a three-day partnering forum facilitated by the St. Lucia Coalition of Services Industries.

Through funding provided by the  Caribbean Development Bank, the St. Lucia Coalition of Service Industries, in collaboration with NEX Consulting, conceptualized a program designed to  export  the capacity and market twenty  (20) Lucian service providers in four sectors – Business and Professional Services, ICT, Creative Industries and Health & Wellness throughout the OECS region.

The program featured partnering opportunities using presentations/workshops, table top displays, meetings with presenters, and Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings  It offered many other Vincentians within the service industries the opportunity to explore collaborative opportunities with Lucian firms and schools.

The forum was held at the Grenadine House, Kingstown Park.  SVGTA was represented by staff members from the Marketing, Quality Assurance and Quality Development Units.



2ND PLACE FCCA POSTER

FCCA_PosterThe 2013 Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children’s Environmental Junior Poster Competition, second place winner was CW Prescod Primary School student, Miss Dajuanna Providence.

This annual competition is coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture in collaboration with the FCCA. It aims to encourage environmental awareness among Caribbean students, and to educate the younger generation on the importance of environmental protection.

The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) takes this opportunity to congratulate Dajuanna, and to urge more students to participate in upcoming tourism competitions.




UNVEILING OF TOURISM MURAL

mural_copyBehold ‘Our Living Heritage’ en route to the Cruise Ship Terminal, Kingstown - a tourism mural produced by SVG’s CYAM (Contemporary Young Artist Movement) Team.

On July 23rd a spectacular array of tourist attractions was unveiled at an official ceremony.  The artists’ handiwork depicted sites from the Windward end at Owia Salt Pond, to Dark View Falls at the Leeward end.




BOTANIC GARDENS ENTRANCE FEE

Botanic_GardensThe National Parks, Rivers & Beaches Authority has announced that effective July 1st 2013, visitors to the Botanical Gardens are charged an entrance fee of EC$5.00 per person. The fee is half-price for children twelve years and under. This is payable at the entrance visitor’s reception.

For more information contact:
National Parks, Rivers & Beaches Authority
Tel:784-453-1623
Email: nationalparkssvg@gmail.com



SECOND BUSIEST AIRPORT

 Mustique_Airport_copyChief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority Mr. Glen Beache, has stated that Mustique Airport is the second busiest airport in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, following the E. T. Joshua Airport.

Mr. Beache reported to the media that “Tourism Authority Quarterly Statistics report showed that for January to May this year, 3,495 visitors disembarked at the tiny airport in Mustique, surpassing Union Island, which had 3,020 arrivals by air. 1952 visitors disembarked at Canouan and 2,677 in Bequia.”

The size of Mustique is two (2) square miles (1,400-acre), with an estimated population of six hundred (600). It is a private island, owned and operated by the Mustique Company.



SVG IN WORLDS APART

 Worlds_ApartUK’s travel agent, World’s Apart highlighted St. Vincent & the Grenadines on its ‘Featured Caribbean Islands’ webpage, under captions such as The “Real” Caribbean.

Worlds Apart opened its doors to travellers in 1989 and was founded on a wealth of travel experience. They aim to satisfy the growing needs of independent travellers; those whose horizons stretch beyond resort and beach holidays.”



SVG IN GLOBAL VILLAGE

global_villageSt. Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s North America PR Agency, Spring O’Brien, reported that the destination was featured by Bob Schulman in ‘Global Village’ under the caption "Discover The Little Visited Islands of the Caribbean.”

Travel and Cruise Writer, Bob Schulman sailed through St. Vincent & the Grenadines in early 2013., and has written several articles on his visit.

“Global Village is a publication in The News a Mexican English-language daily newspaper that is published in Mexico City.”


  

CARIBBEAN’S BEST HOTEL VILLAS

 Caribbeans_hotel_villasPetit St. Vincent was featured in Caribbean Journal as "The Caribbean’s Best Hotel Villas – 2013."
PSV as it is locally referred to, has been described as “One of the most enchantingly secluded properties in the region.”

Caribbean Journal was founded in 2011 with one vision: to provide news, commentary and analysis in a way that the Caribbean had not yet seen. Caribbean Journal’s Travel section is the premier source for Caribbean travel and trade news — from the latest hotel openings to secret vacation escapes.”

 

HOTELS BREAK INTO NEW MARKETS

 Hotels_New_MarketSmall Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has extended its global reach to include Petit St. Vincent.  This news release was posted as "Small Luxury Hotels of the World Breaks into New Markets" in Luxury Travel Magazine’s website.

The destination was listed among prestigious resorts in locations such as Kazakhstan, Hawaii, Bahamas, the Spanish resort of Marbella, and Texas.

Luxury Travel Magazine offers World's finest luxury hotels and travel experiences – exclusive destinations, resorts spas villas for your family vacation or romantic getaway.  It is devoted to inspiring and informing discerning travelers through its award-winning stories about the world's best luxury hotels, resorts, villas, cruises, destinations, and travel experiences.”


TV HOST SHOWS LOVE 

TV_host_shows_loveTelevision personality Carter Oosterhouse, the host for various TV shows on HGTV has granted tribute to Palm Island in a celebrity travel interview.

A series of ‘vacation favs’ questions were asked amongst the following which highlighted the Grenadine Palm Island on Chicago Tribune website:

Q. What are your five favorite cities?
A. Traverse City, Ojai, Calif., Jerome, Ariz., Palm Island
     Grenadines and Capri, Italy.

 For more insights on the celebrity travel interview see:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-25/lifestyle/sns-201306250000--tms--celebtrvctnct-a20130625-20130625_1_traverse-city-vacation-room-service
 


VINCY MAS

 Vincy_MasThe 2013 festive celebration of  “The Hottest Carnival In The Caribbean” has shown improvements in various segments of Vincy Mas, whilst maintaining its cultural integrity.

 Chairman of the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) Mr. Dennis Ambrose proudly stated that this Carnival season was a successful series of events, as some competitions had artistes retaining their crowns while some captured new titles. Pan season had a greater number of pan players and an improvement in the level of steel pan involvement in all the components of Vincy Mas. Not only did the carnival participants receive awards, but also the patrons, with prizes such as best dressed male and female.

 Bringing back the carnival veterans, patrons were entertained by musical legends such as the band Touch, which made a good come back as they re-launched with old and new members this year.

The CDC was pleased that forthcoming promoters and the private sector have accomplished their assurance, of adding to the events being organized by the CDC. Additionally, a number of private events, endorsed by CDC were satisfactorily executed.

In keeping up with technological advances, many households were engaged in Pay-Per-View while the wider world was able to be involved in the cultural festival via online internet streaming.

The ‘50th Anniversary of the Winston Samuel Band of the Year Title’ was won by SVG Players International Mas Band, led by Julian ‘Pilling’ Pollard.
 

For more Vincy Mas 2013 results visit:
http://www.carnivalsvg.com/docs13/MasterSheetresults2013.pdf

 

The 2014 Vincy Mas is scheduled for June 27th – July 8th.



CANOUAN CARNIVAL

Canouan_CarnivalThis year ‘The Ultimate Summer Event in the Grenadines’ infamously called Canouan Carnival celebrated their 15th anniversary. Members of Club Nuevo, seven-time Soca Monarch King Delroy ‘Fireman’ Hooper and reigning Calypso Monarch Shernelle ‘Skarpyon’ Williams were honored for their length of service, and contributions towards the development of the festival.   

The fiesta commenced on July 26th with a Carnival Lime. Revelers in Canouan enjoyed nightly events, at Soca 360, Miss Rural SVG, Night Mas, Glow Fete and Wet Fete. The festivities culminated with the J’Ouvert and Street Jump Up.



CTO’S EASTERN CARIBBEAN TOUR

CTOSt. Vincent & the Grenadines was among four countries visited by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in July. The objectives of the visit included gaining a greater appreciation for member country needs and challenges. Discussion topics encompassed tourism satellite accounts, the CTO’s visitor satisfaction programme, regional marketing initiatives and the “importance of cruising and aviation to the Caribbean.”

 







KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

This site is the oldest tourism site on the leeward side of St. Vincent, and is popular with sailors because of the sheltered bay.

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

Issue#28 Knowledge Check On Hairouna.This waterfall is among St. Vincent’s finest natural wonders, visitors access the falls by boat and must pass through a narrow canyon type valley with cliffs on both sides.

Answer:  Falls of Baleine

Knowledge_Check_BaleineThe Falls of Baleine is shrouded in lush mountain forest, its sparkling waters plunge almost 60 feet to the rocks below. The waters stream into a rock-enclosed freshwater pool, a perfect spot for swimming.  A boat ride to Baleine Falls, is a journey through a narrow valley between stark cliffs that tower over its passengers.

 

 












VOTE TOBAGO CAYS 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD
http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder

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  Voting Ends September 30th 2013

 

                                                  
                                          




                                                               

 

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