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SVGTA's E-Newsletter September Issue #31
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ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY
E-NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2013


 

 

                                                ISSUE #31

 NEW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY AT TOURISM

New_Parliament_Secretary_Luke_BrowneThe Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture now has a new Parliamentary Secretary.  Mr. Luke Browne, former Rhodes Scholar and ULP’s Representative for East Kingstown in the 2010 general elections, was one of three (3) persons sworn in as Senators on Thursday 19th September, 2013. 

In an exclusive interview with Senator Browne, he stated that he looks forward to work with Minister McKie, and pledged to bring new energy and ideas to the Ministry to ensure that the tourism product is as good as it can be. He further stated that “sports has been an important part of the Vincentian way of life for a long time, and the systems that harness our sporting industry are vital to national development.  We will take what is good with these systems and make changes where necessary. I hope to contribute to the development of programmes that have to do with all dimensions of my portfolio including culture. The sports faculty is a part of our culture and all other cultural areas will receive necessary attention. Things will never be the same”.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) warmly welcomes Senator Browne to this new position.



TOURISM STALWART RETIRES

Tourism_Icon_Retires_Hyacinth_PhillipsSeptember 2013 marked the end of 40 years of service in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture for Mrs. Hyacinth Phillips.  Mrs Phillips, who at the time of her retirement on September 27th served as a Tourism Education Officer, joined the Public Service and Department of Tourism in 1973 as a Tourism Information Officer, and remained in Tourism to the date of her retirement. She served as a Marketing Officer until 2009 when she was appointed a Tourism Education Officer.

At a surprise farewell event planned to honour the tourism stalwart, past and present staff of the Ministry of Tourism, joined by staff at the Tourism and National Parks Authorities and stakeholders went down memory lane and took the opportunity to highlight memories of working with Mrs. Phillips.  At the end of it all, it was evident that her presence would be greatly missed, as most persons lamented on the fact that she possesses a wealth of invaluable knowledge of the industry.  Her willingness to assist the general public locally and abroad as well as students seeking information on tourism and her ability to impart her knowledge of tourism to new staff members, were all recounted.

The Board and staff of the SVGTA join in wishing Mrs. Phillips a happy retirement.

 

 

SVG AT FCCA

FCCASt. Vincent and the Grenadines was represented among thousands of professionals from the cruise industry and cruise destinations’ private and public sectors, at the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show, held from September 30th to October 4th, 2013 in Columbia.  The delegation included officials from the Port Authority, Coreas & Company and Fantasea Tours. The SVGTA  was represented by Marketing Officer Ms. Kathique Haynes.

FCCA’s 2014 Conference and Tradeshow would take place in St. Maarten from October 6th to 10th.

 

 

DANCE SHOWCASE

danceshowcase2The Peace Memorial Hall came alive on September 28th and  29th, 2013, when the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture, in collaboration with the National Cultural Foundation,  hosted  the National Dance Showcase “Keep On Dancing”.  Thrilling performances came from several dance groups in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who danced in a wide range of genres including Hip Hop, Modern, Social, Folk and Jazz.

Speaking at the opening of the Showcase, Maxine Browne, Dance Officer in the Department of Culture, implored those present to be appreciative of the various choreographies that would be displayed. “We all have to start somewhere - and as some of these young dancers continue to develop their techniques be it at school or within the various community groups - including the various church groups - someday they may be the lead dancers right here on this very stage or elsewhere”.




WORLD TOURISM DAY

World_Tourism_Day_copy_copySeptember 27th 2013 was designated as World Tourism Day by the global tourism body, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), under the theme “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.  In her message to observe the day, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Chairman, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, stated that “Water is such a natural part of the Caribbean, with a seemingly endless supply of both fresh and sea water, that we risk taking it for granted. Tourism, our main economic earner, relies heavily on reliable sources of water so we should find ways to ensure sustainable supply to our hotels, restaurants, entertainment centres, and sporting facilities”.

Mrs. Faylene Scrubb-King, Chief Operating Officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA), encouraged staff at the Authority to wear their SVGTA polo shirts to work on the day and to pay special attention to water resources and consumption.

 

 

FODERS 100 HOTEL AWARD

Fodors_100_Hotel_Awards_2013Young Island Resort has been recognized as a ‘2013 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award’ winner in the “Blissful Beach Retreats” category. This distinction designates Young Island Resort as an outstanding hotel as selected by Fodor’s editors and travel experts, recognizing high style, excellent service and a one-of-a-kind stay for guests.

About the Awards:

“At Fodor's, hotels are more than our lifeblood—they're our passion. With every stay, we obsess over design choices, service attributes, and guest amenities. To compile the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards, we start with some 4,000 Fodor's Choice and new property reviews, poring over the list for months, winnowing our top selections. And it's not just us. Our team of 14 in-house editors (with decades of travel-editorial know-how between them) works closely with the more than 500 correspondents around the globe who visit every single property we review”.

 

 

SVG LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL

SVG_Leading_Boutique_HotelThe Cotton House, an exclusive hotel in the Grenadine island of Mustique, was the recipient of the 2013 World Travel Award  St. Vincent & The Grenadines Leading Boutique Hotel’.

 

 




SVG LEADING HOTEL AND SPA RESORT

Leading_Hotel_and_SpaThe  Buccament Bay Resort received double accolades at the 2013 World Travel Awards.  They were adjudged ‘St. Vincent and the Grenadines Leading Spa Resort’  and ‘St. Vincent and the Grenadines Leading Resort’.

“World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire”.

 

 

BEST NEW SPA

Frommers_Best_New_SpaFrommer’s announces the ‘Five (5) Best New Spas In The Caribbean’ and most definitely on the list is the Buccament Bay Resort, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

"Frommer's is a travel guidebook series and one of the bestselling travel guides in America. The series began in 1957 with the publication of Arthur Frommer's book, Europe on $5 a Day."




MARKETING E-BUSINESS WORKSHOP

Marketing_ECommerce_Workshop_copy_copyMembers of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) attended The Internationalisation of SMEs – Marketing and E-Business Workshop from September 19th – 20th 2013, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Room, Kingstown.

The session which focused on export essentials and selling and marketing internationally, was hosted by the Institute of Export with the Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness, of the University of the West Indies. Marketing Officers Ms. Natasaha Anderson and Ms. Kathique Haynes and E-Commerce Officer Ms. Jacqui English attended the  two-day workshop.



SVG TRIP GIVEAWAY

SVG_Trip_GetawayThe St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Trip Giveaway with FITNESS Magazine and Buccament Bay Resort is up and running on FITNESS Magazine’s Facebook page. The Giveaway, in addition to two (2) magazine covers and editorial coverage, was included as part of  St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority’s North American PR and Advertising Agency, Spring O’Brien Return On Investment (ROI) in exchange for arranging a destination shoot with the magazine in June. The contest will run from September 15th – December 15th, 2013.
Information on the contest may be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/fitnessmag/app_562618367149982.

 



WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SVG NEW AIRPORT AND HOTELS

What_to_expect_from_SVGTravel Agent Central, the online edition of Travel Agent Magazine, has run a roundup story on new developments in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The story highlighted information on hotel developments as well as information on the new airport. 

The site reaches 123,366 unique visitors per month.

 

 

EXPLORE THE BLISSFULLY QUIRKY GRENADINES

Explore_blissfully_quirky_GrenadinesCondé Nast Traveler Magazine captioned the Grenadines ‘Island Vacation Idea: Explore the Blissfully Quirky Grenadines’ in its September issue.

Condé Nast Traveler is an American magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine began publication in September, 1987.”

 

 


THE BOUTIQUE CHOICE

The_Boutique_ChoiceThe Grenadine island of Petit St. Vincent was featured in the Canadian trade publication, Travelweek, under the heading ‘The Boutique Choice, Small and Intimate.’

Read the article at:
http://www.discoversvg.com/images/docs/Docs10/The_Boutique_Choice.pdf

Travelweek is Canada's best read and most trusted source for travel industry news”

 






 

KNOWLEDGE CHECK ON HAIROUNA

Scientifically called Catharopeza bishop, this bird is endemic to St. Vincent.

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

Issue#30 Knowledge Check On Hairouna.
This nature site is located in the Diamond Mountains on the windward side of St Vincent, at a height of 2,500 feet above sea level.

Answer:  Bubby Stone

bubby_stoneBubby Stone was developed under the project Critical Ecotourism Partnership Fund: “Ecotourism and Biodiversity Protection Project for the Kamacarbou Mountain and the Diamond Village”.

 

 

 









 

 

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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,
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