SVGTA's E Newsletter November 2013 Issue #33
Subject: SVGTA's E Newsletter November 2013 Issue #33
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Issue #: 33





Church_ServiceTourism Month in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was celebrated during the month of November, 2013 under the theme "Tourism is Everyone’s Business: Live it, Love it, Embrace it”.   Activities to celebrate the month began with a church service at the Kingstown Seventh Day Adventist Church on November 4th and ended with a Cocktail and Awards Ceremony on November 29th. 

Other activities included a Tourism Youth Colloquium, Tourism Choral Speech Competition and welcome activities at the Kingstown Cruise Terminal for cruise ship visitors by the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.



Staff_Motivation“De-stress our bodies, Refresh our minds, Nourish our souls and Feed our spirits”, these were the words used by Executive Assistant of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA), Mrs. Annie Nedd-Peters, in welcoming the Staff to the Motivational Session, held at Hotel Alexandrina in Prospect, on 20th November, 2013.  

During the session, Facilitator,  Dr. George Fredericks, urged staff  to be self motivated in their quest to exceed customers expectations.    With the aid of motivational flags distributed during the session, staff used the opportunity to inspire each other and share life experiences.  Pressing issues within the organisation were also discussed.

A sumptuous buffet lunch, prepared by the staff who ”potlucked”, topped the session and left members craving for more for the balance of the week.




SVGTourismAwardsTourism Month climaxed on  Saturday 29th November, 2013 with a Cocktail and Awards Ceremony held at the Paradise Beach Hotel in Villa.  Seven individuals were honoured for their contributions within various sectors of the industry. 

Awardees included Ms. Jacqui  English, E-Commerce/Marketing Research at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) who received 2013 Employee of the Year Award.  Stakeholders’ awards went to Ms. Abigail Genevieve Cato,
Best  Immigration Officer, Mr.  Clinton McCloud, Best Taxi Driver, Vermont Nature Trail for  Best Tourism Site, Flow Wine Bar for Best Restaurant, Mariners Hotel for Best in the Accommodation Sector and TUI for Best in the Marine Sector.


HSMAI_logoSt. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has again won two gold awards  in the annual HSMAI Awards (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International). The  Awards  were  received  in the categories:  Feature Placement Print - Consumer Magazine titled “St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A Diver's Delight”  and  Feature Placement – Television titled “Travel Channel Brings Authentic ‘Vincy’ Experience To Its Viewers, Uncovering SVG's Island Secrets.”

All the HSMAI winners will be formerly announced at a gala to be held on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis. SVG will receive two certificates for these awards.

The entries were judged by the HSMAI Board of Directors and the Adrian Awards Advisory Committee, which reviewed 1,200 entries this year.


Worlds_Best_DivingSports Diver Magazine featured this destination captioned ‘2014 World’s Best Diving & Resorts: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’.

“Sport Diver is the official magazine of the PADI Diving Society in the UK and an online resource for all aspects of scuba diving in the UK and worldwide”.



Vania_Thompson_copy“My aim was to learn as much as possible about the mission, goals and daily operations of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority".  This was the intention of Ms. Vania Thompson, intern at the SVGTA for the period 4th  November to 31st December, 2013. Did she achieve what she set out to? According to Vania, “not only did I achieve that, I also learnt about tourism as a whole and its direct impact on the economy here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and around the world”.

Vania describes herself as a first generation Vincentian and she was eager to state that “the experience fueled my eagerness to participate in the expansion of tourism and the worldwide visibility of St Vincent and the Grenadines.  The entire staff made me feel very welcome and a part of the team”.

The Staff of the SVGTA extends best wishes to Vania for the future.



SVG_DEMAA number of Dive Operators and other private sector persons from St. Vincent and the Grenadines joined with Mrs. Celia Ross-Latham, Director of Sales for the SVGTA in the New York Office and the Chief Executive Officer of the SVGTA, Mr. Glen Beache, in representing St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show in Orlando Florida, held from November 6th – 9th, 2013.  According to Mrs. Ross-Latham, "given the fact that DEMA is an international show, it provides an opportunity for networking on an international level, without incurring the cost of visiting individual countries".

During the four day period, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ booth, which was tastefully decorated to reflect the islands as a diverse and exotic dive destination, had a steady flow of traffic from hundreds of dive professionals and other industry persons.

Persons registered for the St.Vincent and the Grenadines booth at DEMA were:

David Ames – Buccament Bay Resort
Rene Baptiste – Canouan Dive Center
Glen Beache – Chief Executive Officer, SVGTA
Jacob Bell – Buccament Bay Resort
Raymond Haberman Dive St.Vincent
Michael Ibrahim – Canouan Dive Center
Michael Jack – Dive St.Vincent
Celia Ross-Latham – Director of Sales (USA)
Alan Silverstein – Owner, Canouan Dive Center
Kay Wilson – Indigo Dive



FrommersThe Grenadines was highlighted in Frommer’s  Magazine's best Caribbean Islands for Sailing and Romance.

Read more:


“Frommer's are the UK's fastest-growing top ten travel publisher. With new, local author teams for key destinations, and colour guides, Frommer's publish some of the freshest, most up-to-date guides available. In publishing terms, they are trusted travel experts. Backed by 50 years of experience, Frommer's supplies online destination information for world leading travel providers including British Airways, Hilton Hotels and Lastminute.com”.


Caribbean_JournalPalm Island, Young Island and Petit St. Vincent  were voted in Caribbean Journal magazine, as three of “the Best Caribbean Private Island Resorts”.

“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. It is now the Caribbean’s leading digital newspaper, with 24/7, original content covering news, travel, politics and opinion from more than 20 countries and territories. Caribbean Journal’s Travel section is the premier source for Caribbean travel and trade news — from the latest hotel openings to secret vacation escapes. And CJ’s Opinion section provides a central platform for the region’s best ideas. Caribbean Journal – One Region, One News Source”.



Petit St. Vincent
sailed ahead in the top five of the ‘Editors' Pick: Best Luxury Resorts in the Caribbean’, in Islands Magazine.






cbbeandreamiesthideawayPetit St. Vincent was named the ‘Dreamiest Private Island Hideaway In The Caribbean’ by Forbes Magazine.

“Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc. Published biweekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics”.




CbbeanChicPlantationHotelsJill Fergus posted Firefly Plantation Bequia, in Fodor’s Travel as one of five ‘Chic Plantation Hotels in the Caribbean’ Jill Fergus stated that “those looking to get away from it all should consider the island of Bequia in the little-known archipelago of Grenadines.“

Fodor's Travel is experts in travel for over 75 years, and brings inspiration, insights, and recommendations that will help travelers plan their next vacation.”




CbbeanTopVillasSt. Vincent and the Grenadines was featured in Islands Top Caribbean Picks. Amitabah, Bequia was selected in the Top Caribbean Villas; while Islands’ Editors Picked Petit St. Vincent

“ISLANDS inspires travel to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and more It features  island pictures, tropical vacations, beach travel in the Caribbean islands."




Thanksgiving_RetreatLuxury Travel Magazine featured Mustique as a ‘Special Last Minute Thanksgiving Retreat from Preferred Escapes’.

“Luxury Travel Magazine, launched in 2003, inspires and informs discerning travelers through its award-winning stories about the world's best luxury hotels, resorts, villas, cruises, destinations, and travel experiences”.




MustiqueinDeparturesThe Grenadine island of Mustique was captioned as “Fantasy Island  Mystique” in Departures Magazine. The article highlighted that “this exclusive West Indies enclave is a place where people build their dreams.” 

“Departures is an American lifestyle magazine published by Time Inc. Departures Magazine is the quarterly luxury sourcebook for those who belong to the best customers from American Express – Platinum Cardmembers.



Daily_BeastSt. Vincent and the Grenadines was chosen in ‘The Daily Beast’ for its Digital Detox Campaign, as one of the “seven spots that force you to unplug”.

“The Daily Beast is an American news reporting and opinion website founded and formerly published by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker as well as the short-lived Talk Magazine”.



theatre_arts_fest_picIn St Vincent and the Grenadines November is known as “The Month of Drama,” which kick started with The Bank of St Vincent and the Grenadines (BOSVG) Theatre Arts Festival at Peace Memorial Hall, Kingstown. The festival included performances from five groups Agape Methodist Dramatists, The Remnants of Gideon - “Broken Circles”, SVG Community College Performing Arts Society - “Mother Knows Best,” Police Drama Club, and Division of Nurses Performing Arts Club  - “Scandal Exposed”.


Secondary_Schools_Drama_FestTen Secondary Schools participated in the Secondary Schools Drama Festival this year, which ran from Thursday 14th November –Tuesday 26th November, 2013.

The three most outstanding schools were The St. Vincent Girls’ High, with their play, The Ritual, Troumaca Ontario with their play Don’t Tell Nobody and Campden Park Secondary (Bethel High School), with their play Jenny’s Plight.

The Secondary Schools' Drama Festival is a collaborative effort of the Department of Culture and the Ministry of Education. It was sponsored this year for the first time by Facey Trading.




Nine_MorningsNine Mornings 100th Anniversary celebrations were held in the communities of Stubbs and Carrierre. during November.   In Stubbs the activities were heralded in with loud blasts of local bamboo cannons and the booming banging of bursting balloons on November 9th, while the Carriere Nine Mornings Committee, on November 15th, presented “Christmas in November: A taste of 9 Mornings”, which took the form of a mini concert.

The 2013 Nine Mornings festival is celebrated under the theme “Celebrating 100 Years Of A Unique Vincentian Tradition.”



KnowledgeCheckfortcharlotteVoted one of the top 100 dive sites in the world, is a spectacular wall dive with swim-throughs and a lovely coral reef formation in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
What am I called?

The answer will be published in the next issue

Issue #32 Knowledge Check On Hairouna.
Who was our historic Fort Charlotte named after?

Answer:  Queen Charlotte

Fort Charlotte was named in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, the reigning monarch of England in 1806.



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