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Tourism Month Begins


"Tourism is Everyone’s Business: Live it, Love it, Embrace it”.  That is the theme under which the Tourism Month of activities will be celebrated this year.  The activities are being co-ordinated by the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture.

The activities got going last Monday, 4th November, with a church service at the Kingstown Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Addressing the service was Senator Luke Browne, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism.
He commended the Ministry for the planning, and expressed his expectation for good execution of the month of activities. 

Senator Browne recognized the abundance of potential for tourism expansion, and tickled the fancies of the gathering with ideas about expanding sports, marine and eco-tourism.


The highlight of the service was the exhortation by Pastor of the Kingstown Seventh Day Adventist Church and Overseer for the Region, Pastor Claudius Morgan. 

He admitted to be baffled by the theme, he being very unfamiliar with the content of tourism.  This, however, did not hinder his delivery of an ‘address’ which was tastefully graphic and loaded with great doses of ‘Monday morning humour’ that not only broke the ice, but also pointed the thoughts of the gathering directly to the fact that, "Tourism is about beauty, and God is beautiful.”

Pastor Morgan revisited the creation story, and showed how it was extremely important for all stakeholders to think about God while they thought about tourism.   He gave relevant tips, coming from God’s word, that would take SVG far, once there was adherence to good tourism practices, showing how all could live it, love it and embrace it.  He was received with overwhelming applause.
The Month’s Activities

The month of activities continued on Tuesday 5th with a media familiarization activity. Students are not left out.Yesterday, Thursday, students of Bequia Anglican School began a ‘Children’s Tourism Chit Chat’ that continued into today.

A Human Resource Training Workshop for students and workers in the hospitality industry, with a ‘Tourism Talk Programme’ on WE FM, were also down for today.

On Monday 11th and Thursday 21st November, the Royal SVG Police Band will conduct welcome activities at the Kingstown Cruise Terminal for cruise ship visitors. 

Tuesday, 12th and Monday 18th will see a number of ‘Know Your Island Tours’ conducted by the SVG Hotel and Tourism Association, and an Open Day at the Bequia Tourism Association.

A brand new venture, called the ‘Tourism Youth Colloquium,’ which targets students of the secondary and tertiary levels, will be held on Thursday 14th. The focus on students continues with a ‘Tourism Youth Congress’ on Tuesday, 19th, at the NIS Training Room; the much anticipated ‘Tourism Choral Speech Competition’ on Tuesday, 26th; and the ‘Bequia Primary Schools’ Debate’ on Wednesday, 27th.

Thursday 21st will see a ‘Culture Welcome’ in Bequia; Wednesday 27th a fun Walk to Fort Charlotte, and Saturday, 23rd  a ‘Street 20/20 Cricket Tournament’.

A grand Tourism Exhibition is all set for Friday, 29th at Heritage Square.  The Tourism Awards, scheduled for Saturday 30th and hosted by the SVG Hotel and Tourism Association, will bring the month of activities to a close.


Source of article:
The Vincentian
By: Gloriah