Grenada and other countries did not disappoint at Caribbean Week in New York

Grenada and other countries did not disappoint at Caribbean Week in New York


Rum Rumble at the Wyndham New Yorker. Photo: Irene ‘Joy’ Rathan

By Helen Grenade
Caribbean News Now correspondent

NEW YORK, USA — The month of June has been officially recognized as Caribbean-American Tourism Month in the United States, and all the participating countries brought out their best tourism products, with each Caribbean country united in celebrating their rich Caribbean tourism culture as Caribbean Tourism Week 2017 launched in spectacular fashion in New York.

The Manhattan Wyndham New Yorker hotel provided the venue for a series of Caribbean Week events from June 3 to 10, which included meetings with tourism officials, industry, executives, travel agents and businesses. More than 30 Caribbean countries showcased their tourism and business offerings throughout the week. The events at the hotel included a tourism industry workshop and trade show on June 6, tourism marketing conference on June 7 and a tourism award luncheon and mixologist competition on June 8.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) hosted a variety of amazing events throughout the city. The Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction, which assists Caribbean students pursuing work in the tourism and hospitality industries, was held at the Capitale in Manhattan. Chefs from the Caribbean prepared food at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, which included chefs from Jamaica and The Bahamas on June 3 and 4, and Williams-Sonoma in Columbus Circle (chefs from Barbados, and the Turks and Caicos Islands on June 8 and 10. A concert was hosted by Tempo on June 10.

In addition to showcasing and promoting products and providing international buyers and the media with an up close and personal look at all there is to see and do here in New York, it gives us the opportunity to also showcase the importance of the travel and tourism industry to all visitors. Tourism Month serves to champion the power of the tourism industry and to promote tourism products. Tourism Week helps us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large.

A new feature was added by the CTO this year to the Caribbean Tourism Week, called Rum Rumble, during the Caribbean Media Marketplace, where the best Caribbean rum mixing masters competed for the title of Caribbean Week mixologist of the year.

Special congratulations to Agnes Francis, the executive chairperson from St Lucia Tourist Board for an inspiring presentation of St Lucia’s finest rum, the Chairman’s Reserve, and the rest of the Caribbean countries in celebrating travel and tourism and the positive effect it has on St Lucia and the Caribbean.

Rum Rumble at the Wyndham New Yorker. Photos: Irene ‘Joy’ Rathan

The celebration of Tourism Week saw different activities, including festivals and exhibitions, as the week aimed to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

Many Caribbean nations marked the occasion and celebrated with various special events and festivities, including Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Guyana, Martinique, Turks and Caicos Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, and many more tourism destinations.

Tourism has become one of the major players in international commerce and represents one of the main income sources for many developing countries.

As we continue to celebrate Tourism Month, and as we continue to showcase the importance and power of the tourism and hospitality industry in Grenada and the world, we invite you to join us in our collective effort. Travel and tourism professionals around the world work together to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to their country’s economy.

Tourism professionals from across the Caribbean work throughout the month of June to highlight the contributions their travel markets and organizations make to their economies and to celebrate. During the first full week of June, countries and communities across the Caribbean unite to showcase the impact of policymakers, local and international media, events and activities and conduct a media outreach, while the tourism industry is focused on celebrating this month.

Caribbean Tourism Month is celebrated at the national level and its objectives are to enhance the various profiles of Caribbean tourism sectors in the marketplace to attract positive media coverage for and of the Caribbean countries and people, and the local tourism products, to raise awareness among all Caribbean citizens of the importance and magnitude of tourism in the Caribbean and also to celebrate the diversities of all the Caribbean has to offer and to be enjoyed.

This event also celebrates the people who give the tourism industry life, while also advocating the exploration of our beautiful Caribbean countries and the world.

For a great number of Caribbean countries, tourism is one of the major contributing forces driving their economies; they rely on tourism as a major source of their income. In addition to job creation and stimulating the economy, Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity for people to simply go out and travel, because it helps people to connect with other cultures, countries and people.

Grenada’s minister of tourism, Clarice Curwen Modeste, is confident that her government is doing something right, and more visitors will continue to come, since we are making Grenada a more compelling tourism destination.

“We want to ensure our guests experience magic moments, we want to continue to promote trade, investment, education and tourism, events designed to highlight commercial opportunities. Tourism plays an important role; it is a big part of our local economy in Grenada, as we aim to keep our tourism industry strong and flourishing. My government aims even higher to focus national attention on the importance of travel, to reflect the travel industry’s goal of ensuring that travel and it’s positive impact on our economy and our lives remains part of the conversation this election season. Let us as Grenadian people continue to honour the Tourism Month of June,” Modeste said.

“I am pleased to announce that tourism created many jobs, as minister of tourism, I have been a strong supporter of tourism. I have seen tourism grow steadily year by year over the past decade, at a time of great challenges to some of our prominent industries, as important as tourism is today to the overall economic health of our country, it is an industry that has enormous potential for future growth here in Grenada. In this administration, we have moved forcefully to help fulfill that enormous potential to find ways of getting the most impact from our tourism investment. We are forging new partnership with private sector to undertake innovative marketing approaches,” she added.

While the tourism industry is focused on celebrating this month, the Grenada government of Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell and the ministry of tourism are working together to put their best face forward to showcase and advertise products, wildlife, national parks, scenic byways, spices, sea and sun, and to showcase the importance of the travel and tourism industry to the world.

Grenada’s tourism industry is on the rise, representing a large sum in economic activity annually. Visitors come to Grenada to see some of the best art and culture, best lakes, world famous crystal clear beaches. Grenada’s diverse array of breathtaking Caribbean experience can stand up to any destination anywhere in the world, but we never take either our experiences or our visitors for granted. We are a focused and humble people, maintaining an always welcoming presence to our friends and visitors.

Grenada has that competitive advantage, looking at the future of the tourism industry in Grenada over the next few years is inevitable. We already have an excellent tourist destination here.

Grenada has become a top fixture in vacation destinations, and tourism is considerably important for the economy as a whole. Tourism therefore has a huge effect on economic activity and employment. With Grenada’s large share of sun, sea and sand, tourism means that the industry is great all year round. The country is well known for its beautiful landscape, its picturesque coastline, relaxing beach side vacation getaway, and Mount St Catherine, Grenada’s topographic prominence.

Grenada, a most beautiful tourist destination for its scenic beauty, spectacular beaches and its many historic attractions, is a great place for a hiking tour on the island. If you are looking for a place with perfect weather conditions, look no further. Weather conditions in Grenada promote year round health, optimize your very being, nudge you and makes you happy living in a moderate climate than people living in cloudy and warmer environments.

Overall, Grenada experiences relatively mild, sunny, pleasant weather year round, with mild winds blowing. Visitors and locals alike enjoy predominantly moderate conditions, which is ideal for many. The great weather plays an important role in making Grenada one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Oprah Winfrey loves it, Justin Bieber loves it, other famous stars love it, visitors love it, and all have developed a love affair with Grenada and its people that will never end.

St George’s, the capital city, is a historical culture lover’s dream. Grenada is the people’s life force; a collage composed of multiple cultures all melding as one. From European, African, Indians, ancient people and their soulful traditions, Grenada’s biggest attraction to visitors is that it’s just fun to be there.

Spending your holiday or vacationing in some far off place is probably one of the best ways to de-stress. What can beat the idea of relaxing in a beautiful, sunny tropical paradise spice island with perfect weather conditions, perfect sand, and sun, the island perfect natural beauty, which is most popular for its beaches, waterfalls, medical school, flora and fauna, and greenery galore? Well look no further, Grenada is that place to be, a most alluring and enchanting island.

Here is something all tourists do to discover the best spots in the world. They plan their itinerary so this is for you, a destination that attracts and offers you the most beautiful attractions that interest you.

Undeniably, Grand Anse beach is one of the most dazzling, most photographed pristine white sand beaches; it has that indefinable charm that enchants tourists and locals alike that beckons them to linger. Grenada has some of the most awe inspiring natural wonders and it’s a breathtaking place in the Caribbean on this planet to enjoy in this lifetime. Come and feel the sand beneath your toes.

Grenada’s beaches have real character, a sense of place and a welcoming warm feel that is irresistible. Some of these beautiful beaches you’ll have heard of, but some are hidden secrets that few foreign travelers have discovered.

Grenada boasts miles upon miles of enchanting coastlines, consisting largely of sweeping sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. Most of the island is undulating and somewhat hilly with a gorgeous mix of gentle uplands, waterfalls and areas of woodlands. In short, Grenada is your best dream come true for a relaxing vacation.

Grenada’s government has taken a collaborative approach to tourism development, so that visitors to the country can have experiences that are unique to Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. They can visit exciting and beautiful waterfalls, beautiful and intriguing beaches, attractions such as churches, monuments, forts, stores, where visitors can shop and be pampered. The beautiful small Island of Grenada is appealing and interesting, and it makes visitors wants to come to our shores and stay a while longer. Grenadians are an adventurous people and they have the same of adventure as tourists do.

Many people believe that all the islands in the world are created the same; if you are one of those people, you are wrong and you have not yet been to Grenada. Grenada is originally known as Isle of Spice, although today it is now known as Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean. This small Caribbean Island located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela and southeast of St Vincent and the Grenadines and is home to various nationalities. The local language is English.

Grenada is actually made up of three sister islands, the largest being Grenada, measuring 120 square miles, Carriacou is smaller, with a land mass of 13 square miles, and Petite Martinique is the tiniest. All three enjoy great climate year round, if any of these is your next vacation spot, then you don’t have to worry about choosing the time for a visit. All three sister islands have gorgeous beaches and offer a number of water sports and attractions for visitors.