Pure Carriacou and Petite Martinique Newsletter September 2020

 

Pure Carriacou and Petite Martinique Newsletter September 2020 

Quarantined in Paradise

Carriacou took centre stage in a beautiful video produced by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) as part of the second phase of the Pure Grenada-Just For You regional and international campaign.

Brooklyn, New York actor Guyviaud Joseph visited Carriacou anticipating a 30-day getaway, but it turned into a 5-month adventure, which in his own words, changed his life forever. Click the photo above to watch his story about being quarantined in paradise and the activities he enjoyed.

Carriacou Webinars

The GTA Marketing department continues to engage travel agents in the main source markets through webinars. Carriacou and Petite Martinique are continuously mentioned in each webinar to ensure agents are informed of the three islands and were the exclusive  topic in two of the sessions. Presenting on the unique offerings of Carriacou and Petite Martinique was GTA Officer Rina Mills who spoke of accommodation and things to do. The presentation was enhanced by a live stringband music performance.

Paradise at Home Campaign

Carriacou and Petite Martinique are featured prominently in the GTA’s local Tourism campaign #paradiseathome. The campaign encourages residents to explore their islands and places special emphasis on mainlanders visiting Carriacou and Petite Martinique as was evident in the campaign video. Special deals including offers from stakeholders in Carriacou and Petite Martinique can be found by visiting www.puregrenada.com/deals. Click the photo above to view the campaign video.

Boat Launch

A team from the GTA was present at the launch of Reality 2, a 65 foot long boat built by Nero Mc Lawrence. The activity  drew a huge gathering of both community well-wishers and curious visitors. This momentous occasion which was made a celebration with string band music and traditional smoked food was captured by the GTA. A video was produced which will be debuted across all social media platforms soon.

Health and Safety Training

Stakeholders in Carriacou and Petite Martinique were specially invited to Ministry of Health infectious disease control training sessions. The purpose of the training was to prepare stakeholders for the new way of doing business in Tourism and ensuring that their customers are kept safe. Some of the key messages were contact tracing, social distancing, sanitization, thorough cleaning and contactless greetings.

Health and Safety Inspection

Following training, the Ministry of Health with support from the GTA moved to complete the inspection and certification of Tourism stakeholders beginning with accommodation. Upon successful completion, stakeholders received their Pure Safe Travel Approved decal to display to their customers. If you wish to have your property or business licensed, feel free to contact the GTA Quality Assurance Department at 440-2001.

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Petite Martinique Mural

Located just after the Welcome center in Petite Martinique this resurfaced area of previously blank wall now serves as a beautiful work of art. The mural depicts Petite Martinique’s cultural and ecological heritage and things the island is known for.

This mural was made possible by the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, citizens of Petite Martinique and the GTA.

KIDO Training

Initially a 3 month course, the KIDO Foundation’s Nature Guide training was set back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now scheduled to be complete in September, successful trainees will be better equipped to conduct tours to some of Carriacou’s prized ecological habitats having gained extensive knowledge in flora and fauna identification; marine, coastal, and terrestrial habitats; biodiversity protection among other relevant areas.

Round the Island Race

The rich tradition of sailing in Carriacou continued with the ‘Round the Island’ race held in August. The action was broadcast virtually through Facebook live stream and shared on GTA’s Social media. Carriacou is famous for its boatbuilding and sailing and home to the longest running Regatta in the Caribbean, the Carriacou Regatta Festival which was cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Fire Safety Training

In the first quarter of the year, stakeholders participated in a 3 day, fire safety and food preparation training workshop facilitated by the RGPF Fire Department and Ministry of Health, Environmental Health Department.

This training was organized by the GTA to assist hoteliers and other Tourism stakeholders in becoming compliant with the National Standards.

Other Highlights:

1) String band Training – 30 students of the Petite Martinique RC School began string band music training in the beginning of the year, however, this was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Training is set to resume as soon as it is deemed safe.

2) Shakespeare Mas Refresher Course – Both secondary schools in addition to 5 primary schools on the island were trained in the art of Shakespeare Mas as a precursor to Kayak Mas 2020. 

3) Sponsorship of Shakespeare Mas for Carnival 2020 – In keeping with the organization’s vision to strengthen and promote unique aspects of the islands, Shakespeare Mas was fully sponsored for the Carnival 2020 season. 

4) Independence Open House – This occasion was marked by a presentation of Carriacou’s traditional dish, cou-cou with ocra and fish. Visitors to the GTA Office were also greeted with a special display of the national colors and steel pan music.

 

Grenada Tourism Authority 
Burns Point,
St. George’s
Grenada, W.I.
info@puregrenada.com
www.puregrenada.com 
1 (473) 440-2001 

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