New International airport set to increase bookings for holidays in St Vincent and the Grenadines
The St Vincent and the Grenadines tourism industry is preparing for the winds of change to blow through its beautiful island paradise. The eagerly anticipated Argyle International airport, scheduled to be completed at the end of 2013, is expected to significantly boost the number of travelers booking holidays in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The airport, will feature a 900 foot long runway and a terminal with a capacity of up to 1.5 million passengers per year.
The twin-island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is notably one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, however this secret is about to be well and truly out with the development of the much anticipated Argyle International Airport currently underway. St Vincent’s relatively poor air links have meant that the nation’s tourism industry has lost out to more popular regional peers like Barbados, Antigua and Jamaica. Now with the game changing and Argyle International Airport set to be complete by the end of 2013, the future is looking very bright for the Caribbean island’s tourism industry as many predict a considerable growth in the number of travellers booking holidays to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The islands are a true Caribbean paradise, made up of the main island of St Vincent and the Grenadines- an archipelago of approximately 100 tiny islands and cays. Part of the charm of St Vincent and the Grenadines is that it offers a serene, laid back atmosphere without the buzz of the luxury all inclusive resorts, casinos, modern shopping centres and hoards of tourists that are common place in other popular Caribbean islands like the Dominican Republic. Instead, St Vincent and the Grenadines offer visitors a truly authentic island paradise experience.
The new 175- acre Argyle International airport with its 9000 foot log runway will be able to accommodate aircrafts as large as a Boeing 747-400. Once the airport is opened, it is expected that many of the major airlines will be offering direct flights to St Vincent and the Grenadines from key markets including the UK and Europe as well as the US and Canada. In order to meet the demands of a heavy influx of passengers, the new terminal will be designed with a capacity of up to 1.5 million passengers per year- five times greater than the current airport.
With the popularity of holidays in St Vincent and the Grenadines expected to rapidly increase in 2014 some have raised concerns over the effects of an influx of visitors on these pristine islands. However, in some respects the fact that St Vincent and the Grenadines’ tourism industry has developed at a slower pace than many of its regional peers can be considered a blessing as the nation has the opportunity to learn from its more experienced peers. As the nation’s profile grows, it is inevitable that luxury resorts and hotels in St Vincent and the Grenadines will become common place however, with the help of resources like the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, made up of representatives from all corners of the Caribbean, there is no doubt that the local tourism industry will learn to balance the demands of a booming tourism industry while protecting the resources upon which the industry depends.
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