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Grenada to Promote itself as Year-Round Destination for Cruise Holidays

  • 23-Mar-11 11:00
  • Grenada
  • Caribseek News

The record-breaking rise in travellers taking Grenada holidays on cruise liners this winter has led to tourism officials meeting with officials in the United States to help promote the Caribbean island as an all year round destination.

Grenada to Promote itself as Year-Round Destination for Cruise Holidays

The Caribbean island of Grenada is looking to promote itself as an all-year round cruise Caribbean holiday destination as it received a record-breaking number of tourists going on holidays in Grenada this winter.

Tourism officials are planning meetings with “decision-makers” in the United States to discuss the increase of cruise calls on the island during the summer months which will bring an increase of travellers to their Grenada holidays during this quieter time of year.

The Tourism Minister, Peter David, will attended the annual Sea Trade Summit in Miami last week, one of the world’s largest annual meeting for the cruise industry, to strengthen efforts to secure year-round employment for people working in the local tourism industry and for cruise line jobs for local Grenadians, as well as strengthen relationships to provide cruise holidays in the Caribbean.

“While we boast of satisfactory cruise arrivals during the winter season, it is essential that we embrace every opportunity to improve on the number of calls during the summer months,” he stressed. “That is the only way we can guarantee continued employment – by making Grenada a year-round destination for cruise ship calls."

The Port of St. George’s is the main port used for cruise ships and cargo vessels and the terminal has 1,600 feet of pier which can handle two large cruise ships and offers depots for buses and taxi, plus a jetty for water taxis.

Grenada hotels are likely to be full this April as the “Spice” island hosts the Oyster Regatta which will see a number boating enthusiasts from all over the world race their yachts and vessels around the coast of the island.

Glynis Roberts, Grenada Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, said: “The Oyster Regatta is a welcomed addition to our calendar of marine events, which already includes the Bill Fish Tournament and the Carriacou Regatta.”

The event will be taking place between 11th and 16th April, 2011 at Port Louis Marina and will provide entertainment for yachting enthusiasts from all over the world during their Grenada holidays.

Manager of Port Louis Marina ,Glynn Thomas added: “We are looking forward to welcoming the fleet to the island and to our marina.

“Grenada is a fantastic venue for this event, and those taking part are sure to enjoy some great sailing on the water and some uniquely Grenadian hospitality ashore.”

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