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Pure Grenada’s sustainability efforts recognised

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Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean’s sustainable efforts were recognised as the destination walked away with three titles in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) Sustainable Tourism Awards.

The ceremony was held in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday evening.

The first award went to the Carriacou Maroon and Stringband Music Festival Committee for Culture and Heritage Protection. The committee ensures that the festival happens annually in the last weekend in April with a heavy focus on preserving the African heritage and traditions of Carriacou through an authentic display of maroon culture.

The festival offers visitors the chance to witness the traditional practice of a ‘maroon’ – a celebration offering thanks for the last harvest and asking for good fortune during the upcoming planting season. The stringband element of the festival is equally strong with the Celtic heritage of string instruments unique to Carriacou and Petite Martinique displayed at the popular ‘Strings in the City’ event which brings traditional musicians and dancers onto the streets of Hillsborough. The three-day festival is marked with traditional songs, dance, the eating of smoked food and cultural performances. The committee partners with community groups and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) to ensure that students and children in the various villages in Carriacou and Petite Martinique are involved in the festival to pass on the traditions to the next generation.

The second award of the night was in the Nature Conservation category going to the Kido Foundation based in Carriacou. The Kido Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 1995, involved in the protection of critically endangered nesting sea turtles (Hawksbills & Leatherbacks) and mangrove planting. The foundation is also involved in youth environmental education, conservation practices, and the training of turtle/nature local guides.

Activities include night patrols on foot, tagging of turtles, the disguising of turtle tracks and hatchling monitoring. The Kido Foundation also supported the startup of a group called Carriacou Creative Women who presently make a number of items for sale, including bags from recycled material.

Recently, the foundation has been working with the local government in Carriacou and the GTA to transform the hiking trail on Carriacou’s highest peak ‘High North’ into a tourism attraction. Thus far, the hiking trail has been cleared and footpaths and locally crafted signage installed. Guides are also being trained to provide tours to visitors and locals inclusive of bird watching.

The third award went to True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in the Sustainable Accommodation category. For years, True Blue Bay Resort has incorporated sustainable practices into its operations from the management of water use to the use of biodegradable products at its restaurants and bars. This was a conscious decision taken by its proprietors more than a decade ago. Earlier this year, the True Blue Bay Resort took its commitment to sustainability to another level with the launch of its advanced Climate Smart Cocoa Pod Rooms. The rooms and suites feature solar panels to generate electricity, craft furniture made with ethically sourced materials and energy-efficient appliances in addition to thorough insulation to keep the rooms cool with minimum energy consumption.

Hotel Manager, Mary Calliste, accepted the award on behalf of the True Blue Bay Resort while GTA Product Development and Research Manager, Kirl Hoschtialek, accepted the other two and said, “We are honoured to be awarded and it is even more special that two of these awards went to initiatives of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The people of the sister islands are passionate about the preservation of their natural environment and unique heritage.”

Speaking about the awards, Hon. Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen said, “As Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, I am extremely proud of the efforts of our stakeholders who are championing the cause for sustainable tourism. Because of their efforts, Grenada is on the map as a world-class sustainable destination.

The CTO Sustainable Tourism Awards was a major event of the 2019 CTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development. The awards recognise individuals, groups, organisations or companies in the Caribbean which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism core values.

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Tour guides complete phase one of Aquila International Certification training

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More than 30 tour guides in Grenada completed phase one of training facilitated by the Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence, the official training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Sponsored by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), the four-day training course was an opportunity for the tour guides to become master storytellers about the experiences in their country while becoming the first to have the opportunity to receive internationally recognised certification.

The course was facilitated by Claudine Pohl, Manager, International Business Development and Training at Aquila. Topics covered included, the art of storytelling, customer service excellence, daily preparation and problem-solving. The tour guides were very engaged and were happy to receive the opportunity ahead of the 2019/2020 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

Patricia Maher, Claudine Pohl, and Dean, School of Applied Arts & Technology, TAMCC, Marlene Finlay with 4 students awarded free Aquila online courses

Pohl indicated that the tour guides will now have to pass two assessments before they can receive their certification. One assessment is a multiple-choice exam in which they will need to secure a 70% pass rate or higher followed by a video component in which they will display their newly learned skills.

Apart from the participants thanking the GTA and Aquila Inc for the timely training, Co-ordinator of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Yvette Payne, said, “The programme was insightful and comprehensive. We will certainly incorporate aspects of this training into the taxi and tour guide certification programme we offer at the TAMCC.”

As part of the training, Pohl conducted two complimentary cruise tourism lectures with students of the Hospitality programme and newly implemented Tourism Studies programme at TAMCC. At the end of the lectures, Pohl presented five students with free online certification courses from Aquila.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA, Nikoyan Roberts, congratulated the participants saying, “This is your opportunity to become the first in Grenada to be internationally certified. We look forward to better reviews coming from our visitors after experiencing your quality service.”

Addressing the participants, GTA CEO Patricia Maher urged the tour guides present to form an association. She said, “Forming an association will be critical to your development and your ability to take advantage of opportunities for training and certification. Working together as a group will be more professional, and together we are stronger.”

The training took place at the National Stadium from 9-12 September.

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Tour guides complete phase one of Aquila International Certification training

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More than 30 tour guides in Grenada completed phase one of training facilitated by the Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence, the official training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Sponsored by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), the four-day training course was an opportunity for the tour guides to become master storytellers about the experiences in their country while becoming the first to have the opportunity to receive internationally recognised certification.

The course was facilitated by Claudine Pohl, Manager, International Business Development and Training at Aquila. Topics covered included, the art of storytelling, customer service excellence, daily preparation and problem-solving. The tour guides were very engaged and were happy to receive the opportunity ahead of the 2019/2020 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

Patricia Maher, Claudine Pohl, and Dean, School of Applied Arts & Technology, TAMCC, Marlene Finlay with 4 students awarded free Aquila online courses

Pohl indicated that the tour guides will now have to pass two assessments before they can receive their certification. One assessment is a multiple-choice exam in which they will need to secure a 70% pass rate or higher followed by a video component in which they will display their newly learned skills.

Apart from the participants thanking the GTA and Aquila Inc for the timely training, Co-ordinator of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Yvette Payne, said, “The programme was insightful and comprehensive. We will certainly incorporate aspects of this training into the taxi and tour guide certification programme we offer at the TAMCC.”

As part of the training, Pohl conducted two complimentary cruise tourism lectures with students of the Hospitality programme and newly implemented Tourism Studies programme at TAMCC. At the end of the lectures, Pohl presented five students with free online certification courses from Aquila.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA, Nikoyan Roberts, congratulated the participants saying, “This is your opportunity to become the first in Grenada to be internationally certified. We look forward to better reviews coming from our visitors after experiencing your quality service.”

Addressing the participants, GTA CEO Patricia Maher urged the tour guides present to form an association. She said, “Forming an association will be critical to your development and your ability to take advantage of opportunities for training and certification. Working together as a group will be more professional, and together we are stronger.”

The training took place at the National Stadium from 9-12 September.

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Vacancy: Marine Mechanic and Technician

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An opportunity is available for a
Marine Mechanic and Technician
to join a long-standing yacht charter and management company

The successful applicant must be educated to at least diploma level in a relevant background subject: mechanical/electrical, etc.

Please apply in writing with a full résumé to:
P O Box 1171, Grand Anse, St George’s

or email marinemechanicgrenada@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 18 October 2019

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