It was a positive start to the tourist season at the end of the last calendar year and with two more ships expected to berth at Port Hillsborough before the end of the month, it could turn out to be one of the busiest tourist seasons by way of visitors’ arrival to our shores in recent years.
On Sunday December 21st the MV Serenissima with about 80 passengers and about 50 crew members were given the perfect Carriacou and Petite Martinique welcome as they embarked on the jetty and on to Main Street Hillsborough. They were greeted by live string band music, followed by a dynamic display of drumming and dancing by the Carriacou Carib Organization under the Direction of its founder, Christine David. While enjoying the rhythm of the drums and graceful moves of the dancers the visitors also took the opportunity to patronise the local craft vendors who were professionally set up with a variety of attractive, locally hand made products.
Present at the exercise were Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon Elvin Nimrod and Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Rudy Grant.
Grant said that the activity truly represented the interest and emphasis the authority has been placing on the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Underscoring the several unique features of the islands, which speak to the natural hub for visitors, he said that once the islands continue to enjoy the natural exposure, it would result in more holiday seekers exploring the natural beauty, which lies here. He spoke of the fantastic marine life, which lies within the reefs and the seabed of the waters surrounding the sister isles. Looking ahead he said that the GTA has major plans for the further enhancement of the sister isles’ tourism product, which he said will commence with the arrival of two more tourist ships later this month. The MV Sea Dream he said will be landing 110 passengers on our shores on Sunday January 25th and four days later, January 29th the MV Saga Pearl (yacht-like ship) will be bringing 460 passengers.
Grant has been applauded by local residents for seeking new and innovative ways at marketing the sister isles to the world. He has ensured that journalists and travel writers who visit the mainland are being provided with the opportunity to avail themselves of the uniquely appealing tourist features, which form the natural way of life of the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.