Newly appointed tourism minister, Hon. Yolande Bain Horsford, has seized the opportunity to discover for herself what the critical components and best approaches are towards propelling the unique tourism values of the sister isles and that require almost immediate attention to drive these two islands to the front of the world’s most demanded tourist destinations.
The minister (who was greeted by an already working document from the Grenada Tourism Authority under the stewardship of Chief Executive Officer, Rudy Grant) visited the sister isles last Thursday and Friday where he she immediately went to work. With an already deep knowledge of the sister isles from previous portfolios, the minister visited a series of tourist sites across both islands.
Accompanied by Mrs Kirl Hoschtialek, Product Development Officer at GTA and Jerry McPhail with responsibility for Parks in the Ministry of Agriculture the team visited the oyster-bed marina, Belair Wind-Mill, Belair Heritage Village, Former Doctors and People’s Revolutionary Camp, Dingo Well in Tibeau, boat-building in Windward, Botanical Gardens, Dumfries Ruins then journeyed to Petite Martinique where the minister’s team toured several areas earmarked for tourism development.
The minister said that apart from the traditional areas they were scouting for some undiscovered sites, which could create an attraction for tourists.
“The name cradle of culture is a fitting concept for the sister isles,” she told Informer Inside Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Underscoring the richness of the road network, the minister said that this is extremely important as it creates easy access to and from any and every destination.
”The products and history are very unique,” she added.
However the minister expressed disappointment with the condition in which the heritage village is being kept. The property she pointed has way too much history and potential to be left in such an abandoned state. She was moved by the beautiful and ancient architecture of the Ningo Well, skilfulness of the shipwrights, richness and aesthetic nature of the oyster bed and charming natural ambience of the Botanical Gardens. The Gardens she pointed out, which is in need of upgrading, is well poised to be a major tourist attraction and host venue of several events.
Following her assessment, the female minister said that they would now work in collaboration with the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs to ensure that those sites and others are given a more appealing appearance to visitors and natives.
Part of the minister’s early assignment on arrival at Carriacou on Thursday involved a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs. On Petite Martinique the team visited several sites and held discussions with stakeholders. Mrs. Bain-Horsford also took the opportunity to declare the island’s lone primary school track and field games officially open at which educational items were distributed to the students. She promised a follow up visit in the near future.