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Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

SVG Air: daily flights between St.Lucia and St.Vincent

SVG AIR INTRODUCES DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN ST. LUCIA AND ST. VINCENT

 New York, NY, June 3, 2010 – SVG Air reaches new heights this summer with the launch of daily flights between St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD) on the main island of St. Vincent.  The service will operate a five-seat Aero Commander, a seven-seat Cessna 402C, a nine-seat Islander, and a 19-seat Twin Otter, departing every day (seven days a week) at 4:15PM, and arriving St. Vincent at 4:35PM.  The return flight departs St. Vincent at 10:30AM, arriving St. Lucia at 10:50AM.  Roundtrip fare is $310 per adult, and $260 per child (10 and younger), including taxes and fuel charges.  “We’re proud to pioneer a service that will increase the number of overseas arrivals to St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Paul Gravel, SVG Air’s Managing Director.  “With this quick hop over in place, we’re providing maximum convenience for travelers flying between St. Lucia and St. Vincent as well as for those continuing on from St. Vincent to the pristine Grenadines.”

About SVG Air

SVG Air is the second largest air carrier in the Eastern Caribbean.  Based in St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Grenada, and with hangar facilities in Kingstown, Bequia and Canouan, the company operates scheduled and chartered flights throughout the Caribbean.  Specific gateways are: Barbados, Nevis, Bequia, Canouan, St Vincent, St. Kitts, St. Marten, Union Island, Mustique, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Barts, Anguilla, Martinique, Guyana, and Jamaica.  For more information, please visit www.SVGAir.com.

About St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A collection of 32 unspoiled islands and cays in the secluded Eastern Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines boasts the best of what the authentic Caribbean is renowned for: pristine white and black sand beaches; tranquil waters for exceptional diving, sailing and snorkeling; a verdant topography for family-friendly soft adventure activities; private island retreats for destination weddings and honeymoons; historic sites that unveil a colorful culture; friendly people; and vibrant carnivals and regattas.   

The Grenadines stretch for 45 miles south from the main island of St. Vincent and include eight inhabited islands: Young Island, Bequia, Union, Mayreau, Mustique, Canouan, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent.  Tobago Cays is a horseshoe shaped reef that shields five deserted islets and is renowned as a sailing and snorkeling mecca.  For more information, please visit www.discoversvg.com.

St.Vincent and The Grenadines has Moms in Mind and heart. Spring 2010

Bequia Beach Hotel Offers Mother’s Day Packages

with Discounted Accommodations and Pampering Spa Treatments 

            NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2010 – Give your Mom more than a token of your love and appreciation this year – with the gift of a pampered escapade to the untrammeled reaches of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Bequia Beach Hotel on the quaint island of Bequia presents a four-night Mother & Daughter Luxury Spa Escape” for US$1,100, double occupancy, featuring 10 percent savings on regular daily rates.  Guests will also receive such complimentary additions as: room upgrade based on availability; a day sail to Tobago Cays aboard an authentic Caribbean schooner, Friendship Rose; a manicure and pedicure using tropical ingredients; one-hour deep tissue massage at a secluded spot on a pristine white sand beach; a bottle of wine upon arrival; and daily continental breakfast. 

Travelers seeking a longer getaway to explore beyond Bequia can extend their long weekend with an additional three nights at Bequia Beach Hotel, including taxi transfers to and from the ferry dock and ferry vouchers between Bequia and St. Vincent (one-hour trip one-way).  This seven-night package for US$1,700, double occupancy, allows guests to enjoy 20 percent savings on the usual daily rates.

Both “Mother’s Day” offers must be booked by April 25th and travel dates must include May 8th and 9th.

On an island of intimately scaled properties, Bequia Beach Hotel on Friendship Bay is the newest boutique hotel development.  The luxurious yet cozy property boasts 29 accommodations, comprised of 11 classic rooms, each with a private, covered terrace; 13 suites; and six villas, three with a private plunge pool.  Guests can select between the elegant Blue Tropic Café or the newly built waterfront restaurant for fresh local flavors.  For more information or bookings, visit www.bequiabeach.com or call 1-784-458-1600.

Just a one-hour ferry ride from St. Vincent, Bequia is a charming enclave that retains its age-old boat-building and fishing traditions.  The quaint island is dotted with colorful homes draped in bougainvillea and shaded by almond trees.  Travelers arriving by ferry can explore the small town of Port Elizabeth, with its boutique lodging and waterfront restaurants serving West Indian fare. Nearby are the island’s iconic, family-run model boat shops – Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop and Mauvin’s Model Boat Shop.  South of the bay, locals stage model boat races every Sunday, culminating in Friendship Bay.  Travelers can also visit the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and capture panoramic views of the town from the 18th century Fort Hamilton.St. Vincent is the gateway to St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 32 islands and cays.  The picturesque capital city of Kingstown wins the hearts of Moms and others alike with such attractions as the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere; St. George’s Anglican Cathedral built in the early 1800s; the vibrant Market Square, with its abundance of fresh produce, fruit and meats; and Fort Charlotte, some 600 ft. above Kingstown Bay.  Those with an outdoor or naturalist bent can challenge themselves with a climb to  the imposing La Soufrière volcano at 4,048 ft., or by hiking to the 40-ft.  Trinity Falls hidden in the lush rainforest – or by exploring along the Vermont Nature Trails for exciting birdwatching.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a string of 32 islands and cays in the southern Caribbean, located 1,500 miles southeast of Miami.  For more information on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, please visit www.discoversvg.com or call (212) 687-4981 from the U.S. and (416) 630-9292 from Canada.

Organization for Tropical Studies Newsletter. Feb 2010

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The OTS online auction will open at 8:00 EST, February 22, 2010!

We will continue to accept items until February 18, 2010. The auction will coincide with our Annual Meeting in Costa Rica.
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Whale WatchingBring nine of your closest friends for a 4 hour cruise along the South Pacific of Costa Rica observing whales and dolphins as they jump and play in their natural environment. Pacific Quest, a 110′ catamaran based in Dominical, allows you to sit back and relax on the open, upper observation deck with a tropical drink from the bar as the on-board naturalist answers your questions.

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Tropical Biology Applications Due March 1

Program in Costa Rica (BIO 134L), Summer
Summer 2010: June 14 – July 13


Biology 134L Field Tropical Biology
Tropical Biology Studentsoffers students the exciting
opportunity to study first-hand the evolutionary ecology of important plant and animal taxa in tropical ecosystems. Course design emphasizes intensive field work and visits all three OTS field stations as well as other sites. Students are thus introduced to a great diversity of tropical habitats, each possessing distinctive biotas that in turn demonstrate unique evolutionary histories and ecological dynamics. As part of the course, students work closely with resident professors in the design, implementation, and interpretation of their own independent research project in field ecology. Independent projects allow students to learn science by doing science in a beautiful and challenging tropical setting. Results are presented orally following the protocol of a scientific meeting. Students also submit a formal research report which becomes part of the permanent records of OTS field stations.

The course concludes with a short unit on conservation biology, including the application of island biogeography to reserve design and management, as well as the impact of deforestation and fragmentation.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive one course credit from Duke University.

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Graduate Course Deadlines

Tropical Butterfly Ecology May 14 – 28, 2010
Application Deadline: February 16, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
Butterfly
A two-week immersion course for graduate students engaged in or planning field research on tropical Lepidoptera. The course draws upon the coordinator’s expertise and 30+ years of work on butterfly ecology and evolution in Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, China, Borneo and Australia. Based at La Selva in Costa Rica, topics will include field methods, ecology and evolution of butterfly-ant symbioses, behavioral ecology, mimicry, ecological physiology, quantitative natural history and future directions in this field.

Coordinators:
Phil DeVries, University of New Orleans,
Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona,
Isidro Chacón, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica & INBIO

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Tropical Plant Systematics June 10 – July 13, 2010
Application Deadline: February 15, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
Tropical Plants
Offered in even-numbered years, this course emphasizes a strong conceptual foundation in phylogenetic systematics in an intensive field setting. The course travels to diverse habitats around Costa Rica, from cloud forest and paramo to tropical dry forest and Atlantic lowland rain forest. This course is next offered in 2010 followed by another edition in 2012 as it alternates with OTS-18, the Spanish language version of the
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Biodiversity of True Bugs (Heteroptera)August 8-22 2010
Application Deadline:March 10, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
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This two week course is oriented towards graduate students and post doctoral fellows interested in intense field training in the collection, identification and inquiry-based research on the Heteroptera or True Bugs, which are well represented in the highly diverse tropics. Field collection, lab identification, and hands-on research experience on Heteroptera will be complemented by a lecture series on their natural history and classification. This program will enhance participants’ abilities to work on the ecology and systematics of this megadiverse group that includes important disease vectors, crop pests, and natural enemies. The course will take place in wet forest habitat at the La Selva Biological Station, including if possible sections of the Barva transect, as well as in the dry forest habitat and wetlands surrounding the Palo Verde Biological Station.

Coordinators:
Dr. Christiane Weirauch, University of California, Riverside,
Dr. Randall t. Schuh, American Museum of Natural History, New York
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Expanding the Frontier in Tropical Ecology through Embedded Sensors August 16-31, 2010
Application deadline March 15, 2010

OTS PASIWith funding from the National Science Foundation, the Organization for Tropical Studies will conduct a conduct a Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) to introduce tropical ecologists from the Americas to recent developments in embedded sensor networks.

Embedded Sensor Networks offer a powerful combination of distributed sensing capacity and open possibilities for countless applications in ecological research. The frontiers of ecology expand as biologists think of new applications and engineers develop the necessary tools to increase our understanding of how ecological systems work.

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Carolina Murcia
Phil Rundel

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Attention Birders!

Upcoming BioCursos Trip: Panamá-Chiriquí Highlands and
Barro Colorado Island in the Panamá Canal

March 1 – 5, 2010

Panama

OTS is offering an exclusive tour for birding enthusiasts into Western Panama and the Smithsonian’s Barrio Colorado Island research station on the Panama Canal.  Organized through the OTS BioCursos program, which provide adult education packages in Costa Costa, this one-week trip starts shortly after the OTS annual meetings to be held this year in southern Costa Rica at Las Cruces and the Wilson Botanical Garden. 

Birding will be the theme of the day

Photo by Merris Mosdaleas the group travels across the border and down into Panama.   Bird enthusiasts, plant lovers, hummingbird and butterfly aficionados — whether you are a part of the OTS boards or part of the friends, alumni or research community — are welcome to join us. Everyone will be thrilled to discover the spectacular biodiversity of the region!  Please see our link for additional information.  Do know, we will be happy to work with you in making your travel arrangements to Costa Rica and Panama. 

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Contact Jonathan Giles at  919-684-6188  919-684-6188 or jgiles@duke.edu.

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Knee-deep in Research at Palo Verde


The Palo Verde Station is currently in its third year of a grant for International Research Experiences for Students, sponsored by NSF. Graduate students
in the early stages of their careers have been selected on a competitive basis from educational institutions throughout the United States. Once selected, they spend 10 weeks working with OTS scientists on research projects in tropical biology, such as wetlands restoration, flood control, water usage, and reducing negative agricultural impacts on the region.

Jennifer Bufford Jennifer Bufford (University of Hawai’i Mānoa, top), an IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) participant, and assistant Poling Chan (Knox College, bottom) are measuring the species richness of three different aquatic plant communities, which correspond to different management (fangueo) regimes in the Palo Verde marsh. Jennifer is also monitoring bird use of these habitats and will examine the seed bank and regeneration in the field. The IRES program provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to develop research at Palo Verde.  Poling Chan So far, 12 young researchers have participated in this program.

This IRES project allows OTS to offer an international, collaborative research opportunity to U.S. students at a point in their education when such international mentorship and professional relationships can have the greatest impact on the selection of research questions, research design, study systems, and study locations. The work with local farmers, technicians, and extension agents has a dramatic impact on the entire local community as well as on a wider audience.

For more information, please contact Mahmood Sasa, Palo Verde Station Director at mahmood.sasa@ots.ac.cr.

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“Lover’s Package” in St.Vincent and Grenadines for travel through March 31, 2010

DIVE LOVERS FALL DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH A PRIVATE ISLAND RESORTIN ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Young Island Resort’s Seven-Night “Lover’s Package”

Now Includes 10 Dives; Travel through March 31, 2010

 

NEW YORK, NY, January 27, 2010:  Young Island Resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines tempts curious couples to discover new depths together with a revamped seven-night “Lover’s Package.”  Rounding out the allure of ocean view accommodations, three meals per day, a foot massage per couple valued at US$70, the 35-acre private island resort adds in 10 dives with Dive St. Vincent, whose owner and PADI & NAUI certified instructor, Bill Tewes, is the very person who put St. Vincent on the “critter diving” map of the world, with rare finds like the island sea horse and algae crab.  The “Lover’s Package” with 10 dives is US$3,880 per couple, for travel through March 31, 2010.

Young Island Resort is located right off the southern coast of the main island of St. Vincent – an enjoyable three-minute water taxi ride away.  Pampering begins even before check-in, when guests are greeted on the dock with a glass of the resort’s signature rum punch.  When not lounging in their private, beachfront or hillside cottages with an ocean view, couples can enjoy downtime at the quaint swimming pool amidst lush grounds or on the pristine white sand beach. The floating “Coconut Bar,” in six feet of tranquil Caribbean Sea, is an idyllic spot to enjoy refreshing drinks. Watersports enthusiasts can snorkel in tranquil waters right off shore or embark on a sailing trip to neighboring Grenadine islands.  A perfect start to an evening is dinner under a thatched kiosk near the beach, where savory meals are accompanied by the resort’s signature six loaves of bread – white, coconut, banana, raisin, cinnamon, and whole wheat.  For more information or bookings, visit www.youngisland.com or call Ralph Locke Islands at 1 (800) 223-1108.Dive St. Vincent is the only dive shop in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that specializes in critters.  Joining Bill Tewes at the dive shop is another PADI instructor and two NAUI certified dive masters who offer full certification courses for ages eight and up, advanced open water excursions for diving connoisseurs, and the introductory “learn to scuba dive” lesson for novices.  For more information or bookings, visit www.DiveStVincent.com or call 1 (784) 457-4928.

Divers are advised to allocate 24 hours between diving and flying.  For this “dry day,” St. Vincent boasts myriad activities.  The culturally curious will enjoy visiting the oldest Botanical Gardens in the Western Hemisphere; admiring the blend of Moorish, Romanesque and Georgian architectural styles at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral; or joining local Vincentians at the Market Square, overflowing with fresh produce, fruit and meats.  Outdoor enthusiasts might quest for a rare glimpse of the Vincy parrot at Vermont Nature Trails; hike to the 40-foot Trinity Falls deep in the Vincentian jungle; or climb the imposing La Soufrière volcano.  The charming neighboring island of Bequia makes a perfect day trip.  Just a one-hour ferry ride from St. Vincent, this cultural enclave boasts three family-run model boat shops and the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where owner “Brother” Orton King nurtures endangered hawksbill turtles back to health.

Young Island Resort’s seven-night “Lover’s Packagewith 10 dives is US$3,880 per couple for travel through March 31, 2010 and includes: Accommodations at an ocean view cottage; three meals per day; a foot massage per couple valued at US$70; non-motorized watersports; day or night tennis; basic laundry; and tax and service charge; and 10 dives with Dive St. Vincent, including all diving equipment.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a string of 32 islands and cays in the southern Caribbean, located 1,500 miles southeast of Miami.  For more information on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, please visit www.discoversvg.com or call (212) 687-4981 from the U.S. and (416) 630-9292 from Canada.

Valentine’s Day packages to St.Vincent and Grenadines

                                                                            ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES WINS HEARTS WITH VALENTINE’S DAY PACKAGES

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Grenadine House and Bequia Beach Hotel Announce Limited-Time

Room Upgrades, Complimentary Meals & Couples Massage

            NEW YORK, NY, January 19, 2010 – Couples pierced by cupid’s arrow owe it to themselves to steal away to the virtually undiscovered islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines this Valentine’s Day.  Grenadine House – on the main island of St. Vincent – and its sister property Bequia Beach Hotel – on Bequia, the largest of the Grenadine Islands – have cooked up romance-themed weekend packages that
set the scene for canoodling.  Those looking to extend their getaway without stretching their wallets too thin can add more nights to these packages for savings of up to $120 per couple, per night.

Grenadine House’s two-night “Deluxe Romance” package welcomes guests with a complimentary bouquet of roses.  Couples can enjoy an upgrade to a Superior Garden or Bay View room with a private balcony or a terrace; daily continental breakfast overlooking the picturesque bay; and a romantic dinner for two at the historic Sapodilla Room, accompanied by a live Jazz performance.  “Deluxe Romance” is available for $349 per couple for travel from February 13 through February 15.  Each additional night is $140 per couple, per night – for up to seven days prior to or following Valentine’s Day weekend – while retaining the room upgrade.

Bequia Beach Hotel’s three-night “Valentine’s Day” package offers an upgrade to a Classic Sea View room; a rose petal turndown service on Valentine’s Day; two three-course dinners with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine; a rejuvenating couple’s massage at a secluded spot on the beach; airport and ferry transfers; and daily continental breakfast.  The “Valentine’s Day” package is available for $790 per couple for travel from February 12 through February 15.  Additional nights in the same room category can be booked for $180 per couple, per night.

Grenadine House was originally built in 1765 as the residence to the British Administrator of St. Vincent.  Fully renovated to meet today’s international standards while keeping its charming Victorian-style, the intimate boutique hotel features 20 guest rooms. Foodies can enjoy Creole and Western cuisines at the Sapodilla Room restaurant, with live Jazz on Friday nights.  For more information or bookings, visit www.grenadinehouse.com or call 1-784-458-1800.

St. Vincent is the gateway to the multi-island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The picturesque capital city of Kingstown boasts the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere; St. George’s Anglican Cathedral built in the early 1800s; the vibrant Market Square, abundant with fresh produce, fruit and meats; and Fort Charlotte, some 600 ft. above Kingstown Bay.  Ecotourists and adventure buffs alike can climb the imposing La Soufrière volcano at 4,048 ft.; explore the recently revamped Falls of Baleine on the northern tip of the island; or visit the Vermont Nature Trails for a chance to spot the indigenous St. Vincent parrot in its rainforest habitat.

On an island of intimately scaled properties, Bequia Beach Hotel on Friendship Bay offers 11 classic rooms, each with a private covered terrace; 13 suites; and six villas – three with private plunge pools.  Twenty-nine additional rooms are slated for completion later this year, along with an a la carte spa and gym.  Dining options include the elegant Blue Tropic Café and the recently opened, beachfront Bagatelle Beach Bar and Restaurant.  For more information or bookings, visit www.bequiabeach.com or call 1-784-458-1600.

Just a one-hour ferry ride from St. Vincent, Bequia is a charming enclave that retains its age-old boat building and fishing traditions.  The quaint island is dotted with colorful homes draped in bougainvillea and shaded by almond trees.  Travelers arriving by ferry can explore the small town of Port Elizabeth, with its boutique lodging and waterfront restaurants serving West Indian fare.  Nearby are the island’s iconic family-run model boat shops – Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop and Mauvin’s Model Boat Shop.  South of the bay, locals stage model boat races every Sunday, culminating in Friendship Bay.  Travelers can also visit the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and capture panoramic views of the town from the 18th century Fort Hamilton.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a string of 32 islands and cays in the southern Caribbean, located 1,500 miles southeast of Miami.  For more information on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, please visit www.discoversvg.com or call (212) 687-4981.

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Don’t slash budgets!…warns Caribbean Marketer

Source: Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC)


Contact: Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence  + 1 201 861-2056  + 1 201 861-2056 bevanspringer@nj.rr.com


DON’T SLASH BUDGETS, WARNS CARIBBEAN MARKETER



General Manager of Bay Gardens Hotel, Waltrude Patrick (second from right) welcomes the BBEC team to St. Lucia at last week’s Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx). From left: Jeremy Stephen, Dr. Basil Springer and Marita Greenidge.

Photo credit: Margot Jordan


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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (December 13, 2009) – Young Barbadian marketing consultant Marita Greenidge is warning companies not to slash their marketing budgets in today’s recessionary environment. She advises that such times are when businesses should become more strategic about how marketing dollars are spent.


The 26 year-old Greenidge, a founder of the Barbados-based marketing consulting firm Crimson-Jade Consulting, is part of the executive management team and marketing advisor to the Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) which manages the new Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund.


“Marketing gets customers in the door so slashing budgets randomly without careful thought and analysis is not prudent. You have to ensure that the money spent creates value for the enterprise – and that means re-evaluating marketing strategies to determine what gives the biggest bang for precious marketing bucks,” says Greenidge, who holds an MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester in New York.


Greenidge, who was in St. Lucia last week attending the 18th Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), lamented that too often companies fail to integrate their marketing strategies with company objectives, leading to a waste of resources.


“That’s why it often seems so easy to cut the money being spent on marketing,” she said, encouraging companies to spend more time instead developing marketing plans clearly targeted at company goals. “We need to understand who our customers are, what price and product benefits are most appealing to them and which marketing channels and distribution methods are most appropriate for each group. Doing this helps develop more targeted marketing strategies, trimming away the fat and creating a leaner marketing charge that can withstand the pressures of any economic downturn,” she said.


At the recent launch of the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund, Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson announced a government guarantee on any principal amount invested in the fund. BBEC is actively engaged in seeking private sector investment – local, regional and international – now that this government guarantee has been announced.


The Venture Capital Fund promises to quickly respond to the investment needs of entrepreneurs whose ideas have the “DNA of an elephant”. Almost 40 local businesses are expected to benefit from the fund over the next year.


For further information, visit www.bimventures.com

About Barbados Business Enterprise Corp.
Barbados Business Enterprise Corp. (BBEC) is a public/private sector partnership with the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (CBET) Inc. BBEC manages the Barbados Revolving Seed Capital Fund and the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund. BBEC is a virtual organisation that focuses on promoting economic development in Barbados. The trustees of BBEC are respected Barbadian business and development experts, Sir Neville Nicholls (Chairman), Sir Stephen Emtage, Peter Boos and Hazel Highland.

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010
November 16, 2009 — Wanderlusts who are yearning to get away during the upcoming
holidays should look no further and book a trip to one of the many sun or ski destinations
below to ring in the festive season. With special holiday deals and offerings from
Saint Lucia to Switzerland to Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City, travelers have enough
reasons to get away this winter and create lasting memories with family and loved
ones into the New Year.
Saint Lucia

* Cap Maison [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1JZRbWM0A9_UUp3WVem9LhK-oLBi0HtvuUrnTK1-wRx5T68E4izMcycckROEEpYahkQflzkHYIhYHdryJIcCadHK1e7raUTs_uWjyreqlWWQ==]
is offering festive Christmas and New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus at Cliff  [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0lOmSsMeKJq-6ktJFNy8ni7tl5Ylk4dLBdh7CxpWShMdNt8L-FlPMIMazxniDpQncf0Jg-pxVzPMAjjbET8BXL-qtnprf1DjHVmPgEaGIFwA==]Cliff
at Cap [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0lOmSsMeKJq-6ktJFNy8ni7tl5Ylk4dLBdh7CxpWShMdNt8L-FlPMIMazxniDpQncf0Jg-pxVzPMAjjbET8BXL-qtnprf1DjHVmPgEaGIFwA==]at
Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant featuring breathtaking panoramic views of
 the Caribbean Sea. Both available at $135, the Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus
feature an elegant 8-course French West-Indian meal with classic staple dishes including
braised short rib of beef and slow-roasted turkey with herb and onion stuffing,
while giving a St. Lucian twist with its rich pudding dessert topped with island
 rum anglaise. Holiday rates (from December 20, 2009 to January 2, 2010) start at
$565 in a Gardenview Room. Rates are based on double occupancy, per room per night
and include full breakfast. www.capmaison.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1JZRbWM0A9_UUp3WVem9LhK-oLBi0HtvuUrnTK1-wRx5T68E4izMcycckROEEpYahkQflzkHYIhYHdryJIcCadHK1e7raUTs_uWjyreqlWWQ==]

* East Winds Inn [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2RAEyqZ3aYlTd2KpodQ989DGpERxrtxYF02_FdAg9xap0os3DfunV7gAci6eW-Nh7RMlx4zM516d_J5clRByXfK2CNfqkw3NqeAmeytCI4-g==]
is offering guests who stay a minimum of seven nights, a free stay on EW Deluxe
[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1w1dps0o-zPbK8W17Zn3NHEUwbA5TzvrZh2b5YtRYMe9wNdh8iqmtZn5QkMNJbJJk_QW42cLV8_gPy4-Xii549swXyAQ7wBvGOSRLNWS2vyg==]Christmas
Day on an all-inclusive basis (7 nights for the price of 6). This is valid for all
new bookings and for arrivals at the hotel between December 19 and 24, 2009. Nestled
between Castries and Rodney Bay on the northwest side of Saint Lucia, East Winds
 is an all-inclusive resort located on the waterfront of LaBrelotte Bay, one of
the most pristine, golden sand beaches on the island. The resort recently debuted
a new Open-Air 3,000 square foot Yoga and Fitness Pavilion this winter. All-inclusive
rates are based per room, per night and start at $950 in a Superior Double (from
 December 21, 2009 to January 3, 2010), and include all meals, wine, bottomless
flutes of champagne and beach activities. www.eastwinds.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2RAEyqZ3aYlTd2KpodQ989DGpERxrtxYF02_FdAg9xap0os3DfunV7gAci6eW-Nh7RMlx4zM516d_J5clRByXfK2CNfqkw3NqeAmeytCI4-g==]

* Ladera  [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3gyvq8rvnlI1xZAH3Pu_kqQo-L-emuNnUgYIX-IzveZPCXiiur2MciMqtePZjPifRY8QSxSpaGIixAhMFFIi_PqmjfjZW6HqU=]is
offering a Christmas and New Year’s Eve Program this year, Dasheene [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3JTbc-lw1a99bZq0vKQ9brV7bWR9XTJ4fDKpUnvP0doaJTr8twEdtZINQK3FMPOarlTLCHAgoDBL1jm0pyVigeHg-nHXlmHgDfA9v3Jg4USA==]complete
with a classic Christmas Dinner at the acclaimed Dasheene Restaurant, evening entertainment
performances including local carolers and live bands, the option to attend Christmas
Day Mass at Fond St. Jacques Catholic Church, a cocktail reception with General
Manager Waddy Francis, and festive libations and meals at one of the Caribbean’s
 best restaurants. There’s also a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner available at $135 per
person where revelers can enjoy a live band, dancers, party favors and celebratory
midnight countdown to ring in the New Year. Reservations are required in advance
 for the New Years Eve Gala. Dress code is smart casual. Holiday winter rates begin
at $680 in a Petit Piton Suite with a plunge pool (from December 21, 2009 to January
4, 2010). Rates include breakfast, afternoon tea, and full use of resort facilities
including warm volcanic mineral water bath, gym, beach shuttles, snorkeling equipment
and WiFi access throughout the resort. www.ladera.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3gyvq8rvnlI1xZAH3Pu_kqQo-L-emuNnUgYIX-IzveZPCXiiur2MciMqtePZjPifRY8QSxSpaGIixAhMFFIi_PqmjfjZW6HqU=]
Virgin Gorda

* Aquamare  [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn25LZ_FI-hts2w3gj682yfPbSeC3VJ9WTv-0HypvgddrXJekAVNEyHuC-SDxawsl82Y0i7K8vjhKalb-Z1UPvswxxx8vzdUJ8dp8BLdXcwzPw==]offers
the setting for the perfect family beach holiday vacation. Now is the AQ Living
Rm [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3N-Mf8NHB01ltFoKW_crLwusPezKx5-LBY_l747OKI2ONFH5NkolC-hz7K5uijAjZlaArvud2gkYUJMTDGhuvrUgWJ7VXtgGSfv7Te_7SVmg==]time
to think about the holidays in 2010, since the 2009 holiday season is already booked
due to high demand. From the clear, calm, shallow waters that are made for young
 swimmers to its safe and sandy beach just steps that’s perfect for sand castles,
the three villas that overlook the Sir Francis Drake Channel offer comfort, adventure
and luxury. With 8,000 square feet of private living space, five guest rooms, including
three Master Suites each with its own expansive marble bath area, the villas are
 purposely built for large, multi-generational gatherings and comfortably sleep
up to 12 guests. www.villaaquamare.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn25LZ_FI-hts2w3gj682yfPbSeC3VJ9WTv-0HypvgddrXJekAVNEyHuC-SDxawsl82Y0i7K8vjhKalb-Z1UPvswxxx8vzdUJ8dp8BLdXcwzPw==]
Switzerland

* Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn246HoDWo0cmvteh9AR13vZQNUXysUOtpM2WYz-tNRL-6tLhvrT1br_uF9Kdt8BgaZETaG0-nhXhIsUEnvLyk1C8L_ZnVSqklYKvUXPzxZpuw3-543rNKuHpqNcqAIurq0=],
located on the shore of Lac Léman (Lake Montreux Xmas [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn33zC7D-a40lkIGHq_bK8tiD3UeaV_ypCuk89ro3EHcOEfQkbpsu5EUH6E3-qfZ11lLDQzuTaFGO3sWHU9Z8T-icS_v407TIgUN_yb-d-wfJA==]Geneva)
in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, will feature their annual Christmas
Markets in Montreux and Lausanne from November 25 to December 24, 2009. Both cities
will be transformed into an enchanting holiday fair with over 100 richly decorated
stands resembling small chalets. In addition to the wide selection of holiday crafts
and gifts, the Markets feature classic Swiss cuisine, including roasted chestnuts
and light white wines from the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site. www.montreux-vevey.com
[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0ShU6zTgSktDFHPD9GYulCNJIztPMm78GWQns9YZ9r4-3SJNhrPRqfrvhd-kB8ILx4eB_ZCrPmBBV0TGhrmwLVtALZwz7XcSJhjQ1iOM6SAg==]
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

* Hotel Terra [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0zxPnh0Q8A7UZOdWH41pffvAL56xFZSkRPasNPfUsHjzfQatGz8JeBxnoEJ0bhvlALcnhyQz_TWRu16BrW1TG5XxD2ABaOgqmUG6XlcqsQozSTtwTZQvHn],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond LEED Certified hotel, is offering a Ski & Stay Free
Special [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3tZs5UT_ahBXnKeibD1wvCHIoXIe5Q0gGtvKm_6mRZtiAGvs2Sfcx0MoKri9rQgONUdKuZoeYIJMMz0RoVRO0xT5E3L–TBGPFzFutLZdL55GEppOC3_34xd2PS3o4FynIp0F3jnilwpnP0f3VY7uku8FqPJRcZghX2_MYtCJG3g==]
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Hotel Terra. There is a four night minimum
stay. Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Hotel Terra opened in February
2008, landing a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel + Leisure’s
“It List” shortly thereafter. The hotel was also named one of the Top Ten Eco-Hotels
by TripAdvisor’s customer reviews. Located slope side to the Jackson Hole Mountain
Resort, just a mile from Grand Teton National Park and just an hour from Yellowstone,
Hotel Terra is ideally situated to bring something new to the luxury mountain lodge
category. Holiday winter rates start at $289 at double occupancy, depending on dates.
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* Teton Mountain Lodge [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38kCwrk4Ylgh9rek-9u3P-J3Rbk3sz5FqVRQF7mEE5hHGR8x-f96r7M2gejl8cGuzymlpo9t7TKOV3gOT8tzkBOSMrW3DLlQ-Wkmy37yJk4w==],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond hotel located at the TML Winter [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3AJ00exxHuUrvMHsWlOfWpKyYMy9NoTCaxailyxwVrIH7CW7s8qINjCCfrGDCSureZp03t1xDQxWMV1whep7uZWvo11n8PoYPni198m2bPgA==]entrance
to Grand Teton National Park, is offering a Ski & Stay Free Special [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0GHheECJveUJ09NeIPNkMNFexuMkl_u2v4gykqY5NSNhiZLZfJNLvtK-GwK4mFWndlp3uTO6Ean6l07Nl719xw1I5kZKv6lw5YPnPtfvIoqUhIkBh6WKThyBGxwwcJIUfO4i1ZI2TKyp54EfB_5Wz-]
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Teton Mountain Lodge. Couples or families
can capture the true spirit of the festive holidays with the luxury lodge, located
only steps from legendary Jackson Hole skiing. There is a four night minimum stay.
Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Holiday winter rates start at $289
 at double occupancy, depending on dates. www.tetonlodge.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38kCwrk4Ylgh9rek-9u3P-J3Rbk3sz5FqVRQF7mEE5hHGR8x-f96r7M2gejl8cGuzymlpo9t7TKOV3gOT8tzkBOSMrW3DLlQ-Wkmy37yJk4w==]
Salt Lake City

* Salt Lake City [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1G_i16EGoOW8aFInC1h6mpqzGHWzgyo9KsePmLJi_0wC3pm5Xl4EaM-vcNEUxbrG4eE58wyGOEDOOS69qbA7OZRFbVdbr3Z5yHJ5P77gNpyQ==]will
host the 16th Annual New Year’s EVE [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2LvNsOhvJmhnZFQJ7G87hS8f8TUVEhQJlc0rqcoCq7eRZQSXLaROqXakgCVKdy6Lb0VbMWmKZ3h0W47gFJw6-2rz1tgQYeDNbNzckg2IP_-Q==]celebration
from December Ice skating [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38X7uUTCjCYNhPxhTM1SKh4py6KZsHdtHnuDoysPvNexi6Rh8fRh_scu5XnT73zSUHhJxT7S6uBGroepqankYP4a5TM4qE2WN06B_XRzP5p4ivZgZegU68]29
to 31, 2009. Presented by the Downtown Alliance
and hosted in venues throughout downtown Salt
Lake City, tens of thousands of visitors and locals
will gather for EVE, an indoor/outdoor urban extravaganza, complete with live
entertainment and performing arts, winter sports, activities for kids and
families and a festive midnight fireworks show. Over half of Utah’s out-of-state
 visitors opt for staying in Salt Lake, and with good reason. Located just 30 minutes
from SLC International Airport with over 750 daily flights from most major domestic
gateways, the downtown area provides guests with the best of all worlds. Using Salt
Lake as their “base camp,” visitors are less than an hour drive from 11 of Utah’s
14 world-class ski resorts. www.eveslc.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2LvNsOhvJmhnZFQJ7G87hS8f8TUVEhQJlc0rqcoCq7eRZQSXLaROqXakgCVKdy6Lb0VbMWmKZ3h0W47gFJw6-2rz1tgQYeDNbNzckg2IP_-Q==]