Tourism bodies launched

SVGThe St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) and the National Parks Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) are now official bodies. The two bodies were launched Thursday July 2, 2009 at the National Insurance Services (NIS).

Guest Speaker, Minister of Tourism Glen Beache, praised both for their hard work in the tourism industry. Beache said he was confident the "best statutory bodies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines" could face tourism challenges.

Commending the NPRBA, Beache stated that the group has done a lot in the short period they have been in operation. The NPRBA is responsible for the management of national recreational parks, rivers, beaches and streams in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. According to Beache, at the end of the year, the NPRBA will also have control over the Botanic Gardens, which is currently being managed by the Government.

Beache also spoke of the need for balance when managing tourism resources. "We will not allow Blocko's on the beach for four Sundays every month," he stated. While stressing that he will not ban the blocko's completely, Beache said that balance must be maintained to preserve the few beaches on St. Vincent.

Commending the SVGTA on their work, the Minister urged them to stay focussed and perform well. "We cannot look good on paper and don't perform outside. We must have focus and know the direction in which we are headed," he stated.

Beache also called for more collaboration between hoteliers and the government to produce the best possible tourism product in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.