As part of activities to celebrate Tourism Awareness Month 2017, the Ministry of Tourism staged a Craft and Souvenir Exhibition on Thursday, 16th and Friday 17th November, at the Cruise Ship Terminal in Kingstown.
This was held as Cruise Lines Azura and Britannia were anchored in Port Kingstown on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Tourism Education Officer, Ms. Jewelene Charles-Scott said the exhibition, which targeted the tourist, was held to give the Artisans an opportunity to sell and showcase the products and services that are offered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Tourism Education Officer noted that the artisans received training prior to the exhibition to empower them with the knowledge necessary to not only sell their products but to sell destination Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. “This is our destination, all of us are tourism ambassadors, (and) we must do our part in selling our destination,” she said.
According to Charles-Scott, some 17 exhibitors showcased their products over the two days. Among them were Alpha’s designs, with its jewelry collection; Immense Bags; Barrouallie Craft Center, with its craft collection; Sissi’s, with plantain chips and delicacies; Nature’s Path Healing Health, offering body massages; Veronica’s creation, with its various bags; Jazzy All Natural, with its soaps, repellants and beauty products; SVG Craft; and the Kalinago Tribe, with bow and arrow, repellants and essential oils.
The Annual Tourism Month is being celebrated from 1st to 31st November, to encourage Vincentians to appreciate the importance of the industry to the sustainable development of the country and to familiarise themselves with the local tourism product and the diversity of the 32 islands.
Tourism Month is being observed under the slogan “Tourism is everyone’s business, live it, love it, embrace it”.