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savoring ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES caribbean C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Buccament Bay Resort on St. Vincent hugs a sparkling white sand beach overlooked by lush green mountains. T rick shively onsite review april 2011 Think about it, there’s something seriously saintly about the Caribbean—you’ve got St. Barts, St. Croix, St. John, Saint Lucia, St. Martin and St. Thomas. But for a chart-topping celestial experience, go with the destination whose name sounds like the title of a canonized rock band—St. Vincent & the Grenadines, a top hits collection of 32 island paradises, all promising an upbeat heavenly vacation experience. There is one sour note, though, because, like its heavenly namesake would attest, getting to sainthood is not easy and for today anyway, getting to St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean isn’t much easier, particularly without the benefit of direct flights into this island paradise. According to Celia Ross Latham, the sales director at the St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ New York tourism office, it’s that very problem that’s limited tourism to the island. “This is one of the reasons,” she says, “we’re called an offline destination because, at the moment, we don’t have an international airport. It makes us a little more difficult to get to and a bit more costly.” Still, all that should change with the addition of a new international airport that’s currently under construction on St. Vincent and if it’s completed on schedule, they’ll be welcoming direct flights from North America and Europe by 2012. While Ross Latham does admit that limited marketing funds have prevented St. Vincent & the Grenadines from getting out into the marketplace as much as some of their competing Caribbean destinations, things are changing now that the airport has become a reality. “I’ve been doing some seminars with the agents sensitizing them to the fact that the airport is under construction,” she explains, “because we simply can’t wait until the airport is ready to let the agents know we’re going to be open to more international travel.” continued on page 78 76 october 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend October 2011

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Coworth Park, London
Tour Talk: Cox & Kings
Paws Up Ups "Glamping" to New Heights
"Alpine" Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Vail
Hotel Beaux Arts Miami
Out & About in New York City
Adventures on Hayman Island
It's the Good Life at The Leela Kovalam Beach
Peninsula Shanghai & Hong Kong
Silversea's Silver Spirit
Thailand Travel Planner
Luxury in the Wilderness, by Best of Patagonia
Savoring St. Vincent & the Grenadines
CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Luxurious Egypt
A Good Turn for Bern, Switzerland
Mexico's Luxury Trail

Recommend October 2011