Grenadian hotels rising
November 11, 2005

Grenadian hotels rising

By mid December 90 per cent of the hotel rooms on Grenada will be available for business.

And as a result, the Spice Isle has launched an aggressive marketing campaign dubbed “Grenada’s Back in Action”.

The Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT) wants the world to know the services to be offered will be the best in the Caribbean.{{more}}

Reflecting on the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan that struck the island in September 2004 causing damage amounting to EC$2.2 billion, Brenda Hood, Minister of Tourism explained that the country was a disaster. She said since then there have been many gains in the recovery effort and for this she used the opportunity to praise the spirit of the Grenadian people and the support from the rest of the world, especially the Caribbean people.

Today, 75 per cent of the hotel rooms are operational and in an effort to ensure a top quality service the Ministry of Tourism is ensuring that several stakeholders in the tourism sector are undergoing training.

“We are training everyone because they all have an important role to play. The services we offer will be the best in the Caribbean,” said Hood.

The road to recovery has been steady and remarkable said Naline Joseph, the GTB Head of Marketing.

Joseph disclosed that amidst the many challenges, Grenada has been open for business since November 2004. And, as a result of its resilience “The Spice Isle” lives one year later.

The Marketing Manager explained that with the huge challenges facing the agricultural sector during this period, tourism is being recognised as the leading sector which will be moving the country ahead.

Journalists from around the Caribbean got an opportunity on invitation of the Grenada Board of Tourism to view the recovery effort.

The journalists were told that two aspects of the Grenadian people that remained intact after Hurricane Ivan and Tropical Storm Emily were “the soul of the people and resilience”.