News
February 12, 2010
Don’t play politics!

Minister of Tourism Glen Beache has issued to a stern warning to community groups managing a number of the newly developed Tourism Sites: “I do not want politics to be played with these sites!”{{more}}

The minister, addressing a press conference last week, said that he had received reports that there were a number of groups that were playing politics with the sites and it will not be tolerated.

“I am putting it out there now that I am not going to stand for it, and if you play politics with these sites, I will remove every single person from that community group.”

“These sites are too important to the development of tourism of this country for anybody to play politics with.”

“The cruise lines make most of their money from the tours, so you can imagine how important these sites will be to them coming here and for us to attract them to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

According to Beache, he has confidence that the management of these sites will be done properly, despite comments from one particular group whose name he did not divulge that it was the European Union’s money that was used to develop the site.

“European Union’s money is finished. This is now the money of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and I am not going to tolerate it at all.”

“I’ve always stated that I believe one of the most important aspects of this project is the community involvement and the fact that the community groups feel part of the tourism product.”

“This is for the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”