Barbados-born CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority updates on last quarter of 2008 tourist season ? Special travel rebate on until April 2009
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) Mrs. Garcia Thompson-Hendrickson said during the NTA?s report for October to December 2008, that heavy focus had been placed on maintaining Nevis? reputation as a top island to visit.
?Our main focus has been that of keeping the island positioned as one of the most desirable destinations for upscale travelers seeking the peace and tranquility of the Caribbean,? Thompson-Hendrickson said.
The native Barbadian highlighted in addition to the Authority?s current efforts of marketing Nevis, they had initiated a special incentive for visitors to the island.
?Effective December 29th 2008 to February 15th 2009, visitors staying at any hotel on the island for a minimum or four nights will receive a US$200 airfare credit.? This is for the travel period January 1st to April 10th 2009, and is not combinable with other offers,? Thompson-Hendrickson said.
She added the recently held Nevis International Culinary Heritage Exposition (NICHE) provided positive marketing of the island, and recorded the NTA?s gratitude to Nevis Television entertainment talk show hosts Chevaughn Claxton and Remigio ?Tebulous? Powell for their instrumentality in broadcasting the event.
?Miss Chevaughn Claxton, host, and Tebulous, co-host, of ?De Fever? did an extraordinary job of highlighting NICHE on their programme, which has created quite a buzz among the local populace,? Thompson-Hendrickson said.
She spoke at length about the advertising and marketing trips the NTA staff had benefited from during the year.? These included visits to the USA, which according to Thompson-Hendrickson provided good airlift to Nevis; Las Vegas, where marketing Nevis as a dive destination was the focus; and Caribbean islands where Nevis was promoted as a luxury and yachting destination.
In speaking about the NTA?s presence at the World Trade Market (WTM) Thompson-Hendrickson highlighted the benefits it created for the island.
?WTM presented a great opportunity to market Nevis as an ideal destination for UK/European travelers.?It was a successful event, with several days of appointments with Tour Operators, Press and potential Investors.
?As a result of our participation at WTM, a number of articles on Nevis should be featured in the New Year, in magazines such as The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel, Food and Travel, Caribbean World, Conde Nast Traveler and The Independent,? Thompson-Hendrickson said.
She also used the opportunity to express thanks to overseas consultant for her contribution to promoting the island.
?Special thanks are extended to our Public Relations Consultant, Mrs. Cheryl Andrews and her team for their hard work, dedication and success in the promotion of Nevis in the USA, as a major tourism destination,? Thompson-Hendrickson said.
Thanks for publishing this article and the links on your blog, Mr. Bourne. You do realize of course that you lay yourself open now to the charge of being just another unreasonable and paranoid “conspiracy theorist”.
However consider this. In an article on the faked Gulf of Tonkin incident, used by the US government as the excuse to get the US military fully engaged in the Vietnam conflict, columnist Sydney Schanberg is quoted as making the following pertinent observation, “We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.”
See: 30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War
See also this article by Chris Floyd: Security Blanket: Western Democracy and the Strategy of Tension
Here’s a snip:
“The idea that a democratic government would deliberately create fake “extremist groups” then send them out to foment violence and terrorism — in order to discredit legitimate opposition to elite rule and to “justify” authoritarian powers — has long been derided in “serious” circles as that worst of modern heresies: “conspiracy theory.” Anyone advancing such a preposterous notion is instantly relegated to the ranks of the “lunatic fringe,” and dismissed with varying degrees of contempt and condescension.
And the woeful fact that millions of the ruminants out there in the vast public herd swallow these wild tales and believe that their betters are up to no good is also widely deplored in the higher circles of public discourse. As any fully-accredited, perk-laden, sinecured think-tanker can tell you, democratic governments are led by men and women devoted to public service. Sure, there can be fierce disputes over policies and approaches and outcomes and ideologies and competence. Sure, some people may step over a line here and there in their pursuit of what they believe is the nation’s best interests. But just as western democracies do not torture, do not launch aggressive wars, do not spy upon their own people or imprison them by the millions, they most assuredly do not create and support extremist groups and instigate acts of terror and chaos to advance authoritarian agendas.
It is indeed unfortunate that the general public is prey to these disturbing theories, which breed such a widespread distrust of the noble intentions and essential (if occasionally misguided or incompetently executed) goodness of our leading men and women. However, there is a very reasonable explanation for the credence given to these fringe beliefs:
They happen to be true.”