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Belmont Estate Receives Community Benefit Award from CTO TravelMole

Goat Dairy Project GrenadaCaribbean Horizons wishes to congratulate Belmont Estate to this well-deserved award!


September 19th, 2014

Belmont Estate received this year’s Community Benefit Award in recognition of being a Unique Agro-Heritage Attraction at the State of the Industry Conference from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and TravelMole, held on Thursday 18th September 2014, in the US Virgin Islands.

This award is presented to a “tourism enterprise or community that has direct social and economic benefits to local people, positively contributes to maintaining heritage and authenticity, encourages strategic partnerships and opportunities for local community input and educates locals and visitors on sustainable tourism efforts” according to the CTO.

The main objective of the CTO/TravelMole Sustainable Award is to highlight sustainable good practices while recognizing initiatives that both embrace and enhance the Caribbean’s tourism environment and product.

Goat Dairy Project GrenadaMs. Paula Lewis, Marketing, Promotions and Customer Services Manager received the award on behalf of Belmont Estate. In an interview with CTO she expressed how very pleased she was that Belmont Estate was recognized for its sustainable efforts and practices in tourism and agriculture, and especially for its work community. She expressed gratitude to their employees and partners, without whom this award would not have been possible. Ms. Lewis sees the award as motivation for the company to continue its work of ensuring that its development is done in a sustainable manner that would bring benefits also to its employees, partners, guests, and communities.

Managing Director of Belmont Estate, Shadel Nyack Compton, has described receiving the award as humbling, and yet she is ecstatic that Grenada was represented in the CTO winners for 2014. She heartily congratulates all awardees and special mentions of this year’s awards and emphasized continued commitment to working with Belmont Estate’s strategic partners; to improving the lives of the people of the various communities; providing better opportunities for the Estate’s employees and to continue creating outstanding experiences, products and services for all visitors and guests.

She added that the award is also a win for Grenada, as the island has made significant strides in repositioning the island’s brand identity as ‘Pure Grenada’, enabling more dynamic marketing opportunities while staying in touch with today’s tourism and hospitality environment.

Ms. Nyack Compton wants to encourage Grenada’s tourism businesses to remain committed as the driving force of the island’s tourism destination, striving for excellence and continued innovation.

Belmont Estate was one of six awardees, representing diverse Caribbean initiatives. They included St. Kitts and Nevis’s Tourism Ministry for Destination Stewardship; Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort for Sustainable Accommodation; the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society for Heritage Preservation; the British Virgin Islands’ Guana Island Hotel for Biodiversity Conservation and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.

Something for Everyone!

Grenada is getting ready for three great events in January!

Budget Marine Spice Island Bill Fish Tournament – 22 January – 26 January

Bill Fish Tournament

Bill Fish Tournament

The first event is the 44th Annual Budget Marine Spice Island Bill Fish Tournament, 22 January – 26 January. This prestigious event was first held in 1964 and has been running annually since then. Boats from other islands such as Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia and Martinique join with anglers from all over the world to experience the great fishing grounds in Grenada. The event is held at the Grenada Yacht Club, Lagoon Road, St. George’s with its great dock facilities, where docking is free and water, electricity and fuel are available to all the yachts. Blue and White Marlin, Spearfish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin are captured but released to be in line with modern conservation practices. For released billfish points are given by species instead of weight, a camera will confirm the capture. Three days of fishing and a lay day promise great fun and competition.

 Grenada Sailing Week – 31 January – 5 February

The second event is the Grenada Sailing Week, 31 January – 5 February. For the past 20 years this regatta has been run by the Grenada Sailing Festival and the dates are marked in many regatta and race calendars. The event attracts yachts from all over the world, the races are competitive and challenging.

If you do not have your own boat, take the opportunity and book your space with one of the various charter companies that offer spaces on their boats. Port Louis Marina on Lagoon Road, St.George’s is the base of the regatta and offers all the facilities that make racing even more fun. Four days racing, one lay day in between and six nights of parties make this a great event!

 United Insurance Work Boat Regatta – 2nd & 3rd February

Work Boat Regatta Grenada

Work Boat Regatta

The third event in this series of three is the United Insurance Work Boat Regatta, 1st – 3rd February. The 20th Work Boat Regatta will be staged on the famous Grand Anse Beach with two days of spectacular racing in wooden, bamboo rigged boats. The fishing communities of Grand Mal, Gouyave, Sauteurs, Woburn and the sister islands Carriacou and Petit Martinique will compete against each other and guarantee exciting races. This event is very traditional with its colorful boats with unique names, ‘Full Force’, ‘Unity’, ‘Young Stunners’ to just name a few. The atmosphere is carnival-like with a lot of food, fun, music and great racing. This is a ‘must see’ event!

A son of the soil’s service to Country and Tourism recognised

Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary at Spice Island Beach Resort on Saturday 15th December 2012 and honored distinguished son of the soil Sir John Augustus Watts KCMG for his years of service to his country and in particular to Grenada’s Tourism.

Present at the ceremony were the Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean and Lady Glean, Prime Minister Hon. Tilman Thomas, leader of the Opposition, Dr Keith Mitchell, Minister of Tourism Dr George Vincent and the President of GHTA Mr Ian DaBreo as well as past presidents, board members and members of the association and the Press.

The evenings host, owner of Spice Island Beach Resort, Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG gave a synopsis of Sir John’s years of service to Grenada, recognising him as being the driving force in persuading the hoteliers in 1962 to form the Hotel Association and then of Sir John himself becoming President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization that same year. Dr Watts as he was then known, was a Charter Member and the driving force behind the formation of the Rotary Club of Grenada, holding the post of District Governor for the Caribbean and parts of South America for two years. Sir Royston gave an example of Sir John’s unstinting commitment , stating how Sir John gave up his dental practice in Grenada for two years and moved to Trinidad where the airlift was available to fulfill his duties as district Governor which involved traveling throughout the region and internationally. He stated that when you talked Tourism, John Watts and Gert Protain were the Grenadians you thought of.

Earlier in his career, Sir John with his friend Herbert Blaize started the Grenada National Party (GNP). Dr Keith Mitchell in his congratulatory speech made mention of his bid for leadership of the party in 1989 when he ran against Herbert Blaize, noting that Sir John, unlike many of his peers, was the one person who stated, “Let Democracy prevail” when he wrested leadership from Mr Blaize, which led to the formation of the New National Party.


Prime Minister Tillman Thomas handing over the congratulatory plaque to Sir John

Past President of GHTA and CTO, Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, GHTA President Mr Ian DaBreo, Dr Keith Mitchell leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean KCMG, Sir John Watts KCMG, Tourism Minister Dr Geroge Vincent, Prime Minister Mr Tillman Thomas, Past President of GHTA Mr Leo Garbutt.

Past President of GHTA and CTO, Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, GHTA President Mr Ian DaBreo, Dr Keith Mitchell leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean KCMG, Sir John Watts KCMG, Tourism Minister Dr Geroge Vincent, Prime Minister Mr Tillman Thomas, Past President of GHTA Mr Leo Garbutt.



Individual Holidays

On Monday 26th November, Smithy’s Garden welcomes Individual Holidays 2012 Garden group accompanied by Grenada’s Chelsea designer Suzanne Gaywood to an early morning garden tour with the added attraction of the group sharing a Grenadian breakfast with Trinidadian judges and VP Elen Radix from the Horticultural Society of Grenada’s Flower and Garden Show. Early morning bird calls will add to the rich experience of tastes, sounds, smell and colours!
Right now the group is setting out to visit Hyde Park Garden and enjoy some sunset drinks with the owners. Afterwards the group will head up to Gouyave for the famous Fish Friday!

Individual Holidays

Individual Holidays 2012

Individual Holidays 2012

Individual Holidays 2012

Spicy Grenada’s Culinary Dinner

Gala Evening

Support Team Grenada

Purchase your EC$100 Dinner tickets for the unique Spicy Grenada’s Culinary Dinner Competition which Grenada Hotel and Tourism member hotels will be hosting as part of the Grenada Nutmeg Festival. Two teams of chefs will be preparing mouth-watering three course dinner menus using all of Grenada’s Spices. It will be an evening of fun, where you get to taste and enjoy the first ever Grenada Nutmeg Festival cocktails followed by a three course dinner, all created specifically for this occasion by the islands top Chefs who will be vying for the prize of satisfying your taste buds! Call Caribbean Horizons to secure your dinner tickets! All proceeds from this event go towards Team Grenada participating in the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism’s Culinary competition. Support a worthy cause while you share a spicy evening with friends.


3rd Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival Grenada

Rum & Beer Festival

Rum & Beer Festival Grenada

The Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is an annual celebration of rum and beer products from the Caribbean & beyond. For the first time ever the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival will be held in Grenada 2-3 November 2012. The event will showcase a selection of premium quality rum and beers from across the Caribbean region and beyond.

  • Tasting sessions
  • live steel pan music
  • guest artiste ‘Sonika’ – a great grenadian R&B musician
  • Grenadian and Creole Food
  • Rum Cocktails
  • and much more!

Call us at 444-1550 if you would like to be part of this great this event!


Hashing in Grenada

The Grenada Hash House Harriers will have their 750th Hash this coming Saturday. The first hash took place over 27 years ago with about 12 people participating. Now sometimes  more than 200 people join. There are many different trials set to accommodate everybody, hashing is for everybody, kids and adults, good runners and walkers. If you want to read more about the Hash House Harriers you can go to their website:

Call us at 444-1550 if you are interested in joining this great event.

Two Great Festivals Approaching!

Don’t miss the launching of two new festivals in Grenada!

Grenada Nutmeg Festival – October 26 – November 4th 2012

Grenada is amongst the world producers of nutmeg. This year Grenada will celebrate and honor the nutmeg with a great festival.
The festival comprises of five components:
– Community Festivals
– Nutmeg and Spices Exposition
– Culinary Competition and Cook-Off
– Farmers’ Competition and Workshop
– School Competitions.

Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival Grenada – 2 – 3 November 2012

– Guided tasting sessions with Industry Experts
– Seminars from rum & beer Master Blenders & Brewmasters
– An ‘all female’ blind tasting contest for flavoured rums
– The Beer Pong Challenge
– Rum Cocktail Wars
– Organic chocolate pairings with rum & beer
– A Grenadian and Creole food court
– Live Caribbean Music (Steel pan, Calypso and Reggae)
– An exclusive craft and gift market
Contact Caribbean Horizons if you would like to participate in any or all of the schedule events! We can put together a special package to meet your individual needs and requirements, ask for our special group offers.
Call 444-1555 or email
Click here to download the calendar of events as a pdf file.


Grenadian Plantation Lunch

The Grenada Goat Dairy School Project

The Grenada Goat Dairy School Project

Enjoy an authentic Grenadian plantation lunch at Belmont and then visit one or two goat herd projects in the community where you will – meet the farmers and the kids and support this new imitative aimed at ensuring food security and improving the standard of living in these communities who are in need of assistance.
The pledge for this project ends 28 September 2012.

‘The Jaguar’ Kirani James is coming home

kirani james

Kirani James

Grenada is getting ready to welcome Kirani James. If you are visiting Grenada and would like to be part of the ‘Welcome Home of Kirani James’ please call us at 444.1555.

The Government and people of Grenada are getting ready to Welcome Home Kirani James – Grenada’s Olympic Gold Medalist.
He will arrive on Thursday, August 30th, at about 8:00p.m.
A welcome ceremony will be held at the Maurice Bishop International Airport. Everyone is invited; the celebration will start at 7p.m.
On Saturday, September 1st – a Thanksgiving Ceremony is scheduled to be held at 9:30a.m., at Kirani James Boulevard, followed by a massive island-wide motorcade along the western main road (passing through Gouyave, Sauteurs, Grenville, St. David and on to the National Stadium) for a National Celebration Rally.
Saturday, September 1st, is also Kirani’s birthday; a massive surprise is planned for him.
Please spread the word and let us celebrate national pride.
Thanks for your continued support and co-operation.
Source: Janice Augustine.
Information edited (for clarity) by Kenroy Baptiste.