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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.

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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.

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Island Queen a book by Beverley A. Steele

Island Queen

Island Queen a book by Beverley A. Steele

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES – Open Campus

GRENADA IN WAR TIME – The tragic loss of the Island Queen and other memories of World War II

By Beverley A. Steele LLD, CBE

Wednesday 1st marks the launching of the above publication by distinguished Caribbean historian Bev Steele (this is her second publication on the history of Grenada). Makes very interesting reading.

Learn about Grenada’s history on our historic St. George’s Tour.

The book can be bought:

In Grenada at Art and Soul

and at Amazon.

Unusual Petroglyphs

2012 Caribbean Horizons has hosted two groups of Shore Trips clients off the cruise ships who enjoyed their specialist history tour called Anthropologists Delight:- Grenada’s Museum was the first top to view interesting collection of petroglyphs dating back to AD350 – 1250 or earlier, then clients were taken around the island to see various rock art sites where unusual petroglyphs can be found.

Interested in such a tour? Our Tour ‘Historic St. George’s is what you are looking for!

An Archaeological Field Trip taken by Caribbean Horizons Team

Caribbean Horizons staff boarded the ferry for Carriacou. It was the small boat, so the journey was longer than normal and the sea was choppy, which made for an exhilarating journey. Flying fish accompanied us for most of the way and spotting them was entertaining.

Our Carriacou guide Lincoln met us on the dock at Hillsborough and we first checked in at the Historical Museum to deliver a package for Dr Quetta Quay one of the research scientists at the Archaeological dig and to discuss what we should look for at the site. We then drove to the eastern side of Carriacou to Grand Bay to see the excavation site. This site has been excavated by the same group of lecturers and students from the archaeological departments of London University and N. Carolina State University for the past 6 years.

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