NTA Staff Appreciated for Contribution to Development of Nevis Tourism Product

 

The demonstration of appreciation took the form of an awards cocktail hosted by Premier of Nevis and Tourism Minister, Joseph Parry. The event was held at the Mount Nevis Hotel was fused with musical entertainment by Ryanna Wong, Babatunji and Darren Sutton.

Premier Parry, who remained content that “we have a great product on the island of Nevis,” applauded the NTA for its innovative marketing efforts while especially commending the establishment’s first Chief Executive Officer [CEO] Ms. Helen Kidd.

“Ms. Kidd did a great job and let me hasten to say I’ve known her for many many years, long before she became head of the NTA and we have been friends all this time and she has been able to use her considerable contacts to promote, market and develop tourism on the island of Nevis and we want you to give her a round of applause for her efforts,” Mr. Parry said.

Pleased that Ms. Kidd had continued her service to the NTA although no longer an employee, the Tourism Minister described her efforts as “commendable” and worthy of recognition. Her instrumentality, together with that of many Nevisians, he said, must be given “considerable credit.”

“There were members on the board like Richard Lupinacci, the Yearwoods, people from Golden Rock and the other hotels and they naturally would have preserved what they had because that was the means of their livelihood and so it continued,” Mr. Parry explained.

Among other topics, Nevis’ promotion of niche, land-based and sports tourism received much attention.Joseph-Parry_copy

“I have always been a proponent of land-based tourism and I continue to be that. I’ve always supported niche tourism and I’ve always promoted it as the best thing for the island in terms of money, in terms of the environment and in terms of success and I continue to do so,” Mr. Parry said.

He added that although his intention was not to detract from the NTA, he could not help but highlight that “the idea and the recognition of Niche tourism emerged a long time before the NTA.”

“In fact, I would say that it was a historical accident. This was done by a number of small government operators and eventually the government and others caught on that we had a great product here and this was the way to go. The NTA recognised this and continued the tradition of promoting niche tourism on the island of Nevis,” he explained.

Premier Parry’s colleagues, Ministers Hensley Daniel and E. Robelto Hector, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Ashley Farrell and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Mr. Tyrone O’Flaherty also attended the awards cocktail.

 

(Major parts of this article were submitted via a NIA press release) 

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