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December Hurricane Update-Grenada Tourism Board
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William Joseph, Grenada Board of Tourism, Grenada

www.grenadagrenadines.com

“We are seeing many positive developments on a daily basis, as we strive to return our tourism product to its peak status.  The return of the cruise ships, the reopening of Grenada’s unique attractions - - it is all very encouraging.”

 

The following update reflects all confirmed information the Grenada Board of Tourism has received regarding infrastructure, airlines, seaports, resort regions and hotel status as of November 30th:

 

Overall Assessment:

Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. recently announced that it has surpassed its halfway mark in the restoration of electricity to the entire island. The company has remarked further that it is intensifying efforts to bring power to many more users before Christmas.  Projections say that the entire country should have full access to electricity by the end of February 2005.  Currently, electricity and telephone services have been restored to the parish of St. George, including the capital city, Grand Anse and Point Salines areas, and the parish of St. Andrew and surrounding areas. 

 

According to the Grenada Government, 97% of the population has access to clean, drinkable flowing water.  All the major roads in Grenada are open to traffic.  Many banks, shops, marinas, schools and gas stations are open. 

 

Airport/Airlines:

Point Salines International Airport is open for daily operations to both regional and international flights between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., until further notice.  BWIA is offering flights from New York and Miami via its Trinidad hub while Air Jamaica has resumed all flights via its Montego Bay hub and its Tuesday, Friday and Sunday non-stop service from JFK/New York.  American Eagle is operating daily flights from San Juan and both LIAT and Caribbean Star are operating daily scheduled flights to Grenada. 

 

Attractions:

Many of Grenada’s popular attractions such as Grand Anse Beach, Morne Rouge Beach, Dougaldston Spice Estate, Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station, Levera Beach & National Park, Grand Anse Spice Vendors’ Market, LaSagesse Nature Center, Clabony Sulphur Springs, River Antoine Rum Distillery and Forts Frederick and George are open for business.

 

Carriacou:

Grenada’s sister island sustained minimal damage and is in full operation and accepting tourists. All resorts, restaurants, attractions and tour operators are open for business.  Carriacou is reachable with St Vincent Grenada Air (SVG), via Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. Carriacou is also reachable via The Osprey, a motorized catamaran that departs twice a day from Grenada. 

 

Cruise Sector:

Grenada celebrated the return of cruise ships when the Norwegian Spirit visited Grenada on November 9th. It was the first major cruise ship to visit Grenada in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.  In the weeks that followed, Grenada welcomed the arrivals of the C Columbus, the Aida Vita, Silver Shadow, Sun Princess, Sunbird, Royal Clipper, Norwegian Spirit, Braemar and the Golden Princess. These visits effectively ushered in the winter season, which had a belated start due to the impact of Hurricane Ivan.  Scrutiny of the recently released cruise list reveals that for the months of November and December 2004, a total of 78 calls were expected. 

 

Dive Sector:

Because Hurricane Ivan did not create a big surge or high seas, Grenada's reefs and wrecks were undisturbed by the storm. 

 

Aquanauts Grenada dive shop is in full operation at their True Blue Bay Resort location.  The company’s dive shops at Spice Island Beach Resort recently opened and the Grenada Grand Beach Resort will remain closed until further notice.  Dive Grenada at the Flamboyant Hotel will reopen for business in December.  Eco Dive & Trek, at both the Coyaba Beach Resort and Allamanda Beach Resort, is currently closed until further notice, as is ScubaTech at the Calabash Hotel.                

 

Carriacou diving was unaffected by the Hurricane and all tour operators including Carriacou Silver Diving, Lumbadive and Arawak Divers are in full operation. 

 

Hotels:

In November the Calabash Hotel returned to full operation with all of its 30 rooms and 60% of its staff. The resort had already been closed for the remodeling of the Pool Suites during the time of the storm and suffered minimal damage.  In its recent renovations, the hotel extended its seven pool suites, enhanced the major pool and tennis court along with the extension of the beach bar.  The Calabash restaurant is open for dinner.  For more information visit www.calabashhotel.com. 

 

Bel Air Plantation, Calabash Hotel, Grenada Grand Beach Resort, Allamanda Beach Resort, True Blue Bay Resort, Mariposa Hotel and the Monmot Hotel are open for business. Laluna and the Flamboyant Hotel plan to be back in operation before the end of the year.  Blue Horizons Garden Resort will reopen in January 2005.  Coyaba Beach Resort plans to reopen in October 2005.  LaSource, Rex Grenadian and Siesta Hotel will be closed until further notice while Spice Island Beach Resort will be closed for one year.

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