St. Vincent gets another 2012 top destination listing

The New York Times says that with the Buccament Bay Resort open and an international airport on the way, the secret will soon be out about St. Vincent's attractiveness as a destination (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — This country has made another international media entity’s list of places to visit in 2012, bringing to at least three the number of such listings in the past two weeks.

The internationally-renowned New York Times on Friday listed St. Vincent 17th among “the 45 places to go in 2012”.

The island was directly behind Florence, Italy and ahead of Moganshan, China and was the only English-speaking Caribbean country to make this list.

Havana, the Cuban capital [which] is once again within Americans’ reach”, was 10th while the Dominican Republic’s Samaná Peninsula, which has “unspoiled beaches, but not for long” was 35th.

They two Spanish-speaking nations were the only other Caribbean destinations to make the list, which was topped by Panama and included Space, “the new frontier” at number 20.

The New York Times said that the fact that American Airlines does not fly to St. Vincent could explain why it remains “among the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets”.

The publication described the destination as “a stunningly lush, unspoiled gem of an island surrounded by water cerulean enough to render that of other islands murky by comparison.

“What there is here — a climbable volcano, dramatic waterfalls, black-sand beaches — is dwarfed by what there isn’t: chain stores, crowds, big hotels”.

It describes as “one notably new exception” the five-star Buccament Bay Resort, which “boasts more rooms, about 360, than all other hotels on the island combined”.

The New York Times said that the resort “may put this Caribbean island on the map”.

“The resort, along with a new international airport that is scheduled to open in late 2013 and designed to handle five times the number of passengers currently arriving at the island, will most likely let the cat out of the bag and attract the long overdue crowds. Get there before they do,” the publication said.

The latest New York Times ranking comes in the wake of a 2,800-word feature headlined “Bequia: Getting Away From the Getaways” in November 2011.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is fifth among nine destinations on CNN’s “World’s top destinations for 2012” and third among 12 destinations listed by Travel+Leisure.

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25 thoughts on “St. Vincent gets another 2012 top destination listing

  1. It describes as “one notably new exception” the five-star Buccament Bay Resort, which “boasts more rooms, about 360, than all other hotels on the island combined”.

    The New York Times said that the resort “may put this Caribbean island on the map”.

    Are we talking about the same PHANTOM PROJECT at BUCCAMENT that was DENIGRATED by the NDP and their PSYCHO SUPPORTERS?

    As the saying goes, where there is NO VISION, the PEOPLE PERISH.

    The nation that is St. VINCENT and the GRENADINES is on a POSITIVE ROLL INTERNATIONALLY.

    CONGRATS to the GOVERNMENT of SVG, especially its VISIONARY LEADER, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, its TOURISM MINISTER, Saboto Caesar and the CEO of the TOURISM AUTHORITY, Glen Beache.


    Posted by vincypowa | January 7, 2012, 01:56
    • I tell you, you have to hand it to vincy powa….. ralph’s personal mascot. First off, congrats on the ranking and i hope this injects some money into a crumbling economy, an economy that this same vincy powa admits is doing well.
      When we are mention as tops is rape, negative growth and beating up women, not to mention the crime that is out of control, he is no where to be found.

      Congrats and i hope this helps our debt ridden economy.

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | January 7, 2012, 09:09
      • Stupid; others country building up your country and idiot like you putting it down fool. I will be using simple words? I want you to understand every word you read, a kindergarten student will understand what is developments than you, you under developed brain weasel…

        Posted by cool | January 8, 2012, 17:44
    • This is great news for the wonderful place that we grew up and called home, why can’t we just relish in the

      positive news that this is for our country that has been getting some really bad publicity lately… Why tarnish it with


      Posted by Stacy Bulze | January 7, 2012, 09:53
    • Keep the spirit alive Vincypowa….Politics and religion sometimes kill the positive…We cannot sit back and play catchup…Let others follow…We must try…If we fail, try again…Ah can’t wait….I hear so many peeps say they never went back to their homeland….Reason: NO AIRPORT….This may sound simple to some…But that’s a number one reason…Powa, keep pushing my brother…You heip us keep the faith.

      Posted by anaceita12 | January 8, 2012, 13:59
  2. Oh! what a tangled web we weave! Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater had a…….Yes, what do you have to babble about this time? SVG, I LOVE YOU.

    Posted by Caddy King | January 7, 2012, 09:51
  3. Are the NDP and their supporters still disputing that with proper marketing of SVG, the International airport will compensate for itself?

    Posted by Bond.................................................James Bond. | January 7, 2012, 09:52
  4. why does everything have to be political?just enjoy the accolades it will mean so much to the country,which for too long have been locked in an economic stranglehold,and the average vincy struggling to make ends meet.

    Posted by julia whylie | January 7, 2012, 10:27
  5. VINCY IN BAD SHAPE, your alias is all that is needed to know who is the REAL MASCOT.


    Again, where there is NO VISION the PEOPLE PERISH.

    Congrats to the government of SVG, especially its LEADER, Ralph E. Gonsalves; the Minister of TOURISM SABOTO CAESAR and the CEO of the TOURISM AUTHORITY, Glen Beache.

    The FUTURE for St. Vincent and the Grenadines is BRIGHT, thanks to the YEOMAN EFFORTS of this PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | January 7, 2012, 13:24
  6. I am so proud to see that my homeland is making great strides. With this type of exposure we can look to create more jobs for those who live there. Many times I have to explain to many where it is located but soon we will no longer have to do that.

    Posted by Dailyn | January 7, 2012, 16:53
  7. I am a Canadian citizen who is engaged with a beautiful woman from St Vincent. I have travelled to your country and loved it as well as your people.
    Congratulations on your recent high ranking in the favorite travel destination category. You should be very proud as a people and a nation. The future is bright for the “jewel of the Caribbean”. Like every other country, there are always things to improve. I have read certain extremely critical comments written by Vincentians. Criticism has it’s merits when made at the appropriate time and in the right forum. This is a time to rejoice and to move forward constructively. Expression extremely negative views, at this time, in this colum, in light of extremely favorable coverage from internationally recognized authorities, can only undermine your achievements.
    FP, Montreal.

    Posted by Montrealer | January 7, 2012, 19:33
  8. I guess the RALPH HATERS are now planning their next attack!! SVG moving international!!! I told you guys INTELLIGENT Vincentians are listening, FOREIGNERS are also listening, they are reading your nonsense and are also seeing video tapes showing differently. EVERYONE is finding out how desperate you guys are!!! You will soon end up in the MENTAL ASYLUM if you don’t take it easy, please relax yourselves!!!! As a PATRIOTIC VINCENTIAN I will not like that to happen to you all.

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 7, 2012, 21:42
  9. Having recently moved back to my island home after 40+ years living abroad, I am so proud of my SVG. Congratulations to the Prime Minister and the Tourism board. Some years ago I visited a trade expo in Germany,and to my surprise there was my Island showcasing its beautiful landscape among other things. I was so proud. I wish that there could be a deeper appreciation for who we are as a people and what we have; and not be blinded by political pundits. Let us continue to improve our Country to prepare for those who would be curious to visit. I already have one such request.

    Posted by Clari G | January 7, 2012, 23:08
  10. Your right, no comment from me, but I can if you want, just say so and I will tell your the whole story.

    Posted by Peter | January 7, 2012, 23:35
  11. I am so proud of my county and very proud to be a vincentian.I am happy that we will soon have an international airport and that finally the whole globe will know who we are.

    Posted by blackbeauty | January 7, 2012, 23:40

    Posted by Jason | January 8, 2012, 03:38
  13. Montrealer, NO-NONSENSE and CLARI G are all on POINT.

    Posted by vincypowa | January 8, 2012, 12:22
  14. That’s what I’m talking about!! Congrats to my lil & sweet land of my birth!! This is just the beginning , unfortunately some are still blinded by political ignorance. Push on comrade!!!

    Posted by Slum dog | January 8, 2012, 22:52
  15. Say something VincyPowa, say something

    Posted by Peter | January 10, 2012, 12:04
    • PETER, I can’t wait anymore for you attack or is it that you don’t have anything to say? Well at least congratulate the Government and tourism officials nuh!!! LOL…LOL…

      Posted by no-nonsense | January 12, 2012, 19:19
  16. I am a Vincy Canadian living in Montreal. This is the best news that I have heard in a long time, I hope that will give a big boost to the tourism industry. Thumbs up!

    Posted by David | January 10, 2012, 23:35
  17. By the way after the airport is completed….will Eustace and his little merry men still will be poping down to ET Joshua airport hoping to catch a flight .i hope someone… tell that bloke…sorry mate the airport is close RALPH move it to Argyle…lol

    Posted by mikey | January 13, 2012, 15:48


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