Addressing the media for the first time during the weekly post-Cabinet briefing last week Tuesday, the tourism minister informed local journalists about the planned Spice Mas launch in the neighbouring twin island republic.
The early launch of Spice Mas 2K13 is part of the Grenada Government’s effort to aggressively market the annual festival in advance of activities leading up to the August 12-13 cultural event.
The launch of Spice Mas 2K13 will focus on the country’s historical and traditional mas bands as well as Steelpan.
The launch was done in partnership with IMG Entertainment Company Limited and Unlimited Resources both from Trinidad and Tobago, which provided ferry service from T&T to Grenada for last year’s Carnival.
The neighbouring island companies partnered with Summercrew Bandleader, Bobby Steele and other companies last year to create a semi-inclusive package for persons interested in traveling to Grenada for Spice Mas via the ferry service.
On her trip, Minister Otway-Noel was expected to hold meetings with Trinidad’s Ministers of Tourism and Culture, as well as executives of Caribbean Airlines, in an effort to engage the partnership and expand Grenada’s profile abroad.
In related news, the new government has appointed community activist Arthur Hosten as Chairman of the Spice Mas Corporation to steer the island’s biggest event revenue earner while Jocelyn Sylvester-Gairy takes over as Chairman of the Grenada Cultural Foundation.
Sylvester-Gairy had served under a previous New National Party (NNP) regime as Director of the Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT), and Chairperson of the Grenada Cultural Foundation.
The owner of Astral Travel & Tours (travel agency) replaces outgoing Chairman and cultural artiste Livingston Nelson, an appointee of the former government.
Hosten will replace Colin Dowe who resigned after the 2012 Carnival.
The theme for this year’s Carnival is still to be decided.