In an effort to ensure that the 2000 visitors who are due in the Spice Isle for the West Indies versus England test match have an unforgettable experience, a number of activities have been planned by the authorities.
The Visitors Experience Committee, headed by Minister of Culture, Senator Brenda Hood, briefed reporters on Tuesday about the various activities due to take place during the match, the first to be held by the two cricketing nations in Grenada.
Sen. Hood said the activities will begin on April 18 with a meet and greet at the Maurice Bishop International Airport and culminate on April 26.
“On the 18th of April, the Meet and Greet at the Maurice Bishop International Airport will commence and the reason why it’s starting on the 18th is because the visitors are coming in, the media are coming in, the players are coming in and as you are aware as we speak they are now in Antigua (the venue for the 1st test match)”, she told reporters.
“…This time around we are going an extra mile where we will be branding the airport so there will be activities taking place that we have not done before, whether it’s culture, whether it’s food, there will be a mini-museum set up looking at the cricket and we are celebrating Heritage month so there will be some artifacts there”, she said.
According to Sen. Hood, the VIP launch at the airport named after the island’s first marxist Prime Minister, is being upgraded and the Airports Authority is also creating a new lounge for the cricketers, media and other key persons coming for the test match.
The minister announced that a cricket museum will be on showcase at Spice Basket in Beaulieu for the period April 18-26.
She went on to say: “On Sunday the 19th to the 25th, there will be in-house events at all of the hotels. As you know and the Minister (of Tourism) indicated many of the hotel rooms are already filled so every hotel will have activities for their guests so that they can have a great time maybe in the evening time when they come from the cricket in the day time.
“…From the 19th to the 25th (there will be) a cricket village and that will be in True Blue and this is being coordinated by Don DeCaul and there will be a cricket village for those persons who would like to go there. It starts at 7 in the morning so you can have breakfast and it goes at 2.00 a.m. so it’s all day, all night hoping that people will come out and have a good time.
“…Monday 20th and 21st – there is a special event being held on the
Carenage. It’s called “Live at the Carenage” and this will be coordinated by Le Phare Bleu. The persons who have purchased tickets to be at the event will be on the Rhum Runner and the music will be on the Carenage in the water. They will have a barge and the artistes will perform there so you would sit on the Rhum Runner and you would have an experience.
Other activities planned to co-incide with the West Indies vs England historic test at the National Sporting stadium at Queen’s Park include a Carnival Extravaganza from April 21-23, Art in the Park at Carmerhogne Park on April 22 and the final over fete at Rex Grenada on April 25.