Grenada Tourism Authority Hosts Appreciation Dinner

Tis the season for holiday cheer and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) marked the occasion with an intimate dinner in New York City to give thanks to its valued partners. The gathering of media, travel advisors and tour operators was held at Allora Ristorante in midtown Manhattan.

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Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority; Randall Dolland, Chairman, Grenada Tourism Authority; Karlene Angus-Smith, Associate Director, Industry Affairs, Sandals; and Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales, USA, Grenada Tourism Authority.
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Nicole Grimes, Founder, Carib Biz Network; Melissa Noel, Essence Magazine

Petra Roach, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority, said “2022 has been a phenomenal year for Grenada and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our travel partners. More than 60 percent of Grenada’s arrivals come from the U.S. and the Northeast, particularly New York City, has been showcasing tremendous numbers. We are proud of the collaborative work we have done and we look forward to growing that number with you in 2023.”

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Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority; Diane Abruzzo, Blue Ribbon Travel.
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Antoine McFadden, CEO, Independent by Liberty Travel; Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales, USA, Grenada Tourism Authority
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Christina Favre, Contracting Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd; Shanai St. Bernard, USA Sales Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority.

2022 was a busy year for the destination. The GTA launched its Grenada Travel Expert Program, an e-learning program that allows the travel agent community to acquire the knowledge necessary to become an expert in selling the destination. In addition, the GTA introduced its Simple Stays Grenada program, which offers visitors access to the destination’s smaller, more intimate properties. The island’s beloved Spice Mas returned this year, and the destination increased air capacity and returned service with a number of its airline partners including American Airlines, Air Canada, Caribbean Airlines, JetBlue, and Sunwing.

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David Corke, Regional Sales Manager Silversands; Stepanie Durst, Leisure and Corporate Travel, PROTRAVEL International.
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Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales, USA, Grenada Tourism Authority; Layra Liriano, Manager, Sales & Account Development, Blue Diamond Resorts; Randall Dolland, Chairman, Grenada Tourism Authority.

Randall Dolland, Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority, weighed in on the significance of Grenada’s travel partners, stating “Grenada’s tourism arrivals are trending in the right direction, and we know that’s a result of your efforts. Thank you for your commitment to the destination. We expect 2023 will be even better as we expand our tourism offerings with new hotels openings and exciting attractions. We’re excited about what’s to come and growing our relationship with each of you.”

Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales, USA, Grenada Tourism Authority; Molly Osendorf, Sales & Marketing Director, Mount Cinnamon Resort & Club; Randall Dolland, Chairman, Grenada Tourism Authority
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Heidi Gallo, Sales Manager, East Coast, Calabash; Randall Dolland, Chairman, Grenada Tourism Authority; Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales, USA, Grenada Tourism Authority.

The emcees for the evening were Christine Noel-Horsford, Director of Sales, USA, and Shanai St. Bernard, Marketing Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority. The duo shared warm greetings and handed out appreciation awards, which were accepted by:

  • Mr. Carl Stuart, Sales Executive, Caribbean Airlines
  • Ms. Heidi Gallo, Sales Manager, East Coast, Calabash
  • Ms. Molly Osendorf, Sales & Marketing Director, Mount Cinnamon Resort & Club
  • Ms. Layra Liriano, Manager, Sales & Account Development, Royalton
  • Ms. Karlene Angus-Smith, Associate Director, Industry Affairs, Sandals
  • Mr. David Corke, Regional Sales Manager, Silversands
  • Ms. Christina Favre, Contracting Manager and Ms. Michelle Ellis, Team Leader, The Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd

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About Grenada 

Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, a hidden gem with unspoiled beauty offering a lifestyle so pure and authentic that you will feel instantly renewed. Famed for its aromatic spices and organic chocolate, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean. The Pure Grenada experience beckons visitors to its 40 white sandy beaches including the world-famous Grand Anse Beach, 15 breathtaking waterfalls, six chocolate factories, four rum distilleries, and more than 30 unforgettable dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean ‘Bianca C’ and the World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park. Grenada was also named the world’s first ‘Culinary Capital’ by the World Food & Travel Association (WFTA). The World Travel & Tourism Council “Safe Travels” approved destination is committed to protecting your health and safety while allowing you to tailor a beyond-the-ordinary experience of a lifetime. To plan your next vacation to Grenada, visit www.puregrenada.com.