Nevis Tourism Minister – Mark Brantley
October 29, 2016
“Authentic Nevis important to island’s tourism product, Tourism Minister Brantley says”.
Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley, told a group of travel agents and writers recently that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continues to maintain the island’s authenticity because of its importance to the island’s tourism product.
Mr. Brantley’s comment came while addressing a group of travel agents and writers who participated in the second annual Nevis Travel Symposium of Romance. The event was hosted by the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA).
“Nevis is small. It is quaint. It is authentic. It is what we feel the Caribbean used to be and we have worked really hard to maintain the authenticity in what you get, so that once you come here, you really experience something really special,” he said.
The Tourism Minister explained that the island’s tourism product caters to people seeking a very unique and special experience.
“For those who engage in romance, those who are honeymooners, those who are getting married, those, like myself, who have been married for a very long time and are constantly rekindling that romance, we feel, that Nevis is a wonderful place to be where you can certainly learn about the island but where you can re-discover yourself and re-discover your partner,” he said.
Mr. Brantley, also spoke of the Nevis’ history which he noted, has intersected with the United States of America and the United Kingdom at different points in its history.
He said, Nevisians took pride in the fact that Alexander Hamilton, who was born on Nevis became the first Secretary of America’s Treasury and Admiral Horatio Nelson from the United Kingdom who came to the island and got married to a Nevisian woman.
The Tourism Minister, also pointed to what he described as activities of all kinds, including golf, great dining experiences and beaches and hospitality and urged the travel agents and writers to choose to send their guests to Nevis.
He said by doing so, they would be helping the island because tourism is not just a business but a way of life for Nevis.
“It is the way that we as a government and as a people keep the lights on. It’s the way we send our children to school. It’s the way we build roads and have all the amenities that any modern island or modern country needs.
“So that when you send your guests here you are doing something really good for this island. Something that helps us to maintain this island. Maintain that which we love and that which we are so happy to share with you,” he said.