Mon | Oct 23, 2017

Dining with the ministers

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
Cardigan Connor, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Anguilla, and Nadine Stewart-Phillips, secretary of tourism, culture and transportation, Tobago, at a special dinner of Caribbean Ministers of Tourism at Sandals LaSource in Grenada on Wednesday night.
Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett knocks heads with director of the UN World Tourism Organisation, Yolanda Perdomo.
From left: Dionisio D'Aguilar, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and minister of tourism, The Bahamas; Marry Caribbean's Jacqueline Johnson; and Ralph Higgs, minister of tourism, Turks and Caicos, share lens with master public relations consultant, Noel Mignott (in the back) at Sandals LaSource in Grenada on Wednesday night.
From left: Dr Sonia Nixon, senior medical officer in the Ministry of Health, Grenada; Colin James, chief executive officer of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, with Joy Jibrilu, director general of tourism, The Bahamas.
From left: Kiron McDougall, adviser in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Tobago; Shellya Webster, manager, corporate affairs, Anguilla; and Travis Robinson, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, The Bahamas.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Public relations guru Noel Mignott of The PM Group in the United States knows how to throw a party, and he is also the master of putting together the right mix of invitees.

On Wednesday night, the former deputy director of tourism, who for years had the responsibility for marketing destination Jamaica, hosted Caribbean ministers and parliamentary secretaries at a very intimate and classy dinner at the fabulous Sandals LaSource in Grenada.

With Peter Frazer, a connoisseur of what fabulous looks and feels like at the helm of the hotel, all Mignott and his guests had to do on Wednesday was turn up and look the part. Frazer's very equipped team did the rest.

The event signalled the rebirth of countries such as Anguilla, Turks & Caicos, and Barbuda, which were damaged by recent hurricanes. The government ministers and their counterparts were in Grenada to show their strength and resilience at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference now on in the island renowned for its spices.

Obviously, dinner was not about the losses that occurred, but the rebuilding efforts, coupled by the most fantastic-tasting sushi this side of the hemisphere.

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett was in attendance, so was Dionisio D'Aguilar, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and minister of tourism and aviation, The Bahamas.

Here are the highlights.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com