Frequently Asked Questions

Where is St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)?

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a multi- island state located in the Caribbean.  The closest neighbors are: St Lucia in the north, Barbados to the West, and Grenada in the south.  The main island of St Vincent is 133 sq miles while the Grenadine islands have a combined size of 17 sq miles.  The population of St Vincent and the Grenadines stands currently at 107,000 inhabitants. 

 

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What tourism climate currently exists in SVG?

St Vincent and the Grenadines consists of 32 individual islands and cays, each with its own individual distinguishing features.  The tourism sector is driven by four distinct and major tourism market segments, namely: long stay, day trips, yachting and cruise tourism.  Mainland St Vincent appeals to visitors on business and those who are interested in eco tourism, while the Grenadines, acclaimed as the best sailing waters in the world, (copping 5 gold of 8 tourism awards in 2013), appeals to persons interested in scuba diving and sailing. For further information on St Vincent, we invite you to visit the Tourism website: www.discoversvg.com

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Is SVG accessible via direct flight from outside the Caribbean region?

E. T. Joshua airport

No.  Visitors to SVG usually deplane at one of the other airports within the region: Piarco in Trinidad, Grantley Adams in Barbados or Hewanorra in St Lucia before taking LIAT, the island’s main air carrier to mainland St Vincent.  Private charters are also available.  The country is currently being served by E. T. Joshua airport that has an apron capacity of 10 light aircraft, runway length of 4,650 ft, terminal building of 25,000 sq ft, with three boarding gates.

 

Argyle International Airport

The new international airport at Argyle is expected to be completed by end 2014 and become operational within the first half of 2015.    The airport has three interconnecting aprons: General aviation, cargo and commercial aprons.  The runway length is 9,000 ft and the terminal building floor space is 135,000 sq ft. The airport is designed to handle jets as large as the Boeing 747-400.

 

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What commercial data exists for the current duty free shops at E. T. Joshua Airport?

Answer:

There is one duty free shop at E T Joshua airport.

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What kind of commercial duty free offer/product categories will be in the new airport?

The process has already begun to target reputable duty free enterprises that carry a wide range of duty free products including Liquor, Perfumes, Cosmetics and Jewelry.  Additionally concept stores, souvenir, craft shops and other confectionary stores are being considered.

 

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When is the RFP expected to be released to the public?

IADC is working on having the RFP released to the public within the first quarter of 2015.  The general public will be notified at least one month in advance via the website, as well as via the print and electronic media.

 

 

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What new carriers and/or destinations have you already attracted or planning to attract to the new airport?

The CEO of the Tourism Authority, the marketing agency for St Vincent and the Grenadines, will issue a press release on this matter in due course.  That information will also be available on the airport’s website.

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What is the commercial space allotted to commercial shops and how many shops are likely to be in the new airport?

A total of 7,000 sq ft of commercial space (5,500 on the first floor and 1,500 on the ground floor) is available for commercial shops.  There is a total of 23 spaces allotted to commercial shops:  Nine (9) on the Ground Floor arrivals (unsecured); fourteen (14) on the First Floor Departure (secured); three (3) shops for Food with individual kitchens and three (3) CIP lounges in the secured area of the departure lounge.  Several other perfectly positioned areas are also available for Kiosks. There are additional open booths available that are not included in the square footage given and located in an uncovered area of the terminal building.

 

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Has the commercial space already been built for the concession shops?

No.  Open space is available.  However, the RFP will provide guidelines as to (a) General Landlord; (b) Tenant Construction; (c) Food and Beverage; (d) Signage and Unit Design and (e) Submission Criteria.

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How many hours a day will the new airport be operating?

The new airport is expected to operate daily from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight . 

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Passengers split by nationality at E. T Joshua airport for 2012

In addition to visitor arrivals by air, we have also included information on visitor arrivals by sea for two reasons (1) cruise tourism to our Grenadine islands has grown rapidly over the years, and (2) it also shows the diversity of the products which are attracting visitors to our shores.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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