Friday, September 28, 2007


Waitress of the Year: Vinette Campbell (Blue Bead)
Other nominees:Otencia Busby (Old Gin House),Elgica Harrigan (Intermezzo).

Restaurant of the Year: Blue Bead
Other nominees:Original Fruit Tree,Old Gin House.

Hotel of the Year: Old Gin House
Other nominees:Country Inn,Statia Lodge.

Taxi Service of the Year: Darlington Berkel
Other nominees:Wade Rivers,Wendy Hodge.

Travel Agency of the Year: Rainbow Travel
Other nominees:Killy Killy Travel,JIF Travel.

Tour Guide of the Year: Darlington Berkel
Other nominees:Josser Daniel,Gay Soetekouw.

Dive Shop of the Year: Scubaqua
Other nominees:Golden Rock Dive Center,
Dive Statia.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Elizabeth Maria Deliën (owner Mazinga Gift Shop)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Curious what this is about? Click here and you will see hospitality students of the Gwendolyn van Putten School when they visited the FDR Airport, the Fire Department, Golden Era Hotel and Old Gin House as part of Statia's Tourism Week.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


This child of the Golden Rock School is seen here while she was taking notes during her field trip to the Old Gin House. Youngsters of the primary schools in St. Eustatius completed day 2 of Statia's Tourism Week today September 25. It was a very learning experience not only for the children but also for us, some teachers noted. Click here to see how excited the children were today!

Monday, September 24, 2007


Statia Tourism Week commenced today Monday September 24, 2007. Youngsters of the Golden Rock, Governor de Graaff, Seventh Day Adventist and Bethel Methodist Schools had several field trips to the Golden Era Hotel, Old Gin House, the FDR Airport, and the Fire Department (see photographs). Tourism Week will last until Friday September 28. The highlight will be on World/Statia Tourism Day (Thursday September 27) when several awards such as waiter/waitress of the year, hotel of the year, dive shop of the year and a lifetime achievement award will be announced during a special dinner evening at the Lion's Den.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Former Secretary-General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Mrs. Karen Ford-Warner is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the STDF 2007 awards dinner. Mrs. Karen Ford-Warner is currently the Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd. (TPDCo) in Jamaica. She was appointed to this post on May 1, 2007. In her capacity as Executive Director, Mrs. Ford-Warner’s major responsibility is to develop and present strategic plans to enhance Jamaica’s tourism product to TPDCo’s Board of Directors.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation's 2007 Awards Committee held its final meeting today. Members of the committee are seen on this photograph while they are in the process of determining the winners for the different categories. The committee members are (l-r) Bernadine Woodley, Siem Dijkshoorn, Olton Berkel, Fred Cuvalay and Jerry A-Kum (the latter is not seen on this photograph).The winners will be announced on September 27 when Statia will be celebrating World/Statia Tourism Day during an awards dinner. Go to for additional photographs.

NOTE: the dinner will now be held at the LIONS'DEN.
Date: Thursday, August 27. Time: 19.00 hrs.

Village Sign for Golden Rock

The village of Golden Rock now has its own sign. This is the second village to have a sign erected as part of a project coordinated by the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation. It is the intention to place signs at several villages on the island in order to make them more visible.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Statia A hidden jewel

Author: Nomadric. One of my favorite Islands St. Eustatius. For all who say "Where?" I mapped it. Great Island wonderful people, great diving and not too touristy. A hidden jewel.

Zeelandia- Amazing

Author Chapman Family. Ayden and I went with a group of spouses to Zelandia for a morning of fun. It was wonderful! The water was blue the sun was shinning and the ocean breeze was perfect! Ayden spent most of the morning climbing on rocks and looking in tide pools for "bumble bee fish" and "crabbies". It was so amazing! We saw donkeys, cows, snails, crabs, fish, and even a baby octopus!!

Statia I’ve Arrived

Author: me2bmd. Statia! Wow I Cannot believe it I’m finally here. Everything I’ve been doing for the last 2 years and here ot is. I never imagined when I started that this is what my path would look like. I LOVE IT! Statia is great. I have finally landed. Off to my new life. The journey thru MD School. Well, I better fasten my seatbelt and go along for the ride.

We met a great Ambassador

Author: Brad and Elisa Caribbean Escape. We anchored just off the coast in the main town of Oranjestad. What a quaint little town! It was fortified during the golden years, so there are remnants of stone walls lining the shore, and even under the water, as much of the land has sunk over the years or been destroyed by hurricanes. There is a beautiful beach in front of the town, bordered by a steep hill. Most of the town is located on top of the hill, so you need to hike up the road to get to anything.Our first encounter with the locals was typical of the people we met in Statia. We were in the process of locking the dinghy (we always use a cable lock – dinghies are popular theft items) to the town dock, when a man comes out of his shop at the base of the pier and shouts out, “You don’t do dat here”. “Great”, I’m thinking, “this place is empty, and this guy isn’t going to let us park the dinghy here…fine, I’m outta can take your poor little off-the-beaten-path rock and rot on it!” I must admit that sometimes the "belonger" attitude gets the best of me. He walks up to us, looks down from the dock, and says, “You don’t need no locks here, mon…everything is safe here.”. Then he helps us up onto the dock.His name was Rodney, and he’s a great ambassador for the island. He owns a small boat repair shop at the base of the pier, and like so many of the people that live on these islands, he’s a jack of all trades. He can fix your engine, catches lobster and conch for the local restaurants, can arrange a tour, etc. etc. He’s a busy guy, but not too busy to spend a half hour talking about how busy his day is. He gave us the lowdown on everything going on around there, and was a great resource and a really nice guy.

Hiking and Diving in Statia

Author: Dan- Today started early with anticipation as we ate muffins in the shadow of a dormant volcano called "The Quill". Within an hour we were hiking full speed for the summit, passing interesting wildlife such as snakes and crabs. After reaching the crater rim of the volcano, a few intrepid souls continued on to the summit and a panoramic viewpoint while others headed into town in search of Chinese food and gigabytes. At 1300 all were back aboard preparing for the wreck dive of The Charlie Brown, an old Atandt cable laying ship sunk off Statia as an artificial reef. The dive proved extraordinary and was the culmination of the Advanced Open Water course, an excellent achievement for our divers. The day finished with an Oceanography class and a tired crew laying down for a few winks before tomorrow's passage to Saba.

Flickr Photos from Today

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Bethel Methodist School is feverishly working on the pilot tourism education programme. In this photograph youngsters are seen with our own Roland Lopes at the office of the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation. In this interesting meet children had very specific questions such as "How many people visit the island, how long do they stay, what do they do and what is the role of the Tourist Office." The children continued their field trip by visiting Fort Oranje and other parts of the historic core in Oranjestad.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation and the Bethel Methodist School have recently embarked on a new project. As of this school year youngsters are educated in tourism and hospitality. This pilot project will include field visits to hotels, the museum, and snorkeling among other things.More information to follow in our next newsletter "Tour Statia."

The annual Antillean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships were held in St. Eustatius on Saturday September 1. More information to follow soon. Photograph by Althea Merkman