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Jet Skis

Heads up guys. The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture sent a letter to the Bequia Tourism Association intimating they are going to allow jet ski use throughout SVG. The letter asked for feedback on the idea although it is clear from the wording of the letter that they have already made their mind up to allow the use of jet skis as 'a valuable contribution to develop our tourism product'. Letter is copied below.

Dear Sir,

As a means of diversifying the marine tourism product, the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture is presently considering the introduction of jet skis as a watersport activity and also to facilitate in the patrol of the waters throughout the destination.

Although covered under the Power Craft Act, the importation of jet skis is currently prohibited under the Supplies Control Act. The Ministry is cognizant of the importance of collaborating with stakeholders to ensure that all the necessary parameters are established for the smooth and safe operation of this craft.

To this end, the Ministry is inviting your feedback/ recommendations with respect to the introduction of this craft, inclusive of the following:

- Designated beaches

- Speed limit - operational distance from the shore

- Safety Guidelines

Anticipating your valuable contribution as we continue to develop our tourism product.

Best regards,



You can show your support (or not) by emailing bequiatourism@vincysurf.com or the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture direct at tourism@gov.vc

P.S. Please CC the BTA if you do email the Ministry direct so they can keep a tally of those for and against.

Edited: 6:13 am, May 28, 2013
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It's about time the Ministry of Tourism wake up. The introduction of PWC in SVG will be a blessing in disguise. After reading some of the opposing comments, I realize they do not have a clue about the waters, the beaches neither the financial benefits that can be derived from legalizing Jet Skis in SVG.

I have been to many Caribbean islands: JA, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Barbados and seen Jet Skis used for both policing and recreation; so why St. Vincent should allow itself to deflate on marketable tourism opportunities?

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Nigel, perhaps you could explain what the financial benefits are?

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St Vincent & the Grenadines is wisely protecting its citizens, its environment, its international reputation as "a haven calm, serene", and its visitors by upholding the prohibition on importing jet skis. This is a progressive stance, and one also taken by another multi-island Caribbean nation, the British Virgin Islands (see http://www.tcp.gov.vg/prodfiles/Personal Water Crafts.pdf). Jet skis create problems of noise and water pollution and dangers to marine life and fisheries. According to the European Child Safety Alliance, jet ski users are injured 8.5 times more often than those operating other motorized watercraft, and a study at the University of Florida found that patients who were involved in jet ski mishaps sustain more closed-head injuries, spinal injuries, and trauma to the chest and abdomen. In the Florida study, surgery was required in 75 percent of the accidents involving jet skis, compared to 43 percent of the boat cases, and fatality rates for jet ski accidents far exceeded those for motorboats. The SVG Hotel and Tourism Association has come out in favor of upholding the current legislation, and the high-priority yachting market has repeatedly voiced that one of the reasons they especially enjoy cruising SVG waters is the absence of jet skis. The SVG Marine Tourism Policy has been developed in keeping with Government’s stated vision for the development of tourism: “To improve the quality of the tourism product and allow it to become more competitive, whilst at the same time minimizing the negative environmental and social impacts.”

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Nigel - well I DO have a clue about the waters as I part-own and run a marine business in SVG and have done for many, many years,. ALL of us in the marine business in SVG are 100% AGAINST introduction of jet skis here. The only "blessing in disguise" would be the plumpness of the wallets of those who want to rape the environment here.

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Hey Nigel, noticed you're posting from New York. Don't suppose you work in the UN !!? ;-)

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