The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Subregional
Headquarters for the Caribbean embarked on a project "Development of a Subregional
Marine-based Tourism Strategy" in 2001. The project, co-funded by the Government of
the Netherlands, is aimed at the development of sustainable yachting tourism in the
Eastern Caribbean and focuses on the island arc from the British Virgin Islands in the
north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south.
The project includes the conduct of national studies in the British Virgin Islands, St.
Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and
Trinidad and Tobago. In all countries the national studies were preceded by consultations
with the private and public sector and, following completion of the national reports, the
findings were similarly discussed through a private and public sector consultation.
On 26 March 2003, as part of the project's activities, a national consultation on
yachting in Grenada was convened by the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Culture,
Social Security, Gender and Family Affairs in collaboration with the Marine and Yachting
Association of Grenada (MAYAG); and ECLAC.
One of the objectives of the consultation was to review the report "Grenada,
Carriacou and Petit Martinique: The Yachting Sector" that was prepared by the ECLAC
Subregional Headquarters of the Caribbean and co-sponsored by the Government of the
Netherlands. A second objective included the provision of a forum for a private
sector-government discussion on yachting and the pleasure boat industry and its
contribution to Grenada. The final objective was the identification of ways and means to
increase the contribution of yachting as a viable component of the tourism industry in