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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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twenty no. a year
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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65

For The Week Ending August 1 'th 1977.

Retail prices of gasoline, kerosene and aiesel oil moved upward

again last Saturday (6th). Prices per imperial gallon are now

}C$2.50 for gasolene, EC$2.15 for kerosene and EC02.34 for diesel

This is the second increase in fuel prices this year. On January

15th, gasolene moved up to EC$2.35 per imperial gallon marking a

570 per gallon rise over the previous 12 months. Also effective
on January 15th, kerosene moved up to EC$2.03 and diesel oil to
EC#2.20, both being per imperial gallon.

The fuel distributors in Grenada are Shell, Texaco end Esso, and
sources close to these distributors told NiWSLETTER today (1ith)

that the prices of gasolene and kerosene are controlled by the
Government of Grenada while the price of diesel oil is regulated

by the distributors themselves on the basis of costs.

These sources said that, sometime in 1976, Government reached
agreement with the distributors as to the scale of price mark-up

which would be used and which was dependent on the world price of
fuel, transportation costs and other charges. When prices were

increased in January, the sources said, the increases wteo not in
accordance with the agreed scale and the distributors were not


Throughout this year, pressure has been brought on Government to

approve another increase and this pressure has been increased einso
April when Government introduced the Foreign Exchange Tax Act 1977.

According to the terms of this Act, there is a 2j tax "on all
transactions involving the purchase of foreign currency", and this
would be applicable to payments by the distributing companies for
fuel imported.

NEWSLETTER is advised that the increases now authorised by

Government are considered inadequate by the distributing companies,
and further representations have been made for additional
price increases. ( 300 words)

Alister Hughes

The average annual payroll for hotels in the CaribLben is over
US$2,000.00 per room higher than the international average.
This was disclosed by Mr Roger Clyne, Manager of Measrs Harris,

Kerr, Forster & Co, tourism consultants, when he addressed the
1st Caribbean Tourism Conference which was held in Venezuela
in June.

Mr Clyne said the United States payroll in 1975 was US$4,000.00
per hotel room and the international average was US$5,000.00.

In Mexico is was US$4,200.00, South America US$4,600.00,
aErope US$4,900.00, Africa US$ 3,800.0,the Par East US$3,500.OO
and South Asia US$2,300.00 .

"These are all areas that compete for the international flow of
tourism", said Mr Clyne, "and yet the Caribbean hotel industry

has the distinct competitive disadvantage of operating with a

payroll that amounted to US$7,200.00 per room in 1975."

Mr Clyne said too that, in 1975, Caribbean hotels had a gross
operating profit ratio of only 10.46. The world average in
this connection is 24.4%o while, in Europe, it is 20.7, South

America 23.35o, Mexico 30.5% and in the Middle East 37.1%.
Occupancy Declined
Dealing with occupancy rates, Mr Clyne said the average room
occupancy in the Caribbean had declined from 69% in 1974 to

60/o in 1976. At the same time, the Bermuda occupancy rate

was 759 and in Hawaii, 83V. With average room rates in
Hawaii at US$34.00, total sales per room in 1976 amounted to

US$17,900.00. Average room rate in the Caribbean in 1976
had been US$42.00 and total sales per room, US$18,300.00.

Bermuda had topped both of these with a room rate of US$54.00
and total sales per room of US$28,000.00 .

According to figures quoted by Mr Clyne, Canada spent UB$4.7
million to promote tourism during 1975. During that year,
the Bahamas spent US$2.7 million, Bermuda US$2.2 million,

Jamaica US$2.0 million, Puerto Rico US$1.2 million, Mexico

Uj.4994,000.00, Hawaii US$456,000.00, Curacao US$201,000.00
*;bados US$135,000.00, Trinidad & Tobago US$122,000.00 and

Alister Hughes
THE GREHADA NEWSLETTER Week ndling 13.8.77
Page 3
Aruba US113,000.00. The Caribbean Tourism Asooointign spent

US$123,000.00 .

"It is clear, therefore," said Mr Clyne, "that substantial

variations exist with respect to Government spending on tourism
promotion. The hotel industry in the Caribbean, hard-pressed

for cash, must therefore budget very carefully promotion
expenditures. Squeezed by rising costs, price-conscious

consumers, increasing competition and aging property, the industry
clearly has to develop a rational policy for the late 1970s."

Mr Clyne said he did not went to suggest, however, that the
outlook is especially unfavourable. He thought the United
States economy is on the upswing, air transportation costs are
down and there are large new potential markets in the US to be


In order to capAtalise on the market potential, Mr Clyne thought

the Caribbean hotel industry should establish a number of
priorities, "principally to do with product maintenance and
improvement, energy efficiency, cost control, total marketing and

public relations."
(512 words)

One of the facts emerging from discussions at the Caribbean
Tourism Conference held in Venezuela last June is that the
entire Caribbean region is too little known in Europe, even in

those countries which have old historic ties with the region.

European countries cited in this connection were Great Britain,

Holland, France and Spain, and it was felt that, generally
throughout Europe, the image of the Caribbean is too vague.

In a paper delivered to the Conference by Dr Malte BiechoTE, Vioo-
president for Marketing for the Lufthansa Airlines delegates were
told that the mental picture Europeans have of the Caribbean is

that of "a dream-world in a turquoise coloured ocean, with ideal
palm-beachea, continuous sunshine, with romantic dream-islands,
tropic veg-tation and with lively, happy people."

Alister Hughes
Page h

Dr Bischoff pointed out that, in Europe, the beaches of the

Mediterranean have the same image, are much less expensive,

end can be reached in 2 to 3 hours flying time. Further,

the beaches of Africa and the islands of the Indian and Pacifio

Oceans have much the same image and the Caribbean is not in

any way distinguished from them.

Delegates were told that the European tourist is more sophisticated

than the North American tourist and demands "much more than just

a comfortable hotel-room, a swimming-pool and a reasonable

cuisine." "These tourists want to see much more of the

country", said Dr Bischort, "its landscape, learn about its history

and the population, and even experience something of the living

conditions and habits of the native citizens."

Dr Bischoft expressed the opinion that the Caribbean does not

now meet the expectations of European tourists and he said that

the touristic infrastructure of the region will have to be

improved if a greater share of the European travel market is

to be captured.
(294 words)


Some 400 nutmeg producers met 4t i&Samoon woae traak lcit 8nday (tbh)

to discuss further action in the matter of the Nutmeg Board issue.

On July 28th, Mr Justice Archibald Nedd gave judgement in favour

of the elected Nutmeg Board whose members contested the

dissolution of that Board by the Governor General on July 4th

1975. Mr Nedd held that the Interim Board appointed by
Government was illegal, but a Stay of Execution has been granted

pending the hearing of an appeal by the Attorney General

against Mr Nedd's judgement.

The meeting on Sunday was called by Mr Fisher Archibald,

Chairman of the "dissolved" elected Nutmeg Board, and a

Resolution was passed that Government should be called upon

"to honour the decision of the High Court and uphold the

.rule of law."

Alister Hughes
Page 5
The Resolution also recommended appointment of "a Steering

Committee of Nutmeg Growers to plan and implement an appropriate

course of action consistent with the decision of the High Court
and the wishes of the majority of nutmeg growers."

Mr Archibald, as President of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg

Association, was empowered by the Resolution "to hold area and

national meetings under the terms of the law and with the assistance

of the Steering Committee, for the purpose of electing a Nutmeg

Board for the 1977-78 year."

Commenting on the relative small turn-out at Sunday's meeting,

Mr Archibald told NEWSLETTER today (11th) that permission had

been applied for from the Police to use a public address system

for mobile advertising of the meeting. "The Police did give us

permission", said Mr Archibald, "but that permission reached us so

late as to be absolutely useless."

Mr Archibal said, also, that in granting permission for a public

address system to be used at Sunday's meeting, the Police had

stipulated a two hour limit.

Concerning implementation of the Resolution, Mr Archibald said the

Steering Committee had already been appointed and arrangements

were being made for the holding of Area Meetings. These Area

Meetings would elect delegates to a General Meeting which would,

in turn, elect the Nutmeg Board.
(346 words)


The Commission appointed to investigate the working of Messrs

Grenada Electricity Services Ltd has handed in its Report.

This three-man Commission, comprising Mr Adrian Date, retired

Judge of the High Court, Mr Joseph Bain, the 4renada Government's

Director of Audit, and Mr Glyn Evens, the Grenada Government's

Electricity Inspector, was appointed on April 7th last and held

its first meeting on May 24th. Five memoranda were submitted

to the Commission, seven persons gave evidence and the Commission

held its last meeting on July 1st.

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER week ending 13.-771
Paze 6

he Terms of Reference of the Commission were (1) to examine

and investigate all aspects of Grenada Electricity Services

operations, with particular reference to (a) the financial

operations of the Company, (b) an examination of the rate

structure and (c) the location of the seat of administrative

control and its effect on labour relations and costs of

electricity to consumers.

Accompanied by their Secretary, Mr Maudsley James, the

Commissioners handed in their Report on July 26th to Acting

Governor General, Mrs Marie Jo McIntyre.

Grenada Electricity Services Ltd was established on January jet

1961 as a joint venture of the Government of Grenada with the

Commonwealth Development Corporation, the former owning 40.7%

and the latter 59.3b of the share capital.
(207 words)


A workshop for employers in Grenada was organized last week-end

by the Rotary Club of Grenada and a Trinidadian was invited to

conduct the discussions.

This Trinidadian was Mr Cyril Greenidge, Personnel Manager of

the Neal & Massy Group of Companies and, in an exclusive interview

with NEWSLETTER on Monday (8th), Mr Greenidge said that,

throughout the Westindies, more emphasis should be laid by

employers on maintenance of good industrial relations.

Concerning the workshop in Grenada, Mr Greenidge said he had

emphasised to the organizers that the trade unions had to be

involved and, in this regard, Mr Curtis dtewart, Secretary

of the Grenada Trades Union Council, had been one of the

principal participants.

"Let me emphasise, said Mr Greenidge, "that what I have

brought home to the employers is the necessity for the

maintenance of close contact with trade unions.. "he trade

union's point of view must be appreciated if a favourable
industrial climate is to be maintained".

Allster Hughes
THE GRiRADA NEWSTL'TER Week Ending 13.8.77
Page 7
Mr Greenidge was pleased with the success of the workshop and was
confident it would contribute to maintaining and improving
Grenada's industrial relations climate.
(180 words)

The following are statistics supplied by LIAT (1974) Ltd covering
the period January to June 1977 :-
Passengers Passengers Freight In Freight Out Mail In Mail Out
moth. In Out (kiloa) (1kiloe) kailn )kilas'
January 2,835 4,674 24,134.6 5,710.6 3,240.0 1,063.8
February 3,622 3,590 5,213.3 1,129.5 1,190.4 1,251.3
March 3,530 4,083 10,018.7 5,434.3 3,592.2 2,017.1
April 3,807 4,245 11,553.5 3,760.7 2,893.3 1,476.6
May 2,751 2,775 7,814.9 2,969.8 ** June 2,521. 3,045 3,250.9 4,677.0 2.206.5 1.298.2
19,065 22,412 61,985.9 23,681.9 **2% 1ief4 8,770.1
Comparative figures for the first six months of 1976 are :-
January 3,236 4,083 35,921.4 6,251.8 2,618.4 1,177.9
February 3,445 3,641 3,320.2 5,507.4 13,438.1 6,140.5
March 7,166 5,777 18,821.6 2,902.6 6,987.5 6,995.9
April Not Available
May 2,125 2,306 9,175.6 4,231.0 2,499.0 1,230.5
June 2,334 2,571 13,042.0 4,319.5 2,613.1 1,099.2

** NEWSLETTER has been advised that there may be an error in the
figure given for mail inwards in May 1977. This is being 30oc /-
investigated and NWSLETTE1R will carry confirmation or correctioni-
in due course. t0o' f

The S S "Geestland" sailed on August 9th with 22,420 boxes of
bananas weighing 675,906 Ibs. Geest Industries paid 30.079
EG0 per pound making a total of EC$203,305.76. The price paid to
growers by the Greeada Cooperative Banana Society was 14.0 EB~ per
pound on the weight of bananas received at the boxing plants, but
this figure is not yet available. There were 789 boxes of
rejected fruit.
The weight shipped by the "oeestatar" on August 2nd was 451,827 Ibs
and the amount weighed in at the boxing plants was 463,323 Ibs,
making a difference of 11,496 Ibs between boxing plant weight and
shipped weight. (114 words)

During the week ending August 6th, there was one cruise liner call
at Grenada. This was the "Cunard Countess" on August 2nd with
684 passenger. (25 word
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Alister Hughes 12th August 1977

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