Businesses in capital city Kingstown are once again being urged to support the local Nine Mornings Festival by lighting up during the Christmas season.
Over the years the National Nine Mornings Committee has been encouraging businesses to put up at least a sting of Christmas lights during the festive season, and while some have done so, the majority has not.
Minister of Tourism and Culture, Cecil McKie in his remarks on Saturday January 6, 2018 at the prize giving ceremony held to award the winners in the 2017 Nine Mornings Festival noted that business entities make the most money for the year at Christmas time, hence they need to provide a show of support to the development of the Nine Mornings Festival by lighting up their establishment.
Minister McKie said that in light of this shortcoming by business entities, a suggestion has been made for government buildings to be decorated with Christmas lights during the holiday season.
Meanwhile, Minister McKie said there is a need for early promotion and marketing of the Nine Mornings Festival.
According to Minister McKie in the month of February/March of this year a contingent will be going out regionally and internationally to try to get more airlines and persons to come to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and part of that promotion will include aspects of our cultural and sporting events for the year.