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St. Vincent's Grenadines Wins World's Best Island Award

Travel + Leisure Readers Ranks Grenadines Top Island Destination in the Caribbean

One of the world's best-kept travel secrets is out, as St. Vincent's Grenadine islands in the southern Caribbean nabs the coveted title of "World's Best Caribbean Island Destination" in Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2004 World Best Awards. The 9th annual reader survey is announced in the magazine's August 2004 issue. This award marks the debut of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the list.

"Word on our pristine islands, untouched and un-commercialized, must be getting out! It's no surprise that Travel + Leisure's sophisticated readers are the first to find us out," commented Hon. Ren Baptiste, Minister of Tourism & Culture, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The results of Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2004 World Best Awards is based on a questionnaire developed by the magazine's editors together with Harris Interactive. Magazine subscribers were invited to participate and respond to the online survey and rate hotels, islands, airlines, destination spas and spa hotels, cities, cruise lines and tour operations/safari outfitters. Respondents were asked to rate attributes that they personally experienced during their travels. For example, in the islands category, specific attributes that were rated included natural attractions, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people and value. Full results are available on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a string of 32 islands in the southern Caribbean, located 1600 miles southeast of Miami. Primary gateways are Barbados to the east and Grenada to the south, via short island hopper to St. Vincent. For more information on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, visit www.svgtourism.com or call 1-800-729-1726.

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