Tristan : An Update for Tristan da Cunha's Tourism Industry
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 29.07.2009 (Current Article)
The Tourist Department was set up last year (2008) and had a very successful trial season, since then the Tourist Department has undertaken a few projects. So for those of you who think we are having a quiet time without the hustle and bustle of people, we have not, instead we have been like busy bees.
Photo (c) James Glass (Tristan Times) The Historic Graveyard where Tristan's founders rest in peace.
UPDATE ON THE TOURISM DEPARTMENT
Phcto (c) James Glass (Tristan Times)
The Tourist Department was set up in February 2009 and had a very successful trial season, since then the Tourist Department has undertaken a few projects. So for those of you who think we are having a quiet time without the hustle and bustle of people, we have not, instead we have been like busy bees.
Work has been underway to restore and identify all the unmarked graves at the cemeteries. This task was not easy but was successfully completed with the help of many people. It is with great thanks to Mr Alan Waters a previous Administrator here in 1995, who compiled a record of the island cemeteries and to Mr. Lars Repetto who assisted in the identifying of the unmarked graves. Cemeteries were cleared of rosy bushes, debris, overgrown grass and all unknown plots were identified with a wooden marker. Seventy-six plaques were ordered from Table Bay Marine in Cape Town and when received, were all attached to headstones, or metal stakes, if headstones were not present. Out of the three cemeteries No 1, which the founder Corporal William Glass is buried proved the most difficult. This was due to many of the graves not being discernable; to overcome this, one large plaque had to be ordered which read “In this Graveyard lies…”.
We have also been busy producing a visitors guide brochure and this should be out later in the year. It gives a small description of various places around the island past and present as well as activities and important aspects you should know before visiting. As you all know our wildlife is very unique here and so the Conservation Department has been busy producing wildlife brochures. These are all with special thanks to RSPB and should also be out later in the year.
The Museum and Handicraft Centre has now been moved from its present building. The artefacts will go into storage until we move to new premises at the end of the year and souvenirs from the Handicraft Centre are now on sale at the Post Office. We are at present in the process of sourcing new souvenirs from Cape Town.
There is still a list of many more things still to complete so we must rush and get busy again.