The St Helena Innovation Board is pleased to announce that St Helena has been successful in securing an Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union Association (OCTA) Innovation Grant of EUR 148,607.00 (approximately £130,000.00).
After a series of meetings, the board which is made up various community & private sector representatives namely Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Cherie Dillon, Dr Corinda Essex , Councillor Gavin Ellick, Liz Idan-Johnson, Colin Anthony, Paul Cherrett, Anne Dillon, Martin Joshua, Kerry Yon, Trevor Graham, Justine Green and Ian Rummery generated a range of innovation ideas that was felt would benefit St Helena, each of which was investigated to determine the feasibility and cost. Following this process it was determined that the Anaerobic Bio-digester was the most feasible choice.
The St Helena Innovation Board submitted an application to OCTA Innovation last year for a Anaerobic Bio-Digester for St Helena. An Anaerobic Bio-Digester is a piece of plant which converts organic waste into fertiliser and bio-gas which can be used as an alternative source of renewable energy. A consultant is also due on island before the end of the year to carry out research into the best model for St Helena.
Janice Panton, the chairperson of the TSI Project Steering Group (PSC) said “OCTA congratulate St Helena on the endorsement of their pilot project. This project is a perfect example of what OCTA aims to achieve with EU support that is to make a visible contribution to the sustainable development of each of the OCTs. The process was at times difficult and required cooperation and determination on all sides OCTA, the St. Helena Innovation Manager and the support of their St Helena UK representative and OCTA Innovation team.”
Niall O’Keeffe commented “This announcement is particularly pleasing as it is potentially a game changer for environmental waste management on St Helena and also because of the collaborative nature of the project. Apart from the Board there was significant support and input from Kedell Worboys, Dax Richards, Robert Midwinter, Derek Henry and Mike Durnford, elected members along with Milan and his team at OCTA Innovation in Brussels.
There is much work left to be done to bring this project to fruition by a number of stakeholders but it will be an exciting challenge.”
14 June 2017
Cruise International Magazine will be hosting their annual Cruise Awards in September 2017. St Helena has been shortlisted in the Cruise Experience Category for ‘Best Destinations (World)’, and the RMS St Helena has been shortlisted in the Cruise Line Category for ‘Best for Adventure’. This is the second time the RMS St Helena has been shortlisted for this category, the first was for the 2014 awards. This is the first time St Helena has been shortlisted as a destination.
Cruise International is the UK’s only independent guide to cruise travel, a cruise magazine dedicated to helping both the cruise holiday enthusiast and first-timers alike to enjoy the best that cruising has to offer. The magazine has a readership of 80,000 and their website receives 10,599 page views. St Helena has been advertising with Cruise International Magazine since 2003.
The current RMS St Helena has served her community for 27 years and is due to go offline in 2018. St Helena Tourism encourages the public to vote for her and for our island.
The voting page can be found:
Closing date, 18 August.
ESH Press Release
14 June 2017
PREFERRED BIDDER ANNOUNCED
SHG is pleased to announce that SA Airlink has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the provision of a scheduled commercial air service to St Helena.
SA Airlink is a privately owned airline registered in South Africa. It is a franchisee to South African Airways. SA Airlink is a member of the International Air Transport Association (“IATA”) and as such is IATA Operational Safety Audit (“IOSA”) accredited. SA Airlink is a well-established airline operating on a scheduled network with domestic and regional passenger and cargo services.
SHG will now enter into a period of contractual negotiations with SA Airlink. It is anticipated that a formal announcement will be made in the coming weeks on completion of negotiations and contract signing. It is at this point SHG will be able to confirm details such as the commencement date, frequency, aircraft type, the international hub and connecting airports.
Details on the cost of fares and sales distribution will be released shortly after contract signing.
The public are asked to be patient during this period of negotiation after which all of the details outlined above will be publicised.
Adrian Gardiner, founder and Chairman of Mantis Collection and Erik Venter, CEO of Comair Limited, got together with Christopher Trott, British Consul General, to record a video to mark the announcement of St Helena’s hotel and airline operators to St Helehistoric.
St Helena Hotel Development Ltd (SHHD) is pleased to announce that following its recent competitive procurement exercise, Mantis has been selected as the preferred operator to manage the 32-room hotel to be created at 123 Main Street out of three historic buildings in St Helena’s capital, Jamestown. Read More
This is a guest post from Christina Stroud of the tourism office.
St Helena’s mountain bike competition started off at 11:00 am at the Millennium Forest. Tourism Projects Manager, Merrill Joshua, welcomed spectators and riders. Read More