Which comes first: the airline, or the eco resort?

Enterprise St Helena is locked in a “chicken and egg” stand-off with Shelco over its planned Wirebird Hill resort, according to Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. Writer Horatio Clare says that St Helena – “perhaps the strangest of tropical islands” – may be about to experience “one of the world’s most unlikely investment booms.” But while the […]

Tourism chief Cathy swaps sharks for dolphins

St Helena’s new tourism director has a track record that includes coping with World Cup soccer fans and swimming with sharks. Cathy Alberts joined Enterprise St Helena on 1 November 2012, but will not travel to the island until the end of the year. She will be having a number of meetings in Cape Town, France and […]

Staff move out of prime East India Company building

Government officials have begun moving out of three historic properties in Jamestown that have been identified as a prime site for a hotel. St Helena Government’s human resources department has now transferred to The Castle from number 3 Main Street, part of a row of Georgian buildings that date from the days when the East […]

Welcome to The Castle Hotel… your chamber awaits

The Castle in Jamestown, the seat of power on St Helena for centuries, may soon be seating 50 for breakfast. And the grand council chamber could become a chamber of a different kind under a proposal put forward by visiting real estate executives: to turn the headquarters of St Helena Government into an iconic hotel. They have […]

Economy chief responds to concern over Solomon’s role

Disquiet has been expressed over the fact that St Helena’s economic supremo has a place on the board of the island’s biggest company. Julian Morris is head of the Enterprise St Helena development agency, which has the job of building a private enterprise culture on the island. He also represents St Helena Government on the board of Solomon […]

New path means ‘even more people can enjoy Lemon Valley’

From St Helena Tourism: The past few days have seen considerable activity at Lemon Valley. A gantry has been erected to allow easy unloading of materials and equipment for the next phase of enhancement works.  These will reinstate the pathway from the landing stage to the fortification wall and the erection of a stairway to […]

St Helena goes live at annual UK gathering

A live video link is being set up between St Helena and the Reading Sports – the annual gathering of St Helenians in the UK. Enterprise St Helena is inviting people on the island to book two-minute slots to send greetings to family and friends overseas via the video link on Sunday 26 August 2012. For […]

Island begins push for South African tourists and investors

Saints may be losing their head start as potential investors in St Helena’s hoped-for tourism boom. Enterprise St Helena has been briefing journalists in South Africa on the potential of the island, with 43 months to go until the island’s first airport is due to open. News reports on the island’s financial prospects coincide with […]

Seeds of revival: old St Helena crafts move into the classroom

Purple logo on brown background: image of a bowl with tools such as a paintbrush in it

Traditional St Helenian craft skills are to become part of the curriculum in St Helena’s schools, as the island gears up for a tourist boom in the next few years. Cathy Hopkins, of the island’s crafts association, said: “Heritage crafts like lace, seedwork, embroidery and those wonderful bottle lanterns all require teaching to the next […]

Back to the land? School campaign promotes traditional jobs

A campaign is being launched to make traditional work such as fishing and farming more attractive to young people on St Helena. The Traditional Industries Campaign is to be tied in with teaching at Prince Andrew School. At the same time, a new policy to modernise apprenticeships is being developed by Enterprise St Helena (ESH). The campaign was prompted by […]