Airport ‘non-story’ is worth many thousands, says tourism chief

Gloomy stories about St Helena are great news for the island – because they come with beautiful pictures that pull in potential visitors all round the world, writes director of tourism CHRIS PICKARD.   The UK’s Independent newspaper recently ran an article suggesting that the first flights to St Helena, and the opening of the […]

Watch online: St Helena film shows the beauty, and the truth

The BBC has screened a revealing documentary that captures the beauty and charm of St Helena, but also confronts the realities of life on the island. People in the UK can see at on the BBC iPlayer at any time up to 20 April 2015. The half-hour film tells its story through six Saints who […]

New home for ‘Tuna on Main’ restaurant – but where?

The widely-praised 2onMain restaurant in Jamestown is to move to a new home on St Helena – but its location has yet to be revealed. The restaurant, set up to train Saints in hospitality skills, has to leave its premises in one of Main Street’s finest Georgian buildings to make way for a new hotel. […]

Hotel plans win support from ExCo

A large hotel could be built on Jamestown’s Waterfront. Executive councillors gave approval for the idea to be explored as a future option – after endorsing a separate plan to convert numbers 1, 2 and 3 Main Street into four-star accommodation. Both ideas were put before the council at a special meeting on Tuesday, 23 […]

Cruise writer finds a film set waiting to be discovered

Sandy Bay’s arid landscape could be the setting for a science-fiction fantasy and Diana’s Peak would need no make-up for a role in a remake of Jurassic Park, according to writer Captain Greybeard on the Cruise International website. He highlights the familiar attractions of St Helena in a stylish piece, but many might challenge his […]

Tell it like it is, excrescenses and all…

Even its own mother, if it had one, would be hard pushed to describe the old PWD store in Jamestown as a thing of beauty. But there’s no need to be rude about a building that has the sort of rugged, solid reliability that one might value in an old friend. Hugh P Crallan, who […]

Niall tells the world about St Helena’s natural wonders

The writer Niall Griffiths has described St Helena’s isolation as “extreme, and thrilling” in a brief article for National Geographic magazine. He comments on the island’s natural wonders in an article that will be seen by the magazine’s global readership: “With one step I traversed 80% of the planet’s entire species of tooth-tongued fern. That’s […]

Robert drives his way to top business prize

Robert Peters has won St Helena’s Business of the Year prize, by capitalising on the heritage that has been seen as one of the island’s great attractions for future tourists. He received £250 for his History on Wheels business at the awards night, hosted by Enterprise St Helena at the Consulate Hotel on Saturday, 23 November 2013. […]

Now RMS is part of Mantis ’boutique cruise’ fleet

The RMS St Helena is to feature as one of the “boutique cruises” promoted by the Mantis Collection, according to the UK-based Travel Mole website. The site says Mantis has recently signed a deal with St Helena Government to turn Ladder Hill Fort into a five-star hotel. The island’s Sentinel newspaper has since reported that […]

Astronomer gives St Helena a gold star

The skies above St Helena have been judged to be dark enough for the island to become one of the world’s most attractive star-gazing destinations. It could win official recognition as a “dark sky island” within 12 months – though more realistically two years – once work has been done to improve artificial lighting. A […]