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Christopher Pickard

Meet the new Director of Tourism, Christopher Pickard

Christopher Pickard was appointed Director of Tourism for St Helena in August and arrived on island from the UK in October. This week we chat to him about his first impressions and future plans… You recently arrived on St Helena to take up the post of Director of Tourism, what were your first impressions? I <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/meet-the-new-director-of-tourism-christopher-pickard/">Read More</a>

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Napoleon arrives at Longwood House

Napoleon’s move to Longwood House

It was exactly 200 years ago today, on 10 December 1815 that Napoleon and his household moved from The Briars to take up residence in Longwood House. A milestone that was marked with a short re-enactment with our very own Napoleon, Merrill Joshua. Having arrived on St Helena on 15 October, Napoleon was originally housed at Briars <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/napoleons-move-to-longwood-house/">Read More</a>

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Airport terminal building

Fine tuning for Airport Project, latest update

Following the first phase of the audits for certification of St Helena Airport at the beginning of November the St Helena Airport Programme Board has recommended that it will be necessary to grant a short period of additional time in order to fine tune the operational readiness of St Helena Airport. Feedback received from the <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/fine-tuning-for-airport-project-latest-update/">Read More</a>

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Arts & Crafts Centre

ESH funding helps businesses flourish

This week we’re sharing some more success stories from some of our home grown businesses, which are flourishing thanks to grant funding and support from Enterprise St Helena (ESH). Natalie Lawrence’s Bliss Hair Salon is enjoying new premises in Jamestown. The Salon originally opened its doors in 2013 when Natalie returned from formal hairdressing training <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/esh-funding-helps-businesses-flourish/">Read More</a>

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Bradt Guide St Helena cover

Bradt Travel Guides shine spotlight on St Helena

Bradt Travel Guides – one of the world’s most renowned travel publishers – has released a fully revised third edition of the St Helena guide, timed to coincide with the Napoleonic Bicentenary and Airport countdown. It is the only English-language guide to the island available. And Bradt is offering readers of this blog a special <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/bradt-travel-guides-shine-spotlight-on-st-helena/">Read More</a>

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St Helena Tourism on Twitter

Follow our journey on Twitter!

St Helena Tourism has launched onto the Twitter-sphere and now fans of the remote South Atlantic island can join us on @StHelenaTourism and follow our journey as the world opens up for St Helena! Followers will experience the mounting excitement, bursts of information and day-to-day life on the Island. St Helena is such an amazing <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/follow-our-journey-on-twitter/">Read More</a>

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first plane lands at St Helena Airport

Airport marks 4th anniversary

This week has been a big one for St Helena…being named one of Lonely Planet’s top places to visit in 2016 and marking the fourth anniversary of the St Helena Airport project. On 1 November Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive for Economic Development, attended an award ceremony in London at the start of World Travel <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/airport-marks-4th-anniversary/">Read More</a>

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Napoleon reenactment

Highlights from the Napoleonic Bicentenary

This year marks 200 years since Napoleon was exiled on St Helena, and the Island has marked this bicentenary over the past fortnight with food, music, art and more. Some of the highlights have included… On 9 October artist Áine O’Keeffe launched an art exhibition featuring her 12-piece acrylic on canvas collection “200”, reflecting on <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/highlights-from-the-napoleonic-bicentenary/">Read More</a>

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Longwood House General's Quarters

The refurbished General’s Quarters at Longwood officially opened

The culmination of the operation “Save Napoleon’s house in St Helena” last week coincided with the Bicentenary of Napoleon’s arrival on St Helena. From 2010 to 2014, the Napoleon Foundation, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Domaines Nationaux de Sainte-Hélène have been in charge of managing the important operation of restoring Napoleon’s Longwood <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/the-refurbished-generals-quarters-at-longwood-open/">Read More</a>

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scarecrows, food festival

Celebrating the Napoleonic Bicentenary with food

It was exactly two hundred years ago today, on 15 October 1815, that Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St Helena after ten weeks at sea aboard HMS Northumberland. A food festival to mark the bicentenary of his arrival was held on the Longwood Green on Sunday, 11 October.  There were stalls selling locally made products ranging <a class="read-more-link" href="http://sthelenatourism.com/celebrating-the-napoleonic-bicentenary-with-food/">Read More</a>

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