My St Kitts and Nevis: Devon Liburd
Director of Sales and Marketing at the Nevis Tourism Authority, Devon Liburd, has made it his job to sell St Kitts and Nevis as a beautiful destination for tourists.
No two people have exactly the same way of experiencing life on the islands. Devon, who has over a decade of experience in the tourism industry, shares with us his view of life in SKN.
Let’s take a look at his St Kitts and Nevis.
Describe St Kitts and Nevis in three words.
Which area are you from?
Which high school did you go to and what was your favourite subject?
Gingerland Secondary. My favourite subject was Mathematics.
Did any particular teacher have an impact on you?
My Grade 3 teacher, Marie Byron (now Ishmael). She was a loving, gentle and caring teacher. It was in her class that I first scored 100% on a test. That left an indelible mark on my mind that even after 40 years I still remember.
What is your favourite time of year?
Summer – when Nevis hosts Culturama. That time of the year brings out the best in the spirits and attitudes of everyone.
If you had to pick a local dish to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Mashed potato and dumplings with fried fish in gravy.
What game did you play most as a child?
Where on the islands do you go to relax and hang out with friends and family?
On St Kitts, Sand Bank Bay, and, on Nevis, Saddle Hill.
What is your favourite music?
What is your favourite restaurant?
Hermitage Plantation Restaurant.
Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to St Kitts and Nevis?
Golden Rock Inn and Gardens.
Tell me something you’d change about SKN.
My wish for Nevisians and Kittitians to have more national pride in who we are and where we’ve come from as a people. To have a sense of pride and care for our national treasures, be it cultural, heritage or natural.
What’s your favourite local proverb?
Mine is more of an advice given by my departed grandmother: “Never watch/grudge people for what they have, because you do not know what they had to go through to get it.”
The best kind of mango on SKN?
Long Mango left for a few days to ripen thus enhancing the sweetness.
Which local activist/personality do you admire the most, and why?
Hon. Vance W. Amory, Premier of Nevis. Mr. Amory is a successful Nevisian of humble beginnings. He has worked hard for the people of Nevis, having represented his constituency for the past 30 years and has been the leader of Nevis for 18 years. He has a calm personality, but very firm in his beliefs and operations.
What major developments would you like to see happen in the St. Kitts and Nevis in the next 20 years?
Renewable energy in the forms of geothermal, wind and solar.
Imagine the possibility of being one of the first countries in the world to be completely reliant on renewable energy. St Kitts and Nevis are positioned and suited just right for all three to take place. Both islands are volcanic and from the depth of the earth can source the geothermal properties required to create energy. Because we are small islands, we enjoy a near constant trade wind which blows across the islands. And there is no doubt that we can harness solar energy, having sunshine 365 days a year.
On Nevis, I would like to see at least two medium-sized upscale hotel developments like Four Seasons Resort. With these two additional internationally branded hotels of about 200 rooms each, we would see economic activity at an optimal level thus aiding the development of the island in all aspects. This will also boost air traffic into the island which will result in better usage of our airport facilites.