St. George’s, November 3rd, 2021: Students of the St. George’s Anglican Senior School received a little more than academia on Wednesday, November 3rd. The students, who recently resumed in-person school, received a newly refurbished school stage, and a challenge – Think Big.
Former student, and proud alumnus, Dr. Richard Nixon – owner of Hideaway True Blue – an approved Citizenship by Investment project, issued the challenge while handing over the newly refurbished stage; urging the students to open their minds and see beyond their current circumstances.
“I came from right where you are. I’ve travelled the world and met different people and the same can happen to every single one of you. Don’t think this is it. This is just the beginning.”
Nixon, who came from humble beginnings and is now not only the owner of Hideaway True Blue, but an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Grenada’s ambassador to Southeast Asia, believes it is important to give back to the school, which he credits with giving him a head start in life.
“It’s always a pleasure to come back to where I came from and give back to whom has given so much to me,” Nixon said. “I challenge all my friends and colleagues to do the same. If each one of us does a little piece, we can get this school top notch.”
Nixon’s words, says Nigel De Gale, the school’s principal, have not been hollow. “Mr. Nixon is one in a million. He has been donating a laptop to the first-place child in common entrance, now called the CPEA, for the past seven years. He is part of the family.”
De Gale, who indicated that the school’s stage is commonly used for ceremonial activities, such as concerts, assemblies, and the school’s graduation, said his students and teachers are beyond excited and thankful for the high quality of improvements that have been done to the centerpiece of the school. He is hopeful that Nixon’s example will spur on other past pupils of the St. George’s Anglican Senior School to give back.
As for Nixon, his attention has now moved beyond the repair of the school’s stage to the restoration of the school’s historic buttressed ceiling. He is hopeful that other past students will join him in completing the venture.Read More
Vendors and patrons who frequent the Spice and Craft Market on Grand Anse Beach, popularly called the vendors market, can feel more secure at nights. Ten solar powered streetlights were installed in and round the property on Friday, May 07, courtesy of Hideaway True Blue Inc.
The lights were donated by Hideaway True Blue Inc. to support the Grenada Tourism Authority’s thrust to promote community tourism and regenerative tourism in Grenada. It is expected to improve business functions in the marketplace, which has become a popular night-time hotspot for locals and foreigners alike.
Chairman and CEO of Hideaway True Blue Inc., Dr. Richard Nixon, said he leaped at the idea to provide the lights when approached by the product development team at the GTA. “There’s a need to make Grenada a bit more attractive [and] safe, by promoting safe places for children and families to hang out in the evening times,” Nixon said.
“We’ve done some on Magazine Beach and we saw the immediate impact it brought… It creates a nice ambience for people to come out in the evening and socialise.”
Community tourism continues to be a focus for Nixon and Hideaway True Blue Inc. – the developer of Hideaway True Blue, one of the few fully constructed and operational Citizenship by Investment projects in Grenada. The company continues to use the income it has generated from its operations to improve human resource capacity in Grenada, as well as the overall standard of living for Grenadians.
In addition to lighting the Craft & Spice Market on Grand Anse Beach, Hideaway True Blue Inc. has also lighted the playing ground in Tanteen and is a major sponsor of the Festival of Lights. It has also partnered with Her Majesty’s Prison to improve its security systems, as well as donated computer systems to public primary schools, and IT equipment and services to the Queen Elizabeth Home, among other things.
The company’s aim to bring solar lights to more beaches around the country, is directly supportive of the GTAs greater long-term initiative. “Where we want to go long term is regenerative tourism. Yes, we understand that sustainable tourism, the Pure Grenada brand works in terms of aspiration for Grenada as a sustainable product, but we understand we have to get to the next step,” said Kirl Hoschtialek, manager of GTAs product development department.
“It’s all about merging livelihoods with tourism and long-term prosperity. It requires our ability as government to do both things – understand the needs of the community and take the people along with us. This is very important.”
Regenerative tourism involves creating the systems that support life’s ability to renew itself, flourish and transform into better forms of itself. According to Hoschtialek, it takes sustainable tourism to a next level.
Health and safety, particularly in the post-COVID environment are important to stimulating regenerative tourism in Grenada and are therefore a key priority area for the GTA. Having support from local businessmen like Nixon, says Hoschtialek, is always appreciated.
“Working with Dr. Nixon is always a pleasure. Yes, he is in the tourism industry and is a tourism stakeholder, but you see that he really wants to see things change and take a more sustainable path. With stakeholders like that, and partnerships like that, you cannot take them for granted.”
As for Nixon and his team at Hideaway True Blue, their hope is that Grenada can truly become more carbon neutral by 2035. “It’s not about putting anybody out of business, it’s about using technology and finding new ways to enhance the product. It’s a global initiative, and I’m happy Grenada can be part of it, and I’m pleased that I can be part of it.”Read More
A Grenadian entrepreneur who is set to invest EC$20 million in a hotel development through the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, believes that there is a lack of understanding among many Grenadians about the programme only targeting non- nationals.
“This is a programme also for Grenadians and not as perceived by many as being reserved for foreign investors,” said Dr Richard Nixon, delivering remarks during a ground-breaking ceremony to signify the start of work at his ‘Hideaway Luxury Apartments’ located within walking distance of St George’s University.
“At this time, the act does not discriminate on who can bene t from this programme. However, it would be instructive for a special set of incentives for naturally born Grenadians, as the intent of the legislation is targeted to the overall development of Grenada,” Nixon suggested to the audience which comprised many government o cials including Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell; Minister for International Business, Nickolas Steele; Chairman of the Board for the CBI, Kaisha Ince and lawyers appointed as local agents in accordance with the CBI legislation.
“For Grenadians who have some property that you believe has some potential, I would be pleased to assist you in developing a business model where you can also be a bene ciary of this CBI programme. Let’s nd a way to make this tool work for you. It would be wonderful to see this asset be of bene t in other areas of the economy, and not only targeted towards real estate,” said Nixon. He believes that as Grenada’s CBI programme continues to mature, it is one of the best programmes with the strictest due diligence and best overall value for money for families.
The construction of the 44 apartments is scheduled to be delivered as a turn-key project by July 2018. During the construction phase, 50 persons are expected to gain employment; 7 to 10 during the operational phase and 30 indirectly.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell in his remarks said that he was very happy that a Grenadian is undertaking such a project. “Projects like that bene t so many,” he said before participating in the commemorative sod turning.