After crossing the finish line in the men’s 400m in track and field at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Kirani James raced home to Grenada to begin a week of revelry and relaxation at Spice Island Beach Resort.
From August 31st through September 3rd the athlete/tourism ambassador for Grenada celebrated his gold medal win as well as his 20th birthday at the family-operated, 64-suite boutique retreat, which over the years has welcomed such esteemed tourists as Britain’s Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, along with celebrity sightseers like Sherri Shepherd, who enjoyed The View from her accommodations in the spring of 2011 during a pre-wedding getaway with Lamar Sally.
“We are so proud of Kirani’s hard work and dedication,” said Sir Royston, the proprietor of Spice Island Beach Resort. “Beyond earning the first gold medal for our country, his accomplishments have sparked awareness of Grenada all around the world.”
“Since Kirani’s win, more than 50% of the travel agents and persons I have met overseas at marketing and promotional events now know of our island because of him,” he added.
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Kirani James may have garnered a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic games, but the renowned runner also won the collective heart of the world when he embodied the Olympic spirit by exchanging name tags with double amputee competitor Oscar Pistorius.
To mark the moving moment and honor the man who won his country’s first gold medal in the men’s 400m, The Granada Board of Tourism has launched “Celebration of Kirani: Celebration of Grenada,” a web-based campaign which highlights the gracious nature of the Granadan people.
The campaign includes a video program featuring footage of Kirani’s homecoming, an island tour of the the athlete’s Top 10 places to see and things to do in Grenada, and a “Quote of the Day” about the star sprinter.
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