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Rapper T.I. and Tiny vacationing in St. Lucia

American rapper and actor Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., professionally known as T.I. and Tip, has arrived in St. Lucia to join his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, according to a celebrity/gossip news site. The artiste was seen at the Hewanorra International Airport this afternoon, according to several residents who contacted our newsroom. “He had an Escalade waiting right up front. He tried to ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLTB to host 5th annual Saint Lucia Showcase – North America

Building on the successes of previous years, Saint Lucia is set to welcome approximately 15 tour operators for the sixth edition of the Saint Lucia Showcase – North America. This annual three-day event from July 25th- 28th connects hotels, destination management companies (DMCs) and tourism officials with North American-based tour operators that sell Saint Lucia as one of their primary ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLHTA recognizes the 2017 National Culinary Team and Caribbean Employee of the Year

On Friday June 30th 2017 the SLHTA hosted an Appreciation Dinner at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa to award the 2017 National Culinary team for their outstanding performance at the 2017 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean in Miami. This Year’s team received a silver medal in the Best Team Dinner category along with other ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Travelers with desirable booking habits eyeing St. Lucia, per the Expedia group

The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, announces an increase in travel demand for St. Lucia, particularly from travelers that reserve rooms that have high average daily rates (ADRs), book well in advance, travel to hotels with high star-ratings and/or book travel packages through Expedia group sites. Compared to the performance of other Caribbean destinations, St. Lucia’s ...

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PM Chastanet releases visitor arrival stats for May

Saint Lucia has seen an increase of 5.4 percent in visitor arrivals for the month of May as compared to figures in the same period last year. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said at a pre-Cabinet media conference on Monday, that there was also an 11 percent increase in Canadian arrivals and 3.5 percent growth from the United States. He noted ...

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Celebrities choose Saint Lucia for vacation, weddings

Saint Lucia has been a vacationing and wedding haven for a few celebrities lately, with three of the latest being midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, rapper/actor Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, and cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, Logan Ryan. The three were spotted vacationing in Saint Lucia last month with their significant others. The 23-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain was seen on horseback ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucia Tourist Board promotes island on popular US Networks

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has been in high gear promoting the island in the US market as a choice vacation destination. Recently, the SLTB has appeared on highly rated American television stations highlighting Saint Lucia’s unique appeal for tourists seeking a premier holiday experience. On Wednesday, June 28th, the Board’s Marketing Manager for the US, Kelly Fontenelle-Clarke, appeared ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucia featured in Expedia travel guide video

Saint Lucia’s stunning scenery and topography is now available to thousands of potential visitors via the popular American travel company, Expedia. Facilitated by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), Expedia has produced a short promotional video of the island for its Expedia Destination Guide series. The 7-minute video showcases Saint Lucia’s distinctive landscape, beaches and other natural sites and attractions. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucia rated a top Caribbean destination

Saint Lucia has been listed as one of the top 3 vacation destinations in the Caribbean by the US News & World Report. The publication just released its World’s Best Places to Visit and it ranks Saint Lucia as the third best Caribbean island for the ultimate holiday. According to US News, Saint Lucia is ‘a lush, unspoiled island’ with ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Enroll into “the university without walls,” hotel legend urges

MIAMI, Florida – Hoteliers and aspiring young hospitality professionals need to appreciate the critical role which the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) can play in their success, asserts respected Caribbean hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin. Describing the association as “the university without walls for us Caribbean people – and that includes all of the emerging leaders,” Sir Royston called for more ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucia’s tourism promoted via ABC

Earlier this month, the SLTB recorded a series of television interviews with ABC Tampa Bay in Florida promoting Saint Lucia as a premier tourist destination. Four interviews were conducted for the travel segment of ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend show which is hosted by Elite Travel’s Tammy Levent. The interview segments featured Minister for Tourism, Hon. Dominic Fedee, SLTB Executive ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLHTA’s Virtual Agricultural Clearing House honored for its work in supporting agri-tourism linkages

The SLHTA’s Virtual Agricultural Clearing House (VACH) was recently honored as a finalist in the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s 2017 CHIEF Awards. The CHTA’s Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum Awards highlights Caribbean businesses that through their best practices improves the wellbeing of the industry and the region. The initiative (VACH), established in April 2016, received 2nd place in the ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Splash Island Water Park awarded 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The Caribbean’s first open water sports park, Splash Island Water Park, at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, announced today that it has added new a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2017. This accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to attractions that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the popular site, TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Seagrapes Beach Bar and restaurant awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The beach side bar and restaurant at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, announced today that it has added new a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2017. This accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to restaurants that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the popular site, TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. This year, Seagrapes ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Bay Gardens Resorts awarded 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

The locally owned and operated resort chain, Bay Gardens Resorts, announced today that the award-winning company had added new awards to their collection – 2017 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence. This accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the popular site, TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. This year, ...

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Growth in tourist arrivals recorded for 2017

Saint Lucia has recorded a 23.4 percent increase in tourist arrivals for the year so far, with a 33.7 percent growth in the cruise sector. Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee noted at a press conference this week that there was also a 5 percent rise in stay-over arrivals from the US market. He however is concerned about a steady downward trend ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucia confirms new UK PR role

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has confirmed the appointment of Liz Fay to lead PR in the UK. Liz formally took on the role on 12th June 2017 and her immediate focus is to develop the UK PR and social media strategy to support the trade partners their efforts in generating awareness, desirability and demand for Saint Lucia. Liz has ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLTB appoints Katherine Han PR as its American representative

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has awarded US-based public relations professional, Katherine Han PR the US public relations contract for the SLTB. Katherine Han PR will be responsible for promoting Saint Lucia’s tourism offerings in the United States and driving US visitors to the island through strategic public relations and communications tactics. Katherine Han is a seasoned public relations ...

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New tourism authority to be up and running in July: officials

Legislation to officially transform the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) into a tourism authority will be tabled in parliament this month end and an establishment of the new body will come by July 2017, according to Chairperson of the SLBT Agnes Francis. Just about a year ago, government announced that it would convert the SLTB into a new Saint Lucia ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Lucia Tourist Board woos travel agents

Travel agents are vital to the success of any tourist destination, a fact that the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) never loses sight of. Once again, the SLTB has launched its annual travel agent incentive program, Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM). Now in its 7th year, SLAM’s aim is to showcase Saint Lucia to visiting travel agents so that they ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Searing hot travel deals to Saint Lucia this summer

Summer in Saint Lucia is the ultimate vacation destination for travelers who want fun and adventure at major value. The ‘Saint Lucia Rocks This Summer’ promotional campaign offers red-hot deals of up to 50% off room rates and great discounts on tours and attractions. Visitors can revel in Saint Lucia’s unique blend of exotic beauty and exciting array of fun-filled ...

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Saint Lucia’s national culinary team express gratitude to corporate sponsors

(SLHTA) – Seven young Saint Lucian chefs had the professional experience of a lifetime at the recently concluded Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami, Florida. The Taste of the Caribbean competition allows chefs from around the Caribbean to not only demonstrate their skills but also provides an exciting and innovative environment that can help to develop their culinary skills. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: CHTA Employee of the Year winner recognized as a leading light for young St Lucians in sailing

Saint Lucian Obrian Forde won the coveted Employee of the Year Award at the third annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in Miami, Florida on Friday June 2, 2017. The award bestowed to tourism employees within the private sector recognizes outstanding technical competence and hospitality skills. Obrian, described as a ...

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St. Lucian wins Caribbean Employee of the Year; SLHTA wins Operations award

St. Lucia collected three awards, including Caribbean Employee of the Year, at the opening of the third annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in Miami, Florida on Friday night (June 2, 2017). O’Brian Forde of Jus’ Sail and a product of the Jus Sail Youth Programme emerged the top employee in ...

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Fedee: National Tourism Council, village tourism among intiatives to boost tourism

Several initiatives are being undertaken to boost the country’s tourism product. One of the main initiatives is the establishment of a National Tourism Council (NTC) which will be geared at addressing issues that affect the sector. Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said the council will bring about changes which are hoped to improve the industry. The NTC, according to him, will comprise ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association head praises Sandals global marketing

President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy has complimented Sandals Resorts International for the role it has played in marketing Caribbean destinations to the world, and urged other hoteliers to become more involved where this is concerned. Mrs. Troubetzkoy was addressing the Sandals Halcyon Beach Staff Prestige Awards held recently. The CHTA head said it is ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Lucia’s National Culinary Team starts countdown to CHTA Taste of the Caribbean Competition 2017

PRESS RELEASE – With only 9 days left, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) gears up for another exciting event this year in the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean Competition. The event which is expected to draw participation from approximately 14 islands will be held from June 2nd to 6th 2017 at Hyatt ...

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Stayover arrivals to boost sector growth

PRESS RELEASE – Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee said recently that tourism, the island’s main economic earner, is wrestling to reclaim its growth. The sector, he said, has already begun to show signs of rebound as recorded in the first quarter of 2017, attributed to a phenomenal increase in the cruise sector. Quoting from figures generated by the Saint Lucia ...

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Ladera Resort wins Private Luxury Hotel of the Year

PRESS RELEASE – Ladera Resort wins Private Luxury Hotel of the Year with The Luxury Travel Guide! The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields. All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by LTG in-house professionals. This ...

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Fedee: Change was needed for continuous growth in tourism sector

The local tourism industry has shown signs of recovery and growth in the first quarter of 2017 based on statistics from the St. Lucia Tourist Board, according to Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting. He made the disclosure during his contribution to the debate of the Apppropriation Bill in the ...

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Minister Fedee says more needed for tourism sector to meet expectations

GIS – The Hon. Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting said much needs to be done for the tourism sector to meet expectations. The minister spoke on May 10, during the debate on the 2017 Appropriation Bill. “I am pleased that the industry during the first quarter has shown ...

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Soufriere Regional Development conducts entrepreneurial workshop

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development is continuing its mandate to promote development in the community of Soufriere by facilitating various workshops. The most recent workshop focused on entrepreneurship through the concepts of business startup, marketing strategies, research and successful business guidelines. It was held on Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at the Cool Conference Room. “The purpose of the ...

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Photographer to host workshop at Anse Chastanet for National Geographic Expeditions

PRESS RELEASE – One of the world’s most accomplished photographers is hosting a master class at Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia for National Geographic Expeditions this year. Joe McNally, whose acclaimed career includes assignments in more than 50 countries, will lead the classes at the eco-friendly resort. McNally, who has contributed to National Geographic magazine for more than three ...

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CARIBBEAN: Major cruise line slapped with penalty for illegal dumping

CARIBBEAN360 – A major cruise line with ships that call on the Caribbean will have to pay a US$40 million penalty –  the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution. The sentence has been imposed on Princess Cruise Lines Ltd by US District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami, for illegally dumping oil-contaminated waste overboard and falsifying official logs to conceal ...

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St. Lucia named one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations

Soufriere, St. Lucia was selected as one of the world’s best honeymoon destination by one of Canada’s top travel agencies, Flight Network. St. Lucia was among 22 destinations named by the agency. Only one other Caribbean destination made the list: Cruz Bay, St. John in the Virgin Islands. The other destinations are Maui, Hawaii; Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Colon Island, Panama; Rarotonga, Cook ...

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Saint Lucia’s Hospitality Industry Advisory Committee’s 2017 Work Plan

PRESS RELEASE – Following a productive 2016 work year the Hospitality Industry Advisory Committee (HiAC), recently held a general membership meeting to discuss its 2017 work plan. The meeting was chaired by chairman Joseph (Joe) Du Bois. Other members in attendance were SLHTA CEO Noorani Azzez, Carl Hunter of Anse Chastanet/Jade Mountain, Claudius Quashie, Deputy Labour Commissioner, John Mathurin of ...

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Senator applauds port extension project

GIS – Independent Senator and Deputy President of the Senate, Mauricia Thomas-Francis, has commended the government on its initiative to make provisions for the facilitation of a berthing facility for mega cruise vessels. Presenting at a sitting of the Senate on April 6, the senator stated that she recognized the significance of the initiative. “I applaud the government for having ...

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World Bank supports tourism development in the Eastern Caribbean

PRESS RELEASE – Tourism dependent communities in Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will benefit from better connectivity, better infrastructure, and improved tourism market development as a result of a US$ 26 million regional project approved by the Board of Directors of the World Bank. Tourism accounts for 61 percent, 50 percent, and 45 percent of export ...

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St. Lucia to welcome first Mega Cruise Vessel this year

PRESS RELEASE – Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Honourable Stephenson King announced at this Tuesday’s House of Assembly sitting that Saint Lucia is scheduled to welcome its first Mega Cruise Vessel by December of this year. The announcement was made following a Motion to allow the Minister of Finance to borrow US$15,000,000.00 from the National Insurance Corporation for ...

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St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association upgrading to Tri Farm online portal

PRESS RELEASE – Agro-tourism linkages remains a key priority area for the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Inc. Since the genesis of the Virtual Agricultural Clearing House (VACH), in April 2016, the SLHTA has made a significant impact on the efforts to bridge the growing divide between Tourism and Agriculture. The current WhatsApp platform on which the VACH ...

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Tourism Minister discusses investment incentives

PRESS RELEASE – Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee said recently, that Saint Lucia’s newest multi-million dollar hotel, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa, has come at the opportune time, as government is in the process of repositioning the tourism sector to create a favorable environment where tourism can thrive. Government’s new tourism thrust which includes the transitioning of the ...

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Workshop promotes sustainable tourism to protect environment

GIS – Regional tourism officials met at the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay on Monday, to commence a five-day workshop on Sustainable Tourism Destination Management and Marketing. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) designated 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) partnered with the UNWTO to bring tourism professionals from eleven different ...

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New airport taxes announcement draws negative international publicity

British newspaper, The Telegraph, with a daily circulation of almost half a million, has picked up on the big hike in airport taxes in St. Lucia. The article titled, ‘St Lucia wants to develop tourism – by quadrupling airport tax’ indicates that British travellers face a “sharp increase” in the cost of flights to St. Lucia due to the reintroduction ...

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“The Royalton Resort represents the standard that people expect when they visit St. Lucia” – PM

GIS – Owned and operated by Canada’s third largest airline—the family-owned Sunwing Travel Group, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa located in the north was constructed in less than 17 months with a room occupancy of 450. That number is expected to more than double, to total 950 rooms. Prime Minister Hon. Allen M. Chastanet said the US$250 million ...

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MV Adriana makes maiden call to Port Castries

GIS – Saint Lucians now have a cost effective way to cruise the Caribbean. Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for tourism, Hon. Dominic Fedee, was on hand to greet the crew of the MV Adriana for its maiden call to Port Castries. Accompanied by the Executive Chairperson of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) Agnes ...

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CHTA head calls on Caribbean to work together to remain competitive

CARIBBEAN360 – The head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) called on the region to work together to ensure the Caribbean remains one of the world’s leading destinations. Delivering the keynote at the Annual General Meeting of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association earlier this month, CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy noted that while Caribbean destinations are very ...

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Royalton Resort and Spa formally opens

GIS – The Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa has created over 800 permanent jobs. The grand opening of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa took place last Thursday evening. Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee said the opening of the newly-constructed US$250 million Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa is an expression of investor confidence in Saint Lucia. He ...

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CHTI hosts first ever Hospitality Career Prep. Workshop

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute (CHTTI) continues to position itself as being different from any other educational institution that young persons may consider as apprentices who are enrolled at the Institute embark on a life altering journey. It is a training program unlike any other as we are determined to provide a platform that will ...

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SUITS lead actor visits St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia, world renowned for its stunning landscape, breathtaking vistas and friendly people, last week played host to renown actor Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett and their family. Best known for his role as Harvey Specter in the USA Network series SUITS, Macht has become one of the most beloved characters on this American legal drama television series. ...

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Stacy Cox to lead CSHAE

PRESS RELEASE – Seasoned hotel industry professional Stacy Cox is the new president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE). Cox was recently appointed to the leadership position during board meetings that preceded the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace event in The Bahamas. CSHAE is an independent organization aimed at advancing professional development ...

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Prime Minister calls on St. Lucians to be “bold and courageous”

PRESS RELEASE – While addressing a briefing on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project on Thursday morning at the Sandals Grande St Lucian Beach Resort and Spa, Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet called for Saint Lucians to be “bold and courageous” in the face of new opportunities. “There are always going to be the naysayers,” said Prime Minister Chastanet ...

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Jade Mountain hosts mushroom training for farmers

PRESS RELEASE – During the week of March 6th 2017, Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Farm of Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet hosted a training for farmers in Mushroom Cultivation. This initiative was birthed during discussions of the Emerald Farm Manager, Dr. Pawan Srivastava, with project partners, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) Programme which is implemented jointly by the ...

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St. Lucians express disappointment with behaviour of tourists

A Youtube video showing the frantic efforts of vacationers at the newly opened Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa to release an “18-year-old and six-year-old” trapped in the resort’s elevator has evoked more outrage than sympathy from bloggers. The original two-and-a-half minute video was posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, but was removed about two hours after this article was ...

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OECS hosts Tourism Market Intelligence Workshop

PRESS RELEASE – Key decision-makers in Tourism and Statistics in the region will gather in Saint Lucia this week for a one-day Workshop on Tourism Market Intelligence. The Workshop will be held at the Bay Gardens Hotel on Friday March 10th 2016 from 9:00 a.m. It will facilitate dialogue on the harmonization of Tourism Market Intelligence. Participants at the Workshop ...

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