(GIS) — Members of the International Air Rally are visiting Saint Lucia this week, as part of the Caribbean Air Rally 2019.
This year’s event is being held form March 4 to 15. On Sunday, March 10, local aviation and tourism officials welcomed the International Air contingent.
For Saint Lucia, the arrival was significant given the educational component attached to the International Air Rally via its charity wing, Aviation Connection.
The organization runs an aeronautical training program for high school students that began in Quebec, Canada with the expressed intent of steering the youth toward careers in aviation, in order to avert a crash in the industry.
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), was instrumental in facilitating the local leg of the Caribbean Air Rally. Acting Chief Executive Officer at the SLTA, Tiffany Howard, said the activity helps promote Saint Lucia as destination.
Chief Civil Aviation Officer in the Department of Economic Affairs, Transport and Civil Aviation, Eustace Cherry, said the Air Rally covers three pillars, namely tourism, air transportation and education.
Cherry underscored the importance of the appreciation for aviation that the event develops among students.
Teacher at Saint Mary’s College, Shurna Ephraim, echoed his sentiments, stating that the air rally brings to life theoretical concepts taught in the classroom. The students spent valuable time interacting with the visiting aviators.
The International Air Rally each year organizes travel events for members. They engage in activities that not only explore the authentic beauty and essence of the destinations, but allow members to immerse in local cultures.
The Caribbean Air Rally first took flight in 2010.