(PRESS RELEASE) – For the past decade, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association has been making invaluable strides in the overall development of St Lucia’s Human Resource, especially the employees of its member companies.
The success of the SLHTA’s secretariat in meeting and surpassing its mandate is testament to the commitment of the members and board of directors.
Since the establishment of the Tourism Enhancement Fund in 2013, SLHTA has been able to support many culinary initiatives across the island. Some of these initiatives are the Chefs in Schools Programme, Chefs in Schools Cook Off Competition, and the Caribbean Junior Dueling Conference & Competition held in Barbados.
Well over 100 students have benefited from the SLHTA’s Chefs in Schools Programme, which has afforded them the opportunity to participate in both Local and regional competitions.
This year as part of CARIFESTA in Barbados, St Lucia will be represented by two young aspiring chefs Brittney Henry and Megan Felicien at the annual Caribbean Junior Duelling Competition & Conference.
The young ladies along with their coach Chef Billy Boyle and Coordinator Wendel George will depart St Lucia on Sunday 20th August 2017 for one week.
They are currently being coached by the Executive Chef at Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella in Marigot Bay, Billy Boyle. The young chefs are expected to execute a unique national dish that represents St Lucia in a freestyle/Signature Dish round of competition, as well as a mystery basket round.
Brittney Henry is a past student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Hospitality Department and one of the winners of a recent Cook-Off held at the college. She is very passionate about cooking and wishes to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts.
Megan Felicien is also very passion about cooking. She is a recent graduate of the Ciceron Secondary School and 2016 SLHTA Cook Off Champion along with her partner Micheala Poleon; the two affectionately known as DoubleM at the 2016 Caribbean Junior Duelling Competition. Megan is currently on an apprenticeship with Royalton Resort.
SLHTA wishes the team the very best as they battle for the Championship Title for 2017.
About the TEF
The establishment of the Tourism Enhancement Fund is by far the SLHTA’s biggest successes and thousands of St Lucian and visitors are benefiting from its output. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has been created to allow the SLHTA to play an integral part in the sustainable development of our destination. Through the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the SLHTA will be able to direct development efforts where they are most needed.
Resort guests and all other island visitors are asked to proudly be part of this exciting initiative and donate US$2 for each night of their stay at Resorts here in Saint Lucia which will go entirely towards our Tourism Enhancement Fund. Day visitors may contribute as well.
The Fund was launched on October 1, 2013.