TEF raises over $1.7M in year one

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TEF raises over $1.7M in year one
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PRESS RELEASE –
The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) was launched in October 2013 and has raised well over $1.7 million dollars. This was made possible by an outpouring of support by several hotels and visitors to the island.

The level of enthusiasm which accompanies the first year of operation for the TEF signals the significant contribution which tourism can make to the social fabric of St. Lucia.

Thus far, several projects have been undertaken by the fund, mainly a commitment to renovate the culinary lab at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, two afterschool programs in impoverished communities, support for the sourcing of a new flight from Canada and the recent beautification of Rodney Bay and its surrounding areas.

On Friday, October 10th 2014 the SLHTA Tourism Enhancement Fund celebrated its first year Anniversary with a luncheon at the L’epicure Restaurant at the Royal St. Lucian by Rex Resort. The luncheon commenced at 12: 30 p.m. and several TEF Hotel participants as well as Ministers of Government joined the SLHTA to celebrate.

The Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International Mr. Adam Stewart was the guest speaker and the Honorable Phillip J. Pierre, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport delivered remarks from the Government of Saint Lucia. The event was hosted under the theme “Responsible Tourism – The Way Forward for the Caribbean”.

The SLHTA Secretariat would like to express profound gratitude to all our member Hotels Properties who continue to participate and support this significant initiative.

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  1. I think it is commendable that the hoteliers are "putting their money where their mouth is" to help themselves rather than waiting on government to bail them out whenever there is a crisis. St. Lucian, Stop looking for excuses for our behaviour. Why don't the young men and women make something to sell rather than sell themselves or kill and steal. When foreigners, particularly GTs, come to St. Lucia they set up shop somewhere on the sidewalk or even pound the pavement - person to person, door to door, office to office selling pastries or whatever they can make, next thing you know they running a full-scale business. What is wrong with us?? Stop blaming government and others for our lack of initiative and our laziness. Yes, one might say we are not socialized that way and start blaming the school system, but when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Not going to prostitute ourselves, not going to steal or kill, but using whatever skills we have to earn a living. The prostitute has marketing skills,the thieves can do strategic planning, transfer that to something positive. I'm really the of the blame game.

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    • Agree with you 100% it's time ST Lucians stop the dependency on politicians and be creative to find work to help themselves and their family.The Guyanise come and they find ways to make money with the very things we ignore WAKE UP ST.LUCIA...

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  2. Yes the white man star comming 2 st.lucia and make plenty money and give nothing 2 the people so we have 2 go out robbing and killing eachother and the young women have 2 sell them selve 2 make ends meet we all ways look at the white man like a GOD AND A SAVIOR but they are not they only comming 2 make money from our beautyfull island and leave like kings while we are going Hungry.

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  3. I think enough is not being done for the hotel staff who is making the effort to ensure that amount is collected

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