The Week at SLHTA, June 22nd, 2012

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Hotel Development

Stonefield Estate Villa Resort and Spaopened a new 860 square feet yoga studio and a state of the art air-conditioned gym fully equipped with Cybex cardio equipment, free weights and multi gym machines. “Chez Anista” is Stonefield’s new luxury private villa addition. This five bedroom villa is over 3500 square feet with its own infinity pool and a private cook, Jacuzzi and service staff.

Carnival 2012

As the 2012 Carnival season moves into high gear we are inviting all to be part of the activities. Please view the schedule of some of the major events. Feel free to participate as you see fit.



23 – Samaans Park

Cooler Fete


27 – Spinners

Groovy Soca Preliminaries


29 – Spinners

Party Monarch Preliminaries



01 – Samaans Park

Wet Fete


07 – National Cultural Centre

National Carnival Queen Show


08 – Vigie Sports Complex

Junior Carnival


10 – National Cultural Centre

Inter Commercial House


11 – BCG

Color Me R3D


13 – Pointe Seraphine

King & Queen of the Bands and Groovy Soca Monarch


13 – BCG



13 – Gaiety Grounds

Sexy In Black


14 – BCG

Party Monarch


15 – BCG

Calypso Monarch


16 – 17 – JC Highway

J’ouvert and Carnival Parade

Congratulations Windjammer Landing

We are pleased to announce that Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, home of the first villa concept in Saint Lucia, has been awarded a top honour 2012 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, one of the World’s largest travel sites!  TripAdvisors travelers consistently commend Windjammer Landing with the highest praise, and a 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement.

Sherani Augustin, Windjammer Landing Director of Sales said, “This is a wonderful recognition of everyone’s hard work to provide an outstanding experience to our guests and will be a significant advantage with our marketing efforts.  I know we have provided the leadership that makes this possible.”

National Public Speaking Competition

The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries is pleased to announce the winners of the just concluded National Tourism Public Speaking Competition.

1st Place:  Keith Isaac (Junior Minister for Tourism 2012-2013) – Saint Mary’s College;2nd Place:  Quilee Simeon – Saint Mary’s College; 3rd Place:  Britany Henry – Castries Comprehensive Secondary School

We congratulate the winners and look forward to having Keith Isaac represent Saint Lucia at the annual CTO Youth Congress in Saint Kitts from October 11-13, 2012.

The Ministry would like to express sincere gratitude to the following sponsors for their demonstrated support and commitment to the National Tourism Public Speaking Competition 2012.

SLTB Canada Promotes Carnival

SLTB Canada promoted Saint Lucia Carnival 2012 to thousands of people last weekend at the launch of Carivibe, Ottawa’s only Caribbean Festival and Parade. Pictured here are at the booth are SLTB Canada’s Alison Theodore, along with St Lucia Ottawa Association immediate past president Noella Charles and association members displaying section costumes from the association’s  band JEWELS OF THE ISLANDS.

L’Express Des Iles

L’Express Des Iles will be hosting a Press Conference at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the Conference is to promote Saint Lucia in Martinique before the summer period (July and August). A Martinique delegation of 20 journalists and 6 L’Express Des Iles employees will be arriving in Saint Lucia on Friday, at 3:00 pm via L’Express Des Iles. Didier COFFRE, GM of L’Express Des Iles will be accompanying the team.

The team will be on-island from Friday to Sunday (3 days) and will take the opportunity to experience the island’s nightlife, shopping, tours and attractions. Express Des Iles has informed that footage from the press trip will be used to produce a TV ad for airing in Martinique. Varying Tourism Officials will be invited to attend the Press Conference including the Minister of Tourism, SLTB’s Chairman, SLASPA’s representatives and SLTB’s representatives.

2012 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year – Mrs. Karolin Troubetzkoy


Pictured (left to right): Alec Sanguinetti, director general and CEO, CHTA; Peter C. Yesawich, vice chairman, MMGY Global; Caribbean Hotelier of the Year Karolin Troubetzkoy, owner, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort; and Richard Doumeng, president, CHTA.


St. Lucia luminary and hospitality veteran Karolin Troubetzkoy, owner, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort, has been recognized as the 2011 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.  Troubetzkoy accepted the honor before an international audience of hospitality and tourism industry leaders assembled for the Golden Jubilee Gala celebrating CHTA’s 50th anniversary, hosted at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Jamaica.The award recognizes excellence in all areas of operations, as well as a commitment to the training and development of staff, contributions to the community, and a demonstrated commitment to sound environmental practices.  The award also acknowledges each recipient’s active role in both national and regional issues affecting Caribbean tourism. Troubetzkoy is the 33rd recipient of this coveted award, widely considered the most prestigious in the region.

Troubetzkoy’s passion for guest service, natural leadership and marketing savvy have played an instrumental role throughout her impressive career spanning more than two decades in St. Lucia.  As owner and executive director of marketing and operations for the award-winning Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, she currently oversees all aspects of operations while continuing to develop the property’s facilities and services. Both properties are widely celebrated as two of the Caribbean’s top resorts, consistently recognized among the world’s best by Conde Nast Traveler andTravel + Leisure magazines.

A patron of St. Lucia’s cultural arts community, Troubetzkoy has curated Anse Chastanet’s eclectic art collection of indigenous woodcarvings and acrylic paintings, collaborating with local and international artists in a creative residency exchange program.  Her passion for promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles inspired her vision for the resort spa, Kai Belte.  She conceptualized two new culinary experiences based on fresh, locally sourced cuisine — one entirely vegan, and another that fuses innovative East Indian and Saint Lucian flavors. Troubetzkoy’s local charity work ranges from youth education and care efforts for senior citizens to an “adopt a farmer” program.  She established Anse Chastanet’s charitable guest account in 1989, and assists with the purchase of books and stipends for children of resort staff.

The current president of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, Troubetzkoy also serves as chairperson of the Marketing Committee of the St. Lucia Tourist Board.  She received the Crystal Award from the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association in 2002, and was named recipient of the St. Lucia Hotelier of the Year award in 2006. Appointed Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009, Troubetzkoy holds a degree in business administration with majors in both tourism marketing and hotel and restaurant management from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. She is fluent in German, French, English and Italian.

CHTA Elects New Officers for the 2012-14 Biennium 

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) voted in a new slate of officers at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on June 14, 2012 at the Half Moon Hotel, A Rock Resort, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The officers will be led by Richard J. Doumeng, Managing Director of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, who was sworn in as president of CHTA during the AGM.  Doumeng and the officers will serve the membership of CHTA for the 2012-14 biennium.The five Vice Presidents and Treasurer to serve under Doumeng are as follows:

  • 1st Vice President – Emil Lee, President, St. Maarten Hotel & Trade Association and General Manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten
  • 2nd Vice President – Alberto Abreu, Director of Hospitality, Punta Cana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic
  • 3rd Vice President – Karolin Troubetzkoy, President, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and Owner and Executive director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
  • 4th Vice President – Evelyn Smith, President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourism Association and General Manager, Tensing Pen, Jamaica
  • 5th Vice President – Willem Jonckheer, CEO of Jonckheer Advertising and Marketing, Curacao
  • Treasurer – James Hepple, President and CEO, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association.

Saint Lucia Culinary Team… Finally In Miami

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 the Saint Lucia Culinary Team departed for Miami to participate in the Taste of the Caribbean Competition 2012. A group of seven talented chefs were selected on the Saint Lucia Culinary Team 2012, after a successful Cook-Off was hosted at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Spa and Beach Resort, on February 07, 2012.

The team is excited about the opportunity to compete in the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean, hosted at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, June 20-24, 2012, against ten other teams, namely; Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, BVI, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and USVI. In addition to the usual prestigious prizes such as Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year and Team of the Year; the team will also be contending in various competitions such as, Best Seafood Dish, Best Beef Dish and Authentic Island Cuisine (Taste of the Nations).

The CHTA’s Taste of the Caribbean Competition is described by many, as the one Caribbean food and beverage event and competition not to be missed by any association (and island). The annual event provides the perfect opportunity to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition, before a large audience of industry peers and consumer culinary enthusiasts. Taste of the Caribbean provides education and inspiration through seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations.

The Saint Lucia Culinary Team, will be returning home to Saint Lucia on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:15pm via the George F.L. Charles Airport. We bid them the warmest Saint Lucian wishes and look forward to them bringing home the GOLD.

Europe Quality Award 2012

The B.I.D, Business Initiative Directions, Arch of Europe Award presents awards to companies from 48 countries around the world for achievement, quality and excellence. 

Viking Traders Ltd St. Lucia received the international Arch of Europe in Platinum Category on April 30th 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany for recognition of its commitment to quality, leadership, technology and innovation. They recently received their award in June 2012. Viking Traders Ltd represents success for St.Lucia in the business world.


Over the years the company has strengthened its supply chain by ensuring a steady supply of fresh raw materials, i.e. hot peppers, bananas, honey, coconuts, etc. Contracts for specific quantities of raw materials have been given to selected farmers.


Since 1979 the Tradition of Quality products continues…

Employee Exchange Programme

The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) in collaboration with the “Institut de cooperation Franco Cariabe” is conducting an employee exchange program, where employees within the Hotel and Tourism Sector will be undergoing a French Tourism Course.  The employee will be receiving intense training in French, especially Tourism Related French and will also be visiting different hotels in Guadeloupe to get a feel of the environment.

The participating employees are, Wendy Jn Baptiste and Krystal Sealy –Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa and Beach Resort, Wincia Calixte – The Landings St Lucia, Kishnal James – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa and Cycandra Enna Paul – Cap Maison Resort and Spa.

The participants left St. Lucia at via L’Express Des Iles on Thursday 14thJune, upon arrival they were welcomed by Ms. Patricia Terriere and escorted to the School of Hotel and Tourism where they will be staying for two weeks and return to Saint Lucia on Sunday 1st July 2012.

Our Planet Environmental Film FestivalFrom Tigers to Elephants, from Oceans and Deserts to Arctic regions, with Disney and BBC film makers, from what goes into the Water we drink and the Food we eat – the 1st Our Planet Environmental Film Festival has it all!


June 15th sees the launch of the very first Our Planet Environmental Film Festival at the Our Planet Centre in La Place Carenage, Castries. All proceeds from the Festival will be used by Our Planet to develop a plastic bottle recycling initiative for St Lucia.


Tickets are available from the Our Planet ticket desk in La Place Carenage and Sunshine Books in Gablewoods and JQ Mall Rodney Bay. For more information call 453-0107 or Facebook page “Our Planet St Lucia”.


& Salsa

On Friday, June 22, 2012 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, come enjoy Great Sushi – Rhythmic Salsa and a great Lime spot on Smugglers Cove Beach. Join us for a fun relaxed night on Smugglers Cove Beach – just below Cap Maison.

For more information – Call or email us today at 457-8670



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