The Week at the SLHTA, August 17th, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012
In This Edition
On Island Excursions
Sports Invitational
WASCO Notice
Tourism Week
Ti Kaye New GMs
Tamaisha Elibox
Sonia Johnny
Dasheene’s Lobster Lovers
Caribbean Olympic Fet
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Jungle Biking is not for the faint of heart. Visitors interested in kicking cardio into high-gear can head to Bike Saint Lucia at the Anse Mamin Plantation on the Anse Chasanet Resort. Custom trails accommodate both rookie and seasoned riders using specially designed Cannondale suspension bikes. A skill course training area is available for those new on the scene or seeking a quick refresher. For more information visit Bikes St.Lucia.

Sports Invitational

This year the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) is making a determined attempt to strengthen its membership interaction and encourage socializing by introducing a variety of new initiatives. One of these initiatives is theSports Invitationalwhich was revitalized after being stagnant for a few years.

The Association held its first knockout football competition on Thursday August 9th2012 and has held matches against various teams since then, the points standings now are;

August 09, 2012 –Windjammer vs Bay Gardens 4-1

August 13, 2012 –Jade Mountain vs Goddard Group of Companies 2-1

August 13, 2012 –Jalousie vs Rodney Bay Marina 2-1

August 15, 2012 –Sandals Grande vs LUCELUC 5-0

August 16, 2012 –Coconut Bay vs Sunswept 1-0

Other scheduled matches are;

August 17, 2012 – Windjammer vs Sandals G – Vigie Playing Field

August 20, 2012 – Jalousie Plantation vs  Jade Mountain – Soufriere Playing Field

August 20, 2012 – Coconut Bay vs Winner of Aug 17, Match – Vigie Playing Field

This will be culminated on August 25, 2012 at the Finals on Vigie Playing Field

Interruption to Anse La Raye Water Supply

The Water and Sewerage Company, Inc (WASCO) wishes to inform residents of Anse la Raye, including Massacre and Au Tabor, and the surrounding areas that the water supply to these areas has been interrupted temporarily. The interruption is to facilitate repairs to the pumps at the treatment plant which were damaged during the recent heavy rains.

However, repairs are expected to last through the weekend of August 18 – 20, 2012. As a result, Anse le Raye, Massacre, Au Tabor and the surrounding areas will be without a pipe-borne water supply during that period. The company hopes to restore the water supply to the affected areas by early next week.

WASCO apologises for the inconvenience this interruption will cause and thanks residents for their patience during the process. For up to date information, you can call us at 452-5344.

Rhythm and Spice 2012

The SLHTA is pleased to announce that the long awaited Rhythm and Spice Festival 2012 is on stream and the planning process has vigorously begun.  This year, in addition to our showcasing of local food, beverages, fashion and music, the festival will also focus on the human resource development aspect and highlight career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry and showcase them through skits, displays and distribution of literature.  We also expect to re-introduce competitions designed to showcase careers in hospitality, which will hopefully appeal to school leavers.The festival, Rhythm and Spice 2012, will be held on Sunday 30thSeptember 2012 at the Pigeon Island National Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It continues to promise an excellent family experience showcasing the best of St. Lucia’s music, arts, culture, food, fashion, products and service offerings.

Tourism Week

The last full week of October is observed annually as Tourism Week in Saint Lucia. The objectives of observing Tourism Week are to enhance public awareness of the industry’s value as an economic force, as well as to recognize the achievements of industry partners. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries, along with its partners the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, establishes a strategic partnership with a specific community each year and executes activities to address the disparities that exist between the tourism industry and local communities. The activities seek to encourage the public to experience the local tourism product, engage officials on issues impacting the industry and engender greater participation in the industry by locals.This year Tourism Week runs from October 21 – 28. The strategic partnership has been established with the Laborie Development Foundation to develop a unique product offering from that community.

New GM’s of Ti Kaye Village

Sarah has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience. She started with Virgin Hotels in the early 1990’s in Food & Beverage and gradually moved her way through all departments, to finally end up at the top of the tree, as such. In more recent years she was F&B Manager at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI, spent 1 year at Ritz Carlton in the USVI as F&B Manager then returned to the BVI and was F&B Director/ Assistant GM at Biras Creek Resort.Chris spent many years in IT, starting at the bottom in basic IT support and ending up Project Managing global multi-million dollar technical projects for corporate companies such as Unilever, Gillette and Mercedes Benz. He took “3 months off from Technical Project Management in October 2002, and 10 years later has somehow ended up in St. Lucia as GM in the hospitality industry, via Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Vanuatu, the BVI and Fiji”. Chris has a vast knowledge of many areas across several industries, and is also a PADI IDCSI and an RYA Coastal Skipper.

Chris & Sarah met in the BVI and have recently returned ‘home’ to the Caribbean after Managing resorts in Fiji for 3 years. They actually stayed at Ti Kaye Village as guests in 2006 and are very excited to be back in St. Lucia, and at especially at Ti Kaye Village with the ‘Ti Kaye Family’!

Outstanding Staff Profile –
Tamisha Elibox

Tamisha Elibox is the youngest member of the Barefoot Holiday team. Tamisha who commands the role of an Account Executive of Operations is described as throwing herself into her assignments with a zeal that is unsurpassed. She is the backbone of the Operations Department, ensuring that all Excursions, Transfers, and the general activities of her department run smoothly and live up to the standard of a Barefoot Holiday experience.Her exuberant and congenial personality has made her a favorite with her colleagues, clients and suppliers alike. She has also won the Company’s 2008 Rising Star Award, 2010 Most Promising Team Member and 2011 Star of the Year.

We at the SLHTA encourage Tamisha to continue her successful endeavors.

St. Lucia’s OAS Representative Presents Credentials

The new Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the Organization of American States (OAS), Sonia Johnny, today presented her credentials to the OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, taking her position for the second time as her country’s Ambassador to the regional body.Ambassador Johnny recognized the work of the Secretary General in maintaining the “core values” of the organization: “Mister Secretary General, we know that defending democracy is a never-ending task which calls for great sacrifices at critical periods in the history of peoples who cherish their freedom and sovereignty.” “It is within this backdrop,” she added, “that Saint Lucia reaffirms its commitment to the work of the Organization of American States as we advance in the promotion of democracy and the respect for human rights.”

The ceremony, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, was also attended by the Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the OAS Stephen Vasciannie, Permanent Representatives from the majority of the members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), numerous Ambassadors to the organization and several high-ranking OAS officials.

Lobster Lovers Menu at Dasheene

Dasheene at Ladera celebrates the start of the local lobster season with a new prix fixe “Lobster Lovers Menu” that’s perfectly suited for honeymooners, newlyweds and anyone marking a special romantic occasion. Couples who love lobster and champagne won’t have to wait until February 14 to celebrate their undying love for each other and for Saint Lucia’s most beloved crustacean. From now through February 17, 2013, they can toast their affection by raising a glass of the finest French champagne that’s been perfectly matched with an elegant lobster dinner at the acclaimed Dasheene at Ladera.Saint Lucia’s locally harvested lobster, the Panulirus argus, is the most treasured catch from the surrounding ocean waters and obtaining it from local fishermen is in keeping with Dasheene at Ladera’s commitment to using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. The succulent tail meat of the spiny lobster is especially sought after by tourists and locals alike, the ultimate dish for romantic dining. A three-course tasting menu is available for US$65 per person and a five-course tasting menu is being offered for US$85 per person. (Prices do not include champagne.)

Dasheene at Ladera is known for its new approach to fresh cuisine and creative renderings of locally sourced St. Lucian seafood and produce.

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