The Week at the SLHTA, June 14th, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013
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Summer Savings
Advertise With SLHTA
SLASPA Regonized
Cricket Excitement
St. James’s Morgan Bay
SJCMB – Mark Grebby
“Caribbean’s Leading”
Trios Caribbean Fusion
ATV Paradise Tours
Sports Tourism
Safety and Security
Calaloo Friday’s

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St. James’ Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia – Castries

Receive $500 air credit when booking seven night accommodations. Receive $300 air credit when booking three to six night accommodations. One child stays free. Travel between now and August 31, 2013. For more information, visit St. James’ Club Morgan Bay.

Advertise with Us

The 49th Annual General Meeting of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) is set to convene on Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Royal by Rex Resorts at 9:00 a.m. under the theme “You are the U in Tourism”.


The Association is in the introductory stage of compiling our Annual Report for 2012 and for this purpose, we would like to award you the opportunity to advertise in the SLHTA Annual Report 2012 at an attractive price.


Members are advised that we are dedicating a section in the Annual Report to highlight the SLHTA’s first 50 years of operation and as such, is expected to become a collector’s item for the tourism industry.


We solicit your kind consideration, if you have not already done so, to take the opportunity to advertise with us.


All interested persons are kindly asked to contact Ms. Zina Zita Haynes at 452-5978/ 453-1811 Thank you.

Receive and Award of Excellence

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a trade association representing the leading port authorities within the Western Hemisphere, has selected SLASPA to receive an Award of Excellence at the AAPA’s 46th Annual Communications Awards Programme to be held onOctober 16th, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


The award will be presented to SLASPA for its Intranet – iAccess, which was designed and built by the Information Systems Department. SLASPA was the only regional port to be selected as a recipient for an award during the programme this year.


We are indeed both honoured and humbled to be receiving our fourth Award of Excellence from the AAPA. This award speaks to the exceptional level of creativity and dedication which the Information Systems Department has put into the development of such a wonderful corporate tool,” said Grace Parkinson, Director of Information Systems.

Cricket  Excitement 
in the South

The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Cricket Competition continues to create excitement both in the North and South of the Island, as members battle for the ultimate championship honour.


In the South, Jade Mountain and Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa went on head to head in a knock out clash, as both Teams aim to proceed to the next game.  Coconut Bay won the toss and started the game facing only eight (8) overs (due to their tardiness).  Despite their disadvantage of two less overs, they were able to score a whopping 64 runs, losing only 4 wickets in 48 balls to defeat their opponent.  Jade Mountain in turn attempted to keep up the pressure but underestimated their rival.  Although having their full 10 overs, they fell short of meeting Cbay’s target of 64 runs and handed the victory over to Coconut Bay.


On the other hand, games in the North of the island were disrupted due to the inclement weather conditions and The Landings and St James’ Club Morgan Bay were unable to play.  These matches are scheduled to take place today, Friday June 14th, 2013 at the Monchy Playing field at 2pm.


Upcoming Matches:

Soufriere Hotwire vs Sandals La Toc – Piaye – 18/6/13 – 4pm

Windjammer Landing vs Rendezvous -Monchy – 19/6/13 – 2pm

Coconut Bay vs winner (St James’ Club & Landings) – Monchy – 19/6/13 – 4pm

Calaloo Friday’s

After several requests for it’s return, on Friday May 31st the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa re-launched the Calaloo Friday’s after work lime- a series of events, which began in 2012 during carnival season.


Similar to last year,

Calaloo Friday’s is a weekly event that unfolds at 5:30pm every Friday until July 26th at the Trios Caribbean Fusion Car Park in Rodney Bay. The event runs until approximately 11pm and includes delicious local food at affordable prices, lots of drink specials and entertainment by both up & coming and already popular artists, DJ’s and/or bands locally and regionally. Attendees are also privy to some fantastic special offers.


As our industry partner, we would like to formally invite you, your colleagues and your friends & family to join us at our next and subsequent

Calaloo Friday’s.


Paper Conservation

The average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy and printer paper a year, according to the Environmental Planning Agency.


Examine your office patterns for areas where you can go paperless. Create electronic employee manuals, forms and similar documents, and establish an email list to send customers newsletters and catalogs online.


Work with management to determine which documents in your office can be read or stored electronically. When you must print, use soy-based ink toner cartridges and recycled-content paper. Consider double-sided printing whenever possible to reduce paper use.

Saint Lucia is Number One ‘Again’

Tourism officials on Saint Lucia continue to bask in news of increasing accolades and recognition being heaped on the island and on the many committed and dedicated travel-trade personnel who function as the heart and backbone of the tourism industry.

The latest recognition comes from thousands of US (North American) based travel agents who again have highlighted the outstanding contribution of one of Saint Lucia’s leading tourism representatives -SLTB’s Regional Manager Lorine Charles-St. Jules.

The agents, via, have adjudged Charles-St. Jules as the ‘Top Supplier Sales Representative’ for 2013. This is the second consecutive year the decorated and accomplished veteran tourism ambassador has copped the first place prize, edging out Barbados and Jamaica who came in second and third respectively.

In graciously accepting the award, Charles-St. Jules says that although her primary remit is to expand market share for Saint Lucia, “The job requires a genuine love for the product being represented and it doesn’t hurt at all to love people and interacting with them.”

In 2012 Charles-St. Jules’ sterling contribution to the development of tourism and her unwavering commitment to showcase Saint Lucia as a leading tourist destination was acknowledged by the US based Society of Foreign Consuls.  She was the only West Indian honoree among a short and distinguished list of women from around the world, recognized on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Based in the New York metro area, Lorine Charles-St. Jules leads the marketing, public relations and sales drive for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board in the Northeastern and West coast, USA.  In her line of work at the SLTB, Charles-St. Jules has developed deep relationships with trade organizations and travel media representatives across North America, and has served on many industry boards including Area of Westchester Travel Agents, Long Island Travel Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization regional Chapters and Travel Agents of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay

Nestled beachfront, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay resort is a vibrant, colorful, and refreshingly casual All-Inclusive St. Lucia resort, distinguished by its romantic waterfront setting, just minutes from the world-class Rodney Bay Marina, Cap Estate Golf Course, and capital city of Castries.

A favorite for couples, families, weddings and honeymoons, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia is the perfect place to indulge in an All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation.

The resort, which was bought by the Elite Island Resorts group in January 2012 when it was the Almond Morgan Bay Saint Lucia, has recently undergone a multi-million pound resort-wide makeover.  More than 20 refurbishment projects have been completed including remodeling the swimming pools, upgrading the bar areas, buying new awnings and sun-beds and installing flat screen televisions in all 243 rooms. The whole resort has been given a facelift, with new paintwork, furniture, and redesign of the public areas.

Their wide array of accommodations, activities, watersports, restaurants, bars and amenities make St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia your ideal destination for a relaxing tropical getaway.

St James’s Club, Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia appoints Mark Grebby as General Manager

The newly relaunched St James’s Club, Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia has appointed Mark Grebby as General Manager. Mark moves to Saint Lucia from Grenada, where he has been General Manger of LaSource Resort since January 2010.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Mark began his career working in some of London’s most fashionable hotels including The Halcyon Hotel and the Milestone Hotel. He was also General Manager of the Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. His experience also includes opening the Malmaison in Manchester.

Mark takes over at the helm of St James’s Club, Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia at an exciting time. The resort, which was bought by the Elite Island Resorts group a year ago, has undergone a multi-million pound upgrade. More than 20 refurbishment projects have recently been completed including redesigning the swimming pools, upgrading the bar areas, buying new awnings and sunbeds and installing flatscreen televisions in all 300 + rooms.

Mark Grebby said: “I originally moved from London to work in Saint Lucia back in 2008 so I’m thrilled to be returning to this stunning island.  This is a real time of real change for the St James’s Club, Morgan Bay, which has just had resort-wide improvements made. It’s looking refreshed and I believe the resort has fantastic potential to attract new guests and continue to delight those who are returning to stay with us.”

Saint Lucia – Caribbean’s Leading!!

It is with great pleasure that the World Travel Awards, announces the nominees of the 20th World Travel Awards, voted by travel agents worldwide.


Saint Lucia has been included in three “Caribbean Leading” categories as stated below and local properties and companies have been included in eight other “Caribbean Leading” categories.

Voting has commenced and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association encourages all industry partners to VOTE now and spread the word to others for their participation.

  • Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination
  • Caribbean’s Leading Destination
  • Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination
  • Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Resort – Ladera Resort
  • Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort – Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain
  • Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand – Sandals Resort International
  • Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Suite – Beachfront Rondoval Suites at Sandals Grande St. Lucian; Millionaire Suites at Sandals La Toc
  • Caribbean’s Leading Resort – Cotton Bay Village
  • Caribbean’s Leading Spa Resort – Sandals La Toc; The BodyHoliday LeSport
  • Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator – Barefoot Holidays DMC St. Lucia
  • Caribbean’s Leading Villa Resort – Cotton Bay Village

To register and VOTE, CLICK HERE, and for a complete list of all Caribbean Nominees, CLICK HERE; for a complete list of all Saint Lucia’s categorizes,CLICK HERE;

Also, please remember to VOTE daily for the iconic Twin Peaks Mountains of Saint Lucia – The Pitons in the, 8th Wonder of the World Award. Voting available at

Let’s spread the word and ensure that we get as many votes as possible to.

Trios Caribbean Fusion

A first of its kind in Rodney Bay Village, the newly open Trios Caribbean Fusion Restaurant is Caribbean cuisine redefined. Blending Caribbean, European and Asian flavours to create an adventure for the palate, Trios represents Bay Gardens at its best. Enjoy our Caribbean-born chefs’ interpretation of local favourites such as Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup, Spiced Christophene Salad, Jerk Rack of Lamb and Escoviche Shrimp. Or enjoy three dishes in one, with one of our Trios Signature appetizers, entrees or desserts.

The Trios menu is truly a mouth watering experience. Combining true Caribbean flavour in an exciting was plus a wide variety of options in enters. Tapas meals and scrumptious desserts. Bring a friend or the whole family to enjoy this Caribbean cuisine with a twist.

Located at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort, advance reservations are highly recommended for this “TripAdvisor, Certificate of Excellence 2013” awardee. Open for Dinner from 6:30 – 9:30pm, Trios will surely be your most memorable dinner choice. Don’t believe, then CLICK HERE for an advance look at their menu options.

ATV Paradise Tours

Come and immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring, luscious landscape and discover the beauty of Saint Lucia while riding their ATVs. ATV Paradise Tours offers their visitors a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere and caters to the needs of persons who want to get away for a short period to enjoy a different and exiting activity. ATV Tours are designed for both individuals and couples, who are first time travelers and experienced travelers, who would like to participate in a truly Eco inspired outdoor environment.


ATV Paradise Tours Ltd. is located on 1,000 acres of tropical plants and flowers in Fond Estate, Micoud, on the East coast of Saint Lucia. This extensive property is rich in lush tropical land with over 40 different varieties of exotic fruits such as mango, passion fruit, wax apples, dounce, carambola, guava, banana, plantain, sour sop, orange, grape fruit, lime, sugar apple, plum, cherry, golden apple, avocado, sapodilla. Ground provisions are also cultivated including different varieties of yam, dasheen and sweet potatoes. Tour guests enjoy all local fruits and freshly made local juice.

The tour takes 2.5 to 3 hours and includes driving through different plantations, rainforest and a visit to the Fond River. For more information or reservation contact ATV Paradise Tours Ltd at 455-3245

Made in Saint Lucia

The St. Lucia Trade and Export Promotion Agency [TEPA] has thrown its support behind the Sport in Black and White Conference and Youth Forum organized by the Sacred Sports Foundation.

The event started on Monday, June 10, and continues through to June 23, 2013. TEPA hosted a special workshop on Wednesday June 12, 2013 under the theme “What Can Sports Offer – An Export Opportunity”. There were influential speeches by Sergio Fedee, Peter Adrian and Hayden Evens to name a few.

Developing the youth of Saint Lucia in their sporting fields was of the utmost importance. Another crucial point of discussion was the management and refining of skilled talents. As it has been alleged that many of Saint Lucia’s outstanding sporting personnel have all been adopted by other regional islands where their talent is groomed and they go onto becoming phenomenal athletes, but with little to no recognition of St. Lucia.

Another feature of the conference was a “MADE IN SAINT LUCIA” tradeshow. Many local manufactures were on displayed with their unique creations and products. This tradeshow served as a testimony that Saint Lucian talent can be exported and utilized in many fashions.

Safety and Security

On Wednesday June 12th, 2013 a Safety & Security Committee Meeting was held at the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Bob Hathaway, Board Representative for Yachting and Maritime Sub-Sector and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security, Sandals Resorts International and representatives from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. The meeting commenced at 10:30 a.m. and concluded at approximately 12:20 p.m.

The AGENDA for the meeting was crafted as follows:

1.       Call to Order and Welcome Remarks- Mr. Bob Hathaway

2.       Visitor Safety & Security Document – The next step

3.       Update on Liaison Officer recruitment

4.       Electrical report from Minister and how it is to be circulated to industry

5.       Update on Police Training initiative

6.       Update on SLHTA members electrical certificate status

7.       Update on the progress of the Rodney Bay Initiative

8.       Soufriere Initiative

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