The Week at the SLHTA, March 28th, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013  
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En Bas Saut Waterfall
Visitor Channel LIVE
A Winning Destination
State of Economy Meeting
Southern Business Symposium
Easter at Bay Gardens
British Airways Update
Safety and Security
Encounters with Wisdom
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Romance Highlights
En Bas Saut Waterfall
It’s an adventurous trek to the En Bas Saut Falls in the Edmund Forest Reserve. The bumpy ride and hike is a great bounding experience for couples. As you navigate the trail and hear the rushing waters that await you, you can’t even imagine the beauty of this completely untouched waterfall. Nature enthusiasts will love the flora and fauna along the way, as well as the tree canopies and wildlife. The waterfall itself is breathtaking and a bath is refreshing, although a little cold, so snuggle together for some warmth. Due to its distance this waterfall is seldom occupied and can be your own piece of paradise.

Visitor Channel LIVE
If you are looking to connect on TV with a resident audience for your product or service, take a look at the ISLAND BEAT program. Now airing daily at 7:33am & 9:30pm.
Also ask about our other SPECIAL Promotional Offers which will best suit you.

St. Lucia,
A Winning Destination
The picture above is from London’s Women Weekly (February Edition) that features a spread on Saint Lucia as told from the prospective of UK’s first 2012 Olympic Gold medal winner – Helen Glover as she recounts her amazing trip to the island.


For the full article, please click here on the Destination Saint Lucia official website.

Jazzy Accommodation
The newly renamed Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival welcomes legends and modern megastars to celebrate the fusion of music and artistic culture beginning April 30 to May 12, 2013. Several hotels and resorts on island are offering value-added packages and savings, with discounts of up to 30 percent off room rates, for travelers attending the festival.

Oceanview Hotel & Spa (Massade, Gros Islet)
10% off room rates when booking minimum three night stay. Daily continental breakfast. Rates begin at $140 per night, per couple for Garden View room. Rates depend on time and type of accommodations booked. Service charge and government taxes are subject to change.
For more information, visit Oceanview website.

State of the Economy
Dear Members,
The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) would like to re-invite you to a presentation on the“State of the Economy “presented by Dr. Reginald Darius, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Social Security. This presentation will be held at the Ixora Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Inn on Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. 


The key areas that will be focused on are:
· V.A.T. Collections
. Corporate Taxation
· Government revenue streams
· Expenditure streams
· Status of the Private Sector
Please confirm your attendance with Ms.Veronica Swanson, no later than Thursday April 4th 2013.

CCRIF Offers Scholarships
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is now inviting applications from citizens of CARICOM countries and/or CCRIF countries wishing to obtain a Masters or MBA degree in areas related to disaster and/or risk management from universities in the United Kingdom, United States or Canada. The application deadline is April 20 2013.


For information on the scholarships and instructions on how to apply, applicants should click here to visit the CCRIF extra-regional scholarship website or click here to send an email with their inquiry.

St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Generates Even More Excitement

More excitement is being generated as the clock ticks toward the start of the Caribbean’s premiere music and artistic showpiece – the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, main organizer of the 13-day festival, which runs from April 30 to May 12, will feature awarding winning performances from across the length and breadth of the island, says jazz enthusiasts will be in for a treat when one of the region’s most widely acclaimed composer, arranger and music educator Luther Francois, takes to the stage.

Saint Lucian saxophonist Luther Francois’ Calypso Projections will join the main stage, Saturday, May 11th with a cast that already features names like Tito Puento Jr., Tony Allen, Robbie Greenidge and David Rudder.

“We are delighted to have the addition of yet another distinguished son of the soil as part of the comprehensive line-up for 2013 festival,” says Deputy Director of Tourism Tracey Warner-Arnold.

In addition to world class musical performances, the 2013 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival will feature renditions, portrayals and theoretical displays from scores of local artisans, who for years have honed their skills.

The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival opens on April 30th at the Mindoo Phillip Park and will encompass a kaleidoscope of Caribbean music and artistry featuring performances from Jamaica’s Konshens, Haiti’s T- Vice, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kerwin Dubois & Benjai, and national acts Superman HD, Ricky T and Thygeson ‘Penn’ Joseph.

The festival’s main headliners include celebrated multiple Grammy-winner R Kelly, the O’jays, Brian Culbertson, The Jacksons, Akon, Tony Allen, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, David Rudder, Tito Puente Jr., Ginuwine and ACE Loctar.

Southern Business Symposium

The Government of Saint Lucia partnered with businesses operating in the South of the Island to host a Southern Business Symposium on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Coconut Bay Resort and Spa in Vieux-Fort.  The event, which was a collaborative effort between the Office of the Prime Minister, True Value Building and Supplies, Saint Lu Metal and Plastic, Builders Choice Ltd, Shernells Pizza, Uptown Liquor and Grocery Store, Coconut Bay Resort and Spa, Essential Hardware and Nerv’s Taxi Service, took the form of an interactive sessions with businesses owners and managers.

Participants benefited from presentations by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) and Invest Saint Lucia and participated in sessions aimed at exploring new areas of cooperation between the public and private sector in the south.

Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for Vieux-Fort South, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony was also present to participate in the exercises. During the symposium, businesses established a formal network for collaboration between government agencies and businesses in the South which is critical not only for the survival of existing businesses, but to stimulate confidence for further investment.

Emerging Talent on the Stage at the
St. Lucia Jazz & Arts

For the 5th year, Atlanta’s Next Best (ANB) Music Competition champions the most talented unsigned Jazz, R&B, and NeoSoul vocalists and instrumentalists throughout the Atlanta metro area and Southeast Region to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on the international stage at the 2013 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

Created by radio personality Rene Miller of Rene Miller Presents, ANB Music Competition gives unsigned talent the international stage presence that may be in some cases intangible. “I have been producing programming or have been surrounded by talented artists for decades,” says Rene Miller. “I believe that because you are unsigned does not constitute a lack of opportunity to shine! If I can open the doors wider for the amazing talent that I encounter, I will.”

The 2013 ANB Music Competition Grand Prize Winner will receive, an all-expense paid trip for two to Saint Lucia including tickets to the 2013 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival concerts and a performance slot on the international stage at the 2013 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival as well as a sponsored performance opportunity in Saint Lucia backed by a 3-piece Atlanta Band.

The 2013 ANB Music Competition winner will share the company of some of the world’s premiere jazz & R&B talent including Tito Puente Jr., The O’Jays, R.Kelly, Akon, Ginuwine, Brian Culbertson, and The Jacksons. Previous ANB Music Competition winners are Regina Troupe, Sandi Blair, Paula Champion, and stringed music duo Unknown Lyric.

British Airways Updates Customers

Tourism and business stakeholders were among key customers who received an update on British Airways operations in St. Lucia on March 12, 2013.

Team British Airways’ Diane Corrie, Commercial Manager for the Caribbean; Marcelle Joseph, District Manager with Responsibility for St. Lucia, Trinidad, Guyana; and Sabia Cherebin, Airport Manager for St. Lucia, held a series of meetings with agencies such as the St. Lucia Tourist Board, the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association, Invest St. Lucia as well as several travel agency partners.

British Airways currently operates six flights per week from St. Lucia to London with their celebrated “First’ product on four flights per week and has a number of inter regional flights including five per week from St. Lucia to Port of Spain, and one weekly from St. Lucia to Grenada.

Diane Corrie noted that “British Airways, responding to the needs of its customers, has developed a network of flights, international and inter regional, that support twin-island holidays for tourists visiting from overseas as well as regional linkages – tourism, business, trade and visiting friends and relatives (VFR).”

SLHTA’s Safety and Security

On Wednesday March 27th, 2013 the members of the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association’s (SLHTA’s) Safety & Security Committee met at the SLHTA secretariat to discuss matters related to visitor safety and security.  The members present included Mr. Bob Hathaway, SLHTA Board Director and representative for the Yachting and Maritime subsector, Mr. Peter Callen, Regional Security Manager for Sandals Resorts International – Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Donovan Williams, Permanent Secretary  for the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Mrs. Anne-Margaret Adams, Director of Product Development at the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Mr. Noorani Azeez, Executive Vice President SLHTA, Ms. Yola St. Jour, Finance & Administration Officer, SLHTA.

The Agenda crafted for this meeting was as follows:
  1. Call to Order and Welcome Remarks- Mr. Bob Hathaway, Chairperson
  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

The SLHTA was advised of an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport to ensure that all hotels are in possession of a certificate of electrical inspection.  The SLHTA wishes to remind ALL member properties of the critical importance to ensure that their certificate of electrical inspection is current and in keeping with the requirements of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport as so stated in the Saint Lucia Electricity Supply Act.

Bonne Cachille Presents –
Encounters with Wisdom

News headlines: Not enough jobs, not enough rain, not enough money! Doom and gloom headlines may open conversations and bring in advertising dollars from news outlets, but the result in us; feeling of limitations, lack of security, and uncertainty.

Those who choose to talk about lack will experience lack in one or more areas of their life. It may be insufficient money in the bank, or it could show as a rejected mortgage application, it could be a negative evaluation at work, or it might manifest as a health issue.

These are not conducive to feelings of wealth and abundance. You must allow yourself to feel wealthy and abundant before you can have wealth and abundance!You have the right and ability to redirect your negative thoughts and conversations to infinite abundance. Abundance is all around you when you choose to look for it!

Think about what you appreciate, what/ who you love, what talents/ skills you possess. Now apply that recognition of abundance to money, success, love, health, and all the good things in life. Those who choose to imagine and feel an abundance of whatever they want will get what they want.
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