This Week at the SLHTA, March 28th, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014
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In This Issue
Top 10 Places to Propose in Saint Lucia
Red Rose Hotel Offers
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Les Brown Motivational
Coconut Bay Makes Repairs to the St. Jude’s Preschool
Viking Traders Win Multiple Scovie Awads
Jazz Update
US$30M Resort Destined for Saint Lucia
CTO Foundation Scholarship and Grants

“After The Bachelor” Saint Lucia’s Top 10 Places to Propose


Although ABC’s The Bachelor might not have ended with Juan Pablo on bended knee, these top ten proposal locations ensure a definite “yes”…
Number #3
Saint Lucia Helicopters –With all the remarkable views and luscious scenery that Saint Lucia has to offer, there is no better way to see the island than from the sky. A heart-pumping helicopter ride is an ideal way to experience the splendor of the Saint Lucian landscape from a birds-eye view. For more information, visit Saint Lucia Helicopter.

Red Rose Romance Hotel Offers


Saint Lucian hotels and resorts are heating up island romance with special offersinspired by The Bachelor.


Coconut Bay – Vieux Fort
“Red Rose Romance for Spring”
   *  Book seven nights all-inclusive in the newly renovated Harmony Premium Oceanview accommodations, a $250 resort credit plus a choice of three package options priced per couple:
         +  Red Rose Rendezvous – $2,399 includes champagne check-in, champagne turndown service, couples only dinner and an Intro to Kitesurfing lesson
         +  Red Rose Enchantment- $2669 includes Rendezvous elements plus a private beach picnic, private chauffeured half-day island tour and a one-hour beachside horseback ride
         +  Red Rose Fantasy – $3269 includes all Enchantment elements plus a private, half-day sightseeing and snorkeling catamaran cruise
   *  Savings total 55 percent on Harmony Premium Oceanview all-inclusive accommodations
   *  Book by March 31, 2014 for travel from April 26 – June 30, 2014
   *  Use Booking Code RR14
   *  Visit Coconut Bay for more information and package details

Saint Lucia’s Jazzy Lodging Packages


As Saint Lucia gears up for the23rd Annual Jazz and Arts Festival, from April 30 – May 11, lodging offers are hitting a crescendo.


Coconut Bay Resort & Spa – Vieux Fort
“Spring Into Savings”
   *  Receive up to 55 percent off standard rates at $133 per person, per night based on double occupancy
   *  Book now through March 31, 2014 for travel from April 20 – June 30, 2014
   *  Kids three to 12 years old stay for $23 per night; ages 13-17 for $34 per night; children under three years old stay for free
   *  Seven night stays receive complimentary airport transfers, champagne, cold towel check-in and $250 resort credit for spa treatments, island adventures and gift shop purchases
   *  Visit Coconut Bay for more information and package details

PAPER – Every day, office workers generate about two pounds of paper waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Every year, the typical office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy and printer paper. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to cut back on paper use. Put employee manuals, forms and similar documents online. Set your printer and copier to print on both sides of a page. Buy recycled, chlorine-free paper. Share printed document copies, rather than providing one for every person. Use plain paper in the fax machine, so that it can be recycled.

Development of a Tourism Product in Vieux Fort

As part of the strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the Tourism Industry the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries engaged the community of Vieux Fort in a consultation to determine the viability of a tourism product in that area.  The Competitiveness Benchmarking Report of 2013 conducted by the International Financial Corporation (IFC) highlighted the relevance of “Nature and Eco-tourism, Leisure and Entertainment Tourism, Sport Tourism, and Culture Tourism” to the local product offering.  In this regard, the community of Vieux Fort has the resources that can be harnessed into a unique tourism product.
The consultation was held on March 26, 2014 at the National Skills Development Centre in Vieux Fort.  It included presentations from the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the “Relevance of the Competitiveness Benchmarking to the Vieux Fort Community”, Strategic Opportunities for Tourism in Vieux Fort by the Saint Lucia Tourism Development Program and the Vieux-Fort Tourism Development Group will present on the Development Vision for Vieux Fort.
This consultation will complement the Ministry’s overall policy to engender a sense of ownership and increase the participation of local communities in the advancement of the industry.

GEW St. Lucia Wins
Prestigious Entrepreneurship Award

St. Lucia has been awarded the Champion Catalyzer Award for Partners Per Capita during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014. On March 19th 2014, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) St. Lucia, run by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture, was honored in Moscow for the incredible work it accomplished during last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week held November 18th – 24th 2013.
The Champion Catalyzer Award for Partners per Capita is given to the Host who built the largest network of partners (per capita) in support of Global Entrepreneurship Week. This is St. Lucia’s first time winning a Global Entrepreneurship Award. “The support and interest of our network of partners was incredible. So many institutions and firms have come on board to host events and support GEW. We really believe that we are building a formidable coalition in support of entrepreneurship in St. Lucia. With the Minister of Commerce, Hon. Emma Hippolyte and the Prime Minster, Dr. Kenny Anthony lending their support, we certainly believe that we will see a healthy and vibrant eco system develop in St. Lucia,” said Executive Director of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Brian Louisy.
The Ministry of Commerce Business Development and Consumer Affairs, is one notable partner with the Small Enterprise Development Unit and other Departments of the Ministry, who took up the mantle and organized and hosted a number of events in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The leadership and enthusiasm of that Ministry, contributed to the improved impact and reach of the GEW activities.

Les Brown Motivational Seminars

We would like to invite you, your staff and your members to one of the most life changing and inspirational events for 2014.  Solar Tours and Travel, who has successfully planned and executed speaking engagements with renowned motivational speaker Johnny Wimbrey, has engaged the services of a dynamic and World Renowned Master Motivator, TV personality and Author LES BROWN to address the masses with the objective of bringing his speech to members of the general public in a seminar under the captioned theme.  St. Lucia is faced with so many challenges in recent times:-
With the seemingly disconsolate atmosphere that permeates the nation
The lack of motivation from persons in the workforce
Students who seem to have no clear direction and
The general frustration of Teachers and the public at large

The first one is slated for Thursday, April 24th, 2014 and is themed: “Redefining Success In A Competitive Global Environment” for Business Owners and Executive Management, Head of Departments or anyone who wishes to hear this theme. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks available and the cost is USD$200 – SLHTA USD$150.  The second is an open session on Friday April 25th, 2014 and is themed: “Master The Mind and Emotion” for XCD$100.  Both shows will take place at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Mr. Les Brown and we sincerely hope that you are as excited as we are to be part of this momentous event.  For details on discounts please contact Ms. Carmelita Xavier at 720 1836 or Mrs. Ersher Delauney-Daniel at 485 6152.  We look forward to your positive response.

Coconut Bay Make Repairs to the
St. Jude Pre-School

A contingent of workmen from the Engineering Department of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa have made critical repairs and general upgrade works to the St. Jude Pre School in Vieux-Fort. This project was undertaken as part of the Hotel’s ongoing community outreach and support efforts and in response to an identified need.
This philanthropic gesture by Coconut Bay in the form of repair works amounted to a significant upgrade of the school’s infrastructure and the quality of services it now offers its clientele. During the two day period, the workmen removed, replaced and retiled a rotted sink cupboard and surface, repainted all cupboards and walls in school kitchen and also replaced a defective toilet unit within the bathroom.
School Administrator Ms. Herbecia Jn Pierre expressed elation and gratitude for the assistance granted to the institution by Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa. She explained that some of the works undertaken were as a result of the combined impact of Hurricane Tomas and the more recent Christmas Eve Trough. Ms. Jn Pierre is convinced that Coconut Bay’s assistance is “an answer to prayers” for help. The school’s Administrator noted: “through this kind corporate gesture, Coconut Bay has improved the learning experience for current and future groups of our nation’s children. We are indeed extremely thankful on their behalf.”

Viking Traders Win
Multiple Awards at 2014 Scovie Awards

The 2014 Scovie Awards judging panel of top culinary experts awarded Viking Traders Ltd in the Top 3 in the Hot Sauce Category, World Beat Subcategory for their Viking Yellow Hot Sauce as well as in the Top 3 in the Category of Condiments – Hot & Spicy, Ketchup subcategory for their Viking Banana Ketchup Original.
Their winning products were applauded because of taste and originality. The Competition for the 2014 Scovie Awards was tougher than ever, with a new record of 864 total entries, up from 2013’s 805. The total number of companies participating was also a record of 151, from 133 the previous year. Dave DeWitt, founder of the Scovie Awards and the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show said, “companies from all over the world continue to recognize the Scovie Awards as the most competitive blind taste tested event in the world. I’m thrilled that participation in the awards continues to increase year after year.”
Viking Traders Ltd is located at Marisule, Castries, St. Lucia WI and their products can be purchased locally, regionally and internationally. Their product range includes: condiments, spices, baking products, drinks, coffee and gift items.

Music Enthusiasts Save with 
Saint Lucia’s Jazzy Lodging Packages

As Saint Lucia gears up for the23rd Annual Jazz and Arts Festival, from April 30 – May 11, lodging offers are hitting a crescendo. From Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in Vieux Fort to The Landings in Rodney Bay, these jazzy packages will inspire notes as high as the Pitons.
“For more than two decades, the Jazz and Arts Festival has featured legendary names in music. This year’s line-up is no exception with Grammy award-winningMaxwell, famed American funk/soul band The Commodores, Tony-Award and three-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Tessanne Chin, the Season 5 winner of the American reality TV singing competition ‘The Voice’,” says Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism. “Travel packages are available, making it easy for festivalgoers to enjoy the best of Saint Lucia’s art, culture, and music.”
Jazz and Arts Festival tickets can be purchased at; travelers receive 15 percent off tickets from now through March 31, and a ten percent discount will be applied to bulk orders of 20 or more tickets starting April 1. Festival attendees can access the festival lineup, artist bios, set reminders, link to social media, and much more, by downloading the newly developed Jazz and Arts Festival app at: .

US$30 Million Resort “Village” For Saint Lucia

A US$30 million resort, dubbed ‘The Caribbean’s own Disney-like Team Park in Paradise,’ is slated for the Village of Dennery in Saint Lucia.
The Caribbean Market Village, (CMV), is the brainchild of Antiguan-born, U.S. citizen, Sheila Newton Moses of the Manhattan International Group, and is set to be built on the island of the Pitons. Newton Moses will showcase the star-fish inspired all-included, inter-generational tourist project at the biggest investment summit in the U.S. for the global Caribbean, Invest Caribbean Now (ICN) 2014. ICN is supported by Hollywood Actor Malik Yoba and is set for the Harvard Club, New York from11:30 a.m. on June 4, 2014.
The CMV, which will be marketed as “The Happiest Place To Be,” will feature an Organic Garden & Learning Center, the ‘St. Lucia Heritage & Legends Trail,’ a Spectator Sports Bar, a Day Spa, a Lounge and Aquarium, an outdoor pavilion, a children’s activity center, a clubhouse and pool, an art gallery row, a clothing and textile row, a restaurant row and an island services row.
The design will include authentic Caribbean cultural elements such as thatched roofs and round benabs that are original to the Amerindians of the region. CMV will also provide vendors with rentals including carts, kiosks, booths, stores and art galleries for local artists to display and sell their work while a cultural center will showcase the culture of each island.

CTO Foundation Scholarship and Grants

Dear Member:
The 15 April, 2014 deadline is fast approaching for persons keen on pursuing tourism qualifications to apply for CTO Foundation scholarships and grants in 2014.
We encourage you to share the attached flier, spread the word and help to change the lives of those who are the future of our tourism industry.
For further information or contact Marvelle Sealy, Programme Assistant, Resource Mobilization and Development, at  or (246) 427-5242 ext. 2233.

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