This Week at the SLHTA, March 7th, 2014

Friday, March 7th, 2014  
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In This Week’s Edition
The Great Sunday Dunch
SLHTA EVP to attend St. Lucia Manufacturer’s Association Quality Awards
“We believe in evolution”
Look out for Leadership Training
Welcome to CHIC Supper Club
Developing Synergies between Manufacturing and Tourism sectors
Meeting of OECS Business Council
Outstanding Employee Profile
Awesome Caribbean Weddings
Customer Service Essentials to Police Officers
Government of Saint Lucia Seeking to Establish Regulatory Body For Energy Sector
SLHTA congratulates Bay Gardens Resorts on their annual Staff Awards
Cap Maison Celebrates “The Bachelor” Finale
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The Naked Fisherman
The Great Sunday Dunch
A “Dunch” tasting menu based around the Naked Fisherman menu “Beachified”
plus A La Carte options and for the Kids – Chicken & Fries Goujons in the Cone
 Great House Bloody Marys, Cava & Cocktails, Ice Cold Beer

 SLHTA EVP to attend St. Lucia Manufacturer’s Association Quality Awards


The St. Lucia Manufacturer’s Association will be hosting their 2nd Bi Annual Quality Awards 2014 on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at the Sandals Halcyon Beach Hotel.
The Activity will recognize companies for outstanding performances in the areas of Leadership, Implementation of Standards and Best Practices, Product and Customer Service Quality, Human Resource Development, Social Responsibility and a new category “Lawson Calderon ECO Award” for 2014.

“We believe in evolution” 
says Louis Lewis
Greater strides are being made to broaden the global reach of the iconic Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival with the introduction of a highly interactive mobile app.
“As our Festival product continues to evolve, so has the manner in which we interact with the public. We’ve designed a global festival, and now, we’re catering to the global consumer…More

Look out for 
Leadership Training
On Wednesday 5th March 2014, theSLHTA’s EVP met with Ms Barbara Emmanuel to discuss Leadership training possibilities for owners, managers and supervisors of SLHTAmember companies.  The discussion focused on  key competencies required to boost productivity and strengthen leadership in the work environment.
Ms. Emmanuel is expected to prepare a further proposal for discussion with SLHTA’s Board of Directors before commencement of training in August 2014.

Welcome to 
CHIC Supper Club
Chef Eike Lauff
Festival of Flavours
Enjoy the Royal’s renowned
fine-dining accompanied by live music in the air-conditioned elegance of CHIC for an inclusive price of EC$158.00 per guest.
For More Info Call: 457-3131

Developing Synergies between Manufacturing and Tourism sectors
The SLHTA’s EVP has been invited to a discussion  on developing synergies between manufacturing and tourism sectors which forms part of a meeting among regional manufacturers being convened in St. Lucia on 7th March 2014.
The  presentation will highlight  areas of mutual concerns among the sectors and opportunities for better collaboration and business growth.

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Please Help Pick Up The SLAC, 
Together, For Humanity  
Saint Lucia Aid Concert (SLAC) is scheduled to take place this Sunday, March 9th 2014 at Samaans Park.  Please extend our invitation to your guests to help the Red Cross, and the musicians of St. Lucia, ‘Pull Together For Humanity’ to assist those in need following the devastation of the Christmas Eve Trough of 2013 in sharing a day of Lucian culture in a safe and controlled environment.
It will be a fun filled day for everyone, including a ‘Kids Zone’, and will feature Lucian entertainment including performances by Teddyson John, Invader, Ricky T, Mamay Kwéyòl, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Barbara Cadet, Meshack, Mongstar and many, many more.
Stay tuned at www.SLAC.LC for details of the event, an online stream of the show and to donate online with credit card and PayPal.
Please contact SLAC or call the Red Cross at 452-5582 if you would be willing to display promotional material for your guests. 
Thank you for your support!
Endorsed by the SLHTA

Meeting of 
OECS Business Council
SLHTA’s EVP attended a meeting of the OECS Business Council, Chaired by the Hon. Sir. K. Dwight Venner, Governor, ECCB, yesterday at the Bay Gardens Inn.  The meeting was attended by a number of other Private and Public Sector representatives.  In his address the Governor urged attendees to collaborate more effectively in strengthening Private Sector institutions to transform their working relationship with the Public Sector.  He indicated that the economic challenges facing the OECS has revealed major vulnerabilities in their economies which can only be addressed through a more organized and competitive private sector and better regulatory framework managed by the public sector.
Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs presented the opening remarks urging representatives to place the national interest ahead of sector interests, particularly given the challenges of high unemployment, non performing loan portfolios and challenges with access to loans and credit facilities.
The meeting also  received a presentation on the importance of statistics and the crucial need for the private sector to participate in surveys critical to guiding policy development and implementation.  Ms. Lilian Piper, President of the OECS Business Council also presented on the framework of the OECS Business Council.  Ms. Piper highlighted many similar challenges faced by various sectors and urges collaboration in finding solutions.

Outstanding Employee Profile: 
Lisa Greenidge
The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) joins Sea Spray Cruises in Congratulating  and acknowledging the outstanding dedication and commitment of Lisa Greenidge.
Lisa is a very hardworking employee who is dedicated to ensuring our guests have the time of their lives on all our Tours! This vibrant young lady grew up in the community of Rockhall, Castries. Lisa has been exposed to the Tourism Industry for 7 years now.  She is 32 years old and has been employed with the company for 3 years.
An amazing hostess, that’s according to some of the comments on Trip Advisor and we are proud to have her on the Sea Spray team.  We hope that she continues to make a name for herself and make her family proud.
Below is part of a review we had on tripadvisor complementing Lisa. This is one of many positive reviews complementing Lisa’s hard work –
“…Lisa has got the magic touch with keeping the tourists up and dancing, and ensuring all had a nice cold drink in hand at all times. By the time we pulled back into Rodney Bay, the entire boat was smiling from ear to ear. Highly recommended!!!!…”
“…Next stop was the Coubaril Plantation for a tour and enjoyable two-course lunch before returning to the catamaran where an amazing young lady called Lisa joined the crew. She was the perfect hostess, making sure everyone was ok and had a drink while they listened to the music or danced…”
Our employees made Sea Spray Cruises successful“…Corey Devaux
Keep Up the Great Work Lisa!!

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SLHTA presents Customer Service Essentials to  Police Officers


On MOnday 3rd March 2014, theSLHTA’s EVP Noorani Azeez, presented a training workshop to 29 Police Officers on the important of Customer Service and its applications on accident scenes.  The  SLHTA was invited by the RSLPF to conduct the training to expose officers to the  strategies which can be employed to minimize distress, boost effectiveness in communication and strengthen interpersonal relationships with colleagues.  The training forms part of the SLHTA’s ongoing initiatives to collaborate with the RSLPF in matters of soft skills training for officers.  The workshop was co-facilitated by Mr. Wendel George, Project Assistant with the SLHTA.

Government of Saint Lucia Seeking to Establish Regulatory Body For Energy Sector
The Saint Lucia Government is laying a foundation to facilitate multi-million dollar investments in the renewable energy sector.
The Government has set an ambitious goal to position St Lucia to generate 35 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal energy by the year 2020.
For this to happen, however, new investors must be assured of regulatory certainty in the energy sector.
It is for this reason the government is moving to set up an independent national utilities regulator and on this week brought together public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the draft legislation…Full Story Here

SLHTA congratulates Bay Gardens Resorts on their annual Staff Awards
The SLHTA will be represented by its EVP at the annual BGR Staff Awards to be held tonight Friday 7th March 2014. The ceremony will also be attended by key Government officials and will seek to reward staff excellence in a number of categories. BGR has recently won national acclaim as they captured the award for Marketing Excellence at the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards.
SLHTA congratulates all staff members of BGR who have been nominated in the respective categories.  Look out for more pictures and profiles of  the winners in next weeks edition of  “The week atSLHTA”

Meeting of SLHTA Board of Directors 


On Friday 28th February 2014, the Board of Directors of the SLHTAconvened a meeting at the SLHTA Offices.  The meeting was attended by the following Directors: Karolin Troubetzkoy, Ross Stevenson, Daniel Belizaire, Noorani Azeez, Bob Hathaway, Andre Alexander, David Lum Kong, Louis Lewis, Roger Joseph, Cheryl Skeete, Carl Bevriere and Erwin Louisy.
Among other matters, the meeting discussed findings from the recent VAT survey, challenges with SLHTA finances, updates from committee members, report from SLTB on airlift and marketing initiatives as well as upcoming activities such as the Taste of the Caribbean Competition.
For more details of the meeting members are kindly asked to consult their representative on the Board.


The next meeting is expected to be held in March 2014.

The Bachelor takes off to the Caribbean as the series returns to the beautiful island of St. Lucia and to Cap Maison resort for the final episodes, including the season finale which airs on March 10 (the other episode aired on February 25).
It’s a rekindled romance between this hit romance reality series and St. Lucia, which first filmed on island and at Cap Maison in 2010.
The newest Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, will reside at Cap Maison and come one step closer to completing his family. The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC. Can’t wait until airtime to see the resort? Check out Cap Maison’s live SunCam for views of the sea from the resort.
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