This Week at the SLHTA, May 23rd, 2014

Friday, May 23rd, 2014  
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In This Week’s Edition
Visitor Channel’s Tourism Update News
Young Saint Lucian Chef in Culinary Team
Coconut Bay’s Water Park makes Top 5 List in Caribbean
Hotel Chocolat named 1 of 15 Great Summer Vacations in the Caribbean
Inspirational Leadership Programme
Energy Saving Tips
Trip Advisor Award Winning Hotels
Jetblue Winter Service to Saint Lucia
Caribbean Leadership Forum
SLHTA Outstanding Employee Feature
Carifes holds strategic planning meeting at Habitat Terrace Hotel
The Future of Tourism: The Healthy Way
Saint Lucia Culinary Team Fund Raising Dinner
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Bem-vindos à Santa Lucia! Uma ilha diferente e exclusiva no Caribe, com praias paradisíacas, litoral recortado, florestas tropicais e montanhas.

Welcome to Santa Lucia! A different and exclusive island in the Caribbean, with pristine beaches, rugged coastline, rainforests and mountains.
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Visitor Channel’s 
Tourism Update News

The Visitor Channel presents Tourism Updates, speaking to industry professionals on the matters affecting productivity, the cost of dining at our local restaurants and the potential of Sports Tourism.  Tune in to the Visitor Channel and follow the link below for information on the leading tourism news.

Young Saint Lucian Chef in Culinary Team


A 24 year old Royal Navy chef from HMS Scott has entered the high pressure arena of competition to take part in the first Devonport Flotilla Culinary Challenge held at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall.
The highlights of my career have been the persons I have worked with and the places I’ve been. I was born and grew up on an island in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia and attended Bonne Terre School then followed by Corinth Secondary School before joining the Royal Navy. I worked in a few restaurants while living on the island learning as much as I could as I have always known I wanted to be a chef.”
Chef Coathup’s team’s mouth-watering menu included a starter of Poached fillet of Haddock, served on a Pea Puree and tomato concasse garnished with a parsnip crisp and mint oil, followed by a main course which comprised…Full Details Here

Coconut Bay’s Water Park makes Top 5 List in Caribbean
St Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most scenic islands, lush and tropical. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is tucked away on the island’s south coast. The resort is actually two resorts in one, with one side designated adults-only, while the other side, called “Splash” caters to families with kids.

Splash is also the site of CocoLand, the island’s largest water park. Here guests can cavort on a number of rides, including tubing along a lazy river featuring an occasional waterfall or racing through the Coconut Coaster slide, which hurtles riders along a twisting route before plunging them into a pool…Full Story Here

Hotel Chocolat named 1 of 15 Great Summer Vacations in the Caribbean
The romantic island of St Lucia has a secret it’s a great destination for Caribbean chocolate, in large part thanks to the Boucan By Hotel Chocolat hotel, where you can do everything from a cocoa massage to create your own chocolate.

Discover our unique hotel set high amongst the rainforest and sun-dappled cocoa groves of Saint Lucia’s oldest plantation, Rabot Estate. It’s a truly special place where luxury and style come together with the drama of big nature and, of course, cocoa and chocolate – where you can relax and unwind, treat yourself to a soothing Cocoa Juvenate spa treatment, explore your beautiful surroundings, take a tour, walk the cocoa trails and so much more…Full Details Here

 Inspirational Leadership Programme for Tourism Employee


The SLHTA met with Mrs. Barbara Emmanuel, Human Resource Director at The Body Holiday and Mr. Alan Cutler of the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality to discuss the possibility of offering Leadership training to members. The training programme has been set to commence in august of this year.  The course is geared at strengthening participants in understanding the nature and practice of good leadership in order to make them more effective as leaders, colleagues, and team members.

The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) is the UK’s leading professional awarding body for qualifications in the specialist growing hospitality and tourism sector worldwide.

Energy Saving Tips:
Eastern Caribbean Energy Labeling Project


When buying a new Fridge/ Freezer compare not only the purchase prices but also what each specific one will cost you over the next 12 years (average lifetime of a refrigerator). An old fridge can use around EC$ 1,500 to 2,000 EC / year on energy costs. A new one will cost approx. EC$ 500.00 / year, which means you could save EC$ 125.00 per month or EC$ 1,500 a year…More Info Here

Trip Advisor Award Winning Hotels 
“Certificate of Excellence 2014”


1. For the third year in a row, Mango Beach, the little five room bed and breakfast inn on the waterfront at Marigot, has received a TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”. Mango Beach is just a few steps away from the Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant winner of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award – listing it as one of the Top Ten Fine Dining Restaurants in the Caribbean…Full Details Here


Bay Gardens 2. Resorts announced today that its award-wining hotels had added another award to their collection – a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website…Full Details Here



Saint Lucia welcomes additional winter season flights as JetBlue launches non-stop service from Boston.  Commencing November 1, 2014, the weekly service departs Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) every Saturday.

“This expanded partnership with JetBlue helps make Saint Lucia even more accessible for travelers from many of the island’s major gateways in the northeast and mid-west, as well as provide added convenience for connections with a number of new markets,” said Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

Flights will depart Logan International Airport on Saturdays at 9:45 am, arriving at Hewanorra at 3:29 pm; return flights on Saturdays will depart Saint Lucia at 4:25 pm and are scheduled to arrive in Boston at 8:40 pm.

The new service provides convenient connections at Logan International to key US cities in the Northeast and to the major Canadian gateways of Ottawa and Quebec.

Flights are already on sale and tickets can be booked through JetBlue

“Good leaders matter to development”
Prime Minister Hon. Kenny D. Anthony at Caribbean Leadership Forum


Ladies and gentlemen, good evening, and to those visiting, may I extend to all of you, my own warm welcome to Saint Lucia.

This evening, I will reflect on the matter of leadership in the Caribbean, albeit very briefly. After, I will touch on the matter of policing and crime prevention, particularly in the context of the need for accountability. I know that these issues are at the heart of your dialogue here tomorrow.

I accepted the invitation from Monroe College to speak at this Caribbean Leadership Forum because the question of leadership remains one of the enigmatic solutions and challenges in our region, as it is worldwide.

Good leaders matter to development.

How much they matter becomes amplified in small states, such as ours in the Commonwealth Caribbean…Full Details Here

SLHTA Outstanding Employee Feature: 
Mr. Lwanga Sealy
Mr. Lwanga Sealys is a Sous Chef at Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa.  A dedicated, hardworking, flexible, self motivated and dynamic individual who never backs down from a challenge. Mr. Sealys has been employed at Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa from 19th December 2009 as a Cook, and with much dedication and hardwork climbed the ladder of success and earned a spot on their management team in the capacity of Sous Chef.

A proud father of three, two young girls ages 13 and 4 and a young boy who is 5. Mr. Sealys,  being the flexible all rounder that he is, have worked in other capacities giving off 100%  in whatever tasks that was assigned to him. He was first employed as an All rounder at Mike Frozen Foods- a Meat Shop in Vieux- Fort. His passion for new experiences and getting his feet wet led him at Icon Security Services where he served as a Security Officer for six (6) years. After his tenure at Icon Services he worked as a Janitor at St. Lucia Catering Services where shortly after he was promoted to the Cabin Services Department where he was responsible for delivering food to the different airline crews. After having spent four (4) years there, he set sail at Coconut Bay and made a name for himself.

At Coconut Bay he received training in Culinary Arts, Customer Service and HACCP, applying it to his daily routine. With his willingness to learn new things, positive attitude and dedication to his work he has earned the Award for Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year.

As a true team player and leader, Mr. Sealys constantly assists in the training of new recruits and provides guidance and supports to the many culinary interns that C-Bay accommodate throughout the year. Mr. Sealys recently trained two students from the Micoud Secondary School for the SLHTA Culinary Schools Competition. Although they were not victorious, they were extremely grateful for the guidance and support that Mr. Sealys provided them during the few days they had to train.

In spite of his hectic schedule, Mr. Sealys still finds the time to cater for weddings and parties when at home. Mr Lwanga Sealys lifelong dream is to run his very own Catering Business. With his positive attitude and commitment that dream, will soon be a reality. According to Mr. Napoleon Hill, Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.



The Caribbean Fellowship of Evangelical Students (CARIFES) held its Strategic Planning meeting at Habitat Terrace Hotel in Bonne Terre, Gros Islet from April 10-14, 2014. The meeting was hosted by the Inter-school and College Christian Fellowship (ISCCF) St. Lucia. Twenty participants from Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique assembled during the meeting to evaluate student ministry in the region and to renew the vision to accomplish the goals set for 2020. The meeting was facilitated by Marcia Wang, who is the Strategic Planning Officer at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). CARIFES is an inter-denominational regional organization made up of evangelical student ministries from the English, French and Dutch speaking territories in the Caribbean. …Full Details Here

The Future of Tourism: The Healthy Way


Tourism Destinations in the Caribbean continue to offer a wide selection of options for potential clients wanting a unique island vacation.  As a result the islands have taken advantage of the opportunities by introducing a wide range of amenities to lure visitors to their shores. Some properties have taken a huge step into Health and Wellness and see that as a potential market attracting clients who practice healthy lifestyle.

SLHTA Member, The Body Holiday Le Sport operates the same way, i.e. with a focus on health and wellness which targets an upmarket clientele. Clients have a range of treatment options they can choose from at the spa center and a wide range of sporting activities including tennis, scuba diving, yoga and volley ball to name a few.

Caribbean countries including St Lucia have identified this sector as a niche for potential growth and have implemented strategies for promoting and developing products and services.  At the recently held St Lucia’s Health and Wellness Retreat, Clients learn how to lighten body, mind and spirit in seminars with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

Saint Lucia Culinary Team 
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