The Week at the SLHTA, Friday July 4th, 2014

Friday, July 4th, 2014  
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In This Week’s Edition
Curton Collymore Wins WJL Game Changer Award
LUCELEC Turns 50 Years Old
Culinary Ambassador to Showcase Saint Lucia like Never Before
Rum Tasting and Cider Inspired Dinner
Leadership Training Opportunity
Saint Lucia Culinary Team 2014 Captures 12 Awards
SLHTA and CGM Gallagher to Launch Group Medical Insurance Plan
St Lucian Hotels Top Travel + Leisure’s Best Caribbean Hotels and Resorts List
CHTA Swears in a New President
LUCELEC Supports St Lucia’s Culinary Team
Delta Adds JFK-UVF Service
National Tourism Public Speaking Competition
Saint Lucia Kicks Off Saint Lucia Agent Months
LUCELEC Meets with Ti Rocher Residents
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Curton Collymore Wins WJL Game Changer Award



The Windjammer Landing employee nominated for the “Game Changer of the Year Award,” must have over the period exhibited the ultimate spirit of sportsmanship in his particular sporting discipline.  In addition, the individual would have had to demonstrate that the achievement on the field of play had a positive impact on his performance at work, in terms of service delivery.

Curton Collymore has undoubtedly met that prerequisite. Although an all around sportsman, he is best known for his prowess on the soccer field. Curton represents his club 18 Plus in the Dennery Community League Football Competition. His skill as a defender has earned him selection on the Dennery Football Team, where he plays in both the St. Lucia Football Association Cup and the Blackheart Competition. His endurance as a player over the years has also earned him a selection spot in the Dennery Veterans Football Team.  In all of that, he is able to sustain the strength and skill to ably represent the Windjammer Team in the Hotel and Tourism Football Competition as well as in the Gros Islet Football League. It can be said with confidence that the reason for opposing teams finding it difficult to find the back of the net against Windjammer is due to the presence of Curton in the defense. In all competition, Curton has stood out as a very disciplined and committed player. He gives his all in every game and is a fierce competitor. Curton enters each game with his singular goal being the glory of victory.  That notwithstanding, he will not sacrifice fair play to achieve his preferred end result.  This has gained him the respect and admiration of his team members and opponents alike.  A true attribute of a sportsman who is indeed a game player.


50 Years Old


Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) is 50 years old! The electricity company observes the milestone anniversary on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

LUCELEC Managing Director Trevor Louisy says the occasion is a cause for celebration and reflection, a time to “celebrate what we have accomplished, yes, but also to reflect on what lies ahead, regroup, and prepare ourselves for the next 50 years.”

The LUCELEC Managing Director adds, as significant a milestone as this is, in commemorating the occasion, the company is mindful of the current operating environment.

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Culinary Ambassador to Showcase Saint Lucia like Never Before


The island’s lone Culinary Ambassador Nina Compton-Miller is on a mission to highlight Saint Lucia on the international culinary stage in novel ways. The first runner-up and fan favorite in the most recent “Top Chef New Orleans” series was recently appointed as the first Culinary Ambassador of Saint Lucia. Compton-Miller hopes to inspire legions of foodies and visitors to the island with promises of indigenous ingredients and forward thinking food producers.
The now-famous chef plans to use all of the advantages of growing up in an epicurean’s paradise, on an island that possesses an endless supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of ethnic influences, and access to some of the world’s best seafood. Chef Nina earlier this month again demonstrated her cooking prowess and shared her passion for Saint Lucia and by extension Caribbean cuisine, when she wowed audiences in Miami, USA as she appeared on the popular NBC 6 Morning Show as part of “Taste of the Caribbean,” a competition where over 10 teams from the Caribbean compete in a hot food/culinary team competition, bartender competition and pastry competition.
The NBC 6 segment with Nina Compton-Miller can be view Here


Rum Tasting and Cider Inspired Dinner 

Jus’ Sail has partnered with Saint Lucia Distillers and Jacques Waterfront Dining to host a unique Rum Tasting and Cider Inspired Dinner on August 9th in order to raise funds for their Annual Youth Training Programme.

This 3 course dinner and rum tasting is only EC$175 per person with music and entertainment by an Old Skool Calypso DJ. Cocktail starts at 7pmfollowed by dinner at 8pm. Limited numbers, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 286 6970 or email us at

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Inspirational Leadership Training Program for Managers and Supervisors


We are pleased to introduce a program endorsed by the SLHTA and delivered by a leading training professional in our tourism industry.  The SLHTA invites you to consider participating, particularly given the potential of the program to nurture Inspirational Leaders within your organization.

Barbara Emmanuel, in association with the Hospitality Leadership Institute, is facilitating a three-day course that turns its trainees into leaders. By participating in the course, the trainees will learn leadership qualities, how to build and manage a team, and how to deal with the stresses related to their roles in the industry. This workshop promises to be informative, encouraging, and enjoyable. Upon successful completion of an assessment of learning, participants will be rewarded with a certificate. Enrollment is encouraged for all employees who currently or may in the future lead teams of others in the tourism industry. For more information, clickhere.

Saint Lucia Culinary Team 2014 Captures 

12 Awards

According to Walt Disney, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

This is indeed so for the 2014 Saint Lucia Culinary Team who performed exceptionally well at the Annual Taste of the Caribbean Competition. It was a tough competition according to participants but it was also an opportunity to show the world that Saint Lucia deserves a place in the spotlight.

On Thursday July 3rd 2014, a group of delegates from the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) hosted a welcome back cocktail at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa for the team upon their arrival.

At the cocktail reception, the Executive Vice President Noorani Azeez took the opportunity to congratulate the team on their success “I want to thank you profoundly for setting a fantastic stage for us to pursue as we lift the standards of culinary arts in Saint Lucia” and he also expressed his gratitude to Zina Haynes for working tirelessly to ensure that the team was ready for the competition.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mr Donavan Williams also applauded the team on their achievement “It’s a really good sign when you can demonstrate tangibly that your abilities can carry this expectation to provide us with the product that we have today. And the fact that you won so many awards tells me not only that you are talented but that you also committed and that you can achieve“.  He further indicated that Food and Beverage plays a huge role in the product that Saint Lucia has to offer.


Alva Preville – Delirius – Most Creative Cocktails and Silver Medal


Refer Leonce – Silver Medal

Peter Lawrence – Gold and Overall Winner


Elijah Jules – Jade Mountain – Bronze Medal

Caron Jean- Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Silver Medal


Martha Hippolyte – Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Participating Mention


Sherma Peter – Jade Mountain – Participating Mention

Junior Chef

Clevie Henry – Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa – Bronze Medal

Chef of Year

Elijah Jules – Jade Mountain – Silver Medal

Team of the Year

Saint Lucia – Silver Medal

Total Amount

1 gold

2 special awards

5 silver

2 bronze

2 participating mention


Congratulations to the SLHTA’s National Culinary Team 2014

 SLHTA and CGM Gallagher to Launch Group Medical Insurance Plan for Employees of SLHTA Member Companies


The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association announces the engagement of CGM Gallagher Group for the provision of Group Medical Insurance for employees of SLHTA member companies.  The plan, which will seek to target 2000 employees in its initial phase, will allow for significantly discounted premiums for medical and health insurance for many workers who cannot afford independent medical insurance coverage.

Commenting on the engagement, SLHTA’s Membership Development Committee Chairman Mr. Andre Alexander noted that “This initiative has been in the pipeline for many months now and we are pleased to have received our Board’s approval to move it forward.”

The program, which is exclusive to member companies of the SLHTA, will seek to target many small and medium sized companies to sign up during its initial phase.  SLHTA’s 2nd Vice President Mr. Daniel Belizaire notes that “The plan is designed to strengthen the value for membership proposition for SLHTA members and their employees and its exclusivity to SLHTA member companies is key to its success.  CGM Gallagher is a proud member of the SLHTA and we welcome their willingness to meet our needs.”

Given the socio-economic shocks being experienced by both employees and employers of the local tourism and hospitality private sector, the plan will increase access and affordability for firms unable to negotiate similar benefits due to size constraints.

The official launch of the initiative took place on 2nd June 2014 at the Bay Gardens Hotel.

St Lucian Hotels Top Travel + Leisure’s Best Caribbean Hotels and Resorts List


Travel + Leisure magazine recently published their 2014 World’s Best Awards. The island of St Lucia was ranked among the top five best islands to visit in the Caribbean. The island was not ranked last year, which shows marked improvement on behalf of the tourism industry.


In another triumph for St Lucia, two local resorts, Jade Mountain and Cap Maison, were ranked #1 and #2, respectively, in the Best Caribbean Hotels and Resorts category. They were joined by Ladera, the BodyHoliday, and Sugar Beach in the top 20. Congratulations to these resorts on this international recognition!

See the full results here.

Emil Lee Takes Office as New CHTA President


The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association swore in a new president at its annual general meeting. Emil Lee, General Manager of the Princess Heights Hotel in St Maarten, was elected to take over for the outgoing president Richard Doumeng.

He will serve through 2016. At the same meeting, the CHTA also announced five vice presidents, including the SLHTA’s own Karolin Troubetzkoy, and a new treasurer.


To read more, click here.

 St Lucia Electricity Services Limited Supports St Lucia’s Culinary Team

Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) is a Gold Sponsor of the seven member Saint Lucia Team that will leave the island on Friday June 27, 2014 to compete in the regional “Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition”.

Saint Lucia’s Culinary Team is led by Chef Elijah Jules and includes Refer Leonce, Martha Hippolyte, Peter Lawrence, Caron Jean, Sharma Peter and Bartender Alva Preville.

The food maestros represent a number of hotels across the island and were chosen from national competitions held on Wednesday April 2, 2014 among twelve (12) chefs.

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Delta Adds Service to Saint Lucia from JFK International Airport


The Saint Lucia Tourist Board announced Delta Air Lines will add non-stop service from New York’s JFK International Airport to Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Commencing December 20, 2014, the weekly service will operate every Saturday throughout the year.

The flight marks an expansion in service by Delta to UVF; the airline currently operates nonstop flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“Delta customers will have the ability to conveniently connect from a variety of feeder markets throughout the Northeast and Canada,” said Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “We look forward to continued work with the carrier to increase the number of arrivals at Hewanorra International Airport.”

Operated using a Boeing 737-800 with capacity for 160 seats, the flight will depart JFK at 8:30 a.m., arriving at UVF at 2:10 p.m. Return flights will depart Saint Lucia at 3:15 p.m., arriving at JFK at 7:07 p.m.

Flights and fares are available now at

 Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries Hosts 2014 National Tourism Public Speaking Competition


The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries would like to announce the hosting of the 2014 National Tourism Public Speaking Competition on Thursday July 3, at the Royal Conference Room, Royal Saint Lucian by Rex Resorts from 10:00am.  The competition seeks to provide students ages 14-17 an opportunity to address areas of critical importance to the tourism industry and provide solutions where possible.

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Saint Lucia Kicks Off 

Saint Lucia Agent Months

Travel Agents Can Experience Destination Firsthand 


The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has launched its annual travel agent incentive program, Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM). Designed to bring travel agents to Saint Lucia, the promotion, which runs through November 15, 2014, includes booking incentives and special rates on accommodations, airport transfers, tours, and attractions. Additionally, American Airlines will offer travel partners 50 percent off airfares in June, October and November, and WestJet will offer a 70 percent discount on airfares for travel through December 16, 2014 (blackout dates apply).

Participating travel agents will experience the taste, sights and sounds of the island through diverse tours, varied land and sea excursions, authentic cuisine and a chance to explore the array hotels and resorts available during site inspections.

For more information about SLAM, click here.

LUCELEC Discusses Proposed Substation with Ti Rocher Residents


Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has begun exploratory works to establish a substation in Ti Rocher, Castries.

The works include creating an access path to the proposed site for the team undertaking the geotechnical study. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) study will also be conducted. The results of these will inform decisions on the design of the substation and associated works. If the results of the studies are favourable, the project is expected to get underway in 2016.

As part of this on-going process the Company participated in a community meeting with Ti Rocher residents on Sunday June 22, 2014. The purpose was to provide clarity on the works in progress and the proposed substation as well as respond to concerns residents had about the project.  The meeting was held at the Ti Rocher Primary School.

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