The Week at the SLHTA, July 11th, 2014

Friday, July11th, 2014  
Join Our Mailing List
In This Week’s Edition
Bay Gardens Congratulates Chef Peter Lawrence
Smmerlicious & Staycation 2014
New Member Feature
SLHTA Top Junior Chefs Captures Several Awards at Graduation
Gate of India Restaurant
Job Fair and Internship Programme at Cbay Resort
Dicigel Carnival Ambassador Ricky T
Coco Palm Opens Events Centre
Government Increase in LUCELEC Fuel Levy
View my profile on LinkedIn
Like me on Facebook
View my videos on YouTube
Follow me on Twitter
Find me on Google+
Quick Links…





Bay Gardens Resorts is extremely proud to welcome its very own Sous Chef Peter Lawrence back to work after capturing a gold medal at the recently held Taste of the Caribbean Competition in Miami, Florida.

Chef Peter has been creating culinary masterpieces from the Bay Gardens Beach Resort’s Hi Tide kitchen for nearly six years. Though he is very well-rounded in the kitchen, his specialty is seafood. This led him to edge out his competition and capture the gold award in the seafood category.

“The main challenge for me was competing against such amazing talent while still managing to be original in the dishes I created,” commented Chef Peter.

He continued: “This is a very humbling experience for me, I learned and experienced so much, all of which will certainly help me take my work to the next level. I’m thankful to everyone who supported me along this wonderful culinary journey…Read More.

National Workshop Copyright and the Fashion Industry



The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with the Registry of Companies and Intellectual Property within the attorney General’s Chambers organized a two day National Workshop on Copyright and Fashion. The workshop took place On July 10th and 11th, 2014 at the Coco Palm Hotel.

The aim of this workshop was to discuss issues on how copyright can protect fashion designers, as well as to consider what protection may be necessary. Ms. Yola St. Jour represented the SLHTA at this workshop.  The workshop targeted representatives from the private sector as well as government officials.

Smmerlicious & Staycation 2014


SLHTA encourages everyone to take advantage of the 2014 Summerlicious and Stacation deals.

July 01st, 2014 launches the beginning of the three (3) months of Summer Promotions in Saint Lucia. This Year the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) have engineered an enticing Summer Line-Up for all Saint Lucians to enjoy. It is with resounding pride that we announce that Staycation and Summerlicious 2014 are here once again.

Summerlicious, which is aimed at visitors and locals alike, was initiated to encourage consumers to indulge in their favorite and undiscovered restaurants for lunch or dinner with a fixed price point.

Summerlicious’ promotion features a reduced prix fixe (fixed price) for lunch and dinner summer menus in restaurants island-wide, a two course lunch for $50 and $65 and a three course dinner at $95, $125 and $145, plus the cost of VAT.

Drive-A-Matic Ltd. started over 30 years ago with just six vehicles. Today we boast the largest fleet on the island with over 100 vehicles, which includes Small Cars, Jeeps, A/C Small Cars, Air-conditioned Cars, Fully Loaded Sedans, Large Vans and SUVs. In 2002 we launched our Luxury Group, which includes the luxurious Range Rover.


We offer services such as:

  • Free delivery and pick-up to all Ports of Call, Hotels and Guest Houses.
  • Free Route Planner and Road Maps.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service, from a flat tyre to a vehicle emergency one of our agents will be there to assist within the hour.
  • Unlimited Mileage.

In our future we plan to continue our expansion throughout the eastern Caribbean. Our goal is to be your one stop shop in the region for car hire, extending the quality and service that our clients have been accustomed to throughout the region. We offer attractive wholesale rates and are committed to client satisfaction…For More Info, click Here.

Positive and Negative Effects of Solar Energy


Solar energy has the potential to dramatically change the way the world gets its power. While solar is among the world’s cleanest forms of energy, plans to develop utility scale solar farms have raised concerns about potential environmental impacts.


Climate Change

The burning of fossil fuels for energy remains the world’s No. 1 source of carbon dioxide emissions.



Creating energy is a water intensive process. There is some concern that these types of systems, when located in arid environments, could put a strain on local water resources…Read more on the impact of solar Here.



Thursday 10th July, 2014 Wendel George represented SLHTA at the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School’s Graduation (SCSS) held at Morne Coubaril Estate.

Two of the students who participated in the SLHTA’s Chef in Schools Cook-off Competition and who were crowned winners in the competition on Saturday 22nd February 2014, Jana James and Shirliana Lamontagne were part of the 2014 SCSS graduating class.

The SLHTA’s top junior chefs received several subject awards including English Language, Biology, Food & Nutrition, and Top Achiever Awards including SCSS Top Chef 2014 and SCSS Combination Cook Off Champion 2014.

Shirliana Lamontagne

Subject Awards

  • Excellent Academic Performance (Theory) in Food & Nutrition
  • Excellent Academic Performance in Biology
  • The Eldridge Thomas English Language Award

Jana James

Top Achiever Awards

  • SCSS Combination Cook Off Champion 2014
  • SCSS Top Chef 2014

Shirliana Lamontagne captured the “Student of the Year 2014” Award which is given to a student who displayed a high level of academic achievement, positive attitude towards school work and demonstrated a good sense of responsibility and commitment. She was also acknowledged for demonstrating leadership among her peers, relating well with colleagues, being respectful, contributing to school community through her engagement and for attending school regularly.

So far, it has been a great year of accomplishments for these youngsters. The SLHTA is looking forward to the Caribbean Junior Dueling Competition which will be held in Barbados from August 21st – 24th 2014. Shirliana and Jana will be representing their Island, their School and the SLHTA in the cooking competition.

Feature Member:




For the very BEST in Indian Cuisine, look no further than Gate of India, Indian Fast Food Restaurant! We have been creating the tastiest Indian Dishes with the best value for our loyal customers in Saint Lucia in a clean, comfortable, intimate, family-oriented atmosphere. We have plenty of spacious booths and tables to accommodate your group 7 days a week.  If you would like to make arrangements for a Private Party or catering for your event, just give us a call and we’ll work with you to help make your event a success.

We offer special Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner every day. Please stop by for our delicious food, enjoy a wide selection of traditional Indian favorites or order from our regular menu and choose from a wide selection of dishes.

Don’t feel like driving??? Then use our convenient online ordering system. It’s fun and easy to use, whether you are ordering in or planning your next visit to our restaurant.

We deliver the freshest, tastiest Indian food, use only the best ingredients and make fresh Roti in our tradition. Our speedy delivery service assures a great meal every time you order.  We can be contacted at 450 1786 or via email



Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa continues its focus and support for the educational sector through the implementation of its first ever hotel-initiated Annual Job Fair and Internship Programme.

Although the hotel has had a history of facilitating interns from educational institutions in the south, this is the first time that the hotel is undertaking such a programme based on its own motivation.

The programme was launched on Monday, June 23 with the successful staging of a one-day job fair targeting secondary and tertiary school-leavers in the south of the island.

Over 50 young persons participated in this initial exercise which involved a process of interviewing and screening. The hotel as of Monday of this week began the second phase of this programme when it absorbed a total of 27 young persons who will form part of a four-week internship programme fromJuly 7 to August 2Read More



Soca artiste Ricky T is the 2014 Digicel Saint Lucia Carnival Ambassador.

This is the second consecutive year the telecoms giant has endorsed Ricky T, the reigning Groovy and Power Soca Monarch as well as Road March King of Saint Lucia.

Winner of multiple soca titles including 2 Groovy Soca Monarch, 3 Caribbean Soca Monarch, 6 Road March and 4 Power Soca Monarch titles, Ricky T is signed to Saint Lucian music label Stratosphere Muzic.

He is also the most toured Saint Lucia artiste having performed in multiple locations including Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Centre in New York.

Ricky T has also twice represented Saint Lucia at the International Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad and Tobago.

Digicel Country Manager Holly Hughes says the company was very pleased with its endorsement support of Ricky T in 2013 and is back for bigger and better in Carnival 2014.

“We are extremely proud to re-sign Ricky T as a Digicel Brand Ambassador. His unique style of music mirrors the vibrancy and positive energy that is Digicel — making the relationship between Digicel and Ricky a seamless and fitting one,” she says.

The Digicel endorsement deal includes the production of a Carnival jingle as well as financial support in defense of his current soca titles. Ricky T will also be compensated monetarily and appear in a specifically designed Digicel campaign. He will also be tasked with promoting the telecoms company’s products including its just introduced 4G network and perform a volunteer concert for Special Needs Children, a passionate cause long supported by Digicel.

Ricky T has released a number of songs for Saint Lucia Carnival 2014 including the groovy numbers “More Rum” and “Don’t Let Go” as well as power soca songs “De Pavement” and “De Truth”. He has also collaborated with a number of artistes including Trinidad and Tobago soca superstar Shurwayne Winchester on “Bad Company” a song for which a video was also produced.



Coco Palm announces the opening of the Golden Palm Events Centre to cater to the growing demand of meetings and events. Located at the AlFiona Plaza in Rodney Heights, the new 3,000 square foot Golden Palm conference room caters for up to 200 theatre style with catering facilities by KoKo Cabana Bistro. Golden Palm is the largest of the five conference rooms adding to PalmVille, Kreole, Plantation and Kaiso Conference rooms.


The opening night on Tuesday 8th July was hosted by Coco Resorts Chairman, Michael Chastanet, with the first big event with the Saint Lucia School of Music. “Coco Palm has become the preferred choice for meetings and the conference room has been added to accommodate the growing demand of this market. Our Corporate partners have become an integral part of our business and with our Events Department headed by Mrs Alta King-Destang and her team we have listened to what they need and have provided additional space” said Michael Chastanet.


Events Manager, Mrs King-Destang, who has managed this department for four years noted “We pride ourselves on the service and attention to detail to cater to our clients which has grown year on year. We strive to improve on each event and upgrade our facilities to meet the demands of our growing corporate partners from Saint Lucia, regionally and internationally.


Chef Richardson of KoKo Cabana Bistro and Creole Grill offers a variety of local dishes catering to the groups offering breakfast, coffee breaks, buffet lunches, hors d’ouverts and dinners. “We have created a menu to work with both our corporate partners and those planning special gala events which has been increasing year on year. The feedback has been very encouraging resulting in the corporate guests returning for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and our Fun Fridays. Our Sunday buffet with the local steel pan has been a favourite for all our guests since the inception almost 10 years ago” said Chef Richardson Skinner.


The Golden Palm Conference accommodates up to 200 Theatre Style; 100 Boardroom style and 90 persons U-shape. Offering fully air conditioned,  Secretariat room, WiFi, dual voltage, multi system projector, sound system with microphones,  built in projector screen, flip chart stands, podium, wash rooms and wheel chair access.


To plan your next meeting or special event contact Alta King-Destang and ask about our special offers on or telephone (758) 456 2800.



An increase in the tax charged by the Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) on fuel purchased by Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) came into effect on June 16, 2014 when the statutory instrument for that purpose was published in the Saint Lucia Gazette.

Consequently, all fuel purchased by LUCELEC from Buckeye St. Lucia Terminal Limited since then has attracted a levy of fifty cents ($0.50) on every gallon.  This increase in the levy will be reflected in customers’ bills beginning in July.  LUCELEC customers can expect a marginal increase in the fuel surcharge applied to electricity bills. For July bills that’s a difference of about 0.9 cents per unit (kilowatt hour).

Despite the adjustment, the fuel surcharge for July is minus 0.1 cents per unit, as the overall price paid for fuel by LUCELEC during the month of June was still marginally below the average price paid for fuel the previous year.

LUCELEC customers can see details of the basic tariff and fuel surcharge on their monthly electricity bills.

The increase in the fuel levy from 20 cents ($0.20) per gallon to 50 cents ($0.50) per gallon was announced by Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony during the presentation of the 2014/15 Budget Statement in May this year.

United Kingdom
Travel to

United Kingdom

Quick booking process

Talk to an expert