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American Airlines introduces nonstop Service!

American Airlines will reintroduce nonstop Saturday-only service from New York (JFK) to Saint Lucia (UVF) starting December 7, 2024. This service offers travelers enhanced flexibility and convenience during the destination’s peak winter tourism season.

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Last chance to submit feedback on the draft Minimum Wage Order

On Wednesday, May 29th 2024 the SLHTA, Chamber of Commerce and the Saint Lucia Employers Federation facilitated a meeting with the Minimum and Equal Wages Commission to discuss the draft Labour (Minimum Wage) Order. Nearly two hundred representatives from the private sector attended the insightful meeting. 

Presentations made during the meeting are available for further perusal here: 

Members are encouraged to provide any feedback or recommendations on the draft Order by emailing by today, June 3rd at 4 PM.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Twelve Saint Lucia Tourism Professionals among second Cohort of CHTA Young Leaders Forum!

Twelve Saint Lucia Tourism professionals are among the second cohort of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's Young Leaders Forum (YLF)!

YLF is a dynamic platform designed to engage and empower emerging leaders in the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry. By offering networking opportunities, professional development resources, and mentorship programs, CHTA aims to facilitate the advancement of young professionals and foster their contributions to the industry.


Sunrise Airways commences direct flight from Antigua to Saint Lucia!

There was much to celebrate last week as Saint Lucia welcomed the inaugural Sunrise Airways flight from Antigua to Saint Lucia on Tuesday, May 28.

The introduction of Sunrise Airways 6 times weekly service to Saint Lucia, Dominica, St Kitts and Antigua comes at a time when regional connectivity is increasingly important.

The SLHTA thanks the Sunrise Airways team, our respective governments, and supporting agencies including the Antigua Barbuda Hotels & Tourism Association (ABHTA) and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) for making this flight a reality. 

In the coming months, we look forward to building an even stronger relationship with the ABHTA and the ABTA to pursue joint marketing opportunities for members.

On Wednesday, May 29th SLHTA President Paul Collymore also participated in the "Saint Lucia Inspires Antigua" Dinner and Learning Experience hosted by the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

The event aimed to strengthen tourism ties between Saint Lucia and Antigua, with participation from Travel Advisors, the ABTA, Sunrise Airways, members of the diaspora and the media.

In a spirit of collaboration, the Tourism Authorities emphasized the importance of regional cooperation and the potential for mutual growth in the Caribbean tourism sector. The event featured presentations on Saint Lucia’s unique travel offerings, infrastructure developments, and opportunities for enhanced connectivity.

Participants expressed enthusiasm about the initiative, highlighting the benefits of such engagements in promoting cultural exchange and boosting regional tourism. The evening was marked by vibrant discussions, networking and a shared commitment to fostering stronger tourism relations between the islands. Both islands are planning Familiarization trips for key stakeholders in the near future.

Hurricane Season is here! Be Prepared!

(NEMO Saint Lucia)- Major hurricane season forecasting agencies such as the Colorado State University, NOAA Climate Prediction Center, Tropical Storm Risk and the UK Met Office have all predicted an extremely active, above normal 2024 Atlantic Hurricane season.

An average season, based on data from 1991 to 2020, will produce fourteen (14) named storms, seven (7) hurricanes and three (3) major hurricanes. 

Pre-season rainfall over Saint Lucia this year has generally been below average but the seasonal precipitation outlook for June to November, is for the likelihood for rainfall to be above normal. Heavy rainfall events that could trigger flash flooding and landslides remain a major concern this year. Brush fires during this dry season have destroyed some of the protective canopy on slopes in certain areas, thereby increasing the risk of soil erosion and landslides.          

This year near-record heat which may have implications for public health and well-being is also forecasted for the period, June to November.

The Saint Lucia Met Services advises all Saint Lucian residents and interests in our region, to exercise due diligence in their planning and preparation for the hurricane season. We encourage you to consistently follow regional weather developments and to pay particular attention to local weather reports, advisories and bulletins issued by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will also be issuing important instructions and information which you are strongly advised to follow.

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services will as usual be utilizing all available communication channels and facilities, including local news and social media, to transmit timely information to the Saint Lucian populace and other interested parties.

The hurricane season ends on 30 November 2024.

Here are some preparedness tips:

• Prepare a kit with essentials such as water, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and important documents.

• Keep medications and necessary medical supplies in your emergency kit.

• Make arrangements for persons with disabilities & persons with limited mobility.  

• Have a plan in place and know your evacuation routes. If authorities advise evacuation, follow instructions promptly.

• Secure loose outdoor items. Trim trees and shrubs, and reinforce windows and doors.

• Please note that the official weather source is the Saint Lucia Met Service.

Monitor NEMO and the Government Information Service (GIS) media platforms for official updates.

• Keep a battery-powered radio handy in case of power outages.

• Establish a communication plan with family and friends. Share your whereabouts and contact information.

• Make arrangements for your pets' safety.

• NEMO urges everyone to be prepared and follow the various platforms for regular tips and updates.

Join the SLHTA's Group Medical Insurance Plan today!

Have you joined the SLHTA Group Medical Insurance Plan?

To download an overview of the plan and learn about the many benefits, click here:  GUIDE

Contact Sterling Insurance Brokers for more information at 1 (758) 457-2602.

Voting is now open for the World Culinary Awards!

Seven SLHTA member companies have been nominated for the 2024 World Culinary Awards - a global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in the culinary industry.

Saint Lucia's Best Hotel Restaurant 2024:

-Rabot Restaurant @ Hotel Chocolat

-Saltwood Restaurant @ Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Restaurant

-Toscanini’s @ Sandals Grande St. Lucian

-Treehouse Restaurant @ Anse Chastanet 


Saint Lucia's Best Restaurant 2024:

-Jade Cuisine at Jade Mountain Club

-The Cliff at Cap

-Orlando’s Restaurant & Bar 


Saint Lucia (Castries) has also been nominated for the Caribbean's Best Emerging Culinary City Destination 2024.


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Tourism Resilience Scholarship

The CHTA Education Foundation has launched a new “Tourism Resilience Scholarship Fund.”

The Tourism Resilience Scholarship Fund has been made possible through the generous donation of Saint Lucia’s Jade Mountain Resort.

The fund aims to encourage and support Caribbean hospitality professionals in pursuing training and education related to resilience building, sustainable and regenerative tourism principles, and destination stewardship.


Marine Health Scholarship

The CHTA Education Foundation is proud to introduce the Marine Health Scholarship Program, designed to support Caribbean nationals who are passionate about marine conservation. 

As the Caribbean is renowned for its remarkable marine biodiversity, the sustainability and growth of our tourism industry are deeply intertwined with the health of our marine environments. 

To this end, the scholarship aims to foster a new generation of professionals skilled in marine health, from dive masters and dive instructors to specialists in reef life renewal, marine biology, and coral nursery management. 


Good news! CHTAEF extends Scholarship Deadline

The CHTA Education Foundation has extended the deadline for Hospitality Scholarship applications until June 15, 2024.

The CHTAEF scholarship is available for all areas of Hospitality and Tourism Management for Associate and Bachelor programs.

Scholarships range between $500 and $5,000 per academic year.


Happening this Saturday: FarmHers Market headed to Rodney Bay!

Accessing high-quality food has never been easier! Helen’s Daughters is thrilled to announce a brand new FarmHers Market Location: The Aquatic Center Grounds in Rodney Bay. 

We’re taking fresh produce, high-quality processed goods, gorgeous plants and so much more to Rodney Bay on every second Saturday of each month.

Catch our FarmHers on June 8th from 8 am to 2 pm for the best products at the best prices too!

The SLHTA congratulates Cap Maison Resort & Spa on being named among the top 1% in the world on Trip Advisor!

T+L Readers Have Ranked This Caribbean All-inclusive As One of the Best in the World for More Than a Decade

There's a reason St. Lucia's Jade Mountain is a magnet for honeymooners. Set on a cliff overlooking St. Lucia’s iconic twin volcanoes, the Pitons, and the Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain Resort boasts one of the most spectacular views on earth.

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Sandals Resorts recognised as a key sustainable tourism partner

(Sandals Resorts)- Barely two months after opening its newest resort in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sandals Resorts hosted some 361 travel advisors there for its annual Sandals Travel Advisor Recognition or STAR Awards function.

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