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CHTA Hails Success of Third Annual Caribbean Travel Forum - SLHTA

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) declared the third annual Caribbean Travel Forum a resounding success. The event featured insightful presentations and high-level panel discussions that explored Caribbean tourism performance, emerging trends, and future industry prospects.

Nicola Madden-Greig, CHTA’s President, presented key insights from the joint ForwardKeys and CHTA Caribbean Trends Report, which provided a thorough analysis of the region’s performance and identified critical trends shaping the industry’s future.

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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.


Rewarding Excellence in the Culinary Industry

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.

Voting opens on Thursday, 30th May and runs until Friday, 30th August. During this period, industry professionals, media and consumers are asked to vote for the nominees they consider the very best of the best in the culinary industry.

The SLHTA congratulates all members and wishes them all the best!

Be Prepared!

As the hurricane season is fast approaching, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) advises persons to be prepared. 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.

Responsible Tourism Day 

While at CHTAMarketplace42, team Saint Lucia participated in the inaugural Responsible Tourism Day on Thursday, May 23rd 2024. 

This event was designed to promote sustainable tourism development, highlighted by giving back to local communities. 

The Saint Lucia contingent joined regional colleagues on a visit to Croydon Estate, to plant fruit trees harvest and learn about sustainable agriculture.

This CHTA initiative is part of a broader movement towards responsible tourism, emphasizing the need for environmentally sustainable, economically beneficial, and culturally respectful practices in the travel industry.

Protecting Saint Lucia's biodiversity

This week the SLHTA will participate in a National Stakeholder Consultation for the Development of Saint Lucia’s Protected Areas Policy. The 2-day workshop (May 28-29) will bring together key stakeholders to collaborate to produce policy statements for the National Protected Areas Policy Draft, including the identification of methods and tools for advancing the system of protected areas for Saint Lucia.

SLHTA and STR hold further dialogue

During CHTA Marketplace42, SLHTA President Paul Collymore, SLHTA Marketing Committee Chair Karolin Troubetzkoy and Business Development Officer Juliet Sutherland held a fruitful discussion with Kye Butler of STR to discuss opportunities for SLHTA accommodation providers to submit data on monthly revenue and business forecasts to allow for better industry performance analytics.

CTO Mourns the Passing of Former Chairman Pamela Richards

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) mourns the passing of Pamela Richards, former U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism and CTO Chairman, this week.


CTO Chairman Kenneth Bryan, Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands, stated, “The U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean have lost a tireless leader who championed the cause of the Virgin Islands and the broader Caribbean tourism industry.”  

Richards’ dedication to tourism and numerous important causes throughout the Virgin Islands helped to advance socioeconomic development and quality of life in the Virgin Islands. “She was an exemplar when it came to service, and her passion, visionary leadership and unwavering commitment have left an indelible mark on the region,” Bryan added.


As CTO chairman from 2004 to 2006, Richards presided over the appointment of Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace as Secretary-General in 2005, following the late Jean Holder’s retirement in December 2004.

During her chairmanship, CTO embarked on several initiatives to strengthen Caribbean tourism, including improving tourism data collection across the region, expanding training and development for staff in the tourism sector, developing a world-class membership site focused on best practices, expanding public relations activities, and committing to public-private sector-focused sustainable development and cooperation through an MOU with the Caribbean Hotel Association (the forerunner of today’s Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association).


Richards led the USVI in expertly hosting the CTO’s annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC-28) meeting in St. Thomas in October 2005.


Chairman Bryan extended condolences to Richards’ family, friends, and the government and people of the Virgin Islands.

Chef Orlando Satchell to feature at Caribbean Culinary Week in Brussels

From June 17th-23rd, Chef Orlando Satchell will be a guest chef at the second Caribbean Week in Brussels, Belgium! This is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich and diverse culinary traditions of the Caribbean islands, right here in Europe. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a lover of island culture, or simply looking for a unique culinary adventure, Caribbean Week in Brussels promises to be an unforgettable experience. Come and share in the love, the vibrant energy, and the exquisite flavors of the Caribbean.

ForwardKeys Partners with CHTA to Deliver Regional Travel Insights

ForwardKeys, a leading travel intelligence partner, and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) have joined forces to author an in-depth report on the state of Caribbean tourism.

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This Saturday at Artisan Restaurant: Mexican Night

Join Artisan Restaurant in Vieux Fort for an unforgettable evening filled with vibrant music, incredible dancers and delicious Mexican cuisine.

Our live DJ will keep the party going all night long with a mix of Latin beats and contemporary hits, while talented dancers bring the spirit of Mexico to life with captivating performances.

The venue will be beautifully decorated to create a festive and immersive atmosphere, making it the perfect place to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you’re a fan of Mexican culture, love to dance, or just enjoy great food and good company, this is the event for you.

Mark your calendars for June 1st and join us for a night of fun, excitement, and unforgettable memories starting at 6 PM.

Call (758) 720-1734 to book your table now!


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