Friday 21st November, 2014
Dear Reader,
Thank you for reading "The Week At SLHTA Newsletter".  

In this edition, We would like to encourage person's to vote for Saint Lucia as the Best Romantic Caribbean Island. IGY Rodney Bay Marina partners with Guardsman Ltd. We feature another outstanding employee in the industry + our weekly member feature, as well as resort and island features among other news...ENJOY 
One Couple's Intimate Wedding at 
Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort in Saint Lucia

 "I was planning a surprise birthday party for him, but it didn't work out because instead, he took me to Big Surto ask me to marry him," she remembers. Nine months later, on March 

12th, 2014, they brought just six guests with them to the beaches of St. Lucia for a sunny, simple wedding, photographed by Lilian Haidar.

Though Natasha and Farhad met in London in January of 2010, they still haven't quite gotten the story of how they met straight. "An old friend of mine invited me to dinner, where I met Farhad. We still don't know whether or not it was a set-up!" Natasha laughs.

The couple celebrated with a traditional Caribbean fruitcake. "The whole day was perfect," says Natasha. "We had good-luck rain in the morning, saw a rainbow during breakfast, then the day itself was so relaxed. But that's not to say that we weren't relieved when it was over! Even the simplest wedding requires a lot of planning...READ MORE

We are currently at #4 with Anguilla, Nevis and Curacao way ahead of us. Let's make Saint Lucia #1 by voting on a daily basis.

Vote for Saint Lucia as the Best Romantic Caribbean Island for the 10Best Readers' Choice. I voted! #10BestChoice
SLHTA Met with the Canabelle Cooperative Society Ltd in Canaries

On Wednesday 19th November 2014, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association's Executive Vice President Noorani Azeez and Project Assistant Wendel George met with members of the Canabelle Cooperative Society Ltd in Canaries in an effort to understand the challenges they are facing as well as to create more avenues for the sale and distribution of their products.


Canabelle Cooperative Society Ltd offers a wide variety of natural hand-made soaps from Aloe Vera to Glory Cedar, Hibiscus, Mint, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cucumber among others.


The purpose of the meeting was to assist with basic logistics in terms of marketing, selling and distribution of their products to various hotels and boutiques who are members of the Association. The cooperative is made up of five individuals and can produce up to 500 bars of soap per day, but currently they produce based on requests.

Feature Member of SLHTA: 
J.E. Bergasse & Company Limited

Over 100 years of service has seen J.E. Bergasse & Company Ltd. move from dry goods retail and food, alcohol and tobacco, to insurance, office supplies and technology.  Like many businesses on beautiful Saint Lucia, J.E Bergasse & Company Ltd. is primarily family-owned and operated.  It was founded in 1906 by Joseph Edgar Bergasse after whom the company is named.  Our successful business continues to thrive because at J.E. Bergasse we deliver:

  • One Stop Destination: Equipment, Office Products & Supplies, Software, and Maintenance
  • Increased Value for Your Spend
  • Over 30 Years of Strategic Brand Name Partnerships
  • Highly Trained and Experienced Staff
  • Top Quality After Sales Servicing & Maintenance
  • Full Service Maintenance Agreement Options
Outstanding Employee Feature:
Ms. Tricia Adonai

Meet Ms. Tricia Adonai our first female Bell Girl. Tricia joined the dynamic family of the St. James's Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia in 2009 where she has proven to be a woman driven by a passion for excellence.

She started as a steward in the Kitchen Department but given her commitment to excellence she was soon promoted to General Cook at the resort. Committed to further advancement she has braved new worlds and is now the first female Bell Girl employed by the company in over twenty one years.

With her smiling face and excellent customer service she continues to make strides in this new position. Her personality is one that is exceptional and bonded by her charismatic nature. She is driven by a passion to exceed customer expectations leaving each customer she encounters very happy. Please join all of as in congratulating Tricia in her new role!


IGY Rodney Bay Marina Partners With Guardsman St. Lucia Ltd.


The IGY Rodney Marina in Saint Lucia, one of the Caribbean's leading centers for yachting and sports fishing, has enhanced its security services by partnering with Guardsman St. Lucia Ltd. The official security-handover took place on Monday, November 17.

General Manager of the IGY Rodney Bay Marina, Simon Bryan said, "The marina is committed to continuing to provide a safe and secure environment for visiting yachtsmen and other patrons. This is underlined

by the decision to choose Guardsman as our security contractor. 


Guardsman has a great reputation of being one of the most professional security contractors on St Lucia and has built a reputation for excellence. The importance of providing a secure environment, where people can relax and enjoy the social arena presented by IGY Rodney Bay Marina is a key priority for my management team"...



Mr. Wendel George of SLHTA Awarded by the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) 

On Thursday the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) presented awards to persons who assisted with planning the NCPC's first Productivity Awareness Week Activities.

Mr Wendel George was presented with a special award for his dedication and commitment to the success of the week.

Mr Rayneau Gajadhar, Chairman of the Council said "Wendel went above and beyond the call of duty while still undertaking his normal duties at the SLHTA to moderate the Tourism Forum, assisted with the judging of the schools essay competition, source prizes for the awards ceremony at the SALCC among many other tasks that he assisted with."

By extension, we would like to thank Mr. Noorani Azeez, Executive Vice President of SLHTA for his commitment to the NCPC by assigning Mr George to assist the Secretariat.

Three Employees from Saint Lucia completed French Training in Guadeloupe

On Friday 21st November 2014, employees from the Bay Gardens Resorts and Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort returned to St Lucia today after undergoing two weeks of French Language Training.


The training was formulated primarily for employees who interface directly with guests. As part of the training module, participants were required to complete assignments as well as make presentations in French.


Upon completion of the training, participant were awarded certificates of participation. This is the 3rd year the SLHTA has participated in the programme which is facilitated by the Institut de Coop�ration Franco Cara�be (ICFC), and the interest continues to grow as properties seek to target more French markets.

Nadine Dupres and Kirvin Issac  represented Sandals Resorts while Lilia Paul represented Bay Gardens Resorts.
Five Fabulous Hotels in 
Saint Lucia

It is not by 'CHANCE' that Saint Lucia continues to be the preferred destination.

We are a proud country with amenities and attractions to meet the needs of all our clients and potential visitors. 

"Famed for its dramatic peaks and volcanic beaches, St Lucia is now - finally - upping its game on the hotel scene with distinctive escapes to get excited about, says Nathan Lump." according to Conde Nast Traveller.

These five fabulous properties continue to provide an experience that is...READ MORE
The World's Best Island in the Caribbean Saint Lucia #5

Saint Lucia has secured a #5 position in the world's best islands among the Caribbean islands for 2014 by Travel and Leisure.  


Travel and Leisure's describes St Lucia as "Palm-fringed beaches, majestic Piton Mountains, and endless waterfall-dotted rainforest draw travelers from all over the world to visit St. Lucia, off the Central American coast. The island's East Indian, French, English, and African heritage mean its culture and music traditions are especially rich; active pursuits, meanwhile, vary from strolling serene botanic gardens to diving into thrilling watersports...READ MORE

World's Greatest Dream Trips


If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

That's what we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook and the frequent travelers we interviewed on the streets of New York City. Their answers spanned the globe-from the beaches of Brazil to a South African safari to the Canadian Rockies and even St Lucia.

"My husband and I would relax by our in-room pool with a view of the Piton mountains, and then enjoy a couples massage...READ MORE

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Private sector positioning for a green revolution in St. Lucia


A new front on the business landscape has opened with a new cadre of entrepreneurs seeking to explore opportunities in the provision of energy efficient products and services.

The Private Sector Energy Fair held on Saturday November 15th at the Mega J car park introduced a number of new and existing companies offering a wide range of energy efficient products which are already available in St. Lucia or can be sourced easily.

The Energy Fair formed part of Energy Awareness Week 2014 and was held under the theme"Sustainable Energy for Economic Prosperity - We've got the power". It was organised by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy...READ MORE

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