Linkages in Tourism Tradeshow 2018 – Sorry you missed it!!!
The TEF sponsored Linkages in Tourism Tradeshow (LITT 2018) has been sold out. The TEF is pleased to note the high level of interest and subscription by micro, small and medium businesses who have registered for the Tradeshow this year. The Tradeshow is an annual feature of the SLHTA’s AGM. This year the Tradeshow will launch a year-long campaign championed by the SLHTA and TEF to further strengthen linkages between tourism and local producers and entrepreneurs. This strategic approach has formed part of the SLHTA’s workplan for the past few years and has received considerable recognition from Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The Tourism Enhancement Fund has been the key financier of these partnerships which have resulted in increased sales to farmers, collaboration between local producers and retail outlets and effective collaboration with foreign embassies.
Summer Internship for Food and Nutrition Teachers Heats Up
The SLHTA’s Tourism Enhancement Fund has collaborated with the Ministry of Education for the second straight year to facilitate summer internships for food and nutrition and home economics teachers from our Secondary Schools. The two-week internship program will allow for the immersion of these teachers into the hotels’ food and beverage departments, thereby raising their awareness of new technologies, food preparation protocols and standards of operations in these departments. The Tourism Enhancement Fund wishes to express our sincere appreciation to the following hotels for supporting this initiative this year; Bay Gardens Beach Resorts, Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon Beach Luxury Resort, The Landings St. Lucia, Rendezvous, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. This year, twelve (12) teachers will benefit from the project. VIEW FACEBOOK VIDEO
TEF collaboration with Guadeloupe’s CFA Agricole for Study Tour
The transition to sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security are major challenges for small island territories that are severely affected by Global economic factors. As part of Saint Lucia’s strategy to embrace food security issues, our island has called on international partners to improve agricultural productivity and local food production, with a view to reducing imports and moving towards meeting the required standards for food safety.
This week the TEF’s Agricultural Linkages Officer Ms. Donette Ismael has been finalizing a collaboration with the CFA Agricole to host a visit by their students to study best practices in Saint Lucia. During their visit the students will be visiting local agro-processors, farmers and manufacturers. The visit will take place from 16 th -21 st July 2018.
TEF supports Ministry of Health’s Five Keys to Safer Food
TEF Project Officer Mr. Wendel George and SLHTA Director for Food and Beverage Distributors and Independent Restaurants Chef Orlando Satchell will present 1500 training brochures to the Ministry of Health in support of the Ministry’s efforts to raise the standards of training of persons seeking careers in our food and beverage industry. The training will accompany the presentation/renewal of Health Cards to food and beverage professionals. The training will focus on the essentials of hygiene and a clean working environment in the healthy preparation of food, among other important safety practices. The food safety initiative is designed to raise the food safety protocols among ALL food and beverage operators including vendors and larger establishments. The learning materials for the training was financed by the TEF.
Farewell dinner for Junior Culinary Team
As travel plans get finalized for our Junior Culinary Team to attend the Barbados Junior Dueling Competition next month, TEF Project Officer Wendel George and SLHTA Director for Food and Beverage Distributors and Independent Restaurants Chef Orlando Satchell are organizing a farewell dinner for the students. The farewell dinner will serve to raise additional funding to support the students as well as provide guests and well-wishers from Soufriere and environs, an opportunity to experience the culinary expertise of the young chefs. The team is currently undergoing training at Anse Chastanet Resort under the mentorship of Chef Frank Faucher. The team comprises Miss Karina Abraham and Miss Cheyenne Hippolyte of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School. The team emerged CISCO 2018 Champions earlier this year, defeating six (6) other Secondary Schools for the coveted spot to represent Saint Lucia at this year’s Junior Dueling Competition in Barbados next month.