Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Launches “Forward Together” Initiative

As the Caribbean tourism and hospitality industry continues to respond and adapt to challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the region’s leading association representing the interests of the private sector, has launched Forward Together, an initiative which encourages industry stakeholders to join their colleagues in supporting the trade association.
“With the growing deployment of vaccines worldwide, we are encouraged by industry research indicating that travelers’ views towards international travel are increasingly favorable, and confirming that Caribbean countries and territories continue to be some of the most desired destinations for leisure travel,” said Vanessa Ledesma, CHTA’s Acting CEO and Director General, who posits that CHTA’s ability to continue responding to the pandemic and support an accelerated recovery depends on the support of existing and new members, both large and small...READ MORE
SLHTA, Nina Compton Partner On GoFundMe Drive to Benefit Restaurant Employees

The Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association (SLHTA) has teamed up with acclaimed and award-winning chef, Nina Compton, on a GoFundMe drive to assist local restaurant employees whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This GoFundMe initiative is created exclusively for Saint Lucian restaurants and their workers to support them in this time of need. The goal is to raise US$100,000. Donations of US$50 and over will be eligible for a drawing of the following prizes:
  • A 3-night stay at Jade Mountain with breakfast and dinner in a Star Pool Sanctuary, valued at US$6,900
  • A 3-night stay at Villa XHale, valued at US$6,000
  • A 2-night stay at The Landings Resort & Spa, valued at US$800
  • Dinner for 2 at Compère Lapin, Chef Nina Compton’s restaurant in New Orleans 
  • Jus' Sail Private Sunset Sail for 2 valued at US$395
To make a donation, click on the following link:
Over the next few days, the SLHTA will roll out the GoFundMe drive in grand style. The organization also urges everyone to share the link with their friends and help promote and solicit contributions.
The local restaurant sector suffered badly over the past 12 months...READ MORE
TEF Donates to Two Healthcare Facilities

Two local public healthcare institutions were the beneficiaries of much-needed equipment recently, thanks to the generosity of the SLHTA’s Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) which donated a total of EC$38,000 to their cause. 

On Thursday, March 25, the TEF donated EC$28,000 towards the purchase of a 100-pound industrial washing machine for the Respiratory Hospital and EC$10,000 to the Lions Club of Saint Lucia for the purchase of three pieces of important equipment. The presentations were made at the Finance Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine. 

Donette Ismael, Programme Manager, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), said frontline workers have been tireless and dedicated in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and deserve all the support they can get. “It is for this reason that the TEF is making a donation to the Respiratory Hospital to help the employees carry out their duties in a more effective manner and for the staff at the Pediatric Ward of the Owen King EU Hospital to provide effective care to our children...READ MORE
New SLHTA Member:
Scuba St. Lucia

JADE MOUNTAIN and ANSE CHASTANET are pleased to jointly feature our premier scuba and snorkeling operation, Scuba St. Lucia, as one of the most scenic and ecologically rich locations the Caribbean has to offer – including an easily accessible coral-rich dive and snorkeling site right off shore. Scuba St. Lucia is not only the island's longest established dive center, but a safe and well-staffed five-star PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) operation to round out the perfect vacation destination.

Scuba St. Lucia is part of our 600-acre resort estate voted to be one of the Top Five Caribbean Resorts by both Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines. Beginners fear not because this can be the place to try scuba out for the first time. Cross off a bucket-list item, have some low maintenance tropical fun, expand your photography skills to below the water, or seriously channel your inner marine biologist from childhood Jacque Cousteau TV documentaries...READ MORE

Environment, Health and Safety Manager (EHS)

The Environment, Health, and Safety Manager is responsible for implementing and maintaining Sandals Resorts International’s Corporate Sustainability Programme. He or she will execute programmes that provide our guests and team members with a safe workplace while minimizing impact to our environment and local communities.

The Environment, Health and Safety Manager will influence people to achieve a strong and engaged safety culture.

Specific Requirements/Duties of the Position Include:
  • Managing the company’s environmental Programme and ensuring compliance to local and international standards with emphasis on financial savings.
  • Ensuring all safety and regulatory training is conducted, documented, and put into practice.
  • Developing strong partnerships and relationships with community groups, service providers and local government officials to advance the company’s sustainability and health and safety Programme.
  • Developing a robust risk management system and inspecting worksites for environmental, health and safety deficiencies and ensuring that all risks are managed and mitigated
  • Supporting all aspects of the operations on resort including food safety, fire safety, chemical safety, emergency management, children’s safety, pool safety and general safety.
  • Conducting training and awareness sessions and programmes in the areas of energy conservation, water conservation, Biodiversity Conservation, chemical management etc.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies/Public Health/Occupational Health and Safety or related field.
  • Two (2) years’ experience in similar capacity
  • Computer literate with knowledge of relevant applications and software i.e. Windows/Excel/Access/Outlook.

If successful a clean police record will be required. Interested persons should submit their applications by Wednesday April 7, 2021 with curriculum vitae via email to:
The Recruitment and Compliance Specialist
Sandals Regency LaToc Golf Resort and Spa

NB: Please enter “Environmental Health and Safety Manager” in the subject field in the email for consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest but only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Tourism Industry urges Government to focus on testing over quarantine

A single on-arrival antigen test is as effective as a ten-day self-isolation period in reducing imported cases of Covid-19, new modeling has argued.

Based on prevalence rates at home and abroad and accounting for quarantine compliance, Oxera and Edge Health find that a single rapid antigen test would be appropriate for arrivals from the majority of countries categorised as medium risk, where there are medium caseloads or lower vaccination rates.

Such countries could be designated as ‘amber’ if the UK government...READ MORE