SLHTA Elects New Executive Committee at 56th Annual General Meeting

Following the hosting of its 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held virtually on Friday 9th April 2021, a new Executive Committee has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association (SLHTA).

On Monday 1 st March 2021, nominations were invited for the posts of President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President given that the Executive had reached the end of their term. Karolin Troubetzkoy, who served as SLHTA President from March 2010 to January 2016, and again from July 2018 to April 2021, did not seek re-election.

During Friday’s elections, Paul Collymore was elected unopposed to the post of SLHTA President. Collymore, who is General Manager at The Landings Resort and Spa, has a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector having overseen the general management of the Ocean Two Resort and Residences in Barbados. 

Other members of the Executive elected at Friday’s AGM were First Vice-President John
Mathurin and Second Vice-President Erwin Louisy. Noorani Azeez remains Chief Executive Officer (CEO) while outgoing Past President Karolin Troubetzkoy will lend support to the Committee...Read More
SLHTA issues CALL TO ACTION to Members for St. Vincent & the Grenadines Support

The SLHTA has issued a call to action to its members, rallying them to support a request from the Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) for water and other essential supplies for SVG. SLHTA members have answered the call to action with an outpouring of financial support for water, feminine hygiene products, non-perishable items and baby supplies for now.

Raising over Fifty Thousand dollars in pledges from members in 24 hours, the Association has already actioned purchase of over 70 pallets of water for dispatch to the sister isle by tomorrow. The strategic collaboration with NEMO will facilitate the transfer of the water by sea freight.

Some of the participating members who were first to answer the call the action include:
  1. DD Auto Import
  2. Accela Marketing
  3. Hotel Chocolat
  4. Cap Maison
  5. Fond Doux Plantation & Resort
  6. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
  7. IGY Marina
  8. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
  9. Cassie / Ian Duncan
  10. Gree Fig Resort
  11. Anse and Jade
  12. Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
  13. Ladera Resort
  14. Sunswept Resorts
  15. Bay Gardens Resorts
  16. Island Style Tile and Bath
  17. Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
  18. Duty Free Holdings Caribbean
  19. Sandals Resorts
  20. Mystique St Lucia by Royalton
  21. Marigot Beach Club
  22. The Landings Resort & Spa
  23. Springboard Caribbean
  24. Juliet Sutherland
  25. Keebees
  26. La Mesa
  27. Antillia Brewery
  28. St.Lucia Dive Association
  29. Sea Island Cotton Shop
  30. Tourism Enhancement Fund
  31. Bel Jou Hotel
  32. Big Chef Steakhouse
  33. Amici Restaurant
  34. Villa Beach Cottages
  35. Royalton Resorts

SLHTA President Paul Collymore applauded members' generousity stating tha "We are grateful to our members for their rapid outpouring of support at this difficult time for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. These are some very difficult times for our businesses and making these generous sacrifices is testimony of the generosity from our members."
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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
How global tourism can become more sustainable, inclusive and resilient

Tourism was one of the sectors hit hardest by the global pandemic. 2020 was the worst year on record for international travel due to the global pandemic, with countries taking decisive action to protect their citizens, closing borders and halting international travel.

The result was a 74% decline in international visitor arrivals, equivalent to over $1 trillion revenue losses, and an estimated 62 million fewer jobs. The impact on international air travel has been even more severe with a 90% drop on 2019, resulting in a potential $1.8 trillion loss. And while the economic impact is dire in itself, nearly 2.9 million lives have been lost in the pandemic...Read More
St. Lucia Launches New Extended Stay Program

The island of Saint Lucia is the newest Caribbean destination to launch an extended stay initiative, with a new program called “Live It.” The program invites visitors to stay longer, work remotely and “embrace local life,” according to the island’s tourist board. The plan is to invite visitors to stay in Saint Lucia for up to six weeks. 

Program registrants are paired with an island specialist who acts as a personal guide during their stay, with tailored activities ranging from creole cooking and rainforest exploration to diving...Read More