Friday 12th December, 2014

SLHTA Launches Its Apprenticeship and Skills Training for Employment Initiative

 

General Managers, and Human Resource Managers of hotels, Head of Training Institutions including SALCC, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, NSDC, CARE, gathered at the Bay Gardens Hotel on Wednesday 10th December 2014 for the launch of the SLHTA Apprenticeship and Skills Training for Employment Initiative.

 

This initiative is seeking to expose 1600 young people to training and employment opportunities in the hotel and tourism industry.

 

The programme will be jointly funded by the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and the Ministry of Finance. The SLHTA will utilize funds from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) which was established in October 2013.

 

Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Mr. Sanovnik Destang gave an overview of the programme...READ MORE 

Training for Small Properties in Saint Lucia

 

The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) is currently in dialogue with officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board regarding support and training for small properties on a number of key areas including and not limited to the following: 

  • Good Management & Workplace Relations
  • Customer Service & Guest Relations
  • Communication & Networking Strategies
  • Forms of Business and Legal Issues
  • Strategic Planning
  • Relationship Management
  • Financial Management & Investment Planning
  • Safety & Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Importance of Standards/Quality
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Health & Safety
  • Understanding Trade Agreements etc...
The SLHTA is hopeful that these key training topics will better prepare small hotels as they strive to improve on their business models. 

Bank of Saint Lucia/SLHTA Chefs in Schools Programme Continues at the Anse Ger Secondary School

The SLHTA Chefs in Schools Programme which is sponsored by Bank of SaintLucia (BOSL) continued on Monday 8th December 2014 with a visit to the Anse Ger Secondary School.

 

This year the programme features chefs from the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Cap Maison, and Bay Gardens Resorts who are keen on teaching prospective junior chefs with the passion for cooking. The students got an opportunity to learn about the Hospitality Industry as well as hand-on experience preparing a two course meal.

 

The students were informed of the Annual Independence Cook-Off which is scheduled for Sunday 22nd February 2015, in which two students would represent their school.

 

In addition to the national competition, the winning school will represent St Lucia in Barbados at a regional cooking competition.

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Kai Koko Spa Launches New Product Line
"Maimie La Kaye"

Saint Lucia's only cliff hanging spa makes its brand travel friendly by developing their very own spa product line in travel size 60ml and 250ml, providing its guests with the perfect souvenir.  As the name suggests 'Kai Koko' house of coconut, it is no surprise that one can find this multi- purpose  and healing ingredient in every product range at the spa. The architecture of each treatment room features richly gained coconut wood giving the interior

 a golden look during sunset and sunrise.  Strategically built on the cliff's edge of Anse Cochon, Kai Koko Spa offers the ultimate utopia.


 
Using only the finest natural ingredients Saint Lucia has to offer. It's no wonder thatthese coconut base products are a hit!  Its wide product range incorporates the use of other enhancing ingredients such as mint, basil, mango, papaya, lemongrass, and fresh citrus base fruit...READ MORE

Coming Soon...The Official Publication of the 
Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association Incorporated 

The SLHTA is currently reviewing the electronic version of the La Belle Helene for 2014/15 before printing. 2015 looks very promising and members should be receiving the magazine very soon.
Hotel Restaurant of the Year
"Boucan by Hotel Chocolat"

When you first come to the restaurant at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, it's easy to be taken aback. There's cacao in every dish on the menu? At this cacao plantation-cum-hotel, though, the execution is masterful, with superb plates by head chef Germaine Mathurin that often make you marvel that there's any cacao involved.

In many ways, travel defines the Caribbean. It inspires, it creates, it entertains, it employs. It moves people and it moves souls. And travel and tourism are the Caribbean's largest economic driver...READ MORE
Still The World's Leading All-Inclusive Resort

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was recently named the World's Leading All-Inclusive Company at the Word Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on Monday December 7, 2014 at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. 


 
In addition to this distinguished honor for the 19th consecutive year, the Luxury Included´┐Ż Resort Company was also recognized in three additional categories, including the World's Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand, World's Leading All-Inclusive Resort and World's Most Romantic Resort.


 
"We are thrilled to once again be honored by the prestigious World Travel Awards" said Gordon 'Butch' Stewart...READ MORE

Caribbean Bride "Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia"

 

Windjammer Landing Villa Resort offers a piece of St. Lucia that is often not found. Its personalized guest services, delectable cuisine and resort activities makes it the premiere choice for family vacations, romantic getaways, or for an unforgettable wedding.


The upbeat and lively resort has become the destination of choice for travelers seeking a "home-away-from-home" experience.  This hillside Caribbean resort is certainly picturesque

...READ MORE

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort Awards Employees Serving for Over 10 Years

The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort on Wednesday 10th December 2014 hosted a prestigious Dinner & Award Ceremony for its employees who have been served a period of over ten years with the company.

 

A company known for its family type atmosphere and a management who appreciates the hard work of its employees, Windjammer continue to prove its commitment to its mandate by hosting these staff appreciation events.

 

Employees were awarded in the following categories:

  • Ten (10) Years
Sharline Anthony, Davina Clarke, Ricky Charlemagne, Narcissus, Hilarion Hippolyte, Jennifer Mcloren, Lawrence Pierre, & William Thomassin.
  • Fifteen (15) Years
Michel Alphonse, David D'Auvergne, Simone Debeauville, & Mathilda Florent.
  • Twenty (20) Years 
Catherine Bartlette, Alison Butcher, Angus Joseph, Glen Joseph, Gregory Joseph, Tracy Kirton
  • Twenty-Five (25) Years
Rita Alcindor, Hildreth Gilbert, Elkanah Gittens, Michael John, Gregory Justin, Rene Lucien, Hilda Octave-Joseph, Gloria Paul, & Richard White.

Individual profiles will be featured in the SLHTA's subsequent newsletters.

Congratulations to all long-serving employees from the SLHTA. We hope that the rest of the employees will follow in the footsteps of those long-serving employees.

YES Programme

"Youth Empowered to Shine"

 

J. E. Bergasse Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Y.E.S! - Youth Empowered to Shine focuses on supporting youth education initiatives in Saint Lucia directly and through the Ministry of Education. "Youth Empowered to Shine!" is the banner under which J.E. Bergasse and Company Ltd. officially launched on June 10th 2009, a formal statement of the company's commitment to youth development and being a precursor to a number of strategic initiatives.

 

Y.E.S! is what J.E. Bergasse is saying to St. Lucia's youth, encouraging positive constructive youth development through support of education and training initiatives with both physical equipment and expertise.

 

Since its inception, institutions, youth initiatives and schools that are chosen to receive assistance through the Y.E.S! Programme is usually a carefully selected process.  The company's concentration is mainly geared towards schools, institutions and programmes that are in dire need of the basic essentials for youth development.  These include but are not limited to the under-privileged, the poor, youth development projects, communities devastated by disaster and schools not receiving sufficient assistance of equipment or supplies by the Ministry of Education. 

 

J.E. Bergasse and Company Ltd. stands behind social and economic development.  A stance perhaps often overlooked for its simplicity: 'give back to society and empower it to grow'.   When it comes to social development, J.E. Bergasse and Company Ltd. has one thing to say... Y.E.S! (Youth Empowered to Shine!).   

Goodbye Presents, Hello Holiday

 

Sorry folks, but tablets, high-end blenders and video game consoles aren't topping the list this holiday season.  Hotels.com™ asked Canadians what they would really like to unwrap this holiday and the majority of Canadians were united in their response. Travel was so desired that 95% of respondents were even willing to give up all their presents to take their dream trip over the holiday break


The global survey examined preferences and travel plans throughout the holiday season. Canadian-specific findings included:

How many Canadians are travelling over the holidays?

  • 26%, of Canadians are planning to travel abroad and stay in a hotel, as compared to 16% of respondents globally
  • 15% plan to stay elsewhere in Canada in a hotel
  • 44% plan to stay at home
Other questions included:
  1. What is the most important factor when choosing a hotel for the holidays?
  2. For Canadians travelling internationally over the holidays, where are they going?
  3. Why are they travelling for the holidays?
  4. Aside from the weather, Canadians mostly preferred traditional holiday enjoyments, choosing:
    • Sun over ski
    • Family time over free time
    • Christmas trees over palm trees
    • Christmas turkey over a vegetarian meal...READ MORE
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