World Cleanup Day
The annual global effort to remove trash from beaches and waters around the world is 21 st September this year—here’s how you can help, even if you don't live near the coast.

Every year, millions of people take part in the world’s largest volunteer effort to protect oceans and coastlines: International Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2019, that day falls on Saturday 21 st September. As people on coastlines in the Caribbean continue to recover from the impact of Hurricanes Dorian and Irma, it's still vital to work on behalf of all our coastlines. There are plenty of ways to get involved in the cause—no matter where you live. 

  • Attend a Coastal Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Every September, volunteers from over 100 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways. The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) in Saint Lucia , will be hosting cleanups in two locations this year.

Join the CYEN Chapter in Saint Lucia for the ICC 2019 on 21 st September. Your participation, sponsorship and support are critical in championing the success of this endeavor and by extension empowering others through solidarity to clean and conserve our coastal and marine environment. Please email [email protected] to confirm your participation and/ or support by 16 th September.

  • Organise Your Own Underwater Cleanup

This week, Dive Fest Saint Lucia highlighted Saint Lucia’s beautiful underwater fauna and the overall Saint Lucian dive experience. This year’s Dive festival included a dive treasure hunt, a “lion fish derby,” an underwater cleanup activity, photo seminar, competition and other activities. Remove trash—especially plastic and foam items—from waterways to keep toxic materials from being drawn into the oceans, harming the ecosystems there, and every effort to remove these items counts.

  • Reduce Your Waste

This is one you can do no matter where you are, every day of the year: Stop using items, especially plastics, that cause irreparable damage to the oceans. According to  the Ocean Conservancy,  cigarette butts, plastic bottles, and plastic bottle caps were the top three items collected at last year’s cleanup. More than one million plastic beverage bottles alone were removed from coastlines around the world last year! By avoiding single-use plastic bottles or ensuring they’re properly reused or recycled, you can help lower that number.

Garcon You Mad or What Campaign Launched
Bumper stickers available now!
Come support the campaign and keep our highways clean.

Persons have already started placing stickers on their motor vehicles.
Ms. Marie Dalsan, Landfill & Operations Manager for SLSWMA leading by example.
On Wednesday 4 th September 2019, the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) in collaboration with the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association and the Tourism Enhancement Fund officially launched their “Garcon You Mad or What?” anti - litter initiative. Mr. Carl Hunter, Chairperson of the SLHTA’s Environmental Committee explained the campaign’s origin; The SLHTA through an annual internship programme engaged students from the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School in discourse targeted at creating an intuitive, non-offensive way of deterring individuals from littering, in particular roadside litter from motor vehicles along our highways.
Mr. Carl Hunter, Chairperson of SLHTA's Environmental Committee explaining the Origin of the "Garcon You Mad or What" Anti Litter Initiative.
Through this, the idea of utilizing the well-known local phrase “Garcon You Mad or What” and attaching it to a drawing depicting individuals tossing litter out of a motor vehicle was developed. The SLHTA partnered with the Tourism Enhancement Fund to sponsor the printing of 1,000 bumper stickers. Stickers can be collected from the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), SLHTA and the SLSWMA.

The Authority encourages members of the public to collect stickers from any of the aforementioned locations and support the drive.
International tourism up 4% in the first half of 2019, the World Tourism Organization reports
Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), 9 th September 2019 - International tourist arrivals grew 4% from January to June 2019, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer published ahead of the 23rd World Tourism Organization General Assembly. Growth was led by the Middle East (+8%) and Asia and the Pacific (+6%). International arrivals in Europe grew 4%, while Africa (+3%) and the Americas (+2%) enjoyed more moderate growth.

Destinations worldwide received 671 million international tourist arrivals between January and June 2019, almost 30 million more than in the same period of 2018 and a continuation of the growth recorded last year. Read More.
Ministry of Tourism collaborates with the Travel Foundation for the launch of the Transforming Tourism Value Chains (TTVC) Project Action Plan and Capacity Building Workshop for Hotel Operators.
Saint Lucia, through the Ministry of Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries, is scheduled to host the launch of the (TTVC) Transforming Tourism Value Chains action plan and capacity building workshop on Thursday 19 th September, 2019 at the Bay Gardens Hotel, commencing at 9am. Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the main objective of the project is “ promoting the adoption of resource efficient and low-carbon development strategies within the value chains of the accommodation sector in Saint Lucia ”. Click this link to view Press Release .
The Linkages in Tourism Trade Show - Business Profiles
Orising Brothers
The Orising Brothers Honey Producers is a registered partnership of three (3) members from Grace, Vieux-Fort - John Charlemagne, Michael Willie and Joseph Isidore and at least three (3) female members.

Royalty Pools International
Royalty Pools International is a registered swimming pool company who specializes in pool and spa supplies, pool maintenance, pool remolding, pool construction and consultancy we are more than just a retail outlet. Through our international network spanning from USA, Europe and Asia we have access to thousands of swimming pool equipment and technical support from the industry leading manufacturers and distributors. Our services are available for both private and commercial clients.

Lucian Xpression 
Lucian Xpression is a handcrafted souvenir business which produces for sale agro-processed produce including handmade paper, paper products, natural crafts from bamboo, calabash and coconuts, traditional candy and hive by-products like lip balm and honey bears.

Marigot Bay Resort & Marina
Home to Saint Lucia's most desirable marina, Marigot Bay is the perfect setting for a luxurious vacation in the Caribbean. With two infinity pools, a swim-up bar, a Rum Cave, and a variety of beautifully designed Guest Rooms and Suites, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina attracts visitors travelling from all over the world.

Thank You Auction Donors through September
6 th 2019.

Any questions, contact CHTA at [email protected]


Hurricane Dorian unleashed unimaginable destruction to Grand Bahama Island and Abaco and the Cays. Critical infrastructure and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed, and tens of thousands of residents are homeless. The recovery will be long and painful.

Caribbean hoteliers have come together to offer an array of exciting accommodations options in one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations. Whether you are shopping for a romantic escape, a family gathering, a business retreat, a personal getaway, or a holiday gift – there’s much to choose from – all while helping to support people in need.

"Caribbean Hotels Unite for Bahamas" is a joint fundraising initiative between the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) to bring relief to the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama who have been seriously impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The funds raised will be made available to meet the most urgent needs identified by CHTA and BHTA.

“We are thankful for the support of our Caribbean hotel and resort partners to assist the people of the Bahamas during this very difficult period,” said Patricia Affonso-Dass, President of CHTA, who also thanked donors for participating in the online auction and responding to this urgent cause.
Automatic Clearing House Form & Beacon Portal
Dear Members,

Attached is the Automatic Clearing House Form (ACH) which facilitates medical claim settlements being deposited directly into the insured's bank account (eliminating the wait for a cheque and at no cost to the insured). The explanation of benefits form (eob) which is usually attached to your cheque will be emailed to an inbox of the insured's choosing, as well as the plan administrator's.

Also attached, is a flyer from Beacon Insurance introducing their web portal. This portal will allow participants to upload their claims and track its progress - among other things.
Sterling Insurance as the broker, will still be available to ensure that claims are settled accurately; that Beacon sticks to the agreed upon turnaround times; to assist with screening and processing of claims if and as necessary, and to receive and manage queries, etc. 

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact our Administrative Manager, Ms. Yola St. Jour at 758 484 2274.
Sales Training - Selling Like a Pro
Dear SLHTA Member,

It’s no secret that selling has changed in recent years. We are all working harder, with more responsibilities. High-pressure selling is no longer effective. Customers want involvement. They want to be recognized and listened to and they don’t want you to forget them once the sale has been made. 

The two key (2) objectives of our half-day workshop are:
  • to help employees feel more comfortable and skilled in selling to their customers.
  • to help employees identify and address some of their challenges with closing the sale.

The Human Development Network is pleased to be teaming up with a special guest facilitator to present our once a year Sales Training – Selling Like a Pro workshop on Friday 20 th September 2019 at 1:30pm – 4:30pm at the SLHTA’s Hospitality Training Centre.

Space is limited and will be allocated on a pre-registration basis only. Please complete the attached registration form and return via email to [email protected] to reserve your seats.
VIDEO - SLHTA Champions Cup

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The SLHTA Champions Cup 2019 held its final round of group games on 14 th - 15 th September 2019. On Saturday 14 th September 2019 matches were played at the Canaries Playing Field. Three games were played on that day: St James Vs Sugar Beach, Royalton Vs Jade Mountain and Coconut Bay Vs LUCELEC.

St James Vs Sugar Beach
Both teams required a win in this fixture to secure a place in the quarter finals. In the end, Sugar Beach was too strong for St. James as they collected all three points. The game ended 3-1 in favour of Sugar Beach.

Royalton Vs Jade Mountain
This game was a fight for top of the table in Group B as both teams secured a place in the quarter finals. Read more.

Click here for Group Standings.

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