CASTRIES, Saint Lucia (January 11, 2011) – Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Senator Allen Chastanet leads Saint Lucia’s delegation to the 2011 edition of Caribbean Marketplace which takes place at the new Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica from January 16 to 18, 2011.
Senator Allen Chastanet will assume the helm of the delegation as his ministry continues to emphasize the importance of the sector to the island’s socio-economic development. “Tourism will continue to drive our nation’s economy this year and our strong delegation at the premier travel and tourism event represents Saint Lucia’s intention to retain and enhance our worldwide reputation as a first class destination,” he said.
Senator Chastanet added the team headed for Jamaica would include members of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, “the people whose properties, attractions, tour companies, and exceptional staff keep Saint Lucia’s tourism offerings at the very top of international destination polls.”
Included in the Saint Lucia team are Director of Tourism Louis Lewis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board Nerdin St. Rose, and experienced North American sales executive Lorine St. Jules.
“We are very excited to participate in Caribbean Marketplace for yet another season,” said Lewis, who predicted his team will be extremely busy meeting with tour operators and industry buyers throughout the trade event.
“Caribbean Marketplace sets the tone for business in the new year, and we are particularly upbeat given the strong advanced bookings our hotels and resorts are reporting for the remainder of the winter season,” said Lewis.
Caribbean Marketplace offers wholesalers and tour operators the opportunity to meet with hoteliers, attractions and destination officials to plan and prepare packages to accommodate potential vacationers.
About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities.
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