Castries, Saint Lucia: It has often been said that not enough young Saint Lucian minds and talents are being sculpted to take over the reins of senior management in the tourism industry.
That’s why in 2018, the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association set out to tackle this issue head-on by launching the Young Leaders Development Initiative. Financed by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the programme seeks to grow the tourism industry’s human resource capacity.
A cohort of nine young professionals recently completed the programme and received their certificates of completion during the SLHTA’s annual general meeting in August.
The graduates are Alison Collymore, Amanda Magloire, Danica Jn. Charles, Donna Daniel, Gezel Stephen, Kendra Laurent, Lisa Monrose, Valeen Charmon-Wells, and Zina Haynes.
In the first phase of the programme, the participants have exposed to leadership, technical and social media skills. Upon completion of the training period, they received internships at various destinations across the region.
The SLHTA congratulates the Young Leaders on their accomplishments.
At the SLHTA’s Annual General Meeting last month, the top five unwavering contributors to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) were recognised.
Launched on 1st October 2013, the TEF is a private sector initiative built with an aim to provide great and significant opportunities for the tourism sector of Saint Lucia. It also plays an important role in the sustainable development of the different tourist spots in the country.
It is also financed by a small, voluntary donation from the guests of $2 USD per night. The entire is used for the development of the community and environmental projects, which will uplift the living standards of the current and future generations. Over the past few months, there has been a renewed commitment to the donation.
The awardees include:
- Biggest Contributor from the
- Small Property Sector- Bay Gardens Marina Haven
- Most Consistent Contributor from the Tourism Services Provider Sector- Sea Spray Cruises Ltd.
- Longest Contributing Member from the High-End Boutique Hotel Sector- Anse Chastanet Resort
- Most Consistent Contributor from the High-End Boutique Hotel Sector- Ladera Resort
- Biggest and Most Consistent Contributor from the Large Hotels Sector- Sandals Resorts