The St. Lucia Visitor Channel Newsletter Visitor Channel Newsletter From The Directors March 2009 edition : Andre Alexander : Lawrence Bain “ we hope that you enjoy reading this edition of The ST. LUCIA TO HOST Visitor Channel Newsletter” www.thevisitorchannel.tv Email: email@example.com THE 2009 FLORIDA CARIBBEAN FEBRUARY FACES The Faces of St. Lucias Tourism CRUISE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE Michelle Paige President. FCCA of St. Lucia’s Tourism Kris Bailey Karan Robert The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is a not-for- profit trade organization composed of 10 member cruise lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean Martina Labadie Dunstan St. Omer and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA's mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on legislation, tourism development, ports, tour Terressa Hall Dwight Calduron operations, safety, security and other cruise industry issues. By Every week The Visitor Channel fostering an understanding of focuses on six exceptional St. the cruise industry and its Lucian’s who take a special pride in operating practices, the FCCA bringing the highest quality product seeks to build cooperative relationships with its and service to their work. partner destinations and to develop productive bilateral partnerships with every sector. The FCCA The Faces of St. Lucia’s Tourism works with governments, ports and all private/public brings into focus the intricate sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, connections we all have to the cruise line and cruise line employee spending, as industry and the dedication of the well as enhancing the destination experience St. Lucian host and the amount of cruise passengers who makes returning as stay-over visitors. certain that our The Sixteenth Annual FCCA Cruise gusts have Conference & Trade Show - St. Lucia - memorable October 26-30, 2009 experiences while in our home. MEMBER LINES Carnival Cruise Lines • Celebrity Cruises • To the February Costa Cruise Lines • Cunard Line Ltd. • FACES we at the Disney Cruise Line • Holland America Line • Visitor Channel express our sincere MSC Cruises (USA) Inc. • Norwegian Cruise thanks and appreciation for all your Line • Princess Cruises • Royal Caribbean efforts. International Coming soon on the Visitor Channel. The Village tourism Program ST.LUCIA it only gets better Visitor Channel Newsletter March 2009 Airlift Reality Check. Prime Minister in New York NEW YORK CARIBBEAN CRUNCH (March 12, 2009) - St. Lucians across the Tri-State area around New York are eagerly February awaiting both the 06, 2009 arrival of Prime By Minister Maggie Stephenson King as Rauch well as local musical genius Ronald "Boo" Hinkson, who along with friends and family of the Diaspora, will celebrate the island's 30th "This was a major concern for us. Airlift is obviously the anniversary of Independence this critical medium to get to the territory," says Beverly Saturday, March 14. Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of the USVI's Department of Tourism. Prime Minister King will address gala patrons at Brooklyn, New York's Flights have been cut across the Caribbean, with some Grand Prospect Hall (263 Prospect destinations suffering more than others. It's just one of many Avenue) as St. Lucians gather with challenges that the islands are facing in attracting all types of their Caribbean and American friends travel, including meetings. Regulations requiring Americans under the theme "A Journey to be to carry passports still present some hassle; as ever, the risk of proud of, A future to look forward to" nasty weather during hurricane season makes parts of the at the popular banquet facility. region a risky selection for a few months every year; and with "We are excited about this weekend's the global economic crunch, the word "resort" can carry a gala dinner and would like to perception of excess. encourage all St. Lucians and friends of St. Lucia to witness history as our "We believe that 2009 will be a challenging year for the island nation celebrates three decades Caribbean," says Hugh Riley, interim secretary general of the of self-rule in grand style," said Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and co-chief Ambassador Dr. Donatus St. Aimee, operating officer for the Caribbean Tourism Development St. Lucia's Permanent Representative Company, based in New York. "It is difficult to assess how to the United Nations. Ronald "Boo" deep and how long those challenges will exist." Hinkson, a celebrated St. Lucian jazz guitarist, will showcase the island's Many players in the region's hospitality industry say that "creative cultural genius" and give a groups are still booking meetings and incentives at a rate close sneak-preview of what to expect at the to what they did in recent years, but with shorter lead times. upcoming St. Lucia Jazz festival in Still, it seems everyone in the Caribbean is preparing for May. things to get worse before they get better. And they are using Audio and Video Productions every weapon in their arsenal—seasonal promotions, development of new hotel product, marketing initiatives, and lobbying—to keep their perceived value up and their meetings bookings in the black. and it only gets better We make your message make sense. Visitor Channel Newsletter March 2009 www.thevisitorchannel.tv Tel# 1-758-452-8687, email;firstname.lastname@example.org Caribbean Week NOW LEASING In New York - June 8 – 12, 2009 Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, Caribbean Week in New York brings together the Caribbean's most influential policy makers, marketing professionals, hotel and tourism industry officials to interact with and discuss tourism and business opportunities in the region. It also provides a taste of the sights, sounds, culture and unique vacation attributes of the region to inspire travel and showcase the diversity of the Caribbean to more than 10,000 attendees who participate in targeted events during the week. St. Lucia Tourist Board New Appointments The Head of Special Events Management Lavaughn Francis, a St. Lucian national with a Master of Science degree in Project Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Business Coalpots in the UK Administration in Human Resource Management from Baruch College of the City Coalpots had been the main method of cooking on University of New York, brings to the Board her Caribbean Islands for centuries and they are still hugely popular today. The secret of the coalpots longevity is the recent experience with ICC Cricket World Cup unique way in which food can be slowly and succulently working directly with CEO Chris Dehring. Her cooked, preserving the natural juices and nutrients, whilst role entailed developing departmental project imbuing the food with a deliciously smoked flavour. The plans and monitoring their adherence to the coalpot is incredibly versatile and perfect for informal tournament contract. She also coordinated the outdoor eating. sponsor leveraging programme for the event and The St Lucia Coalpot Company imports the traditional Caribbean conceptualized, planned and developed strategic coalpot to the UK. The coalpot is an earthenware cooker and grill, implementation and roll-out plans for several of fueled by charcoal. the entertainment zones at the various stadia. Francis has also worked as the Project Manager This exclusive BBQ experience is imported directly from St Lucia, hand made by a group of Ladies on the island. Although a cooker, Information Technology for Mayberry fuelled by bottled gas is the most commonest way of cooking food, Investments in Jamaica. on the island today, but you can still find a coal-pot in most The second appointment is that of Mr. Crispin households. These are individually hand made, plump and Blasse who, as the MIS Officer, is responsible round in shape, with two handles and a lid that sits on top, for the design, implementation and management but not quite perfectly. Good for letting steam out. A of the information technology systems including new clay pot is sealed with cooking oil before its initial the acquisition of appropriate hardware and use, since clay is porous. Once oil is boiled in it for a software to meet the information processing and period of time, the pot is then sealed. telecommunication needs of the Board.