The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) captured the attention of their Association, by reintroducing the prestigious President’s Gala Ball Event, which was hosted as an avenue to raise-funds for the SLHTA’s scholarship foundation. This scholarship foundation is geared towards providing children of the industry workers a full school scholarship. The President’s Ball which was a missing staple for a few years from the Association’s calendar of activities was added to this year’s events under the guidance of Mrs. Eileen Paul, who served with the Association as the Administrative Manager from 1974-2010.
The grand night was hosted at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Beach Resort and Spa on Friday, May 18, 2012. Guests were serenaded by sounds from Aimran Henry, Deland St. Jules and 4thWorld Band. Canapés were provided by our famous chefs from the Saint Lucia Culinary Team. The event was attended by the President of the SLHTA, Mrs. Karolin Troubetzkoy, Board of Directors, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries, Hon. Lorne Theophilus, Industry Experts, Top-Level Management and recipients of the Most Outstanding Staff Award. The Hon. Sir. K. Dwight Venner graced us with his presence as the Guest Speaker of the night and delivered the much anticipated Feature Address Speech to a crowded ball room of almost 200 guests.
The pinnacle of the event was experienced when three unsuspecting guests were bestowed the prestigious Crystal Awards and the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Saint Lucia Distillers was presented the Allied Member Crystal Award for years of dedicated service to Saint Lucia and our Association. Their continuous contribution and support towards all our events is deeply appreciated.
- Mrs. Joyce Destang of Bay Gardens Resorts was presented the Hotelier Crystal Award for her community contribution and philosophical support to the association, her employees, and Saint Lucia as a destination. The shocked and speechless Mrs. Destang, who earlier came on stage to present an award to her unaware, Most Outstanding Staff, Ms. Cheryl Gustave, was truly appreciative of her recognition from the SLHTA for such a prestigious title.
- The distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr. Craig Barnard, President of Sunswept Resorts. Mr. Barnard’s longevity in the hospitality service and his dedication to the industry has not been forgotten. Mr. Barnard who was groomed in the Hospitality industry from a tender age, has served as an SLHTA President, 1988-1990 and 1997-1999. The association saw it necessary to remind persons of his dedication and enthusiasm of the industry by awarding him such an award.
The President of the SLHTA would like to especially thank members of the association and all guests for making this event a success as we focused and “Celebrated Industry Excellence.” Highlights of the event are available on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/ SaintLuciaHotelandTourismAssociation and personal pictures are available via contact of Ms. Zina Zita Haynes at 452-5978/ 453-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.