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Contact: Adhara King

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – The president and past president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) have commended the Government of Saint Lucia for pursuing its vision for tourism on the island.

The sentiments came during Saint Lucia’s hosting of the premiere marketing event on the Caribbean tourism calendar, Caribbean Marketplace.

Past president of the CHTA, Peter Odle said, “I would like to thank Prime Minister the Honourable Stephenson King for agreeing to host this important event, especially at this crucial time for all of us in the Caribbean. Your destination is a wonderful example of the brand that we call the Caribbean. We thank you for your understanding of the importance that tourism has in the economy of your nation. And I would like to sincerely say we need more prime ministers like you in the region; thank you prime minister.”

CEO and General Director of the CHTA, Alec Sanguinetti commented on the transformation of the Pigeon Island Causeway into the site for Caribbean Marketplace.

The outcome, he said, is a testament to the tenacity of tourism officials on island, especially the Minister for Tourism, and the Prime Minister.

“And Prime Minister King, I want to say to you Sir, you should be very very proud of what has taken place here. Your leadership, your determination and your drive is exemplary in making this happen. It shows that if you dream it, you can do it,”said Sanguinetti.

Sanguinetti said he would like to see the determination and motivation displayed, transferred to getting Caribbean tourism back on track.

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