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
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.