The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is about to host its ninth annual Showcase, 8th-13th September 2019 for more than 200 United Kingdom (UK) travel industry specialists.
To begin the week, the Minister for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting Dominic Fedee will host an inaugural charity cricket match. Taking place on Sunday 8th September the Minister’s XI will take on their opponents for the day consisting of hotel partners, media and tour operators.
The event ‘Bat for a Cause’ will raise much-needed funds for the Saint Lucia Diabetes Project UK. Helping the cause on the Minister’s team are two professional cricketers – Darren Gough, one of the UK’s best fast-bowlers and Chris Adams, a first-class batsman and slip-fielder for Sussex, Derbyshire and England.
Throughout Saint Lucia Showcase, a series of networking meetings and events will take place covering Saint Lucia news, tourism developments and new information on accommodation and excursions. Key annual elements include a media lunch, a meet and greet for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) buyers, the Appreciation Dinner for senior UK travel personnel and a full day of combined training with an experience of cocktail and chocolate making dedicated to travel agents.
This year’s Showcase will culminate in the 26th Gala Awards dinner at Wotton House in Surrey, with luminary actor Josef Marcell hosting the proceedings to celebrate Saint Lucia’s 40th Anniversary of Independence and recognize those partners who have contributed the most.
The destination has seen a healthy rise in year-to-date arrivals of 6.5% globally (June 2019).