(l to r) Jeremiah Hyacinth, Berthia Parle, Gualbert Cadet and Matthias WilkieBerthia Parle, general manager of Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, the four-star luxury resort on world-renowned Reduit Beach, hosted a Saint Lucian Homecoming Celebration Dinner Wednesday, March 3 in New York City with guests including representatives of the Saint Lucia Cultural Association, Saint Lucia American Christian Association, Saint Lucia United and the Saint Lucian Consulate.
The strong interest in the United States Virgin Islands was encouraging for the territory's team at this week's 30th anniversary staging of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) Caribbean Marketplace in the Bahamas. "People are very excited about the US Virgin Islands," reported Deputy Commissioner of Tourism Chantal Figueroa, who listed new convenient air service, the ease of travel, the no-passport requirement and the three distinct island offerings as major drawing points among conference buyers.
United States President Barack Obama's Executive Order announcing a suite of initiatives to significantly increase travel and tourism in the United States, was lauded by the tourism chief of the United States Virgin Islands as, "not only a major step forward for the world's biggest travel and tourism economy, but it is also an opportunity for our territory to look at how we might harvest the new opportunities arising from the president's bold initiative." Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty added, however, it was important for island territories of the United States to ensure those implementing the President's initiative in Washington DC fully understood the critical importance of tourism to small island economies like the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Front Row: Pictured L - R: Rebecca Sajous, CuisinArt; Marie Walker, Anguilla Tourist Board; Merlyn Rogers, Anguilla Tourist Board; Amelia Vanterpool-Kubisch, Malliouhana; David Lyon, CuisinArt Back Row: Pictured L - R: Charles Black, Cap Juluca; Virgil Napier, Viceroy; Gary Thulander, Cap Juluca; Chief Minister, The Hon. Hubert Hughes; ATB Chairman Eustace Guishard; Ian Edwards, Sunset Homes; Brent Hall, Viceroy; Parliamentary Secretary, The Hon. Haydn HughesNEW YORK, NY -- The Anguilla Tourist Board hosted a media luncheon for Chief Minister, The Hon. Hubert Hughes on Thursday, June 3, at Per Se, in Manhattan's Time Warner Center. Approximately 40 consumer and trade media representatives attended the event, including editors from the country’s most prestigious travel and lifestyle magazines and online sites, and reporters from the leading Caribbean print and broadcast media houses. Also in attendance were Parliamentary Secretary, The Hon. Haydn Hughes; the Anguilla Tourist Board's Chairman Eustace Guishard, Acting Director of Tourism Merlyn Rogers, and North America Director Marie Walker.
The all-inclusive Jolly Beach Resort, Antigua’s largest, announces Vernon A. Jeffers as the newest addition to the staff as General Manager as of February 6, 2012. With over ten years experience as manager of luxury Caribbean resorts, Jeffers is no stranger to Jolly Beach Resort & Spa having served as Assistant General Manager overseeing the operation of the Food and Beverage, and Maintenance Departments.  Most recently he was the General Manager/VP of both the St. James Club & Villas and The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua.