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Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will grow by 6.5 per cent this year, on the heels of last year's five per cent increase.

Addressing Heads of Missions at a meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston on Wednesday June 29, Mr. Bartlett said that the Ministry has adopted a number of initiatives, as part of the growth strategy to ensure this reality.

He said that central to the growth strategy is airlift security and, unless the partnership between the airlines and Government is maintained, “we will be like the beautiful gems at the bottom of the sea; everybody knows that it’s there, but nobody can get to it”.

A hardworking team from Saint Lucia recorded successes at the annual Caribbean Week in New York.

The team, which was led by Senator Allen Chastanet, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Director of Tourism Louis Lewis, promoted the delights of the Eastern Caribbean island to the multitudes as well as to the travel specialists who flocked to the week-long showcasing of the Caribbean's many tourism products.

Minister Chastanet represented Saint Lucia at official Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) gatherings as well other meetings designed to position Saint Lucia as an ideal destination for both vacationers and investors.

American Airlines (AA) helps keep Saint Lucia's economy humming, according to a government minister.
Senator Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, reported continued solid relations between the airline and the island destination following a visit to American Airlines' division headquarters in Greater Miami.
Senator Chastanet led a Saint Lucian delegation which included Minister of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Guy Joseph, Director of Tourism Louis Lewis and Karolin Troubetzkoy, the new President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association.  

The Saint Lucia team met with Peter Dolara, American Airlines' Senior Vice President for Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America, to review AA's services to Saint Lucia and to provide destination updates to Dolara and his team.

Golf enthusiasts visiting Sandals Resorts’ newest gem in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, Sandals Emerald Bay, can get into the swing of things with the announcement of a $185 golf credit for guests staying a minimum of six nights in one of the resort’s Seaside Villa Suites.  The golf credit is applicable towards green fees, carts and club rentals at the award-winning Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club. To receive this exclusive offer, guests must book by June 30, 2011 and travel by December 27, 2012.*
    Best of all, the new golf credit can be applied to the three- and seven-day Unlimited Golf promotion at Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club. Prices for the three-day unlimited golf offer begin at $299 per person and include unlimited playing time at the 18-hole Greg Norman Championship Course, all green fees, a cart and a special savings of 15 percent off merchandise at the Golf Pro Shop.  The price for three-day unlimited golf with club rental is $399 per person. Golfers can extend the unlimited passes to seven days for $449 per person; $549 per person, with club rental. Guests who book unlimited golf with club rental will also receive two sleeves of balls on their first day of play. Golfers can book this exclusive “Unlimited Golf” deal now through July 31, 2011 and travel by August 1, 2011.