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Stars come out for the Saint Lucia Gala Awards

STAR MAN: The Voice UK winner Jermaine Jackman is joined on stage at the St Lucia Tourist Board Gala Awards by actor Joseph Marcell, Annaliese Dayes of Britain’s Next Top Model fame and emcee for the evening and Atlyn Forde, SLTB director of marketing UK and Europe.

THE SAINT Lucia Tourist Board recently hosted a week-long series of events in the UK during the fourth annual Saint Lucia Showcase 2015.

Attended by over 120 key travel trade contacts between September 14 - 18, the week comprised a media luncheon, appreciation dinner, travel agents event, tour operator’s convention and the Saint Lucia Gala Awards 2015.

This year’s Gala Awards dinner was held at The Grove Five Star Hotel and Resort in Hertfordshire and hosted by model Annaliese Dayes of Britain’s Next Top Model fame. Special guest entertainment was provided by The Voice UK winner, Jermain Jackman who wowed guests with his incredible vocals.

Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism, Saint Lucia Tourist Board said: “The Saint Lucia Showcase has gone from strength to strength and has become a permanent fixture in the UK travel trade calendar. The quality of meetings and networking is encouraging and demonstrates the love affair the UK has with our beautiful island. Our ever evolving products and on-island services will ensure that 2016 will prove a fantastic year of UK visitation to Saint Lucia.”

WINNERS: Award winners and Saint Lucia Tourist Board Delegation on stage at The Saint Lucia Gala Awards 2015, held at The Grove 5 Star Hotel & Resort. From L-R: Nicola Goldsmith - Virgin Holidays; Atlyn Forde - Saint Lucia Tourist Board; Berthia Parle M.B. E. – Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa; Louis Lewis - Saint Lucia Tourist Board; Marc James - British Airways; Joanne Ellis - Best at Travel; George Koumi -Kenwood Travel; Katherine Hobbs - Caribtours; Karolin Troubetzkoy – Saint Lucia Hotel Association; Sam Dowling – Kuoni; Casey Hurford – Kenwood Travel; Hon. Lorne Theophilus, Minister for Tourism - Saint Lucia Tourist Board; David Weatherson - British Airways Holidays, Jennifer Peart - British Airways Holidays; Tracey Warner-Arnold - Saint Lucia Tourist Board; Cathy Winston – freelance journalist for The independent; Phil Barratt – collecting on behalf of Leighton Glover, Blue Bay Travel; Michaela Burton-Virgin Holidays

Among the major winners of awards were Virgin Holidays, voted Best Producing Tour Operator; British Airways Holidays voted Large Tour Operator with the largest growth to St Lucia; Kenwood Travel voted Mid-size Tour Operator with the largest growth; Caribtours voted top Luxury Tour Operator to St Lucia; Kuoni voted Best Producing Tour Operator for weddings and honeymoons; and Expedia voted best online only tour operator featuring St Lucia.

Next up for the SLTB will be participation at the World Travel Market in November.

For more information on St Lucia Tourist Board’s activities and programmes visit

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