ELECTION in St. Lucia not only swept a former premier back
into office but also threw the chairmanship of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization into a void. John Compton's election victory
Dec. 11 as prime minister and head of the United Workers Party in
St. Lucia ousted Kenny Anthony of the Labor Party from power. Out
with Anthony went his entire slate of appointed ministers,
including Tourism Minister Phillip Pierre, who was elected CTO
chairman at the annual conference in October.
TERM of the CTO chairman is two years. However, it is the
country, and not the individual, that the CTO's board of directors
elects as CTO chairman. The incumbent tourism minister of that
country then holds the title of chairman. The new minister of
tourism, to be appointed by Compton once he is sworn in as prime
minister, will then become the CTO chair. The replacement of a CTO
chairman in this manner has happened twice in the past, once in the
Bahamas and once in Barbados. And, on a separate occasion, the
replacement chairman declined the position, which then
automatically went to CTO's first vice chairman. CTO's current
slate of officers, also elected in October, includes Harold Lovell,
tourism minister of Antigua, as first vice chairman; Aloun n'Dombet
Assamba of Jamaica, second vice chair; Ricky Skerritt of St. Kitts,
third vice chair; and Brenda Hood of Grenada, fourth vice
" Biras Creek
Resort on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, unveiled its $1
million renovation that includes refurbishment of its 33 suites
(now non-smoking units), a new private dining room, a fitness
center, improved signage, new bikes and water sports equipment and
the installation of Wi-Fi Internet access in the public areas.
Owners David and Pam Johnson of Michigan-based Victor International
Corp., who purchased the all-inclusive resort in October, also plan
to add a new spa and high-end villa units on an adjacent an
adjacent 50-acre lot of land. For details, visit www.biras.com.
" Work on Grenada's
$555 million Port Louis Grenada resort, spa and maritime village
development, spearheaded by British developer Peter de Savary, has
begun with the demolition of the old Islander Hotel at Ballast
Ground to make room for a 120-room, high-end resort. Other
components will include the 350-slip Port Louis Marina for
megayachts; 280 homes and villas; a spa; a 120-room, mid-price
hotel; and a beach with watersports and recreational activities.
For details, visit www.portlouisgrenada.com.
" Air Jamaica will
launch daily, nonstop A320 service from New York's Kennedy Airport
to Barbados, effective Jan. 10. The flight will continue on to St.
Lucia four days a week and to Grenada three days a week and also
will offer daily direct service to Montego Bay, Jamaica, via St.
Lucia or Grenada. Paul Pennicook, Air Jamaica's senior vice
president of marketing and sales, said that the carrier agreed to
provide the service in light of the decision by the new Caribbean
Airlines (formerly British West Indies Airways) to discontinue
operations on the route.
" Delta will up its
service to St. Thomas with a weekly, nonstop flight from Kennedy,
effective March 3. The carrier currently operates daily, nonstop
service to St. Thomas from Atlanta and twice-weekly flights from
Atlanta to St. Croix.
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