Air Jamaica exec to open St. Lucia hotel

By Gay Nagle Myers

KINGSTON, Jamaica --- Allen Chastanet, formerly Miami-based vice president of marketing and sales for Air Jamaica, resigned his post, effective Aug. 31.

Chastanet, who is from St. Lucia, will own and operate the 20-room Villa Creole, his new boutique-style hotel that opens in October in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

Chastanet said that the hotel had been in receivership, "so I bought it because it is adjacent to four acres of land that I own. It will reopen this fall and I plan to expand the hotel now that I have room."

Prior to joining Air Jamaica in 1995, Chastanet was St. Lucia's director of tourism.

Christopher Zacca, Air Jamaica's chief executive, said Chastanet's "passion and enthusiasm made Air Jamaica a force to be reckoned with in the industry."

Air Jamaica's chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart said that Chastanet "will no doubt continue to be an ambassador for Air Jamaica."

Meanwhile, Zacca announced that the carrier's Miami-based senior management team will relocate to Kingston by year's end as part of an ongoing restructuring of the marketing and sales departments.

The line's res center also will relocate from Miami to Montego Bay.

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