Some of the award winners with their trophies.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia--St. Lucia proudly hosted the illustrious Thirtieth Anniversary celebrations of the World Travel Awards Caribbean & the Americas at Sandals Grande, on August 26. The event, gathering delegates from across the Caribbean, marked a significant milestone for the island nation, coupled with its remarkable victory in securing three prestigious titles, according to a press release from St. Lucia Tourism Authority.
In a resounding achievement, St. Lucia was named the “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” for the 14th time, while also clinching the title of “Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination” for the second time. The pinnacle of this year's success was the coveted title of “Caribbean's Leading Nature Destination”, a maiden recognition that underscores St. Lucia's unwavering commitment to preserving its natural treasures, the release states.
Regarded as the industry's equivalent of the Oscars, the World Travel Awards is a globally acclaimed platform that celebrates excellence across the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors. Since its inception in 1993, the awards have embraced a wide spectrum of categories, encompassing destinations, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and travel agencies.
Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture & Information, spoke passionately about the event, stating, "Hosting the 30th Annual World Travel Awards Gala has allowed us to showcase St. Lucia's exceptional hospitality and rich cultural heritage. Our receipt of three prestigious accolades adds an extra layer of honour to this occasion. These acknowledgments reinforce our position as a premier global destination and motivate us to continuously deliver unparalleled world-class experiences, spanning adventure, romance and the marvels of nature."
Furthermore, commendable achievement extended to 18 of St. Lucia's esteemed service providers, that also secured noteworthy 2023 titles, according to the release, namely:
* Anse Chastanet: St. Lucia's Leading Wedding Resort
* Barefoot Holidays: St. Lucia's Leading Destination Management Company
* Cap Maison Resort: St. Lucia's Leading Resort
* Jade Mountain: St. Lucia's Leading Honeymoon Resort & Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Honeymoon Resort
* Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa: St. Lucia's Leading Beach Resort
* Fond Doux Eco Resort: Caribbean’s Leading Green Resort
* Ladera Resort: St. Lucia's Leading Green Resort
* Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat: St. Lucia's Leading Hotel
* Sandals Grande: St. Lucia's All-Inclusive Resort & Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort
* Sixt Car Rental: St. Lucia’s Leading Car Rental Company
* Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort: Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Resort
* The Landings Resort and Spa: Caribbean's Leading Hotel Suite
* Ti Kaye Resort & Spa: St. Lucia's Leading Boutique Resort
* Travel & Leisure Centre: St. Lucia's Leading Travel Agency
* Solar Tours & Travel: St. Lucia's Leading Tour Operator
* Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort: St. Lucia's Leading Family Resort
* Zoëtry Marigot Bay St. Lucia: “St. Lucia's Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2023: Penthouse Three Bedroom Residence with Plunge Pool @ Zoëtry Marigot Bay St. Lucia.”
This collective success is a testament to the dynamic collaboration fostered under the banner of Brand St. Lucia, both domestically and on the global stage. The St. Lucia Tourism Authority is confident that these remarkable accomplishments will further elevate the reputation of our cherished nation, the release concludes.