Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The 20th St Lucia Awards @ One Great George Street! Xx

We went to the Saint Lucia 20th Awards Ceremony
 at ICE One Great George Street on 21st March.
No other tourist board in the UK has 
a longer running industry awards programme.
From L to R: Peter Harris Co-founder and Development Director of Hotel Chocolat,
Peter Fell Unity of UK St Lucian Associations, Karen Bowerman Freelance Journalist,  
Mark Lethbridge CEO at Gravity Global, 
Louis Lewis Director of Tourism Saint Lucia Tourist Board,
Wendy Kenneally, Director of Production Kuoni,
Jenny Palmer Editor-in-Chief Sparkle Style, 
Colm Lacy Senior Manager Network Planning British Airways,
Sebasian Isaacs Editor-in-Chief Cocotraie,
Natasha Griffin Managing Director Simply St Lucia. 


The St Lucian Tourist Board had very kindly invited me 
to this amazing event since I have
been travelling to St Lucia since 1997 when I took
photographs for the 1st Edition of my book on the Island
published by Macmillan which features Quotes 
from the Nobel Prizewinning Poet Derek Walcott.
Derek Walcott Photo: Jenny Palmer

Check out the 2nd Edition here on Amazon


And also my book also published by Macmillan 
on the Fabulous Fantastical St Lucian Artist
  Llewellyn Xavier
with introduction by renowned 
Art Historian Edward Lucie-Smith

Check on Amazon





Jade Ellis X Factor Finalist Performed

Jade Ellis X Factor Finalist and
Joseph Marcell, best known for his role as the Butler in Fresh Prince of Belair 


Angellica Bell BBC Presenter 
and Annaliese Dayes, 
finalist in Britain and America’s next top model 





The Event was held in 2 parts , first a presentation in the theatre followed by dinner.

The Awards Ceremony was held in the Theatre Presented by Angellica Bell.

There was a short video covering the last 20 years and an Interview

with Panelists:
Claire Bentley, MD, BA Holidays, Tour Operator perspective
Tracy Denman-Hughs former GM Thomson, Charter Airline perspective
Clemencia Weise, former Rep for SLTB who started the awards 

Jean Marc Lambert Updated us on the new creative for St Lucia.
The Awards 


The St Lucia Award Winners

GILL MARTIN – Edinburgh Evening News
(Runner Up – Emma Mountford, Manchester Evening News)
Best Saint Lucia Travel Writer 2012

 SIMPLY ST LUCIA           
(Runner Up – Kuoni)             
Best Website Featuring Saint Lucia 2012

  CARIBTOURS
(Runner Up – Kuoni)
Tour Operator With Best Representation
Of Saint Lucia In Their Brochure 2012

BA HOLIDAYS
Large Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
To Saint Lucia 2012 Compared To 2011

KENWOOD TRAVEL
(Runner Up – Tropic Breeze)
Mid-Size Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
To Saint Lucia 2012 Compared To 2011
          
CARIBTOURS
Luxury Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
To Saint Lucia 2012 Compared To 2011

TROPICAL SKY
(Runner Up – Virgin Holidays)
Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
In Saint Lucia Weddings 2012 Compared To 2011

BA HOLIDAYS
Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
In Family Holidays To Saint Lucia 2012 Compared To 2011

RAMBLERS
Specialist Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
In Group Business To Saint Lucia 2012 Compared To 2011

TRAVELBRANDS
Specialist Tour Operator With The Largest Growth
In FIT To Saint Lucia 2012 Compared To 2011

 BRITISH AIRWAYS
Most Supportive Airline To Saint Lucia 2012

VIRGIN HOLIDAYS
(Runner Up British Airways Holidays)
Best Producing Tour Operator
To Saint Lucia 2012


This was followed by Drinks and Dinner for 
180 guests including all key media, tour operators, 
and Saint Lucians including the High Commissioner,

The Director, Chairman and Minister of Tourism.

Several Saint Lucian celebrities were present:
Joseph Marcell, best known for his role as the Butler in Fresh Prince of Belair,
Annaliese Dayes, finalist in Britain and America’s next top model, 
Brenda Emmanus, BBC Arts Correspondent
and Angellica Bell, BBC Presenter.

Jade Ellis, finalist in X Factor performed,
 and spoke about her trip to St Lucia
when she stayed at the incredible Jade Mountain.

The view from the restaurant at Jade Mountain
 One of the infinity pools at Jade Mountain.


The objective of the Awards is to 
thank and recognise the work done by St Lucia's
travel partners and media to promote Saint Lucia.
By November Saint Lucia will have 13 direct flights

 per week from the UK.
5 Virgin Atlantic, 7 British Airways
and one flight from Manchester with Thomas Cook. 




The ceiling in the ballroom.



The tables with St Lucian carvings 




Close ups of the beautiful flowers





Jade Ellis performs

ICE at One Great George Street is a fabulous location.  
Vivienne Westwood has used this room for Shows,
and I know the room well, as I came here for the yearly dinners of
the Institution of Civil Engineers 
as that was my dear late Father's profession.











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Until next time J Xx




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