Castries, August 27, 2023 – Saint Lucia proudly hosted the illustrious 30th Anniversary celebrations of the World Travel Awards Caribbean & the Americas on August 26th at Sandals Grande. 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.
In a resounding achievement, Saint Lucia was named the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ for the fourteenth 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 Saint Lucia’s unwavering commitment to preserving its natural treasures.
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.
Honourable 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 Saint Lucia’s exceptional hospitality and rich cultural heritage. Our receipt of three prestigious accolades adds an extra layer of honor 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, a commendable achievement extended to eighteen of Saint Lucia’s esteemed service providers, who also secured noteworthy 2023 titles:
- Anse Chastanet: Saint Lucia’s Leading Wedding Resort
- Barefoot Holidays: Saint Lucia’s Leading Destination Management Company
- Cap Maison Resort: Saint Lucia’s Leading Resort
- Jade Mountain: Saint Lucia’s Leading Honeymoon Resort & Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Honeymoon Resort
- Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa: Saint Lucia’s Leading Beach Resort
- Fond Doux Eco Resort: Caribbean’s Leading Green Resort
- Ladera Resort: Saint Lucia’s Leading Green Resort
- Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat: Saint Lucia’s Leading Hotel
- Sandals Grande: Saint Lucia’s All-Inclusive Resort & Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort
- Sixt Car Rental: Saint 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: Saint Lucia’s Leading Boutique Resort
- Travel & Leisure Centre: Saint Lucia’s Leading Travel Agency
- Solar Tours & Travel: Saint Lucia’s Leading Tour Operator
- Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort: Saint 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 Saint Lucia, both domestically and on the global stage. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is confident that these remarkable accomplishments will further elevate the reputation of our cherished nation.