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  • SAINT LUCIA FACTSHEETDiscover the Caribbean island that lifts all your senses

  • Saint Lucia is the beautiful Caribbean island that has it all and more. Home to the magical Piton Mountains, Saint Lucia offers unspoilt rainforest, sun-soaked beaches, a world-class choice of accommodation, delicious dining and a whole range of unique and thrilling activities for everyone to enjoy.

    Why Saint Lucia for your clients? Stunning scenery;themagicalPitonMountains,lushrainforests, beautifulbeaches,idyllicbaysandsparklingwaterfalls A diverse and unique collection of world-class accommodation fromboutiquehotels,quaintcottagesandspaciousvillasto all-inclusiveresorts,luxuriousapartmentsandhiddensanctuaries A wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Whetheryour clientsaretheadventuroustypes,preferaleisurelyactivitywith theirpartnerorwantsomethingforallthefamily,thereisso muchtochoosefrom.Zip-liningthroughtherainforest, horse-riding,mountainbiking,Segwaytours,snorkellinganda canopytramridearejustsomeoftheactivitiesavailable Delicious cuisinewhetheryouarefine-dining,samplingthemany restaurantsinRodneyBayVillageoreatinglocalfoodattheFriday nightparties,thecuisinewillbeburstingwithflavourinfluenced fromSaintLuciasrichheritage Warm tropical weather year round Friendly and welcoming peopleSaintLuciansarerenownedfor theirfriendlyandhelpfulnature

    Basic facts SaintLuciaispartoftheWindwardIslandsintheEastern Caribbean Theislandisapprox14mileswide,27mileslong(238square miles,616sq.km) Castriesisthecapitalcity ThemainlanguagespokenisEnglish,butaFrenchbasedCreoleis alsospokenasaresultofSaintLuciasdualBritish-Frenchheritage

    CurrencyTheofficialcurrencyistheEasternCaribbeandollar,whichislinkedtotheUSdollaratUS$1toEC$2.70.YoucanalsopayformostitemswithUSdollars,andhotelratesarequotedinUSdollars.CashpointsissueECdollars.

    Travel Essentials

    Air TravelBritish Airways and Virgin Atlantic both fly to Saint Lucia from London Gatwick and Thomas Cook flies from Manchester.

    *Flights can be booked through your preferred tour operator or through the Condor GDS

    Entry requirements YourpassportmustbevalidforatleastsixmonthsfromthedateofdeparturefromSaintLucia.ForBritishpassportholders,avisaisnotrequired.Forinformationonvisarequirementsforcitizensofothercountries,seewww.stluciahcuk.orgorcalltheHighCommissionforSaintLuciaon02073707123.Theduty-freeallowanceintoSaintLuciais200cigarettesor50cigarsor2kgoftobacco,and40fluidouncesofspiritorwine.

    HealthForuptodateinformation,pleasecheckwithyourGPifanyvaccinationsareneeded.

    WeatherTheweatheristropical,withdaytimetemperaturestypicallyinthemidtohigh20sCelsiusyearround.

    Time differenceInwinter,SaintLuciaisfourhoursbehindGreenwichMeanTime,andfromlateMarchtolateOctober(BritishSummerTime)fivehoursbehindtheUK.

    ElectricityGenerally220volts,50cyclesAC,withmostsocketstakingUKstandard3-pinsquareplugs.Adaptorsareavailableatmanyhotels.

    British Airways (London, Gatwick)

    Virgin Atlantic (London, Gatwick)

    Thomas Cook (Manchester)

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    5 flights per week

    1 flight per week

    Daily

    4 flights per week

    1 flight per week

    Winter2013/14

    Airline Summer2014

    Taxes and service chargesAgovernmenttaxandservicechargeareapplicableonmanyservicesinadditiontothepricesdisplayed.However,thepricesonlabelsinshopsarewhatyoupay.

    Getting aroundTaxis. Thesearewidelyavailable.Point-to-pointfaresarefixed,butitsstilladvisabletoestablishthecostofthejourneybeforesettingoff.AnaveragecostofataxifromtheHewanorraInternationalAirporttoRodneyBayisUS$75*,foruptothreepeople.Taxiscanalsobebookedforislandtours.InCastries,RodneyBayandSoufriere,watertaxiswilltakeyoualongthecoasttonearbybeaches.Car hire.Vehiclescanberentedfromtheairportsandhotels,andbookedinadvancethroughtravelagentsandcarrentaloffices.Youwillneedatemporarydrivingpermit,purchasablefromtherentalcompanyforapproxEC$54/US$20*.Afour-wheel-drivevehicleisagoodidea.Buses.Anetworkofminibusesprovidepublictransporttomostcornersoftheisland,andfaresarecheap.Helicopters.SpectacularaerialtoursofSaintLuciaarepossible,andhelicoptertransfersbetweenHewanorraandGeorgeFLCharlesairportsreducethetraveltimebetweenthesouthandnorthoftheisland.AirporttransfersareUS$165*perperson,onewayandtoursstartfromUS$98*perperson.Formoreinformation,seewww.stluciahelicopters.com. *Prices correct as at Dec 2013

    Top attractionsThemagicalPitonMountains,aUNESCOWorldHeritageSiteTheSulphurSprings,theCaribbeansonlydriveinvolcanoin SoufrierePigeonIslandNationalLandmarkTetPaulNatureTrailDiamondBotanicalGardensandWaterfall

    Cultural tours LushanCountryLife FondLatisabCreolePark FondDouxPlantation MorneCoubarilEstate Treetobarexperience,BoucanHotel

    Soft Adventure Zip-liningthroughtherainforest Segwaytours Jeepsafaritours Quad-biking Hiking Mountain-biking Horsebackriding Helicoptertour

    Watersports Scuba-diving Snorkelling,SNUBAandSea-trekking Wind-surfing&Kite-surfing Yachting Anumberofmotorisedsportsarealsoavailable

    Nature & Relaxation RainforestCanopyTramRide MudbathattheSulphurSprings Bird-watching Whale,Dolphin&Turtlewatching Rainforestwalksandtrails Choosefromahostofgreatspasonisland

    Shopping CastriesMarket PointSeraphine,Castries(dutyfree) LaPlaceCarenage,Castries(dutyfree) BaywalkMall,RodneyBay(dutyfree) JQShoppingMall,RodneyBay

    Sports Golf Football Netball Cricket Tennis Volleyball

    Formoreinformation,visitwww.stlucia.org/activities

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  • Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (May)Since1992,theislandhoststhemostfamousinternationalJazzfestivalintheCaribbean.SaintLuciaJazz&ArtsFestivalnotonlycelebratesiconicJazzartists,butalsoshowcasesperformancesfromtopsingersandmusicianswithinRnB,Soul,Reggae,SocaandPop.FringeeventstakeplaceacrosstheislandculminatinginthemainstageperformancesatPigeonIslandNationalLandmark.PastperformershaveincludedDianaRoss,PattiLabelle,MichaelBolton,GeorgeBenson,AmyWinehouse,ChakaKhanandmanymore.AnArtselementhasbeenaddedtofurtherincreasetheappealoftheCaribbeansleadingmusicfestival.www.stluciajazz.org

    Carnival (June/July)SaintLuciasmonthlong,headycarnivalseasonculminatesinmid-Julywithsteelbandandsocamonarchcompetitions,acarnivalqueenshowandtwodaysofintensestreetpartying.www.luciancarnival.com

    Love Elevated Wedding Symposium (Sept)ThisneweventaimstohighlightwhySaintLuciahaswontheCaribbeansmostromanticdestinationeighttimesandtorunworkshopstoensurethatSaintLuciastaysabreastofleadingtrends.

    Jounen Kweyol International Creole Day (Oct)EventsthroughoutOctoberfocusonSaintLuciasfascinatingmixedAfricanandFrenchcreoleheritage,andKweyol,theFrench-basedlocalpatoisspokenbyover90%ofSaintLucians.Thecelebrations

    peakneartheendofthemonthonJounenKweyolorCreoleDay,whenchosencommunitieslayontraditionalcreolecuisine,music,danceandgames.

    Health & Wellness Retreat (Nov)Globalleadersinthefieldofyoga,well-beingandfitnessofferaseriesofpresentationsandworkshopsforahealthymind,bodyandsoul.

    Triathlon (Nov)OrganisedbyHumanRace,thisistheforemosttriathlonintheCaribbean.ThetriathloncentresaroundthehistoricPigeonIslandNationalLandmarkfeaturingfourdistancesofswimming,bikingandrunning.Therearealsoanumberofpreandposteventactivitiesforallcompetitorsincludingareceptionparty,BBQandboattrip.www.tristlucia.com

    Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC & ARC Plus) (Nov)ThisannualtransatlanticracestartsinLasPalmasdeGranCanariaandendsinRodneyBayMarina.Therearenowtwostagestotherace,enablingyachtsmentohavetheoptionofsailingtoSaintLuciaviaCapeVerde.By12thDecember,whenthemajorityoftheyachtsmenhavearrivedinSaintLucia,yourclientswillfindavarietyofactivitiesandpartiestakingplacetocelebratetheendoftheraceandtheyachtsmenssafearrival.www.worldcruising.com/arc

    Fordates,visitwww.stlucia.org/events

    Rodney Bay VillageWhenthesungoesdownonSaintLucia,itstimeforliming.Thatsthelocalexpressionforjusthangingout-ideallywithabottleofthelocalPitonbeerorarumandcokeinhand.TheliveliestnightlifeontheislandistobefoundinRodneyBay.YourclientscouldstarttheeveningwithasundownerattheclassicbeachbarSpinnakers(www.spinnakersstlucia.com),thenheadonovertotheso-calledstripwheretheywillfindaconcentrationofbarsandclubs.Someofthewateringholes,suchasthefashionablecocktailbarDelirius(www.deliriusstlucia.com),alsoservemouth-wateringfood.Iftheyarefeelinglucky,roundoffthenightattheslotmachinesortheroulette,blackjackandpokertablesofthenewTreasureBayCasino(www.treasurebaystlucia.com).Withnodresscode,itsallverycasualinSaintLuciasfirstcasino,andtheminimumbetsonthetablesarelow.

    Foodloverswillalsohavetheirtastebudstantalisedwithanarrayoffantasticcuisinefromanumberofgreatrestaurantsonisland.ManyoftheseeateriesarelocatedinRodneyBayVillageandrangefromseafoodrestaurants,steakhousesandAsianrestaurantstoyourfastfoodoutlets.

    Gros Islet Jump Up EveryFriday,thereisalivelystreetpartyinGrosIsletwithmusic,foodanddancingtotheearlyhoursofthemorning;perfectforthepartyanimalsandagreatwaytominglewiththelocals.

    Anse La Raye Fish FridayAseafoodloversdreamfeaturingthefishermanscatchofthedayeachcookedintheirownsecretsauces.StallslinethemainstreetinthiswestcoastvillagewithmusicaddingthatCaribbeanvibe.

    Dennery Seafood FiestaEverySaturday,theEastCoastvillageofDennerycomesaliveasSaintLuciandelicacies(likefireroastedfisheggswithgarlic)andadiverseofferingofseafoodsareservedup.Localmusicsuchassocaandzoukcomplimenttheruralsetting.TheeventishostedbytheDennerySeafoodVendorsAssociationwhopreparecreoledishesusingmethodspasseddownthroughalineageoffisherfolkbutwithamoderntwist.

    EVENING CALENDAR OF

    ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS

  • Sign up for e-newsletter Ourbi-monthlye-newslettersaimtokeepyouupdatedonnews,offersandinformationonSaintLucia.Toregister,[email protected]

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    Benefits of completing our online training programmeOuronlinetrainingprogramme,www.SaintLuciaExpert.com, willtakeapproximately50minutes.Therearesixfun,interactiveandinformativemodulesforyoutoworkthroughanduponsuccessfulcompletionyouwillreceiveagiftandcertificatetomarkyourachievements.

    Refresher module (added every January) Astherearealwaysneweventsanddevelopmentsonisland,everyJanuarywewilllauncharefreshermodule.CompletionoftherefreshermoduleiscompulsoryforallwhohavecompletedouronlinetrainingprogrammeandthosewhoareSpecialistsasitwillensurethatyouremainlistedonourwebsiteandcontinuetoreceivebenefits.

    Incentives SimplylogyourSaintLuciabookingstobeinwithachanceofwinningsomefantasticprizesthroughourincentiveprogramme.Prizesincludeapairofflightseats,shoppingvouchers,ChairmansReserverumandchocolatefromHotelChocolat.

    Fam tripsOncompletionofouronlinetrainingprogrammeyouwillbeinformedaboutourexcitingfamtripstakingplaceduringtheyearwhichyoumaybeabletoattend.Thenominalcostforeachfamtripis200or300dependingonthetypeoffam.

    Get listed on our website BecomeaSaintLuciaSpecialistandhaveyourcontactdetailslistedonourwebsite.IfyouhavebeenonafamtriptoSaintLucia,withtheSaintLuciaTouristBoardorwithoneofourTourOperatorpartnersandhaveloggedatleast4bookingstoSaintLuciathenyoucanrequesttobelistedonthehomepageofourwebsite.Thiswillhelpdrivebusinesstoyou.Remembertodotheannualrefreshermoduletostaylisted.

    In-house training available Wearehappytoprovideyourteamwithin-housetraining,pleasecontactChelcieLewison02073417008oremail [email protected]

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