stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


Caribbean Tourism Projected To Remain Strong In 2024


Board members of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recently met with Chapter Presidents from 50 U.S. states at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort.

President and CEO of ASTA Zane Kirby said the one thing the travel trade has noted is that many millennials who now occupy management positions are prioritizing travel, “Millennials are the largest age group within the United States over 70 million, and one of the interesting things is that they preference travel over almost any other discretionary spend, even over things like housing.”

Kirby added that in spite of the online options, many travelers still turn to travel advisors to help manage their travel experience, and when the advisors have the opportunity to visit destinations like Antigua and other Caribbean islands, then it becomes much easier for them to promote and sell these destinations to clients, “The vast majority of them (tourists) when they are actually ready to book, they are going to go and find someone who has actual expertise and experience. That’s the one thing internet search engines don’t have, the actual onsite experience that our members are getting here this week.”

Noting the increasing competition from other destinations all over the world, Minister of Tourism of Antigua Charles Henry Fernandez, commended Sandals Resorts for its role in helping to bring regional destinations and the travel trade closer together, thereby ensuring that the Caribbean gets the exposure it needs to allow their clients to choose here first, “The US is our most important source market, and ASTA is the group that delivers most of the people out of the US to us, so it’s very important for them to come and be here with us. Our mutual success as a tourism destination along with the success of Sandals, as the region’s premier hospitality brand would not be possible without your support. I commend Sandals for its singular role in not just creating the world’s top hotel brand, but for hosting your visit in beautiful Antigua and Barbuda.” 

Meantime Gary Sadler, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations at Unique Vacations, the exclusive marketing partner for Sandals Resorts, said the company is firmly committed to its relationship with ASTA and travel advisors, who continue to play a vital role in driving Caribbean tourism.

This is why he noted that Sandals continues to host travel advisors at all its resorts throughout the region and intends to expose them to even more destinations in the future, “Because we know that unless and until you come and see and experience and explore the destination you would never be in a position to truly accept how wonderful these islands of the Caribbean are.” 

Sadler went on to thank the travel advisors for helping to ensure that the regional tourism sector remains vibrant and continues to grow, “Part of your thrust as travel advisors is to experience the region and be confident about what the region has to offer, Sandals Resorts for sure is spending a lot of resources building out and expanding throughout the Caribbean, adding new rooms and new destinations, so in the end you have more options to sell to your clients.”

ASTA’s much anticipated Caribbean Showcase will take place at Sandals Royal Curacao later this year.

SOURCE: Sandals

Any third-party or user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries published on the St. Lucia Times website ( in no way convey the thoughts, sentiments or intents of St. Lucia Times, the author of any said article or post, the website, or the business. St. Lucia Times is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, any comments or replies posted by users and third parties, and especially the content therein and whether it is accurate. St. Lucia Times reserves the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate content posted by third parties on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times (this includes the said user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries) at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you, or any user. For example, we may remove a comment or reply if we believe it violates any part of the St. Lucia Criminal Code, particularly section 313 which pertains to the offence of Libel. Except as required by law, we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times. All third-parties and users agree that this is a public forum, and we do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website. Any posts made and information disclosed by you is at your own risk.


  1. I saw on IG the former minister for tourism mention about the toilet facilities causing tourist to run away from the two neglected communities. when people speak, they talk and then think. So where does the tourist go to relief themselves if they journey all the way to Anse la Ray in a bid to use the toilet facility and if it is in such bad state where do they go then in someone house? Isn’t just pure shit the minister seeks to talk and iconically finding the product of a toilet he is spilling it through his mouth? Why 90% of the product we sells to tourist are imports from China you see why venders are suffering for obvious reasons, back in their home countries they know of quality by just looking at it, additionally they are well aware flying in by plane and coming in by boats they can see inside out what we have and what we must import.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Send this to a friend