Local family honoured for contribution to tourism

PRESS RELEASE:-The Government of Saint Lucia has paid glowing tribute to one local family for its long and illustrious contribution to the development of Saint Lucia’s tourism industry.

On Tuesday August 16th, 2016, Government officials, led by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the Minister for Tourism, Dominic Fedee, along with other senior officials representing key institutions in the tourism industry, notably the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), got together at the official residence of the Prime Minister, to pay homage to and recognize the contribution of the Barnard Family, to the growth of the hospitality sector over the past 50 years.

Describing it as nothing short of visionary and pioneering, Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee heaped praise on the Barnard family for the strides made over the past five decades. “This family, under the Rendezvous brand, has the distinction of being the only hotel proprietors on island to have managed a property for 50 years without changing owners.”

Addressing a gathering comprising other hoteliers, industry partners, family members, friends and well-wishers, Fedee noted, “When you consider the complexities and challenges of the hotel industry just surviving for that length of time is amazing. However when you consider the manner in which the Barnard family achieved this milestone, all the while holding the flag of Saint Lucia high and with distinction, its simply an extraordinary feat.”

In presenting a commemorative plaque to hotelier and business head, Andrew Barnard, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet expressed his government’s and the people of Saint Lucia’s appreciation and gratitude for the Barnard family’s contribution to the tourism sector, highlighting the hundreds who had gained employment over the years and the hotel’s direct economic injection into the local economy over the past five decades.

The 10 acre Rendezvous hotel is located just off the George F.L Charles Airport in the capital Castries. The Barnard family not only owns and manages the award winning Rendezvous hotel, but also the acclaimed Body Holiday property located in the island’s extreme north.


  1. Sad-But-True
    August 18, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Ahhhhh, the former Slave Owners are getting recognized and appreciated by another group of Slave Owners, along with a House-Slave for the “wonderful’ work of owning Vast amount of land without purchasing and Enriching themselves beyond their wildest dreams.
    But the Self-Hating Poor Black UWP supporters see Nothing with this ‘Picture.’

    1. Anonymous
      August 18, 2016 at 10:39 am

      KDA is a Bernard you nitwit

      1. m
        August 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

        The Barnard’s support Kenny. They have the same condescending superiority complex he has. I don’t know how young black girls degrade themselves prostituting themselves with these people who consider our black sisters and brothers an inferior race.

      2. Bal fini
        August 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

        His father broke a tennis racket on a black mans head for just looking at his white english woman.These people are evil.

      3. Sad-But-True
        August 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

        Dude, your Slave Master doesn’t need you to defend him. So move your begging bowl side-ways.

      4. Sad-But-True
        August 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

        The above comment was made to “Anonymous”

    2. That Voice
      August 18, 2016 at 11:28 am

      FINALLY someone SAID IT…i thought all lucians were gutless…but thank you SBT…for raising that flag….salute to you…though this is irreversible people ought to know how these families gained their wealth….be it through fooling the poorman whom had no clue the value of his/her land…or by simply taking whats not his through a legal means of purchase unknown to the ORIGINAL owners.

      1. Sad-But-True
        August 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        I have always been saying it. 🙂

      2. Anonymous
        August 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        New to this site

    3. Anonymous
      August 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Dear SBT,
      How many Saint Lucians do you employ? What is your monthly payroll? What are your bringing to the party except hysterical unfounded accusations and self-pitying racism?

      1. Sad-But-True
        August 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm

        How about you?

  2. Sad-But-True
    August 18, 2016 at 8:04 am

    But the Self-Hating Poor Black UWP supporters see Nothing wron with this ‘Picture.’

    1. burned
      August 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

      These people say they will stop using local farmers because they want to grow organic vegetables themselves on their own land. Nobody supposed to have but them. Greed and they also buy a boat to do tours and fishing. Nothing for anybody and they still putting down everybody. Awa Chastenet.

  3. Shanna
    August 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Lol a family that made millions from the illegal sale of the people of St. Lucia’s shares in Jalousie. A group of racists that have nothing but contempt and disrespect for their hotel workers. Rule their hotels by fear and arrogant self importance. Tax evaders par excellence.

    1. Sad-But-True
      August 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      We are in the Majority. And we can change it overnight if we wanted too. Thing is, too many of our own people are SELF-HATING SELL-OUTS who are Ready to defend those people and are also agents of destabilization, should we decide to go down this Route

  4. Anonymous
    August 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

    The former PM KDA is also part of that family. He spld Jalousie to them for nothing.

  5. Godless
    August 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    What else is expected hey i have never ever seen a white human sell out another white human to a black human BUT we see an hear it every day in this world were a black human sell’s out another black human to another white human wooow an we wonder y we can’t have PEACE. LOVE. UNITY. STRENGTH an HARMONY in every black community around the world.

  6. Godless
    August 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Does anyone realize for so long these guys been in SLU they still eh have a tan huuummm i wonder y is only their guess an employees da get that

    1. day ban kwooyon
      August 18, 2016 at 11:18 am

      How will you get a tan when your black servants do everything. These people live in a colonial enclave in cap estate and don’t give a goats backside about anything in St.Lucia. They just move around with their foreign friends taking recreational drugs and ridiculing the black fools that exalt them.

      1. SLUborn
        August 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

        day ban kooyon vway wee!! smh

  7. Choops
    August 18, 2016 at 10:10 am

    All this guy does is chase women around the hotel. The local people do all the work and cover up his messes. This guy thinks he is a king of his own dreamworld.

    1. Sad-But-True
      August 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      This is why I do my research on Hotels here before I decide to take a week long / weekend vacation. I also inform friends from overseas which hotels to book. And their hotel has NEVER and will NEVER BE recommended.

  8. Just Saying
    August 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Why is it that you guys only vote for light skin prime ministers? Have any ever noticed that we never voted a dark skin PM.

    1. Sad-But-True
      August 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Interesting! Was George Charles Elected? I believe so.

  9. 666
    August 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Once again Sad-But-True is injecting and leading racist attacks on this board. Go back to Trinidad/Guyana, you crazy woman. Racism has never been a thing in Saint Lucia but a way of life in Guyana and Trinidad…keep your cr-ap to yourselves!

    1. black power
      August 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Sad but true is a deviant but this time has hit the nail on the head.
      This family is overtly racist.You see any of them marrying local women. They are keeping their bloodline pure. Anybody who has worked for them knows how nasty they are.They discard St.Lucians like rubbish.

      1. Sad-But-True
        August 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        @black power! You seriously seeking Black Saint Lucian People’s Validation by allowing our Local Black Women to be used as their Negro-Bedwenches? And you are stating this with a username as ‘black power?” You are seriously confused and retarded, Son!

    2. Sad-But-True
      August 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      How is my comment racist? I am a Black St. Lucian Male, Born and Bred. So it’s a good thing I am waking you up and opening your eyes so you can think. And it’s also a good thing that you are throwing your snack-packs at me. You will eventually get it right. You can’t stay in sleep mode forever.

  10. Anonymous
    August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Since when we St. Lucians getting involved in that race thing!!!

    It only takes one pr*** like SBT to spread the message of hate. Remember Hitler.

    People, argue issues intelligently. Nothing wrong with voicing your concerns. But do not allow that unfortunately fertilized egg idiot SBT to push this agenda of division over race here.

    1. say mweh kee sav
      August 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      St. Lucians not in any race thing. But call a shoe a shoe. These people are an arrogant bunch and have disdain for locals. Any employee brave enough will tell you that.Nobody should honour or look up to them. Black owned hotels have struggled much harder and faced many more challenges. There were no golden spoons. Wrong move they are where they are because they manipulate and cheat. Give a normal St.Lucian the chance and they will prosper. The truth need to be exposed.

  11. Kmm
    August 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Sad but tru wen will these people realise they cannot shut u up…u are always makin it clear that u are a free minded speaker…i jus dunno why they like to take u on…anyways…not my pressure that go go up for no kinda inyowuh type uh ppl…loool…aa how is me uh

  12. Anonymous
    August 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I dont usually comment on but all said is very true the employees are fearful and they work under a great deal of manipulation. It is sad the kind of things that take place especially with the young ladies. If Lucians only knew. SMH Its just a case of modern day SLAVERY! Mercy… SBT you are spot on this time with a doubt

  13. The Watcher
    August 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Wanna take a bet anyone?

    How long will it take before we have a knight named SIR MICHAEL CHASTANET?